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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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What Makes a Fair Election?

featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 23, 2015

Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?

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How Obamacare Really Works…and How It Doesn’t

featuring Peter Suderman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 2, 2015

Peter Suderman helps us make sense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. How does it work, and why did we have to “pass it to find out what’s in it?”

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The Problem of Police Misconduct

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 16, 2015

Jonathan Blanks joins us to discuss civil liberties and police misconduct in America.

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Did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Save America?

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 23, 2015

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on the New Deal policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did the New Deal really pull America out of the Great Depression?

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How Does Libertarianism Deal with the Problem of Pollution?

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 30, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us to talk about libertarianism and pollution. What does it mean for libertarians to treat pollution as a violation of property rights?

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Why Transparency Matters in Local Politics

featuring Kevin Glass, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 6, 2015

Kevin Glass joins us to talk about transparency in local politics. How can state and local governments do more harm than the federal government?

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The End of Socialism

featuring James Otteson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 13, 2015

James Otteson joins us this week to talk about the socio-economic system known as socialism. Is an idealized form of socialism possible, and if not, why not?

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End the IRS Before It Ends Us

featuring Grover Norquist, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 18, 2015

Grover Norquist joins us to tell us about his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and his plan to eliminate the IRS as we know it.

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The Ideas of Friedrich Hayek

featuring Steven Horwitz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 8, 2015

Steven G. Horwitz joins us for a discussion on the life and ideas of one of the 20th century’s greatest intellectuals, Friedrich Hayek.

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The Education Apocalypse: How It Happened and How to Survive It

featuring Glenn Reynolds, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 22, 2015

Glenn Harlan Reynolds joins us to discuss the current state of America’s education system. What’s broken in schools and colleges today, and how can we fix it?

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The Enterprise of Law: Justice Without the State

featuring Bruce Benson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 29, 2015

Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?

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What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 14, 2015

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the left-leaning tendencies of public intellectuals. We examine an essay by Robert Nozick that proposes a cause for this trend.

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Lysander Spooner’s Letter to Grover Cleveland

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 21, 2015

Matt Zwolinski joins us for a discussion on Lysander Spooner’s “Letter to Grover Cleveland,” which Spooner wrote in the last year of his life.

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“Net Neutrality” vs. Internet Freedom

featuring Berin Szoka, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 25, 2015

Berin Szoka joins us to discuss what the “net neutrality” movement stands for and why the online community is so angry about the state of the Internet.

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The End of Doom

featuring Ronald Bailey, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 2, 2015

Ronald Bailey talks about environmental “doomsayers.” Their apocalyptic predictions change, but their solutions remain the same: more government control.

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The Politics of Star Trek

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 13, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on political philosophy in the Star Trek science fiction franchise.

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Taking a Stand

featuring Robert Higgs, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 20, 2015

Robert Higgs joins us this week to share a few of his reflections on individual liberty, economics, war and peace, and the role of the state in human affairs.