Jonathan Blanks

Jonathan Blanks is a Research Associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies.


“I Have a Dream,” 50 Years Later

by Jonathan Blanks on Aug 28, 2013

Jonathan Blanks examines the complaints in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on its 50th anniversary.


Why Aren’t There More Black Libertarians?

by Jonathan Blanks on May 23, 2014

Libertarianism ought to be appealing to black Americans, who have suffered greatly at the hands of the United States government. So why isn’t it more popular?


Black History and Liberty

by Jonathan Blanks on Jan 23, 2012

Blanks discusses the struggles for freedom during the civil rights movement and libertarians hesitancy to address the period.


A response to commenters

by Jonathan Blanks on Feb 23, 2012

Blanks addresses critics about the issues surrounding liberty and secessionism.

Free Thoughts

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.

Free Thoughts

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.

Free Thoughts

Government-Created Segregation (with Richard Rothstein)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Richard Rothstein on Dec 13, 2019

Richard Rothstein joins the episode to discuss how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation. 

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 72: There’s No Excuse for Slavery (Updated)

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 19, 2018

This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a “positive good”.