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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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    Are Monopolies a Problem? (with Peter Van Doren)

    Are Monopolies a Problem? (with Peter Van Doren)

    Fan favorite, Peter Van Doren, comes back to the show to discuss how the concept of a monopoly has changed throughout history. People certainly don't like the idea of a monopoly, but before we claim a company as a monopoly we need to make sure we know what market they exist in. There is always competition that exists, but sometimes it's hard to nail down.
    What is a trust? What are the technical concerns of a monopoly?

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    • 50 min
    Open Societies & Human Progress (with Johan Norberg)

    Open Societies & Human Progress (with Johan Norberg)

    The freedom to explore and exchange - whether it's goods, ideas or people - has led to stunning achievements in science, technology and culture. As a result, we live at a time of unprecedented wealth and opportunity. So why are we so intent on ruining it? Johan Norberg explores these ideas and more throughout this episode.
    How new is openness? Were early civilizations open? How do open societies progress faster than closed?

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    • 46 min
    (Re-Release): The Story of Money in the United States

    (Re-Release): The Story of Money in the United States

    George Selgin joins Aaron and Trevor for a discussion on money and banking in the United States.
    What is money? How did the government become so deeply ingrained in the production and supply of our money, and why? What is the Federal Reserve, and what does it actually do? What would the U. S. look like with a competitive currency system? And what about Bitcoin?

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    (Re-Release): Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

    (Re-Release): Equality of Capabilities, or Equality of Outcomes?

    In this episode Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus talk about egalitarianism with Professor Elizabeth Anderson. Should we be concerned about an equal distribution of resources in a society? An equal distribution of outcomes? Is it a bad thing for some people to be worse off than others through no fault of their own? And whose job is it to enforce such distributions—government or markets?
    This was originally released on May 5th, 2014.


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    Fixing Supreme Court Nominations (with Ilya Shapiro)

    Fixing Supreme Court Nominations (with Ilya Shapiro)

    Ilya Shapiro joins the show to take us through the various eras of the Supreme Court. He also explains how the process of nominating someone to the Supreme Court has changed since the founding.
    What does the Constitution say about the Supreme Court? Did Marbury v. Madison in 1803 and the rise of judicial review change some of the calculus for confirmation hearings? What is judicial review?

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    • 53 min
    America's Revolutionary Mind (with C. Bradley Thompson)

    America's Revolutionary Mind (with C. Bradley Thompson)

    C. Bradley Thompson's work is inspired by John Adams and his reflection on the nature of the American Revolution. Adams answered the question “What was the revolution?” by saying, “The Revolution was not the war for independence. The Revolution was in fact a revolution in the minds of the American people". Learning this, Thompson discusses the moral revolution that occurred in the minds of the people in the fifteen years before 1776.
    How did Isaac Newton and Francis Bacon, two scientists, influence the American Revolution? How do you discover moral laws of nature?

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4.7 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

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Excellent, thoughtful interview!

Definitely worth a listen. In particular, I found the questions on envy as it relates to agency very informative.

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Such good questions

I’ve really enjoyed the few I’ve listened to so far. The questions are clear and probing.

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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.

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