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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.

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Do We Have a Duty to Obey the Government?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2013

Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?

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You Are Now Free to Move About the Planet

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 16, 2013

Alex Nowrasteh joins us to talk about immigration. Should we have limits on who can enter the United States?

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What Is Libertarianism?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2013

David Boaz joins us to talk generally about the libertarian philosophy.

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Is There a Purpose to History?

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 6, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us this week. What is the subject matter of history? How was it chosen?

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Bias in Scientific Research

featuring Patrick Michaels, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 13, 2014

Patrick J. Michaels joins us this week. When objective science and the need to generate headlines clash, who wins?

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The Ethics of Dynamite

featuring Jason Kuznicki, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 3, 2014

Jason Kuznicki joins us for a meeting of Cato’s informal book club, where we discuss Auberon Herbert’s essay “The Ethics of Dynamite.”

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Democracy and Political Ignorance

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 3, 2014

Ilya Somin asks, “What happens in a democracy when voters don’t know what they’re voting for or against?”

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The Death Penalty

featuring Ben Jones, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 18, 2014

Ben Jones asks, “Does the death penalty play a legitimate role in justice?”

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The Virtue of Justice

featuring Mark LeBar, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 24, 2014

Mark LeBar joins us for a discussion on justice. What does it mean to call justice a virtue? How did the ancient Greeks see the virtue of justice?

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The Three Languages of Politics

featuring Arnold Kling, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2014

Arnold Kling thinks there’s more to talking about politics than the angry yelling shows on TV and the radio.

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Is Income Inequality a Problem?

featuring Brink Lindsey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 21, 2014

Brink Linsdey joins us for a conversation about income inequality. Is there something wrong with some people earning more or less than others?

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Capitalism Can Save the Environment

featuring Jerry Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 28, 2014

Jerry Taylor joins us for a discussion on environmental protection and energy use.

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Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 5, 2014

Elizabeth Anderson joins us this week to talk about egalitarianism. Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society?

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America’s Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 12, 2014

Gene Healy joins us to talk about the growing power of the Executive Branch. What are the President’s actual duties according to the U.S. Constitution?

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Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

featuring Scott Winship, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 19, 2014

Scott Winship joins us to discuss Thomas Piketty’s newest book,Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

featuring Jonathan Blanks, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 2, 2014

Jonathan Blanks joins Aaron and Trevor to talk about the relationship between African-Americans and the state.

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Why Not Capitalism?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 23, 2014

Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?