• 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…

  • Episode 140: The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan (with Roger Pilon)
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    Episode 140: The Constitution in Practice: From Liberty to Leviathan (with Roger Pilon)

    Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And today, because America demanded it, we are back with more Roger Pilon. He is Vice President for Legal Affairs and founding director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Last time we went into an examination of the philosophical underpinnings of the social contract and ultimately our government and so today we’re going to be talking more about the history of our Constitution specifically and interpreting it. But why don’t you start by giving our listeners a very brief version of…