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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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Politics Makes Us Worse

by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Sep 14, 2012

Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.

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Politics and Community

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Oct 22, 2013

Libertarians often get called “anti-community.” Aaron & Trevor explain why that thinking leads to many bad arguments against libertarianism.

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Listener Q&A: But Who Will Build the Roads?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Dec 9, 2013

Aaron and Trevor take listener questions from: Who will build roads and keep corporations honest? To: What’s the libertarian position on abortion?

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The Primitivism of Politics

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 20, 2014

Aaron and Trevor note that when we use the political process we have to group together into warring “tribes” to accomplish our goals. That’s problematic.

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The Libertarian Supreme Court

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Aug 25, 2014

Aaron Powell and Trevor Burrus sum up the Supreme Court’s most recent term and discuss the meaning and impact of each of the court’s big cases.

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Intellectual Influences on Our 2015 Guests

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Jan 1, 2016

The podcast guests we had in 2015 share some of their greatest intellectual influences and give book recommendations.

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Some Very Good Reasons Not to Vote

by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Nov 8, 2016

It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.

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Must You Obey Government?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Mar 17, 2017

Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?

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How Drug Prohibition Caused the Opioid Crisis

featuring Jeffrey A. Singer and Trevor Burrus on Oct 27, 2017

Jeffrey A. Singer joins us to talk about the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Why are there so many opioid users in the US?

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Guns and Mass Shootings

featuring David B. Kopel and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2018

David Kopel joins us again to discuss firearms, gun violence, mass shootings, and whether a gun-free America is possible or desirable.

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How the Media Really Works

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2018

Cato Institute Vice President of Communications Khristine Brookes joins us to discuss the ever-changing world of news and media.

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Contracts and Cryptography

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 9, 2018

Kate Sills joins us for a conversation on smart contracts and the future of blockchain technology.

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Speak Freely (with Keith E. Whittington)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 13, 2018

Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.