Is there anything to the argument that “socialism would work if we were just better people” and had perfect information?
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.
Walter Olson joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss the evolution of discrimination law in the American legal system.
Megan McArdle says that recognizing failure—and in some cases embracing it—is a crucial part of what makes American culture, markets, and society successful.
Doug Bandow joins us to talk about the relationship between libertarianism and Chrisitanity.
Neal McCluskey joins us for a conversation about public education in America. How did it begin? And why doesn’t it work as well as we want it to?
Clark Neily joins us for a discussion on judicial engagement and judicial abdication.
Martin Gurri says that a new wave of media in the 21st-century has eroded the legitimacy of political authority around the world.
George Selgin tells the story of how the American government became so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why.
Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”
Michael Huemer joins us this week for a discussion on political authority, political obligation, and political legitimacy.
Russ Roberts joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts to talk about his new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life.
Bill Glod joins us on this week’s episode of Free Thoughts for a discussion on so-called libertarian paternalism.
Justin Logan joins us for a conversation about American foreign policy. What’s the libertarian solution for military overspending and overreach?
John Samples joins us this week for a midterm election recap and a talk about factors—including campaign contributions—that influence elections.
Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.
Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.
Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.
Alex Epstein joins us for a discussion on fossil fuel use. How much have fossil fuels benefited humanity? Is there a moral case for their use?