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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.

Free Thoughts

Teaching Economics (with Steve Horwitz)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Steven Horwitz on Nov 30, 2018

Steve Horwitz joins us to debunk some global myths about economics. 

Building Tomorrow

Crypto for College

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Neal McCluskey on Oct 31, 2018

Neal McCluskey joins us to talk about how our current education system does not effectively use existing technology to help students learn.

Free Thoughts

Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Matthew Feeney on Oct 19, 2018

Free Thoughts meets Building Tomorrow with special guests Matthew Feeney & Paul Matzko as we discuss whether or not to fear emerging tech. 

Building Tomorrow

Killer Drones or Delivery Drones?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 11, 2018

Matthew Feeney joins us to discuss how the rapid advancement of drone technology has both promising and threatening applications. 

Building Tomorrow

Augur(ing) Assassinations

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Sep 6, 2018

Does Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform, represent the future of the world of betting? Does it serve as a valuable market for knowledge?

Building Tomorrow

Is China Beating the U.S. at Innovation?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Will Duffield on Aug 23, 2018

A tale of two Chinas, the country leapfrogs the US in tech adoption when activists use blockchain to undermine the “Great Firewall of China”

 

Building Tomorrow

The Right to Print Arms?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Aug 2, 2018

Mark McDaniel joins us to discuss homemade gun technology in response to a recent court case involving gun ownership activist, Cody Wilson. 

Free Thoughts

Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.

Free Thoughts

The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

Free Thoughts

Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and John Samples on Jan 19, 2018

John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.

Free Thoughts

Punk Rock Politics

featuring Frank Portman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2017

Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?

Free Thoughts

Do Employers Rule Our Lives?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 17, 2017

Elizabeth Anderson joins us to talk about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).

Free Thoughts

Your World on the Blockchain

featuring Brock Cusick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 10, 2017

Brock Cusick joins us this week to talk about bitcoin and the decentralized blockchain technology that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies run on.

Free Thoughts

Washington’s Five Tricks

featuring David Schoenbrod, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 20, 2017

David Schoenbrod shares five specific tricks that politicians from both parties use to avoid public accountability.

Free Thoughts

North Korea 101

featuring Michael Malice, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 29, 2017

Michael Malice joins us to give a primer on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. What’s North Korea like?