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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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On Preferring Private to Public

by Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 5, 2012

Powell disputes the notion that libertarians always view the government as bad, arguing that it is coercion, no matter the source, that is harmful.

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Arguments for Libertarianism

by Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 28, 2012

An introductory overview of the basic philosophies of libertarianism.

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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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What Politics Is

by Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 3, 2013

Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.