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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

Free Thoughts

The Radio Right (with Paul Matzko)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Paul Matzko on May 22, 2020

Paul Matzko, the host of Building Tomorrow, joins the show to talk about how the government orchestrated one of the largest censorship campaigns in history against right wing radio in the 1960’s, but many people still don’t know about it. 

Free Thoughts

When Innovation Breaks the Rules (with Adam Thierer)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, and Adam Thierer on May 15, 2020

Evasive Entrepreneurs, innovators who don’t always conform to social or legal norms, are changing the world and challenging their governments.

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Answering Questions about Libertarianism

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on May 12, 2020

Join the hosts of the Free Thoughts podcast as they answer questions about libertarian philosophy and policy.

Free Thoughts

Forgotten Libertarians (with Paul Meany)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Paul Meany on May 8, 2020

The host of Portraits of Liberty, Paul Meany, joins the show to highlight historical thinkers who may not have been strictly libertarian, but argued for a freer world.

Pop & Locke

Hackers

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Natalie Dowzicky, Julian Sanchez, Landry Ayres, & Eva Galperin on May 6, 2020

Aaron Ross Powell, Julian Sanchez, and Eva Galperin join the show today to hack the planet. 

Free Thoughts

The Covid-19 Economy

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & Diego Zuluaga on May 1, 2020

Ryan Bourne and Diego Zuluaga come back to the show to talk about how both fiscal and monetary policy are changing drastically to respond to COVID-19. 

Free Thoughts

Is Homeschooling Dangerous? (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Apr 24, 2020

Kevin Currie-Knight comes back to the show to discuss different methods of homeschooling and how parents are handling the education of their children during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Free Thoughts

Libertarianism and Copyright (with Radu Uszkai)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Radu Uszkai on Apr 17, 2020

Radu Uszkai joins the show today to talk about if the case against intellectual property can be strengthened by appealing to the work of F.A. Hayek.

Building Tomorrow

Innovation Isn’t Guaranteed (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, & Matt Ridley on Apr 16, 2020

What do cowpox pus, the radio, and coffee have in common? More than you might think.

Free Thoughts

How Innovation Works (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, & Matt Ridley on Apr 10, 2020

Matt Ridley joins the show today to talk about his new book, How Innovation Works.

Free Thoughts

Must Politics Be War? (with Kevin Vallier)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Kevin Vallier on Apr 3, 2020

Kevin Vallier joins the show today to discuss how politics itself is nothing more than a power struggle between groups with irreconcilable aims. 

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Introduction to Visions of Liberty

by Aaron Ross Powell and Paul Matzko on Mar 31, 2020

Visions of Liberty sets out to explore libertarianism by describing the hopeful future it could bring about. 

Free Thoughts

The Nationalism Problem (with Stephanie Slade)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephanie Slade on Mar 27, 2020

Stephanie Slade joins the show to talk about her new cover story for Reason Magazine; Against the New Nationalism. 

Portraits of Liberty

Poullain and Equality

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 26, 2020

François Poullain de la Barre was a philosopher who was completely ahead of any of his contemporaries on the topic of gender equality.

Free Thoughts

Politics Makes Us Worse

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 20, 2020

In the United States, nothing makes us hate each other quite like politics.