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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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King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

featuring Gene Healy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2017

Gene Healy joins us for a special Inauguration Day episode of Free Thoughts wherein we assess Barack Obama’s legacy as President of the United States.

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Harambe to Trump: 2016 Was the Worst

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 30, 2016

David Boaz joins us to recap 2016. Did we just have the worst year ever in American politics?

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The Gold Standard Won’t Be Coming Back

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 23, 2016

George Selgin joins us for a discussion about the gold standard. How did America get off the gold standard, and is there any chance of the country returning to it?

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Why Can’t You Email Your Doctor?

featuring Ryan Neuhofel, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us this week to talk about his practice, NeuCare, which is a very different way to approach primary care medicine in the United States.

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective

featuring Thomas Sowell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 4, 2016

Thomas Sowell joins us for a discussion about disparities of income and wealth between and within nations, as part of Equality Month at Libertarianism.org.

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Explaining the Rise of Donald Trump

featuring Ben Domenech, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 14, 2016

Ben Domenech joins us this week to discuss Donald J. Trump’s candidacy. What is Trump doing differently?

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Against Democracy

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 16, 2016

Jason Brennan joins us to talk about his new book, Against Democracy. What separates good voters from bad voters?

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The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism

featuring William Irwin, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Aug 12, 2016

William Irwin joins us to talk about existentialism and libertarianism. What did thinkers like Sartre and Neitzsche have to say about capitalism and human freedom?

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How American Politics Went Insane

featuring Jonathan Rauch, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 22, 2016

Jonathan Rauch joins us for a discussion on the current political landscape in America. Why are we seeing so many renegade political actors these days?

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Campus Freedom

featuring Robby Soave, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 15, 2016

Robby Soave joins us this week to discuss a disturbing new kind of censorship on American college campuses.

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The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 24, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us again to give an outline of Constitutional jurisprudence from its signing in 1787 through the New Deal era and into modernity.

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The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution

featuring Roger Pilon, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 17, 2016

Roger Pilon joins us to discuss the United States’s founding documents and the philosophy of the men that drafted them.