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Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, and legal history. His work has appeared in the Vermont Law Review, the Syracuse Law Review, and the Jurist, as well as the Washington TimesHuffington Post, and the Daily Caller. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2018

Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.

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Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and John Samples on Jan 19, 2018

John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.

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The Case Against Education

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Bryan Caplan on Feb 16, 2018

Bryan Caplan gives us the case against traditional education.

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The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

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Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.

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Teaching Economics (with Steve Horwitz)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Steven Horwitz on Nov 30, 2018

Steve Horwitz joins us to debunk some global myths about economics. 

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Is Wall Street Overregulated? (with Todd Zywicki)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Todd Zywicki on Dec 21, 2018

Todd Zywicki explains how the American banking system is regulated to the point where there is no room or even hope for innovation. 

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Resisting State Injustice (with Jason Brennan)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Jason Brennan on Jan 4, 2019

Jason Brennan elaborates on his thesis that “you possess the same right of self defense against government agents as you do against fellow civilians”.

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How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2017

How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?

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Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-13

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Peter Van Doren on Apr 27, 2018

Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.

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What’s Okay to Buy and Sell?

featuring James Stacey Taylor, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 25, 2013

James Stacey Taylor asks why it is that we seem to be comfortable with the idea of buying and selling some things, but not others.

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When Markets Fail

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 23, 2013

Peter Van Doren joins Aaron and Trevor to answer questions about market failure and the provision of public goods.

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The Synthesis of Rights and Consequences

featuring Tom G. Palmer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2014

Tom Palmer joins us for a discussion on the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.

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The Rise of the Independents

featuring Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Trevor Burrus, & Jason Kuznicki on Feb 17, 2014

Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie join Trevor Burrus and Jason Kuznicki for a freewheeling discussion about the modern political scene in America.