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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 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.

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How Much Should Philosophy Influence Public Policy?

featuring Andrew I. Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 13, 2015

Andrew I. Cohen joins us to talk about his book, Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy. Can practical commitments undercut a philosophical argument?

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When Is Voluntary Choice Really Voluntary?

featuring Michael C. Munger, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jul 24, 2015

Michael C. Munger joins us for a discussion on the nature of voluntary choice in economics. What counts as voluntary? Is it possible to be coerced by circumstance?

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Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis

featuring Michael D. Tanner, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 31, 2015

Michael D. Tanner joins us for a discussion on the national debt and America’s various entitlement programs and their implications on the country’s future.

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A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America

featuring John C. Goodman, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Aug 7, 2015

John C. Goodman, the “Father of Health Savings Accounts,” joins us for a discussion on the American health care system.

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The Libertarian Moment?

featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 3, 2015

Katherine Mangu-Ward joins us to talk about the “libertarian moment” and the past and future of libertarianism more broadly.

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Toleration

featuring Andrew Jason Cohen, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 11, 2015

Andrew Jason Cohen joins us for a discussion on toleration—what does it mean to be tolerant? What should be tolerated? Are we becoming less tolerant?

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Why Young People Aren’t Interested in Running for Office

featuring Jennifer L. Lawless, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 18, 2015

Jennifer L. Lawless joins us for a discussion about why young people in America seem to be almost wholly uninterested in running for electoral office.

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The Legacy of Roy A. Childs, Jr.

featuring George H. Smith, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 6, 2015

George H. Smith joins us for a discussion on the life of his friend and colleague, Roy A. Childs, Jr.

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Building a Better Government

featuring Richard A. Epstein, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 4, 2015

Richard A. Epstein joins us to discuss the core principles of classical liberalism. Is there a way to build a government that remains limited?

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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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Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

featuring Tara A. Smith, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 15, 2016

Tara A. Smith joins us for a conversation on the importance of objectivity in legal systems.