Powell discusses different conceptions of what it means to be free, arguing against a “rule of the mob.”
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.
Do libertarians possess psychological traits that make them particularly good at solving policy problems?
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.
An introduction to virtue, the life well-lived, and the state’s role in the good life.
An introduction to thinking about the state within a framework of virtue ethics.
The eight books on this list offer a thorough but accessible introduction to libertarianism.
A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Powell discusses the three key reasons legislation is often ineffective at its stated goal.
Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.