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.
Powell critiques an attack on libertarianism that charges libertarians with wanting to destroy society in order to live in a world without cooperation.
Libertarians reject an expansive state. But this doesn’t mean they reject social bonds or the benefits of working with others to achieve common goals.
A tale of political violence and double-standards.
We should never forget that the state is an institution for compelling people to act against their will.
Engaged buddhists too often lean progressive because they don’t understand the fundamental nature of the state that they rely on.
We treat people’s political beliefs as indicative of their character or competence, but that’s often a mistake.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.
Powell argues against paternalism, demonstrating that it is little more than a way to impose your values on others.
Libertarian philosophy is a “big tent” and we can learn much from philosophers we may disagree with.
It is important to argue clearly, not loudly.
Powell looks at the “entitlement theory” of justice and the closing words of Anarchy, State and Utopia on how the minimal state can inspire us.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Powell encourages skepticism about politicians and their claims.