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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

Why is Populism So Popular?

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom G. Palmer, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 12, 2019

Tom Palmer comes back to the show to address the rise of authoritarian populism and what it means for the state of politics in the U.S. 

Free Thoughts

What’s Wrong with National Conservatism?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Jason Kuznicki, Matthew Feeney, & Paul Matzko on Aug 30, 2019

The underlying ideas articulated by National Conservatism are of value to libertarians to understand because they present a way of seeing the world that is a stark difference from the way we see it.

Free Thoughts

Social Media’s Moral Panic (with Milton Mueller)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Milton Mueller on Aug 16, 2019

Milton Mueller joins us to discuss how social media is not a medical addiction that requires government intervention.

Free Thoughts

Remaining Grateful with Steve Horwitz

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Steven Horwitz on Aug 9, 2019

Steve Horwitz, a fan favorite, returns to the show to discuss how we should all be grateful for how much better the world has gotten in the last 1000 years. 

Free Thoughts

Education in the Marketplace (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Aug 2, 2019

Kevin Currie-Knight joins the podcast to talk about how different libertarian thinkers approached the issue of public education. 

Building Tomorrow

What Made the Internet Possible?

featuring Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney on Aug 1, 2019

Paul and Matthew discuss the history of, and threats to, Section 230. Jennifer Huddleston rebuts the argument that Section 230 was a gift to big tech.

Free Thoughts

Tyranny Comes Home (with Chris Coyne and Abigail Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Christopher Coyne, & Abigail Hall on Jul 26, 2019

Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall join us to discuss how foreign intervention and militarism affect domestic life. 

Free Thoughts

Celebrating 300

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Nora Powell on Jul 19, 2019

Thank you for sticking with us through 300 episodes! Reminisce with us today as Nora Powell interviews Aaron and Trevor.

Building Tomorrow

Facebook Friends Libra

featuring Paul Matzko and Diego Zuluaga on Jul 18, 2019

Diego Zuluaga joins the show today to discuss the latest on Libra, Facebook’s venture in cryptocurrency. 

Free Thoughts

How Did the Western World Get Rich? (with Stephen Davies)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephen Davies on Jun 20, 2019

Stephen Davies joins us today to discuss how we live in a social and economic world that is fundamentally different from the one inhabited by our ancestors.

Building Tomorrow

Canning Spam: Getting Rid of Robocalls

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, Will Duffield, & Ethan Garr on Jun 20, 2019

Have you been bombarded with robocalls? The average American is getting 22 calls per month and Ethan Garr joins us to discuss how he is trying to mitigate the pestering.