Paternalism, even the art of nudging people in the right direction, does not allow human beings to make their own individual decisions.
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.
Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.
Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron & Trevor explain why that thinking leads to many bad arguments against libertarianism.
Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?
Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.
Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.
Daniel C. Russell joins us this week to talk about income and happiness. What do we give up by taking opportunities to earn more money?
The podcast guests we had in 2015 share some of their greatest intellectual influences and give book recommendations.
Trevor Burrus shares his theory of how government reorganizes the world around its own policies and programs.
It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.
Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?
Cato Institute Vice President of Communications Khristine Brookes joins us to discuss the ever-changing world of news and media.
Kate Sills joins us for a conversation on smart contracts and the future of blockchain technology.
Rick Doblin joins us to give a primer on the medical uses of psychedelics.
Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.
Eamonn Butler joins us to discuss his new book Ayn Rand: An Introduction.
Diego Zuluaga joins us for a discussion on cryptocurrencies.
Mike Munger joins us to discuss his new book and the future of the sharing economy.