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.
Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.
Good tech principles will become good governance principles, whether governments want them to or not.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.
Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.
Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.
Powell describes how politics “strips us of our civility,” arguing that we should decrease the sphere of political influence in our lives.
Powell discusses the three key reasons legislation is often ineffective at its stated goal.
Powell discusses the importance of judging a bill not by its intentions or its name, but by its effects.