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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.

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Making the World Better

by Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 18, 2013

Powell critiques an attack on libertarianism that charges libertarians with wanting to destroy society in order to live in a world without cooperation.

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Critics of Liberty: A Reading List

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2011

A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.

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No Man Is an Island (Not Even Libertarians)

by Aaron Ross Powell on Jul 18, 2013

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.

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Why the Government is So Often Vicious and Foolish

by Aaron Ross Powell on Jun 6, 2013

Government’s very nature attracts the vicious, corrupts the virtuous, and encourages foolish decisions—so we should limit its power as much as possible.

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Recognizing the State for What It Is

by Aaron Ross Powell on Apr 4, 2013

We should never forget that the state is an institution for compelling people to act against their will.

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Libertarianism without Argument

by Aaron Ross Powell on Feb 22, 2012

Powell critiques J.C. Lester’s argument tha critical rationalism is the basis of libertarianism.

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Buddhist Ethics Does Not Advocate State Action

by Aaron Ross Powell on May 9, 2019

Engaged buddhists too often lean progressive because they don’t understand the fundamental nature of the state that they rely on.