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A show about libertarianism and the ideas that influence it. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus.


Introducing Liberty Chronicles, a New Podcast from  

We’re pleased to announce Liberty Chronicles, a new podcast from and the Cato Institute, hosted by Dr. Anthony Comegna.

Guantanamo Bay Is Still Open  

Andrew Turner joins us to talk about his experience being stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in 2009 and 2010.

How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?  

Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?

Stuck in Political Nostalgia  

Yuval Levin joins us to talk about political nostalgia and American individualism. Why do the political right and left both seem to be stuck yearning for the 1950s and early 60s?

Can Anarchy Work?  

Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?

The CIA Listens to Free Thoughts  

Patrick G. Eddington joins us this week to tell us about the history of the Central Intelligence Agency, how the CIA operates, and what the new Wikileaks revelations mean for our privacy online.

Must You Obey Government?  

Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?

The Cato Institute at 40  

Peter Goettler joins us this week to talk about his role at the Cato Institute, Cato’s history of 40 years of advancing liberty, and what’s next for public policy organizations more generally and for Cato specifically.

How Economists Think About Health Care Economics  

Peter Van Doren joins us this week to talk about health care economics. How much should we spend on health care, and how would we know the answer to that question?

A Muslim Case for Liberty  

Mustafa Akyol joins us to talk about Islam. Is there a Muslim case for liberty? How has Islam traditionally treated the principles of political liberalism?

The Libertarian Student Movement  

Wolf von Laer joins us this week to talk about the movement for liberty on college campuses around the world.

Taking Government Un-Seriously  

Jeremy McLellan joins us this week to talk about his brand of politics and comedy. Does humor have a place in changing people’s political beliefs?

The Truth About Immigration  

Alex Nowrasteh joins us this week to talk about immigration in the wake of Donald Trump’s contentious executive order. Is immigration always good for a country?

Liberaltarianism and Trump  

Brink Lindsey joins us this week to talk about his idea for an alliance between liberals and libertarians in the age of Trump-style conservative populism.

King Obama, King Trump: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency  

Gene Healy joins us for a special Inauguration Day episode of Free Thoughts. We assess Barack Obama’s legacy as President of the United States and think about what we might expect in the coming years from President Trump.

Wages and Workers  

Peter Van Doren joins us this week for a discussion on how wages are determined in a market economy.

Arguments for Liberty: Kantianism  

Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the chapter he wrote on Immanuel Kant for our new book, Arguments for Liberty. What’s Kant’s conception of the good, and what kind of government follows from that?

Harambe to Trump: 2016 Was the Worst  

David Boaz joins us to recap 2016. Did we just have the worst year ever in American politics?

The Gold Standard Won't Be Coming Back  

George Selgin joins us for a discussion about the gold standard. How did America get off the gold standard, and is there any chance of the country returning to it?

The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It  

Timothy Sandefur joins us this week to talk about his new book, The Permission Society. When you should you need a permit to do certain things?

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