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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 Conscience of the Constitution

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Trevor Burrus, and Jason Kuznicki on Feb 24, 2014

Timothy Sandefur joins us to talk about the U.S. Constitution. Which is the Constitution’s primary value: preserving liberty or promoting democracy?

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Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

featuring Greg Lukianoff, Trevor Burrus, and Jason Kuznicki on Aug 18, 2014

Greg Lukianoff joins us for a discussion about the state of free speech on college campuses in the United States.

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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.

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Is the Iran Deal a Good Deal?

featuring Trevor Burrus, Emma Ashford, and John Glaser on Oct 13, 2017

John Glaser and Emma Ashford join us this week to discuss the “Iran nuclear deal.” What is this deal—what did the US and Iran agree to?

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How the Federal Reserve Works

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Tom Clougherty on Dec 29, 2017

George Selgin joins us again on Free Thoughts for a conversation about the origins and role of the Federal Reserve.

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The Death Penalty

featuring Ben Jones, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 18, 2014

Ben Jones asks, “Does the death penalty play a legitimate role in justice?”

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Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on May 5, 2014

Elizabeth Anderson joins us this week to talk about egalitarianism. Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society?

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Listener Q&A: Where Are All the Libertarian Countries?

featuring David Boaz, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 8, 2014

Aaron, Trevor, and David Boaz answer listener questions including the classic: “If libertarianism is so great, where are all the libertarian countries?”

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Can Money Buy Elections?

featuring John Samples, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Oct 28, 2013

John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.

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Libertarians and the Poor

featuring Matt Zwolinski, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 18, 2013

Matt Zwolinski joins Aaron and Trevor to discuss how libertarianism can help the least well-off.

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Do We Have a Duty to Obey the Government?

featuring Jason Brennan, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 2, 2013

Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?

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You Are Now Free to Move About the Planet

featuring Alex Nowrasteh, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 16, 2013

Alex Nowrasteh joins us to talk about immigration. Should we have limits on who can enter the United States?