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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

Trade War! (with Dan Ikenson)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Daniel J. Ikenson, and Trevor Burrus on May 11, 2018

Dan Ikenson joins us to answer one important question: is the United States in a trade war?

Free Thoughts

Peter Van Doren Vs. MS-13

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Peter Van Doren on Apr 27, 2018

Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.

Free Thoughts

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.

Free Thoughts

WTF?! Economics (with Peter T. Leeson)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Peter T. Leeson on Apr 6, 2018

Peter T. Leeson joins us to talk about his new book WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird.

Free Thoughts

Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.

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What Kind of Libertarian Are You?

by Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 7, 2018

Libertarianism comes in many varieties. Here, Powell sets out his own off-the-beaten-path version, with intellectual roots among the Ancient Greeks.

Free Thoughts

The Pope’s Politics

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Robert Whaples on Feb 23, 2018

Robert Whaples joins us for a conversation on the Pope’s earnest call to build a caring society.

Free Thoughts

The Case Against Education

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Bryan Caplan on Feb 16, 2018

Bryan Caplan gives us the case against traditional education.

Free Thoughts

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.

Free Thoughts

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.