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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 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.

Free Thoughts

Do We Have a Duty to Vote? (with Julia Maskivker)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Julia Maskivker on Mar 13, 2020

Julia Maskivker joins the show today to discuss how she believes we have a duty to vote because it is a morally unique action. 

Free Thoughts

Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Robert Talisse on Mar 6, 2020

In this far-reaching conversation, we look at the problems of American democracy, at the sources of polarization and tribalism, and offer ways each of us could take small steps towards improving the state of our politics.

Free Thoughts

Medicalization of Birth & Death (with Lauren K. Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Lauren K. Hall on Feb 21, 2020

Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to argue that medicalization reduces competition, stifles innovation, and prevents individuals from accessing the most appropriate care during their most vulnerable moments.

Free Thoughts

The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Nicholas A. Christakis on Feb 14, 2020

Nicholas Christakis joins the show today to talk about how humans are unique in that we have evolved the capacity for friendship.

Free Thoughts

Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, George Selgin, & Diego Zuluaga on Feb 7, 2020

George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga return to the show to talk about how the capability of bitcoin is still in its infancy.

Free Thoughts

Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Yuval Levin on Jan 24, 2020

Yuval Levin joins the show to discuss how the left and right alike respond with populist anger at our institutions that seem to be failing the American people. 

Pop & Locke

The Rise of Skywalker

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Landry Ayres, Natalie Dowzicky, & Nicholas Armstrong on Jan 22, 2020

Disney completed the Star Wars saga with the third and final installment to the sequel trilogy. What’s next for the galaxy?

Free Thoughts

Can Science Save Us? (with Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 17, 2020

Peter Van Doren, a self-proclaimed science nerd, comes back to the show today to talk about the role of science in the policy world.

Free Thoughts

The Politics of Science (with Terence Kealey)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Terence Kealey on Jan 10, 2020

Terence Kealey joins the show today to talk about how the government is nearly the single buyer of scientific research.

Free Thoughts

Exploring Wealth Inequality

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & Chris Edwards on Jan 3, 2020

Many political leaders consider wealth inequality to be a major economic and social problem. Ryan Bourne and Chris Edwards join the show to talk about their new study that tackles this issue.

Free Thoughts

Foreign Policy and the Trump Doctrine

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, Christopher A. Preble, & John Glaser on Dec 20, 2019

Christopher Preble and John Glaser join the show to discuss Trump’s approach, or lack thereof, to foreign policy. 

Free Thoughts

Government-Created Segregation (with Richard Rothstein)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Richard Rothstein on Dec 13, 2019

Richard Rothstein joins the episode to discuss how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation.