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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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Who Elected Donald Trump?

featuring Emily Ekins, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 14, 2017

Emily Ekins has identified five different types of voters that elected Donald Trump as president. Do these groups represent a big shift in American politics?

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Arguments for Liberty: Rawlsianism

featuring Kevin Vallier, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 7, 2017

Kevin Vallier joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on the ethical system of John Rawls. Does Rawls have value for libertarians?

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Liberalism 1.0

featuring Deirdre McCloskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 30, 2017

Deirdre McCloskey has a few suggestions that she hopes will make libertarians more humane and empathetic. What sort of rhetorical tactics should libertarians use?

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Markets in Everything?

featuring Jason Brennan, Peter Jaworski, Aaron Ross Powell, & Trevor Burrus on Jun 23, 2017

Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski think that anything you’re allowed to do for free, you should be able to do for money. That means things like buying and selling kidneys, children, sex, grades; even waiting in line. Are they right?

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Lessons from a Bank-Robbing Law Professor

featuring Shon Hopwood, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 16, 2017

Shon Hopwood joins us this week to tell about his journey from bank robber to federal prisoner to U.S. Supreme Court practitioner and Georgetown law professor.

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Private Schooling for Everyone

featuring Robert Luddy, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 9, 2017

Robert Luddy joins us this week to talk about his ventures as the founder of several successful private schools in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Could private education supplant public schooling?

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Is Liberalism in Danger?

featuring Jacob T. Levy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2017

Jacob T. Levy says that the collapse of trust in institutional norms is responsible for a new era of Trump-style authoritarian, populist politics.

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Stories from Putin’s Economist

featuring Andrei Illarionov, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on May 26, 2017

Andrei Illarionov joins us this week to tell us about growing up and studying economics in the Soviet Union, and about the years he spent as an economic policy advisor to Vladimir Putin.

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Nothing Is Secure

featuring Julian Sanchez, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 19, 2017

Julian Sanchez joins us to talk about online privacy in the era of mass data collection. What kind of data are we creating, and who’s watching us?

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The True Causes of Mass Incarceration

featuring John Pfaff, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 12, 2017

We talk about the United States’s unusually high rate of incarceration. How many Americans are in prison or in jail? What did they do to get there?

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Why We’re Too Complacent

featuring Tyler Cowen, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 5, 2017

This week, we talk about the slowing pace of innovation and growth in the US over the past few decades. Has American society become too complacent?

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The War on Sex Work

featuring Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 28, 2017

Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us this week for a discussion about sex work. What’s the difference between sex trafficking and prostitution?

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How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2017

Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?

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Stuck in Political Nostalgia

featuring Yuval Levin, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 7, 2017

Yuval Levin joins us to talk about political nostalgia and American individualism. Why do the political right and left both seem to be stuck yearning for the 1950s and early 60s?

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Can Anarchy Work?

featuring Peter T. Leeson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 31, 2017

Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?

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The CIA Listens to Free Thoughts

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 25, 2017

Patrick G. Eddington joins us this week to tell us about the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, how the CIA operates, and what the new Wikileaks revelations mean for our privacy online.

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Must You Obey Government?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 17, 2017

Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?

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The Cato Institute at 40

featuring Peter Goettler, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 10, 2017

Peter Goettler joins us this week to talk about his role at the Cato Institute, Cato’s history of 40 years of advancing liberty, and what’s next for public policy organizations more generally and for Cato specifically.