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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.



Latest Episodes

  • The Nationalism Problem
    March 27, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Stephanie Slade joins the show to talk about her new cover story for Reason Magazine; Against the New Nationalism. Her piece starts by noting how Richard Lowry, the author of The Case for Nationalism, argues that there is no real difference between nationalism and patriotism. We discuss how conservative nationalists argue that we lost sight of how to be a moral people, and we need the government […]

  • Politics Makes Us Worse
    March 20, 2020 at 4:15 am

    While we practice social-distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, Aaron and Trevor remind us that there’s something about politics itself that is harmful to us and makes us worse people. If you think the political debate is rancorous now, just imagine what it’ll be like when it determines even more of our lives, as we become more and more connected.What effect does politics have on […]

  • Do We Have a Duty to Vote? (with Julia Maskivker)
    March 13, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Julia Maskivker believes not only that we should vote, but that we must vote. Even when confronted with two unappealing candidates, or with ballot propositions whose effects we will barely feel, or with the fact that our single vote might never tip an election, we must vote.Do we have a duty to vote or do we have a duty instead to vote well? What is the purpose of voting? What is voter fatigue? […]

  • Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)
    March 6, 2020 at 5:10 am

    Democracy can be a good thing, but if forced into places and situations where it fits poorly, like a Thanksgiving dinner, then maybe we should rethink its limits. We discuss the nature and purpose of democracy and whether democratic politics is an end in itself or whether democracy exists for a purpose with Robert Talisse.Is it possible to have too much democracy? Does too much democracy damage […]

  • Innovation and Creative Destruction (With Arthur Diamond)
    February 28, 2020 at 5:15 am

    Entrepreneurs disrupt industries and throw equilibria out of whack, but where would the modern world be without entrepreneurs? The economics of innovation is particularly important to understand at a time when more politicians on both the right and the left are calling for industrial policy. Such proposals raise the question can and should entrepreneurship and innovation be planned? Arthur […]

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