• Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)
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    Episode 121: How Well Does the Constitution Protect Liberty? (with Sheldon Richman)

    Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And our guest today is Sheldon Richman. He’s the keeper of the blog Free Association at SheldonRichman.com, Senior Fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society and Contributing Editor at Antiwar.com. He’s also the author of three books – Separating School and State, Your Money or Your Life and Tethered Citizens and the forthcoming volume The Constitution Revisited. Today we’re going to be talking about a couple of posts that you had up at your Free Association blog on – one is called The Constitution Revisited.…

  • Free Thoughts, Ep. 261: Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)
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    Free Thoughts, Ep. 261: Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney)

    [Music] welcome to free thoughts I’m Aaron Powell and I’m Paul Mitsuko filling in for Trevor Burrus I am host of libertarianism.org x’ newest podcast building tomorrow joining us today is Matthew Feeney he is director of the Cato Institute’s new project on emerging technology welcome back to free thoughts Matthew thank you for having me what is the project on emerging technology yeah the project on emerging technologies is Cato’s relatively new new endeavor so it’s I trying to count now I think it began a couple months ago June or July I should probably know that but it’s a relatively new I’m running it it’s a project of…

  • Episode 111: Building a Better Government (with Richard A. Epstein)
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    Episode 111: Building a Better Government (with Richard A. Epstein)

    Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: Joining us today is Richard Epstein, the Lawrence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Classical Liberal Institute. He is the author of many important books including Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain and Simple Rules for a Complex World. His most recent book is The Classical Liberal Constitution. Welcome to Free Thoughts, Richard. Richard Epstein: It’s great to be here. Trevor Burrus: I would like to start with a broad question. There are many…

  • The Marriage Cases: Legal Challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA
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    The Marriage Cases: Legal Challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA

    The 14th Amendment guarantees liberty and the equal protection of the law to every American. When a state refuses to recognize a marriage of two people of the same sex, is it violating those principles? Or when the federal government decides not to recognize a marriage that is legal in a state, is that a federal overreach? These are the questions that are before the Court in two cases in 2013. However the Court decides the cases, they raise underlying and enduring questions about liberty that all of us should care about. One case challenges a California State law popularly known as Prop 8, which was passed by the voters…

  • Episode 139: The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution (with Roger Pilon)
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    Episode 139: The Philosophical Foundations of the Constitution (with Roger Pilon)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is our colleague Roger Pilon, he’s the Vice President for Legal Affairs and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Welcome to Free Thoughts, Roger. Roger Pilon: Thank you, good to be with you. Aaron Powell: The First Amendment reads, in part, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” So we’ve got those words written down, how do we know what they mean? Roger Pilon: We look at the text as a start and if that…

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    Episode 148: Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government (with Gary Gerstle)

    Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Joining me today is Gary Gerstle, the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge and the author of the new book, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present. Welcome to Free Thoughts, Gary. Gary Gerstle: Thank you very much. Trevor Burrus: So, I would start with the interesting and provocative title of your book, Liberty and Coercion. Why did you choose those two concepts, which I guess are somewhat antithetical concepts, as your—for your overview of American history? Gary Gerstle: Well, for me, those…

  • What Is Libertarianism?
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    What Is Libertarianism?

    In the US, we seem to only talk about two political parties. Don’t like taxes? Republican. Want more social programs? Democrat. But the fact is, there are more political philosophies and affiliations than you might think. One of these is “libertarianism”, and it has grown increasingly popular over the past few elections. Never heard of it? That’s fine, a recent poll found that even amongst self-described libertarians, nearly a quarter had no idea what the word meant. So what exactly is libertarianism? Well, the most well known version is the one that grew out of the 1960s counterculture movement in the US. In short, the libertarian philosophy says that everybody…

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    Episode 149: Our Republican Constitution (with Randy E. Barnett)

    Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: Joining us today is Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University Law Center and the Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He is the author of the new book Our Republican Constitution. Welcome to Free Thoughts. Randy Barnett: Thanks both of you for having me back. Trevor Burrus: So you and I were heavily involved in the Obamacare litigation, the first round of that and that’s how you opened up…

  • Free Thoughts, Ep. 204: Lessons from the Anti-Federalists (with William J. Watkins, Jr.)
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    Free Thoughts, Ep. 204: Lessons from the Anti-Federalists (with William J. Watkins, Jr.)

    Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts. I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: And I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: Joining us today is William J. Watkins, Jr., Research Fellow at Independent Institute in California and Former Prosecutor and Defense Attorney who has practiced in various state and federal courts. He is the author of Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution. Welcome to Free Thoughts, Bill. William J. Watkins, Jr.: Guys, thank you for having [00:00:30] me. Great to be here. Trevor Burrus: The subtitle of your book says America’s First Constitution. I assume you’re referring to the Articles of Confederation? William J. Watkins, Jr.: That would be…

  • Episode 174: The Libertarian Student Movement (with Wolf von Laer)
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    Episode 174: The Libertarian Student Movement (with Wolf von Laer)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.Org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Caleb Brown: And I’m Caleb Brown. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is Wolf von Laer. He is the CEO of Students for Liberty. Welcome to Free Thoughts. Wolf von Laer: Thank you so much for having me. Aaron Powell: Will you start by telling us, what is Students for Liberty? Wolf von Laer: First of all, I would like to say thank you to the Cato Institute, not only for hosting me, but also, Students for Liberty was incubated in your very halls here. So we are now ten years old, but [00:00:30] we got…