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A weekly show about politics and liberty, featuring conversations with top scholars, philosophers, historians, economists, and public policy experts. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus.
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    Black Lives and Guns (with Nicholas Johnson)

    Black Lives and Guns (with Nicholas Johnson)

    From Frederick Douglass's advice to keep "a good revolver" handy as defense against slave catchers to the armed self-protection of Monroe, North Carolina, blacks against the KKK chronicled in Robert Williams's Negroes with Guns, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the black community.
    Do blacks have a different view on gun control? Who was Don Kates and how did he fight for the second amendment?

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bleeding Heart Libertarianism: A Retrospective (with Matt Zwolinski)

    Bleeding Heart Libertarianism: A Retrospective (with Matt Zwolinski)

    Matt Zwolinksi returns to the show to discuss what’s next now that the Bleeding Heart Libertarian blog has ended its’ after a nine year run. He starts by describing how the blog came to be and what he learned about libertarianism and its’ history. Zwolinski hopes that people think of libertarianism and social justice as not incompatible and that we can work to forge political alliances, not just with people on the right who wanna shrink government, but also with people on the left who want to reduce inequality.
    What is a “Bleeding Heart Libertarian”? How does the Bleeding Heart Libertarian movement fit into the broader libertarian tradition?

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    • 52 min
    The Power of Voting with Your Feet (with Ilya Somin)

    The Power of Voting with Your Feet (with Ilya Somin)

    Individual voters have little chance of making a difference, and they also face strong incentives to remain ignorant about the issues at stake. But, “Voting with your feet,” avoids these common pitfalls. There are three types of “voting with your feet” that, when acting concurrently, are mutually reenforcing.
    What is “footing with your feet”? When you “vote with your feet”, does your vote matter more? How can we expand foot voting? How could we open migration to make voting with your feet more affordable and appealing?

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    • 52 min
    Who Broke Congress? (With Rep. Justin Amash)

    Who Broke Congress? (With Rep. Justin Amash)

    U.S. Representative Justin Amash from the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan has been in Congress since 2011 and in that time period he has seen many of his colleague chose party over principles. In 2019, he announced that he was leaving the Republican Party. He views the two-party system as an existential threat to American politics and institutions.
    Do Congressmen have principles? Did Trump corrode the Republican Party? Do Congressmen friends with each other even if they are on opposite sides of the aisle? Are there incremental ways we can make Congress accountable again?

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    • 48 min
    Our Criminal Injustice System (with Jason Brennan and Chris Surprenant)

    Our Criminal Injustice System (with Jason Brennan and Chris Surprenant)

    The American criminal justice is a truly a mess. Cops are too violent, the punishments are too punitive, and we imprison more people than any other country in the world. However, violent crime in the U.S. is very centralized in certain metro areas.
    Is the Unites States one of the most violent countries in the Western World? Why did the U.S. militarize our police force? Are police in the U.S. more violent than police of other countries?

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    • 52 min
    Are Social Networks Censoring Conservatives? (with John Samples & Matthew Feeney)

    Are Social Networks Censoring Conservatives? (with John Samples & Matthew Feeney)

    Matthew Feeney and John Samples join the show today to talk about how private companies are moderated their vast social networks. Recently, Facebook announced its' new Oversight Board and Cato Institute's very own, John Samples, is one of the members. The Board will effectively take final and binding decisions on whether specific content should be allowed or removed from Facebook and Instagram.
    Are big tech companies censoring conservative viewpoints? How should we talk about conservative bias? Can governments censor private companies? Does Facebook have to be transparent about what content they moderate?

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    • 58 min

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231 Ratings

231 Ratings

Puggy Knudson ,

Interviewers ask great questions

Very smart people leading this podcast. The guests they have on are top quality philosophers, policy experts, and academics. They understand what’s going on in political philosophy today and they ask great questions to the people they have on.

Wonderful podcast!

Joe Matt ,

Great discussions

This is one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts are great and ask the guests thoughtful, respectful questions. In turn, the quality of the quests is also very good. Additionally, the audio quality is great. I look forward to this every Friday

FCC Who? ,

Thought provoking murder prevention

This podcast has introduced me not only to a wide variety of libertarian thought but they often bring in voices from other movements not necessarily considered libertarian in order to foster an open exchange of ideas, which is indispensable to sharing free thoughts. Pun intended.

How is it murder prevention? I listen to the show during my work commute. It keeps me from paying too much attention to what other drivers are doing and therefore keeps me out of jail. I’m not saying I’d murder someone but I definitely won’t while I’m listening to Free Thoughts or any other of the fine shows produced by Cato.

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