Free Thoughts

A weekly show about politics and liberty, featuring conversations with top scholars, philosophers, historians, economists, and public policy experts. Hosted by Trevor Burrus. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 51m. Bisher sind 467 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 16 days 19 hours 51 minutes

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The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge (with Matt Ridley) (Rerun)


We’re taking a break from new episodes for a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, enjoy this treasure from the Free Thoughts vault where Matt Ridley joins us t to discuss his book, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge (2015). In it, he theorizes that much of the order we see in the natural world and in human culture and society is the result of unplanned, bottom‐up, emergent evolution...


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Black Liberation Through the Marketplace (with Rachel Ferguson and Marcus Witcher)


Rachel Ferguson and Marcus Witcher’s new book, Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Promise of America, chronicles the achievements and failures of market-based attempts to achievement liberation for the Black community throughout American history...


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How Evil are Politicians? (with Bryan Caplan)


What is the difference between demagoguery and political strategy? It may be tough to tell, but Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and author of the new collection How Evil Are Politicians?: Essays on Demagoguery has a few ways to help tell the difference. Plus; what does Spiderman have to do with the "evil" nature of politicians and why should we focus on them instead of the voters who give them power?

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Inflation! (with Norbert Michel)


What can hurricanes teach us about supply side shocks? Norbert Michel, vice president and director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, joins the show to explain the Consumer Price Index, how the Federal Reserve responds, and how its period of “Great Moderation” was a better time. Plus: why should we have expected the rate of inflation to increase?

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What’s Wrong with Zoning (with M. Nolan Gray)


One border libertarians might be curious about lies between what zoning is and what zoning is not. M. Nolan Gray, author of the new book, “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It” joins the show to explain the roots of our zoning regulations, clarify if overpopulated cities are the real problem, and describe how cities like Houston, Texas are adapting...


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 2022-07-15  50m
 
 

Forensic Frauds and Criminal Justice (with M. Chris Fabricant)


How did bite mark analysis become one of the most misunderstood forms of forensics evidence in our criminal justice system? M. Chris Fabricant of the Innocence Project is leading the fight to bring accurate scientific analysis to the courtroom. He joins Trevor to explain how junk science, a reliance on expert witness testimony, and scientifically illiterate juries drive wrongful convictions and help create a sense of legitimacy for what he calls, “poor people science...


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 2022-07-08  52m
 
 

The Socialist Temptation (with Iain Murray)


Socialism isn’t what is used to be.

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 2022-06-27  43m
 
 

Conservatism Vs. The Right (with Matthew Continetti)


Where has the right gone wrong?

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 2022-06-24  47m
 
 

A Conversation About Guns (with Clark Neily)


Why are gun-targeting policies ineffective and impractical, and what can we do instead to stop gun violence, while still respecting everyone’s rights?

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 2022-06-17  48m
 
 

Why Did America Invade Iraq? (with Michael Mazarr)


A story of faithful foreign policy failure.

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 2022-06-10  56m