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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

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Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump

featuring Ben Domenech, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 14, 2016

Ben Domenech joins us this week to discuss Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. What is Trump doing differently?

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Rituals of Freedom: Libertarian Themes in Early Confucianism

featuring Roderick T. Long, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 7, 2016

Roderick T. Long joins us to talk about libertarian themes in Chinese philosophy. How much do libertarianism and early Confucianism have in common?

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Against Democracy

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 16, 2016

Jason Brennan joins us to talk about his new book, Against Democracy. What separates good voters from bad voters?

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The World According to Star Wars

featuring Cass R. Sunstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 2, 2016

Cass R. Sunstein joins us this week to talk about his new book, The World According to Star Wars. How did the Star Wars franchise become a cultural touchstone?

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The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism

featuring William Irwin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 12, 2016

William Irwin joins us to talk about existentialism and libertarianism. What did thinkers like Sartre and Neitzsche have to say about capitalism and human freedom?

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John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, Part 1

featuring John Samples, Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, & Trevor Burrus on Jul 29, 2016

This week Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, John Samples, and Matthew Feeney discuss 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill’s idea of “civil liberty.”

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How American Politics Went Insane

featuring Jonathan Rauch, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 22, 2016

Jonathan Rauch joins us for a discussion on the current political landscape in America. Why are we seeing so many renegade political actors these days?

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Campus Freedom

featuring Robby Soave, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 15, 2016

Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.

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How New Technology Is Changing Law Enforcement

featuring Matthew Feeney, Adam Bates, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 1, 2016

Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss new technologies that are changing law enforcement. Can we balance police effectiveness and respect for privacy?

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The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 24, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us again to give an outline of Constitutional jurisprudence from its signing in 1787 through the New Deal era and into modernity.

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The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 17, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us to discuss the United States’s founding documents and the philosophy of the men that drafted them.