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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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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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Rothbard’s Ethics of Liberty, Part 1

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Jason Kuznicki, and Grant Babcock on Oct 16, 2015

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

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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.

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The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

featuring Matt Ridley, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 27, 2015

Matt Ridley joins us to talk about his new book, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. How are new ideas adopted from the bottom up?

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The Politics of Star Wars

featuring Ilya Somin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 18, 2015

Ilya Somin joins us to talk about the politics behind the galaxy’s most popular epic space fantasy franchise.

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The Tyranny of Silence

featuring Flemming Rose, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 8, 2016

Flemming Rose talks about the decision to publish 12 cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

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Out of Poverty: Sweatshops in the Global Economy

featuring Benjamin Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 22, 2016

Benjamin Powell joins us this week to discuss the economics of sweatshops and the wages of workers in the third world.

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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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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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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 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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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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Socrates on Trial, Part 2: Crito

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on May 20, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion about the last days of Socrates, as told by Plato in Crito.

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The Bourgeois Era

featuring Deirdre McCloskey, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 27, 2016

Deirdre N. McCloskey joins us to discuss her Bourgeois Era book series. Why are we so much wealthier now than at any other point in human history?