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Matthew Feeney

Matthew Feeney is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute. Before coming to Cato, Matthew worked at Reason magazine as assistant editor of Reason.com. He has also worked at The American Conservative, the Liberal Democrats, and the Institute of Economic Affairs. Matthew is a dual British/American citizen and received both his B.A and M.A in philosophy from the University of Reading in England.

Free Thoughts

Deconstructing the Surveillance State

featuring Julian Sanchez, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Sep 22, 2014

Julian Sanchez joins us for a discussion on privacy, the NSA, and domestic surveillance.

Free Thoughts

The Truth About Immigration

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Feb 3, 2017

Alex Nowrasteh joins us this week to talk about immigration in the wake of Donald Trump’s contentious executive order. Is immigration always good for a country?

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Stories from Putin’s Economist

featuring Andrei Illarionov, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on May 26, 2017

Andrei Illarionov joins us this week to tell us about growing up and studying economics in the Soviet Union, and about the years he spent as an economic policy advisor to Vladimir Putin.

Building Tomorrow

How Smart are ‘Smart Contracts’?

featuring Kate Sills, Paul Matzko, and Matthew Feeney on Jul 12, 2018

Kate Sills joins to respond to several recent articles criticizing smart contracts, including the “Oracle problem.”

Free Thoughts

What Does It Mean to Think Philosophically?

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 20, 2015

Matthew Feeney joins us for a general discussion on the value of philosophy. Why is philosophy important? How do you learn to think philosophically?

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Welcome to the Sharing Economy

featuring Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 8, 2014

Matthew Feeney joins us for a discussion on how the so-called “sharing economy” undermines the regulatory establishment and makes people’s lives better.

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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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What Role Should Science Play in Public Policy?

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Matthew Feeney on Jan 29, 2016

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion about why environmental policy questions so often result in dueling scientific studies.

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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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Teaching School Choice to the American Education System

featuring Jason Bedrick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Jun 3, 2016

Jason Bedrick joins us to talk about school choice in the United States. What’s wrong with our current public schooling model and how will more choice fix it?

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Politics and Principle in New Zealand

featuring Jamie Whyte, Tom Clougherty, Trevor Burrus, & Matthew Feeney on Dec 25, 2015

Jamie Whyte joins us this week to share his experience working in politics in New Zealand as the former leader of ACT New Zealand, a free market political party.

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Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment

featuring Thomas W. Merrill, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Apr 8, 2016

Thomas W. Merrill joins us to talk about the philosophy and political thought of David Hume.

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Neoliberalism in the U.K.

featuring Sam Bowman, Trevor Burrus, Matthew Feeney, & Tom Clougherty on Jul 28, 2017

Sam Bowman joins us this week to talk about political trends in the United Kingdom and in Europe more broadly. What’s a neoliberal?

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How New Technology Is Changing Law Enforcement

featuring Matthew Feeney, Adam Bates, Trevor Burrus, & Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 1, 2016

Matthew Feeney and Adam Bates discuss new technologies that are changing law enforcement. Can we balance police effectiveness and respect for privacy?

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John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, Part 1

featuring John Samples, Matthew Feeney, Aaron Ross Powell, & Trevor Burrus on Jul 29, 2016

This week Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, John Samples, and Matthew Feeney discuss 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill’s idea of “civil liberty.”

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Socrates on Trial, Part 1: Apology

featuring Brian Wilson, Aaron Ross Powell, Matthew Feeney, & Trevor Burrus on Feb 5, 2016

Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us to discuss the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology.