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Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington TimesHuffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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The Skeptical Libertarian

featuring Daniel Bier, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 13, 2016

Daniel Bier joins us for a discussion about conspiracy theories and skepticism’s place in libertarianism.

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The Ideas of Adam Smith

featuring Paul Mueller, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 29, 2016

Paul D. Mueller joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher and pioneer of economic theory, Adam Smith.

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Why Liberty Takes Character

featuring Lawrence W. Reed, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 22, 2016

Lawrence W. Reed joins us for a discussion on how to effectively communicate the ideas of liberty through storytelling.

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Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 2

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, & Jason Kuznicki on Apr 15, 2016

Aaron Powell, Trevor Burrus, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki discuss the second part of Murray Rothbard’s book The Ethics of Liberty.

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The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory

featuring Jesse Walker, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2016

Jesse Walker joins us to talk about his book, The United States of Paranoia. What do the conspiracy theories we embrace say about us a society?

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The Fight for Free Speech in the Courts

featuring Paul Sherman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 18, 2016

Paul Sherman joins us for a discussion on free speech issues, particularly the right to political and occupational speech.

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What’s Wrong With Labor Unions?

featuring Richard A. Epstein, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 4, 2016

Richard A. Epstein joins us for a discussion on labor unions. Did they really help to create a thriving middle class and the modern working life we enjoy today?

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Transportation, Land Use, and Freedom

featuring Randal O'Toole, Trevor Burrus, and Tom Clougherty on Feb 26, 2016

Randal O’Toole joins us for a discussion on land usage, urban planning, public transit, transportation, and driverless cars.

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Why Property Rights Matter

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Christina Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 19, 2016

Timothy and Christina Sandefur join us to talk about the importance of establishing and maintaining governments and societies that respect property rights.

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How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty?

featuring Sheldon Richman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 12, 2016

Sheldon Richman joins us to talk about the origins of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Why are these documents venerated by many libertarians?

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Socrates on Trial, Part 1: Apology

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Trevor Burrus on Feb 5, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us to discuss the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology.

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What Role Should Science Play in Public Policy?

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 29, 2016

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion about why environmental policy questions so often result in dueling scientific studies.

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Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

featuring Tara A. Smith, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 15, 2016

Tara A. Smith joins us for a conversation on the importance of objectivity in legal systems.