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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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Intellectual Privilege

featuring Tom W. Bell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 26, 2014

Tom W. Bell joins Aaron and Trevor for a discussion on intellectual property, specifically copyright law in the United States.

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Regulations Gone Wrong

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 9, 2014

Peter Van Doren talks about regulatory failure in markets, specifically phone service, banking, electricity, internet, and health care.

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The Structure of Liberty

featuring Randy E. Barnett, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 16, 2014

Randy Barnett describes five rights—informed by natural law—that are crucial for properly structuring a society.

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The Specter of Wall Street

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 30, 2014

Mark A. Calabria gives a history of banking regulation and explains the incentives built into the regulatory system that governs investments here in America.

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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

featuring David B. Kopel, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 29, 2014

David Kopel joins us this week for a discussion on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: the right to keep and bear arms.

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The Internet Doesn’t Need to Be Saved

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 3, 2014

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on net neutrality. What is net neutrality, and why do people seem to get so upset about it?

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The Inhumanity of Torture

featuring Patrick G. Eddington, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 29, 2014

Patrick Eddington joins us this week for a discussion on the recently-released Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs.

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An Introduction to Public Choice

featuring Peter Van Doren, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2015

Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.

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What Does Libertarian Feminism Look Like?

featuring Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 19, 2015

Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins us for a discussion on libertarianism and women. What does libertarian feminism look like? How does libertarianism appeal to women?

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How Government Housing Policy Distorts the American Dream

featuring Mark A. Calabria, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 26, 2015

We discuss the federal housing policy and homeownership in America. What political forces helped create our modern housing policy?

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Big Business Loves Big Government: Cronyism in American Politics

featuring Timothy P. Carney, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 20, 2015

Timothy P. Carney joins us to talk about cronyism and the revolving door in Washington politics. Are big business and big government as opposed as they seem?

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The Radical Notion of Individualism

featuring George H. Smith, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 27, 2015

George H. Smith joins us to talk about Libertarianism.org’s first book, which is a reader on the topic of individualism.

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The Cato Institute and the Libertarian Movement

featuring Edward H. Crane, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 4, 2015

Edward H. Crane joins us to talk about the early days of the Libertarian Party and the Cato Institute, which he founded almost 40 years ago in 1977.

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How Free Trade Creates Wealth

featuring Daniel J. Ikenson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 11, 2015

Daniel J. Ikenson joins us to explain how trade between countries increases wealth all around—and why restricting that trade is harmful to economic growth.

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From Jailer to Jailed: Bernard Kerik’s Story

featuring Bernard B. Kerik, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on May 25, 2015

Bernard Kerik joins us to share his experience on both sides of the criminal justice system as former New York City Police Commissioner and as Inmate #84888-054.

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The Austrian Tradition in Economics

featuring Peter J. Boettke, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 1, 2015

Peter J. Boettke joins us to explain the origins and methodology of the Austrian tradition in economics.

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Taxation: How the Government Funds Itself

featuring Daniel J. Mitchell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jun 15, 2015

Daniel J. Mitchell joins us for a discussion on taxation in America. What’s the best way to run a government on taxes? Is it anything like the system we have now?

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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom

featuring Jacob T. Levy, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 6, 2015

Jacob T. Levy says a tension exists in liberal political thought between a rationalist suspicion of localized power and a pluralism favoring intermediate groups.