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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

Can we ever downsize government? (with Chris Edwards)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Aug 24, 2018

Chris Edwards joins us to discuss the politics that goes into attempting to streamline the federal budget to minimize the federal deficit. 

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Hedging Against Skynet

featuring Paul Matzko and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 13, 2018

Artificial intelligence is here and changing our daily lives, but should we be concerned about the prospect of a hostile and hyper-intelligent AI?

Free Thoughts

Laughing about Politics (with P.J. O’Rourke)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 21, 2018

P.J. O’Rourke offers comedic relief about the state of our politics from his unique journalistic perspective influenced by the “sunshine” of the 1960s.

Free Thoughts

Understanding Pakistan (with Sahar Khan)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Oct 12, 2018

Sahar Khan explains the history of Pakistan, & its’ relationship with the U.S., from its designation as independent from Great Britain in 1947.

Free Thoughts

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?

Free Thoughts

Arguments for Liberty: Utilitarianism

featuring Chris Freiman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2017

Christopher Freiman joins us to talk about his Arguments for Liberty chapter on utilitarianism. What’s the utilitarian argument for libertarianism?

Free Thoughts

Arguments for Liberty: Kantianism

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Grant Babcock, and Jason Kuznicki on Jan 6, 2017

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the chapter he wrote on Immanuel Kant for our new book, Arguments for Liberty.

Building Tomorrow

The Brave New World of DNA Databases

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 16, 2018

This week we discuss the implications of law enforecement’s ability to access genetic information from DNA databases like Ancestry and 23&Me. 

Free Thoughts

Rights and Radicalism

featuring Grant Babcock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 1, 2017

Grant Babcock joins us this week to talk about an essay he wrote in defense of natural rights-based libertarianism.

Free Thoughts

Can Money Buy Elections?

featuring John Samples, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 28, 2013

John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.