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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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Why Politics Can’t Make Us Better

by Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 6, 2012

Powell discusses different conceptions of what it means to be free, arguing against a “rule of the mob.”

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Libertarian Caring

by Aaron Ross Powell on May 22, 2012

Powell debunks the notion that libertarians are uncaring.

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Libertarianism, Bill Maher, and False Dilemmas

by Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 12, 2013

Arguments against libertarianism often take the form of false dilemmas. Powell looks at why they’re so common and what libertarians can do about it.

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Libertarianism and Virtue

by Aaron Ross Powell on May 3, 2013

An introduction to virtue, the life well-lived, and the state’s role in the good life.

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Critics of Liberty: A Reading List

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2011

A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.

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“First, Do No Harm”

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 8, 2013

Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.

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Politics is Destroying Your Soul

by Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 9, 2015

Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.

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The Inhumanity of Politics

by Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 26, 2013

Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.

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Voting as a Moral Wrong

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2014

The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.

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State Thugs and the Purpose of Government

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 9, 2013

Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.