• Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)
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    Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is Elizabeth Anderson. She’s the Arthur F. Thurnau professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She was, I believe, one of the earliest guests on this show. Trevor Burrus: Definitely the first 30 or so, I would say. Aaron Powell: Yeah, so welcome back to Free Thoughts, Professor Anderson. Elizabeth Anderson: [00:00:30] It’s great to be back. Aaron Powell: So today, we’re talking about your newest book, Private Government, How Employers Rule Our Lives and Why We Don’t Talk About…

  • Social Security: Universal or selective?  (1971) – with Milton Friedman and Wilbur Cohen | ARCHIVES
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    Social Security: Universal or selective? (1971) – with Milton Friedman and Wilbur Cohen | ARCHIVES

    Narrator: Washington debates for the ’70s. A series of debates designed to bring together for an open exchange of views and opinions, outstanding authorities on vital issues facing the world of the ’70s. The topic, “Social Security: Universal or selective.” Now, here is Peter Hackett. Peter Hackes: In our society, people are living longer than ever before. Retirement comes earlier than ever before. Hence, our senior citizens are finding many more years to be lived without the financial security of a job, thus an issue of prime importance to millions of Americans is social security. Despite the fact that social security is a fact of American life and has been…

  • Rand Paul’s Neo-Confederate, Pro-Seccesionist, “Southern Avenger” Aide
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    Rand Paul’s Neo-Confederate, Pro-Seccesionist, “Southern Avenger” Aide

    sold one all will arm labs the going what is it what they call the whites plane to uh… black students that it was the republicans who set up the national association for the advancement of colored people also tries to provide balance in his alone uh… staffing choices the man who code reading grandpa lost twenty eleven book and uh… serves to as an aid to senator group of settle and paul paralegal courting to uh… pieces in the washington reading kin and uh… maybe in the washer monthly as well uh… was a pro secession is that the next jack hunter who serves as the senators new media…

  • Why libertarianism is a marginal idea and not a universal value | Steven Pinker
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    Why libertarianism is a marginal idea and not a universal value | Steven Pinker

    Sometimes people say that in the absence of religion there can be no moral values and, in fact, for that reason, there can never be values that everyone agrees upon. “We are inherently conflictual. The human condition is conflict among peoples because they could just never agree on values.” Well, putting a lie to that are developments like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the Millennium Development Goals where the nations of the world agreed on a number of milestones that humanity should strive for—having to do with health and longevity and education—and some of which were met years early, such as reduction of extreme poverty, usually…

  • What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?
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    What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?

    According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the federal government collected $2.2 trillion in 2011. That includes revenue from all sources: income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate taxes, excise taxes, estate taxes, tariffs, and all other sorts of taxes and fees. Also in 2011, the federal government spent $3.8 trillion and was $14.6 trillion in debt. These numbers are too large to comprehend. Let’s put the federal government in perspective. The average American household earns about $50,000 a year. Now imagine if the federal government were the size of an average household. In 2011, this household-sized government would have spent almost $88,000, or $38,000 more than it earned.…

  • 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…