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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.

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Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Matthew Feeney on Oct 19, 2018

Free Thoughts meets Building Tomorrow with special guests Matthew Feeney & Paul Matzko as we discuss whether or not to fear emerging tech. 

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Health Care without Health Insurance

featuring Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney on Aug 30, 2018

Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us to discuss what direct primary care is and how it could benefit you and your family.

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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.

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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.”

Building Tomorrow

The Chinese Surveillance State

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Will Duffield on Oct 18, 2018

In order to control its’ people, China developed technology, like credit systems and facial recognition software, that concern the freer world. 

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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?

Building Tomorrow

The Brave New World of DNA Databases

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 16, 2018

This week we discuss the implications of law enforecement’s ability to access genetic information from DNA databases like Ancestry and 23&Me. 

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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?

Building Tomorrow

The Right to Print Arms?

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Matthew Feeney on Aug 2, 2018

Mark McDaniel joins us to discuss homemade gun technology in response to a recent court case involving gun ownership activist, Cody Wilson. 

Building Tomorrow

Killer Drones or Delivery Drones?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 11, 2018

Matthew Feeney joins us to discuss how the rapid advancement of drone technology has both promising and threatening applications.