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Did Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Really Save America?

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Mar 23, 2015

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on the New Deal policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Did the New Deal really pull America out of the Great Depression?

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Liberty and the American Experience

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 24, 2014

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.

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Greatest Emancipations: How the West Abolished Slavery

featuring David Boaz and Jim Powell on Sep 22, 2008

In a single century, slavery was abolished and more than seven million slaves were freed. “Greatest Emancipations” tells this fascinating story.

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Why Has Liberty Flourished in the West?

by Jim Powell on Sep 1, 2000

Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.

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Power Corrupts: A Biography of Lord Acton

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Lord Acton was a 19th century politician, historian, and writer best remembered for his commentary on the corrupting influence of power.

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Freedom From Plunder: Frédéric Bastiat

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.

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An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.

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The Sanctity of Private Life: Benjamin Constant

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.