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 Sep 14, 2018
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Join New York Times bestselling author Tom Woods for your daily serving of liberty education! Guests include Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, David Stockman, and hundreds more, with topics like war, the Federal Reserve, net neutrality, the FDA, Austrian economics, and many other subjects of interest to libertarians. Join us!

Episode Date
Ep. 1241 The Rotten Assumptions of Our Bipartisan Foreign Policy
Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, joins me to discuss the bad ideas and habits at the heart of American foreign policy. Show notes for Ep. 1241
Sep 18, 2018
Ep. 1240 Forgotten Lessons from U.S. Economic History
In this episode I discuss earlier recessions and depressions in U.S. history, and what lessons we might draw from them. Hint: these are not the lessons that were drummed into our impressionable heads as students. Show notes for Ep. 1240
Sep 14, 2018
Ep. 1239 The State Is a Cult, and Other Important Topics
Now this is a fun potpourri episode: we cover (in addition to the topic in the title) anarchism vs. minarchism, the Constitution (should libertarians care about it?), what the Libertarian Party should do, my original career plan (you'll never guess), liberty and security, and a lot more. Fun fun fun!   This episode is drawn from my appearance on The Gold Standard with Alan Mosley.   Show notes for Ep. 1239
Sep 13, 2018
Ep. 1238 Suicide of the West: Two Views
Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable conservative journal Modern Age, joins me to discuss two very different books with the same title: Suicide of the West, one by Jonah Goldberg and the other by an older conservative named James Burnham. Show notes for Ep. 1238
Sep 13, 2018
Ep. 1237 On the Anniversary of 9/11, Sanity
I'm in New York City, as it happens, on the 17th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. In today's episode I review the blowback theory and review the ledger of U.S. foreign policy since that time. Show notes for Ep. 1237
Sep 11, 2018
Ep. 1236 A Thousand Statist Arguments Smashed
This one packs a punch: one statist superstition after another is pounded into dust. Show notes for Ep. 1236
Sep 10, 2018
Ep. 1235 Mises Institute Chairman Lew Rockwell Takes Your Questions
The founder and chairman of the Mises Institute joins me for some great questions from my Supporting Listeners: where he sees us having success, what he thinks of the New York Times op-ed by the anonymous "senior official," how he became Ron Paul's chief of staff, why he doesn't bother defending himself against left-libertarians, his views on the crisis in the Catholic Church, what he would have done differently if he were starting the Mises Institute today -- plus, the man who ordered him not to start the Mises Institute, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1235
Sep 07, 2018
Ep. 1234 Resistance Movement in the White House? Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Says Yes
Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi joins me to discuss the creepy op-ed in the New York Times yesterday by a "senior official" in the Trump Administration who claims to be part of a movement trying to undermine the president from within, particularly in his diplomatic overtures. Show notes for Ep. 1234
Sep 06, 2018
Ep. 1233 Keynesianism Flattened
Keynesian economists believe the market economy tends toward the chronic underemployment or unemployment of resources, and requires wise management. and whether the topic is austerity, business cycles, debt, or a wide variety of other things, they're just dead wrong. And there is no better slayer of Keynesian errors than my guest, Bob Murphy. Show notes for Ep. 1233
Sep 05, 2018
Ep. 1232 Are Workers Getting Shafted?
We hear on a regular basis that workers, whether because of free trade, or capitalism generally, or whatever other institution or trend, are getting the short end of the stick. An ever-smaller share of national income is making its way into workers' pockets. But is that really true? Gene Epstein joins me to get to the bottom of this question. Show notes for Ep. 1232
Sep 04, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1231 The Crisis in the Catholic Church
With the abuse crisis exploding in recent weeks, culminating in the atomic bomb of a letter released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, I decided it was time for another bonus episode. My guests are Roger McCaffrey, president of Roman Catholic Books and founding publisher of The Latin Mass magazine, and Steve Skojec, publisher of the OnePeterFive blog. Show notes for Ep. 1231
Sep 01, 2018
Ep. 1230 Questions on Economics You're Embarrassed to Ask
I've got a bunch of listeners who have some questions on economics that they feel like they should know the answers to, so they feel funny asking. In this episode we take some economics 101 questions and answer them at last. Show notes for Ep. 1230
Aug 31, 2018
Ep. 1229 Thomas Jefferson: The History You Never Learned
Jefferson biographer Kevin Gutzman, who just released a new course on Jefferson for my, joins me to discuss Jefferson's influences, his early political career, his extraordinary accomplishments even outside politics, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1229
Aug 31, 2018
Ep. 1228 My Worst Presidents, and a Whole Lot More
I was delighted to be the special guest for the 100th episode of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, featuring Tom Laird, who runs the Scottish Libertarian Party, and Antony Sammeroff, who's such an effective defender of libertarian ideas. And what a variety of topics we hit -- including my five least favorite presidents. Enjoy! Show notes for Ep. 1228
Aug 29, 2018
Ep. 1227 The McCain Legacy in Foreign Policy
It's important to cut through the exaggerated platitudes to the heart of who John McCain was, lest a misplaced desire to carry on his "legacy" cause further harm to the United States and the world. Scott Horton joins me for this frank appraisal. Show notes for Ep. 1227
Aug 28, 2018
Ep. 1226 Michael Malice on Healing Libertarian Rifts
Libertarian worlds collided earlier this month when Reason magazine editor-at-large Matt Welch joined me on Michael Malice's program. as you no doubt realize, there has been plenty of infighting among Libertarians and libertarian institutions over the years, and I think we hashed quite a bit of that out in a very productive conversation. In today's episode, Michael and I review and assess that mini-summit. Show notes for Ep. 1226
Aug 28, 2018
Ep. 1225 Eric July on Libertarianism, the Black Community, and Dealing with Critics
Eric July, whose band Backwordz hit #1 in Billboard's Alternative New Artist category, joins me to discuss -- in addition to his epic battle with rapper Talib Kweli -- what libertarianism has to say to the black community, whether he feels oppressed every day (I ask him sincerely, since Talib feels oppressed every day), how he responds to accusations that he's betraying the black community by being a libertarian, and plenty more. Eric was the emcee at my 1000th episode event; if you haven't seen it, make some popcorn and settle in for a fun night. Show notes for Ep. 1225
Aug 25, 2018
Ep. 1224 Cody Wilson on Liberty, the State, and Open Source Gun Designs
The media went berserk recently over Cody Wilson and his Stoic defense of the publication of open-source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. We go beneath the surface and talk social media deplatforming, free speech, and Cody's ideological influences. Show notes for Ep. 1224
Aug 24, 2018
Ep. 1223 How to Profit Off Your Enemies' Tears
If you let trolls get under your skin, you're doing it wrong. They are gifts. And you can profit from them. Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor and publisher of the Email Players newsletter, is one of the kings at this. Someone goes after Ben, and Ben turns around and makes sales from it. Now that's how it's done. Also joining me today is Shane Hunter, known as the Abrasive Entrepreneur. We talk about my recent exchange with rapper Talib Kweli, and how in general to handle attacks. Show notes for Ep. 1223
Aug 23, 2018
Ep. 1222 Now They're Coming for Medieval Studies
Rachel Fulton Brown, a professor of medieval history at the University of Chicago who's been under assault by ideologically motivated peers, joins me for a discussion of her travails, yes, but also her new book, the ideological transformation of medieval studies, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1222
Aug 22, 2018
Ep. 1221 Laura Ingalls Wilder, Erased by Library Association, Deserves Her Place in Literary History
Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College joins me to discuss the works and views of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who was an important libertarian writer in her own right. Wilder recently had her name removed from an important children's literature award by the American Library Association, so we begin with a discussion of that. Show notes for Ep. 1221
Aug 21, 2018
Ep. 1220 The Present and Future of the LP (and the Problem of "Libertarian Socialism")
Joshua Smith, who secured a spot on the Libertarian National Committee at the party's recent convention, joins me to discuss the party's present and future, the controversy with "libertarian socialists," and much more. Show notes for Ep. 1220
Aug 18, 2018
Ep. 1219 Jeff Deist on Social Media De-Platforming and the Truth about P.C.
Jeff Deist, former chief of staff to Ron Paul and current president of the Mises Institute, joins me to discuss how we should think about social media de-platforming and what it means (surely libertarians have something more to say than "they're private companies," as if we're never allowed to criticize private companies). We also discuss political correctness: maybe it wasn't just about politeness after all, and maybe it wasn't just a figment of the right-wing's imagination. Show notes for Ep. 1219
Aug 16, 2018
Ep. 1218 The Legal Framework of a Stateless Society
Dr. Jamin Hubner joins me to discuss his Creative Common Law project, which serves as the legal blueprint for how a stateless society would function and deal with common problems. Show notes for Ep. 1218
Aug 15, 2018
Ep. 1217 How the State Sucks the Life Out of Education, and How the Private Sector Just Made a Great Leap Forward in Math
JW Weatherman joins me to discuss the problems with state education -- particularly in math, a subject people are essentially taught to hate -- and a thrilling way the private sector has just made it vastly better, more accessible, more effective, and more fun. Show notes for Ep. 1217
Aug 14, 2018
Ep. 1216 The Standard Narrative of US History, Smashed and Stomped on
What we learned in school: decentralization is stupid and backward, and the progressive way forward is for you stupid rubes to centralize power in the hands of your betters. This episode is the anti-that. Show notes for Ep. 1216
Aug 13, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1215 Mom of 7 Wants to Stay Home, Becomes Successful Online Entrepreneur
Sara Young, a widely respected entrepreneur and teacher, was determined to make her living from her computer so she wouldn't have to leave her children home alone. That determination yielded her fantastic success, to the point that other moms who lived nearby urged her to teach them to do what she was doing. She wound up becoming an online teacher, helping many thousands of folks replicate her model. What she's up to today is particularly impressive -- and yes, can be replicated. Show notes for Ep. 1215
Aug 12, 2018
Ep. 1214 How Austrian School Economists Predicted the Major Economic Crises
Mark Thornton joins me to discuss his new book -- to which I contributed the foreword -- on the so-called "skyscraper curse" and Austrian business cycle theory, and how economists of the Austrian School have been able to spot oncoming crises to which other economists have been blind. Show notes for Ep. 1214
Aug 11, 2018
Ep. 1213 Conservatives 'Tough on Crime' Act Goes Wrong Again
Families Against Mandatory Minimums' Kevin Ring, who saw the problems with mandatory minimum sentences first hand, discusses a major injustice in the present system of sentencing. Show notes for Ep. 1213
Aug 10, 2018
Ep. 1212 Michael Malice on Social Media, Alex Jones, and What's Coming Next
Are things going to stabilize or worsen on the major social media platforms? Michael Malice joins me to discuss the Alex Jones situation, and the nature of social media itself. Is the contentiousness and hostility we find there something that can be fixed, or might the whole project be based on a utopian premise -- just get everyone together, and we'll reach the truth? Show notes for Ep. 1212
Aug 09, 2018
Ep. 1211 Major Smear Job on Libertarians, One Year Later: Nancy MacLean (Sort of) Responds
Historian Phil Magness joins me to discuss the controversy over Nancy MacLean's book Democracy in Chains, which claims to trace a massive racist, right-wing conspiracy back to -- of all people -- academic economist James Buchanan, who is associated with Public Choice economics. The book is so rife with error that MacLean finally had to respond to her critics. Show notes for Ep. 1211
Aug 09, 2018
Ep. 1210 Apple vs. Alex Jones; Plus, My Replies to Left and Right
Alex Jones just got decapitated by Apple and other platforms, so I spend some time in today's episode unpacking what that means. I also take on left-liberals who think the problem with the Fed and the military is lack of diversity, and right-wingers who think capitalism is based on "materialism." Plenty of fun! Show notes for Ep. 1210
Aug 07, 2018
Ep. 1209 Traditional Universities Have Competition
Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, discusses his model for very inexpensive, outcome-based online education. We also address efforts by the inspector general of the Department of Education to throw a monkey wrench into the works (surprise). Show notes for Ep. 1209
Aug 04, 2018
Ep. 1208 She Was Brought Before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission
Janice Fiamengo, a professor of English at the University of Ottawa and an outspoken opponent of feminism, found herself brought before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission in a two-year ordeal related to alleged discrimination. She gives us a flavor of what these commissions are like, and how universities deal with accusations like this. Show notes for Ep. 1208
Aug 03, 2018
Ep. 1207 Pat Buchanan on Trump, Russia, and What the President Should Do
Pat joins me to discuss the state of Russiagate, how the President should respond, what a President Buchanan would be doing, what's likely to happen in the fall elections, the state of the Democratic Party, and the kind of candidate Trump should hope for in 2020. Show notes for Ep. 1207
Aug 01, 2018
Ep. 1206 The Crisis of '08: Truth vs. Propaganda
Opponents of the free market had a field day in 2007/8: why, this collapse goes to show how unstable capitalism is! That's why I wrote my book Meltdown, which (thankfully) wound up spending 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. We needed an Austrian (and not just generic free-market) response to this conventional wisdom. In this episode, I discuss the book with Lew Rockwell on his podcast. Show notes for Ep. 1206
Jul 31, 2018
Ep. 1205 Hitler Didn't Like the Free Market
With libertarians being called "fascists" and even "Nazis" by so-called progressives, I thought it might be useful to review what Adolf Hitler himself believed about economic theory. You'll never guess: it turns out he prefers government control over a free market. Show notes for Ep. 1205
Jul 30, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1204 Without This Music, Your Life Is Worse
At long last, the episode you've been waiting for on progressive rock is here. This is yet another way the Tom Woods Show improves your life.   My guests today are Roie Avin, founder and editor of The Prog Report and author of Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums, and Brad Birzer, professor of history at Hillsdale College and contributor to Progarchy.   Show notes for Ep. 1204
Jul 28, 2018
Ep. 1203 ROUNDTABLE: Tom, Jason Stapleton, Dave Smith, Mance Rayder, and Marc Clair on Why We Joined the LP
In this libertarian podcasters' roundtable, we have a lively discussion about why we recently joined the Libertarian Party, what our plans are, and how we can know if we've succeeded. Fun! Show notes for Ep. 1203
Jul 28, 2018
Ep. 1202 Abolish the Sex Offender Registry?
Emily Horowitz, a professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, was the overwhelming winner (measured objectively by audience opinions before and after) of a debate earlier this year at the Soho Forum on this very topic. Most people assumed no case could be made for her side, but by the time she was done, nearly three quarters of the room agreed with her. We discuss the subject in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1202
Jul 26, 2018
Ep. 1201 The Innocence Project: Helping the Wrongfully Convicted
Rebecca Brown joins me to discuss The Innocence Project, which helps prevent and identify wrongful convictions, and get compensation for people released from prison. What are the factors that combine to yield wrongful convictions? We discuss that and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1201
Jul 25, 2018
Ep. 1200 Walter Block on His Life With Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard
The prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block joins me for a fascinating look at his life in the libertarian world, from his days as a social democrat through libertarianism and beyond. Show notes for Ep. 1200
Jul 24, 2018
Ep. 1199 Dave Smith on Russia Hysteria
The great comedian Dave Smith, host of Part Of The Problem, discusses joining the Libertarian Party, the current hysteria about Trump and Russia, and how his podcast became so successful. Show notes for Ep. 1199
Jul 20, 2018
Ep. 1198 Judge Napolitano on Kavanaugh, and the Court's Worst Decisions
Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at the FOX News Channel, joins me to discuss Trump's most recent Supreme Court nominee as well as the names the Judge would have preferred, plus the Judge's opinion on the worst decisions in the Court's history, and much more. Thanks to the folks in my Supporting Listeners group for submitting questions! Show notes for Ep. 1198
Jul 18, 2018
Ep. 1197 Socialists and Other Ingrates
I strongly urge you to listen to this episode. These are my opening remarks to this year's Mises University program at the Mises Institute. I discuss two sets of ungrateful people. The first: socialists. I go into detail about the improvements in the lives of everyone, but especially the desperately poor, under the free market. The numbers are frankly miraculous. And all these folks can think to do is shout at their employers through bullhorns.   Then I take on those libertarians who spend their time denouncing Ron Paul, Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, and other prolific and productive libertarians. This section is especially savage, but not gratuitously so. Just the right amount of savage.   Show notes for Ep. 1197
Jul 17, 2018
Ep. 1196 A Market Alternative to the FDA
In popular discourse, consumer safety is one of the most frequently cited reasons for government oversight. Neil Thanedar, my guest today, is co-founder and CEO of Labdoor, which can accomplish more than the FDA even claims to be able to, and more efficiently and inexpensively. Show notes for Ep. 1196
Jul 16, 2018
Ep. 1195 Did Trump Eclipse the Libertarian Moment?
Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable journal Modern Age, recently suggested in the Spectator that the Trump phenomenon may have taken the air out of the so-called libertarian moment -- partly because that moment wasn't as libertarian as people thought. Plenty to think about here, and no conversation with Dan is ever dull. Show notes for Ep. 1195
Jul 13, 2018
Ep. 1194 Why There's No Point in Not Being Radical: Libertarian Strategy with Tim Moen, LP of Canada
Tim Moen, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, is an anarcho-capitalist in the Rothbardian tradition. That gives him an interesting perspective on libertarian politics and strategy, and I ask him some tough questions. A juicy episode! Show notes for Ep. 1194
Jul 12, 2018
Ep. 1193 Insights from 17-Year-Old Unschooling Listener and Budding Historian
Once in a while I feature a listener who's doing something particularly interesting. My guest today, Noah Tetzner, hosts a popular podcast on the history of the Vikings, and also has the world figured out far better than I ever did at 17. Show notes for Ep. 1193
Jul 09, 2018
Ep. 1192 A Novel Way to Help the Poor, and Other Libertarian Solutions
The brilliant Murray Sabrin, professor of finance at Ramapo College, is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. We discuss the race, yes, but we cover a great deal else as well: how to help the poor without government involvement, how to understand money (and which book to read), what a professor of finance knows that political candidates don't, Murray's family history in Poland, the right of self-defense, why Rothbard sat on Murray's Ph.D. dissertation committee (Rothbard did this for only two people ever), and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1192
Jul 06, 2018
Ep. 1191 The U.S. Constitution: What Your Teacher Left Out
Here's a wide-ranging conversation full of the kind of info none of us got in school. When did the federal government first go off the rails? Does the Constitution do any good? (You may be surprised at my answer.) What is the role of the states in the American system? And lots more.   Thanks to the Libertarian Christian Podcast for letting me use my appearance on their program.   Show notes for Ep. 1191
Jul 04, 2018
Ep. 1190 Me to the Libertarian Party: Wake People Up; Don't Put Them to Sleep
At the recent event in New Orleans sponsored by the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party I spoke very bluntly about what a libertarian party should be doing and the good that it could accomplish, and contrasted that with the missed opportunities and self-sabotage that continues to plague it. Show notes for Ep. 1190
Jul 02, 2018
Ep. 1189 Freedom Potpourri -- with Chuck Woolery
I recently joined former game show host Chuck Woolery on his Blunt Force Truth podcast to talk about all kinds of issues, ranging from Confederate monuments to Austrian economics to constitutional law and a lot more. Enjoy! Show notes for Ep. 1189
Jun 28, 2018
Ep. 1188 Just When You Thought We'd Smashed the Schools Good, Along Comes Gene Epstein
Gene Epstein joins me to make if anything an even more radical case against the existing education system than Bryan Caplan does in the latter's recent book The Case Against Education. Whatever "but surely you agree we have to have X!" arguments you've heard, Gene anticipates and smashes them in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 1188
Jun 27, 2018
Ep. 1187 Private Property vs. No Private Property: The Results
Nathan Dempsey, creator of Liberty Minecraft, discusses what a game involving money, property, and nonaggression might teach us about organizing society -- and what he learned when he set up, side by side, a place that recognized and a place that did not recognize private property. Show notes for Ep. 1187
Jun 26, 2018
Ep. 1186 Lightning Answers to Libertarian Questions
There's plenty of good material in today's episode, but I'm especially pleased with the lightning round, where I was asked ten major questions of interest to libertarians and given 60 seconds to answer each. Fun! (I'm sharing my recent appearance on the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, which has now been succeeded by Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket.) Show notes for Ep. 1186
Jun 25, 2018
Ep. 1185 Her Family Fled Three Communist Countries; Now She's an Ancap
My guest today is known on social media by her pseudonym The Pholosopher. She's been very successful at spreading the message of voluntaryism, so we discuss what's been working. Show notes for Ep. 1185
Jun 22, 2018
Ep. 1184 The Catholicism Episode (with Some Entrepreneurship Thrown in)
I've had lots of requests for an episode like this, so here it is. Today, at the behest of Steve Patterson, I discuss two things: the how and why of entrepreneurship, at least in my case, and Catholicism. The episode is not about the interrelationship between these two things. But Steve has been wanting to ask me about both, and I've had plenty of requests for these topics, particularly the latter. So here you go. This is my appearance on Steve's podcast Patterson in Pursuit. Show notes for Ep. 1184
Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 1183 Venezuela Isn't Really Socialist Anyway, Say Embarrassed Socialists
Ever heard a socialist brush off the experience of Venezuela on the grounds that that country isn't really socialist after all? Here's how to reply. Show notes for Ep. 1183
Jun 20, 2018
Ep. 1182 Micro-Experiments in Liberty Around the World
Tom W. Bell joins me to discuss the variety of micro-experiments in liberty, of varying degrees of significance, going on all over the world -- like special economic zones, the beginnings of seasteading, even Liberland. Show notes for Ep. 1182
Jun 19, 2018
Ep. 1181 Against SJWism in Sci-fi and Fantasy: Larry Correia Returns
New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia joins me to discuss what's going on in the world of sci-fi and fantasy, where SJW influence has been growing, and non-SJW voices have been demonized with the customary accusations. Correia himself was recently disinvited from an important conference for quite clearly no good reason. We get to the bottom of it here. Show notes for Ep. 1181
Jun 18, 2018
Ep. 1180 Inflation: Its Cultural and Political Consequences
Jorg Guido Hulsmann, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France, discusses those aspects of inflation most people overlook, involving how it changes the very texture of life. Show notes for Ep. 1180
Jun 15, 2018
Ep. 1179 Molyneux and I Smack Around the Deranged Universities
Stefan and I go well beyond the college-is-a-waste-of-time stuff here. College can be fine, and the right thing for some people. But we go through: the ideological environment, quotas, how much people really learn, how to succeed without it, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1179
Jun 15, 2018
Ep. 1178 Who's Afraid of Robots?
John Tamny of RealClearMarkets joins me to discuss how progress really works and the extraordinary advances we've lived through that people scarcely notice or appreciate. And robots are going to make us better off, by the way.... Show notes for Ep. 1178
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 1177 Insider Trading: A Crime?
Should insider trading be a crime? With Donald Trump suggesting that he might pardon Martha Stewart, it's an opportune moment to examine this important question. Show notes for Ep. 1177
Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 1176 The Anti-Marxist Argument That Clinches It
There are plenty of arguments against Marxism, and we make several in this episode. But there's one, by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk, that crushes Marx. That's because it stipulates, for the sake of argument, that Marx is correct about the labor theory of value and so much else in his system. And it shows that even then, his system comes up against a contradiction that cannot be resolved. I welcome G.P. Manish, associate professor of economics at the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, back to the show. Show notes for Ep. 1176
Jun 11, 2018
Ep. 1175 Social Media Thought Control: Is This the Answer?
Traditional social media outlets have been under scrutiny for their data collection, ideological bias, and skewed algorithms. Bill Ottman, co-creator and CEO of, reviews the problems and proposes rather an exciting solution. Show notes for Ep. 1175
Jun 10, 2018
Ep. 1174 Science Deniers?
Cameron English runs a project called Deniers for Hire, which shines a light on progressive bloggers and journalists who defame scientists they disagree with (why, these scientists must be shills for industry!). Show notes for Ep. 1174
Jun 08, 2018
Ep. 1173 The Supreme Court Christian Baker Case Is Crazy
Lots of people are celebrating the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision because a Christian baker who had been punished for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding was vindicated. Unfortunately, the case is a mess, and resolves far less than you may think. I go through it with you in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 1173
Jun 07, 2018
Ep. 1172 The Problem With Government Police
What if the problem with the state's police isn't bad apples but the fact that they're the state's police? Is it possible to imagine policing without the state? Show notes for Ep. 1172
Jun 05, 2018
Ep. 1171 The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
No wonder my listeners demanded this episode. Saifedean Ammous takes an economic perspective informed by the Austrian School and applies it to Bitcoin and why it matters. He discusses the various roles Bitcoin can play, and parries common objections. (We also take an animated detour into the BCH/BTC discussion, for those of you interested.) Show notes for Ep. 1171
Jun 04, 2018
Ep. 1170 Trump and the Deep State: Is Everyone Getting It Wrong?
One side claims the Deep State is a figment of our imagination. Another thinks of Trump as a fearless crusader against it. Both sides are missing something very important. Show notes for Ep. 1170
Jun 01, 2018
Ep. 1169 How to Make Someone an Instant Opponent of the State
Keith Knight joins me to discuss themes in "The Ultimate Red Pill," his epic video bringing together the best anti-statist arguments and clips. We talk about which arguments work best to get people thinking in new ways, which arguments reached him, and the one thing every 16-year-old should read to be inoculated against socialism. Show notes for Ep. 1169
May 31, 2018
Ep. 1168 Libertarian Victories Do Exist: Here's Exhibit A
Carla Gericke, board member and former president of the Free State Project, discusses ongoing if underreported libertarian victories in New Hampshire, her own campaign for state senate, whether and why libertarians should pursue politics, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1168
May 30, 2018
Ep. 1167 Michael Malice and I on How to Get People to Listen to You
As Michael Malice prepares to start his evening news recap show and moves his existing show to another network, I offer suggestions on how to build an audience: what works, what doesn't, how you can exploit your enemies to increase your popularity, and a lot more. Plenty of lessons here for business and for life. Show notes for Ep. 1167
May 29, 2018
Ep. 1166 Everyone Is Wrong About Money Except the Austrian School
This episode begins with my five-minute opening statement from a FreedomFest debate on abolishing the Federal Reserve System, and then proceeds to discuss further problems with the Fed (as well as problems with the so-called Greenbackers, whose critique of the Fed is that they'd prefer to see the Treasury inflate the currency instead). Plus a very funny story that you shouldn't miss. Show notes for Ep. 1166
May 25, 2018
Ep. 1165 Stossel Producer Naomi Brockwell on How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Grandmother
Naomi Brockwell -- TV producer, cryptocurrency expert, and libertarian -- joins me to discuss new frontiers in cryptocurrency, how to explain Bitcoin to your grandmother, replies to cryptocurrency skeptics, what it's like to work for John Stossel, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1165
May 24, 2018
Ep. 1164 Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School
Is there such a thing as "cultural Marxism"? If so, what is it? And what was the Frankfurt School, and what was it trying to accomplish? Paul Gottfried, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale and has written extensively on these subjects, joins me to get to the bottom of it all. Show notes for Ep. 1164
May 23, 2018
Ep. 1163 The Spanish-American War: Watershed in U.S. Foreign Policy
The Spanish-American War anticipated important themes in the interventionist foreign policy that was to come over the next century. The host of the Dangerous History Podcast joins me to discuss its causes and long-term significance. Show notes for Ep. 1163
May 22, 2018
Ep. 1162 The Law Schools Are Run by Crazy People
Mark Pulliam joins me to discuss the politicization of American law schools and the role played by the American Bar Association, which enjoys state-bestowed monopoly privileges. Show notes for Ep. 1162
May 21, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1161 Libertarian Homeschooling Dad Becomes Master of Online Business
Matt McWilliams is more likely to be at the zoo with his kids at 2:00pm than he is to be behind a desk. Matt is a libertarian and a homeschooling father, and served as an officer in the Libertarian Party at the local level. He's now an expert affiliate marketer, and has managed the affiliate programs of some of the top names on the Internet -- in fact, at the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Matt was named the top affiliate marketing manager in the world. He brings that expertise to this discussion of what works and what doesn't when it comes to online business and affiliate marketing. Show notes for Ep. 1161
May 19, 2018
Ep. 1160 Our American Pravda: How the Media Misleads
Ron Unz -- theoretical physicist, software developer, political candidate, and author -- joins me to discuss themes from his "Our American Pravda" article, which explores stories the media suddenly dropped, or never covered. Show notes for Ep. 1160
May 18, 2018
Ep. 1159 Did "Racists" and "White Supremacists" Get Trump Elected?
Musa al-Gharbi joins me to discuss the social science literature and its casual claim that racists and white supremacists handed Trump his victory in 2016. The evidence is overwhelmingly against this, as Columbia University's Musa al-Gharbi shows. Show notes for Ep. 1159
May 17, 2018
Ep. 1158 Women vs. Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating From the Gender Wars
Joanna Williams, education editor at Spiked, discusses her new book Women vs. Feminism. Topics include education, sexual harassment and assault, and advocacy research masquerading as scholarship. Show notes for Ep. 1158
May 16, 2018
Ep. 1157 Baby Alfie: A Guide for Libertarians
The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffered from some kind of neurodegenerative disorder, were told they could not take their child for treatment in Rome, where doctors stood willing to assist them. Dr. Michel Accad joins me for a libertarian analysis of this horrific episode. Show notes for Ep. 1157
May 16, 2018
Ep. 1156 LISTEN TO THIS ONE Is the Term "Libertarian" Still Useful? Jeff Deist on Libertarian Division
This one's a doozy, my friends. The Mises Institute's Jeff Deist joins me to discuss libertarianism, left and right, and ongoing divisions within the movement. We pose the question: if you could have libertarianism triumph but it meant cultural outcomes of which you disapproved, would you still want it? Plus a lot more in this lively discussion.   Show notes for Ep. 1156  
May 14, 2018
Ep. 1155 Help the Poor, No Bureaucracy Necessary
Great things are happening with DonorSee, the amazing app through which you can see with your own eyes the effects of your support for worthy projects around the world. Listeners of this very show banded together to build a house for a widow, for example. Listen to the show and support creator Gret Glyer! Show notes Ep. 1155
May 11, 2018
Ep. 1154 Trump and the Iran Deal
Historian and journalist Gareth Porter, who holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, joins me to discuss the truth versus the propaganda about the Iranian nuclear program. Show notes for Ep. 1154
May 10, 2018
Ep. 1153 Why the Race for Libertarian Party Chair Is So Contentious
Joshua Smith, who is seeking the chairmanship of the Libertarian National Committee, joins me to discuss the present direction of the LP, the infighting, and his own vision for the party. Show notes for Ep. 1153
May 09, 2018
Ep. 1152 Pat Buchanan on Foreign Adventurism
I talk to Pat Buchanan about foreign policy, where conservatives have gone wrong, and what the future holds. Show notes for Ep. 1152
May 08, 2018
Ep. 1151 David Stockman on the Real Condition of the Trump Economy
Has America been made great again, or are the same old problems festering beneath the surface? David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, gives us the full scoop. Plus, we discuss his recent appearance on the FOX Business Network, in which he batted down several regime apologists at once. Show notes for Ep. 1151
May 07, 2018
Ep. 1150 DEBATE: Is There Anything to "Russiagate"?
David Pakman of the David Pakman Show, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, square off in a discussion of allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials and operatives. Show notes for Ep. 1150
May 04, 2018
Ep. 1149 Little Pink House: The Evils of Eminent Domain
The brand new film Little Pink House relates the events leading up to Kelo v. New London, about the taking of Susette Kelo's home to give to a private developer. I talk to writer, producer, and director Courtney Balaker in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1149
May 03, 2018
Ep. 1148 The Totalitarian Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) have been profoundly influential -- and not for the better. We'll discuss his views on the origins of inequality, the role of the legislator, and the place of the individual in political society. Not an episode to skip, trust me. Show notes for Ep. 1148
May 02, 2018
Ep. 1147 The Constitution Con
Here's an in-depth discussion of case after ludicrous case of the Framers of the Constitution expressly intending one thing, and government doing another. Might there be a lesson here about constitutions? Show notes for Ep. 1147
May 01, 2018
Ep. 1146 North and South Korea Making Peace?
Michael Malice joins me to discuss the recent summit meeting between North and South Korea, in which a North Korean leader set foot in the South for the first time ever. What does it all mean? Show notes for Ep. 1146
Apr 30, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1145 How I Make Money From Trolls Who Hate Me, and Other Tips for Business and Life
Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor, is one of my favorite guests: nonstop insights into business, marketing, and life. I could talk to him all day. I subscribe to his Email Players newsletter, and I'm a faithful reader of his daily emails.   Among the points we cover:   -- how to make money from trolls who hate you; -- why you should ignore the latest "ninja tactic," and first master the fundamentals; -- the wrong strategy, which is bound to fail, for your online business -- how neediness is crushing you in business and in life; -- how to make yourself invulnerable to SJW attacks on your livelihood; -- why you should never even consider "virtue signaling"; -- the easiest business in the world to start; -- how to drive traffic; -- the key book for newbies to read; -- the value of shaming;   and a lot more.   Show notes for Ep. 1145
Apr 28, 2018
Ep. 1144 The Truth About War Powers, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Militarism in American Culture
In something of a potpourri episode, Scott Horton and I discuss the real truth about presidential war powers under the Constitution, plus the empire's highly successful propaganda apparatus, the military-industrial complex's tactics, and much more.   This episode is taken from my recent appearance on the Scott Horton Show.   Show notes for Ep. 1144
Apr 27, 2018
Ep. 1143 After Communism, What? Liberty and Statism in Eastern Europe
Stoyan Penchev joins me to discuss the status of liberty and statism, and the state of public opinion, in eastern Europe in particular and Bulgaria in particular. Show notes for Ep. 1143
Apr 26, 2018
Ep. 1142 Why Does Politics Yield Perverse Outcomes Again and Again?
Why does politics so consistently yield perverse outcomes, of a sort it would be unthinkable to encounter in the private sector? Bob Murphy joins me for a discussion of Public Choice theory, which applies an understanding of economic incentives to the way political institutions operate. Show notes for Ep. 1142
Apr 25, 2018
Ep. 1141 The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy
Henry Sire, who originally published his book The Dictator Pope under a pen name, joins me for some background and insight into Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who as Pope Francis has presided over confusion and controversy. Show notes for Ep. 1141
Apr 24, 2018
Ep. 1140 The Progressive Era Was a Scam
Patrick Newman, who recently edited a brand new Rothbard book out of the archives, joins me for a bird's-eye overview of one of the least understood periods of American history. Show notes for Ep. 1140
Apr 23, 2018
Ep. 1139 Anti-Libertarian Cliches Sliced and Diced
Today's episode covers a wide range of topics: the origins of Trump, fallacies of protectionism, how to respond to critics who say libertarianism has never been tried, plus Somalia, working conditions under capitalism, why libertarianism is attacked when we're so marginal, the increasing use of "classical liberal" by creeps, and more.   This episode is drawn from my recent appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast.   Show notes for Ep. 1139
Apr 19, 2018
Ep. 1138 Black Guns Matter
Kevin Dixie, owner and founder at No Other Choice Firearms Training, talks Second Amendment, crime, safety, and what it's like dealing with the "black leadership" when you're teaching black folks how to defend themselves. Show notes for Ep. 1138
Apr 18, 2018
Ep. 1137 Absolute Immunity for Prosecutors: The Built-In Bias Against the Accused
Professor William Anderson joins me to discuss the perverse incentives in the American legal system that work against the accused and their ability to fight back against abuses and outrages perpetrated against them. Show notes for Ep. 1137
Apr 17, 2018
Ep. 1136 Dave Smith on Speaking Forbidden Truths on CNN; Plus: the Rotten State of Comedy, and More
Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose comedy special Libertas spent three weeks as the #1 comedy album on iTunes last year, joins me to discuss his wonderful CNN gig, where he gets away with telling truths you'd be hard-pressed to find on any network. Plus: the awful state of comedy, whether liberty will come via a series of small changes or a handful of major ones, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1136
Apr 16, 2018
Ep. 1135 Domestic Consequences of U.S. Militarism
Libertarians often point out that war has consequences at home as well. The co-author of a new book on precisely this subject joins me to fill in the details. Show notes for Ep. 1135
Apr 15, 2018
Ep. 1134 Princeton Professor Hits Back at Campus Censors
Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, joins me to talk trigger warnings, safe spaces, campus censorship and intimidation, and the purpose of a university. I ask him some tough devil's-advocate questions, but he sticks to his guns. Well worth your time. Show notes for Ep. 1134
Apr 12, 2018
Ep. 1133 The State Keeps Messing With Your Car (But the Car Companies Can Be Annoying, Too)
Whether you're a car enthusiast or not, you have to love Eric Peters: insanely knowledgeable and thoroughly libertarian. We have a lot to discuss today: nanny-ish new cars, the consequences of federal regulation, the "mobile driver's license" and the privacy issues involved, the Jeep we're allowed to buy but not drive, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1133
Apr 11, 2018
Ep. 1132 Conservatives Who Yield Everything to the Other Side, Example #43,366
Historian Kevin Gutzman joins me to take on a recent article by a conventional conservative in favor of "originalism" in constitutional interpretation. Fair enough, but as with most conservative discussions of the Constitution, it comes down on the centralist, Marshallian side of the key issues -- and then conservatives scratch their heads about what could have gone wrong. Show notes for Ep. 1132
Apr 10, 2018
Ep. 1131 DEBATE EPISODE: Trump's Tariffs, Pro and Con
With tariffs in the news and stirring up debate, I thought a Tom Woods Show debate on the subject would be enlightening for everyone. Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable conservative journal Modern Age and editor-at-large of The American Conservative, and Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, square off in this much-needed debate on tariffs and trade. Show notes for Ep. 1131
Apr 09, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1130 How to Work Smart, Not Hard: Pitfalls to Avoid, and Strategies to Follow, for the Aspiring Entrepreneur
There are only two people in the world for whom I've ever offered a testimonial: Ben Settle and my guest today, Michael Cheney. Michael has been producing products and dominating affiliate leaderboards since at least the year 2000. He creates promotions that don't bore you to death, which is why they do so well. And he's taught me a boatload of knowledge that I have put to very good use; last year I was able to make substantial donations to causes you and I believe in, thanks to what I learned from Michael.   His advice is worth taking to heart.   Show notes for Ep. 1130
Apr 07, 2018
Ep. 1129 Ron Paul and I on Public Schools, Indoctrination, and Homeschooling
The indoctrination aspect of "public education" has become more pronounced and obvious in recent months. Ron Paul and I discuss that and other outrages with a system everyone defends and takes for granted, and say a few words in defense of the homeschooling alternative.   This episode is drawn from my recent appearance on the Ron Paul Liberty Report.   Show notes for Ep. 1129
Apr 06, 2018
Ep. 1128 Comedian Owen Benjamin, and the Deranged Leftists Who Stalk Him
Owen Benjamin, who has had a successful career in entertainment, has been having problems with venues canceling on him after rival comedians report him for unapproved thoughts (none of which is actually unreasonable or outside the bounds of legitimate comedy, but you knew that). Opponents even invent things about Owen, or create bot accounts on Twitter to make him look bad. It's crazy.   We recorded this interview 48 hours before it aired. Since that time, Owen's Twitter account -- @OwenBenjamin -- has been suspended, and his ability to livestream on his YouTube channel has been revoked.   Show notes for Ep. 1128
Apr 05, 2018
Ep. 1127 From Economics Class to Libertarianism -- to Politics?
Mitch Toland, once an Obama supporter, made his way into Austrian economics and libertarianism in a most unusual way: his economics professor had him write a paper on Hayekian triangles (a graphical depiction of Austrian capital theory), and this wound up leading him to Ron Paul. He shares his story, plus his venture into politics, in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1127
Apr 05, 2018
Ep. 1126 Private Cities: Another Path to a Free Society?
Titus Gebel, founder and CEO of Free Private Cities, Inc., discusses how private enterprise can provide services traditionally associated with governments, and why this approach holds promise for the future. Show notes for Ep. 1126
Apr 03, 2018
Ep. 1125 Are Economists Obsessed With "Efficiency"?
The general public sure thinks they are -- and sometimes, economists give them good reason to think so. Bob Murphy joins me to discuss (and critique) the Coase Theorem, which purports to solve an important economic puzzle, but which makes methodologically suspect moves that it appears only Austrians may have noticed.   (P.S. We're postponing the discussion of Public Choice, mentioned at the beginning, until a future episode.)   Show notes for Ep. 1125
Apr 02, 2018
Ep. 1124 Death by Regulation: The Truth About the FDA
Research scientist Dr. Mary Ruwart discusses the true effects of the lethal FDA, which we're taught we couldn't live without. Show notes for Ep. 1124
Mar 29, 2018
Ep. 1123 What's Happening in South Africa?
With talk of uncompensated expropriation of white landowners making international news, I thought it was a good time to speak to Ernst Roets, a staple of South African television and deputy CEO of Afriforum, to find out what's going on. Show notes for Ep. 1123
Mar 28, 2018
Ep. 1122 John Bolton: The Bad and the Ugly
Scott Horton joins me to discuss the views -- on Iraq, North Korea, Russia, Afghanistan, and Iran -- of John Bolton, who was recently tapped to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Check out this episode and you'll be better briefed on the subject than pretty much anyone, anywhere. Show notes for Ep. 1122
Mar 27, 2018
Ep. 1121 The Mundane Truth About the Sherman Antitrust Act
Here's how we learn about so-called landmark legislation in school: your wise public servants identified a problem, and then put their heads together in a disinterested, dispassionate way to solve it, and improve life for everyone.   In fact, the real roots of legislation often turn out to be far more mundane. The Sherman Antitrust Act, as Patrick Newman explains, is one such example.   Show notes for Ep. 1121
Mar 26, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1120 Behind the Scenes at Tom Woods, Inc.
I was recently a guest on the Six Figure Grind podcast with Kevin Geary, and we talked not about libertarianism but about how I run my little operation here. I hope you take some insights away from our conversation. Show notes for Ep. 1120
Mar 26, 2018
Ep. 1119 The Venezuelan Disaster
José Niño tells the real story of Venezuela: the problems before Chavez, the Chavez disaster, and what's going on today. Plus: are any lessons being learned? Show notes for Ep. 1119
Mar 23, 2018
Ep. 1118 Austrians Against the Mainstream: A Case Study
It's a common neoclassical claim that people will prefer an income tax over an equivalent excise tax. This claim, though questionable, is perhaps less interesting than the method these economists use to reach it. In fact, this seemingly obscure question winds up illustrating a great deal about what separates Austrian economics from the mainstream, and which school of thought is more realistic. Show notes for Ep. 1118
Mar 22, 2018
Ep. 1117 Was the Vietnam War "Winnable"?
Some say the U.S. could have won the Vietnam War had there been more political will, or if this rather than that military strategy had been tried. Gareth Porter joins me to consider this question. Show notes for Ep. 1117
Mar 21, 2018
Ep. 1116 Debate: Bob Murphy and Dylan Moore on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
With Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) becoming more prominent both in policy discussions and on social media, now is a good time for a full-blown debate. Enjoy! Show notes for Ep. 1116
Mar 20, 2018
Ep. 1115 Neocons and Messianism Make for Lousy Statesmanship
Claes Ryn, professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and director of its Center for the Study of Statesmanship, joins me to discuss how a real statesman would conduct American affairs on the world stage and how, by contrast, the present American establishment does so. We also discuss how we got here (and the problem goes way beyond Woodrow Wilson). Show notes for Ep. 1115
Mar 20, 2018
Ep. 1114 Heroic Rand Paul, Weird Libertarian Party
Today I cover two separate topics: Rand Paul's heroic opposition to the Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel nominations, and the Libertarian Party's strange statement the day of the recent student walkout. That second thing should not have happened. Show notes for Ep. 1114
Mar 15, 2018
Ep. 1113 Who Was Worse, FDR or Wilson?
This and other questions are discussed in this freewheeling discussion with Michael Malice. Plenty of personal questions (directed at me), too. A total blast. Enjoy!   This episode is taken from my appearance on "YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice, at   Show notes for Ep. 1113
Mar 14, 2018
Ep. 1112 Not Just Bitcoin: What Else Blockchain Technology Can Do
Anthony Rozmajzl, an economics major at Grove City College, won first place in the Thomas E. Woods Prizes at this year's Austrian Student Scholars Conference for his paper on blockchain technology and its applications beyond cryptocurrency. He shares his key points with us today. Show notes for Ep. 1112
Mar 14, 2018
Ep. 1111 How a Young Student Escaped the Education-Industrial Complex
Angelo Valle discovered libertarianism and the Tom Woods Show while in high school, heard about Praxis on the show, and at age 20 is now prospering at a successful startup. Now that's the kind of story we ought to hear, so he shares it with me today. Show notes for Ep. 1111
Mar 12, 2018
Ep. 1110 Medical Marijuana, the Drug War, and the Way Forward
Josh Wilcoxson joins me to discuss the effectiveness of medical marijuana, the state of the legalization movement, and how we should proceed from here. Show notes for Ep. 1110
Mar 10, 2018
Ep. 1109 Mises in 1918: Guido Hulsmann on a Momentous Year
Mises biographer Guido Hulsmann joins me to discuss the life of the great economist and social philosopher Ludwig von Mises in the momentous year of 1918, one hundred years ago. Show notes for Ep. 1109
Mar 08, 2018
Ep. 1108 Teacher: School "Walkouts" for Gun Control Are Illegal
A schoolteacher in a left-liberal state argues that the school walkout movement -- which is obviously spreading through intimidation, and the implied suggestion that no other point of view deserves a hearing -- is in fact illegal, since it amounts to political activity by schoolteachers at taxpayer expense. Show notes for Ep. 1108
Mar 07, 2018
Ep. 1107 Lew Rockwell on Standing Against the Tide
Topics include: Jordan Peterson, Trump's tariffs, hate mail, the creation of, the future of the Mises Institute, and whether more than the nonaggression principle is necessary to sustain liberty. Show notes for Ep. 1107
Mar 06, 2018
Ep. 1106 Sizzling: Tom and Stefan on Libertarians Gone Wrong
Stefan Molyneux and I have a wide-ranging discussion about what's been happening to the libertarian movement, the periodic witch-hunts, and why, in the age of the Internet (where you can build an audience even without the approval of the Official Libertarian Institutions), the drama doesn't matter all that much anymore. Show notes for Ep. 1106
Mar 05, 2018
Ep. 1105 Don't Pine for the "Original Principles" of the Bolshevik Revolution
The Bolshevik Revolution continues to be romanticized to this day. Plenty of communists claim that if only the Soviet Union could have stuck to the original principles of the Revolution, the horrors would not have occurred. Problem: the horrors began with the Revolution, and the origins of the horrors are to be found there. Show notes for Ep. 1105
Mar 01, 2018
Ep. 1104 What I Told College Students About Communism
Here's an overview of what I said about communism to an audience of students at the University of California at Santa Barbara last night. Were the crimes of communism mere aberrations? Were they perversions of an otherwise noble ideal? Or were they the natural, expected outcomes of awful ideas? Show notes for Ep. 1104
Feb 28, 2018
Ep. 1103 Marx, Rawls, and Other Fonts of Error
David Gordon, whose knowledge the late historian Ralph Raico compared to the Library of Congress, joins me for a potpourri episode in which all kinds of wicked errors are delightfully smashed. Show notes for Ep. 1103
Feb 27, 2018
Ep. 1102 Can Liberty Go Mainstream? A Comic Creator Says Yes
Johnny Rocket, host of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad (on which I've been a guest, in one of my favorite interviews ever), joins me to discuss his Liberty Force Comic as well as other, unconventional ways we might bring our unorthodox message to the masses. Show notes for Ep. 1102
Feb 27, 2018
Ep. 1101 How to Respond to School Shootings
In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, New York Times bestselling novelist and former firearms instructor Larry Correia joins me to respond to the barrage of demonstrations against guns. If you oppose gun control, you value guns more than your own children, they say. That's the intellectual level of the discussion so far. Larry and I raise it by 50 points in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 1101
Feb 23, 2018
Ep. 1100 Peter Schiff: Where the Economy Stands, and What to Do
Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, joins me to answer questions submitted by members of my Supporting Listeners group. Topics include the state of the housing market, precious metals investing, Puerto Rico after Irma, the ongoing carnage in the retail sector, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1100
Feb 23, 2018
Ep. 1099 Myths of the Addiction Industry
Steven Slate, who once struggled with drug use himself, joins me to talk about whether what we think we know about addiction is really true. Is addiction a "disease"? Is "treatment" the only way to deal with it? Are people who believe that don't need treatment "in denial"? Is moderate consumption always off limits for people who have had problems? Show notes for Ep. 1099
Feb 22, 2018
Ep. 1098 Capitalism, Stakeholders, and "Corporate Social Responsibility"
According to stakeholder theory and the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, it's not enough for a corporation to create products that satisfy consumer preferences and please their stockholders. A much wider range of people, or "stakeholders," should also have a say in the firm's activities -- which should take into account not just the interests of shareholders, but also employees, the community, even society as a whole. Peter Klein joins me to assess and critique all this. Show notes for Ep. 1098
Feb 20, 2018
Ep. 1097 Libertarianism and Parenting (the Less You Think You Need This Episode, the More You Truly Need It)
This is one of my favorite episodes ever. Author and homeschooling parent Laura Blodgett joins me to discuss themes in her 52 Weeks to a Better Relationship with Your Child series. Even if you don't have children, I insist you listen -- there's an awful lot of wisdom in here. Show notes for Ep. 1097
Feb 19, 2018
Ep. 1096 Are Our Choices Really Hillary or Mitt? How One Historian Avoided Both
Professor Kevin Gutzman is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books on American history. He's politically on the right while nevertheless holding much of the "conservative movement" in contempt. His views aren't boilerplate Rush Limbaugh. Therefore, he's part of the Tom Woods Tell-Me-Your-Story project. How does someone -- a historian, no less -- come to adopt views more or less like ours, without getting caught up in the conventional Hillary-or-Mitt spectrum? Show notes for Ep. 1096
Feb 17, 2018
Ep. 1095 Women and Libertarianism (Plus the LP, and More)
Sherry Clark, co-host of Talking Freely on WETR 92.3 FM / 760 AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, joins me to talk women and libertarianism, as well as homeschooling, the Libertarian Party (and infighting), and how she went from neoconservatism to ancap. Show notes for Ep. 1095
Feb 15, 2018
Ep. 1094 The Case Against Education
Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, has just released a provocative (and really excellent) book that takes aim at the education system virtually all of us grew up in. The claims made for it -- virtually all of them -- collapse on close examination. And he doesn't say the system has been corrupted by political correctness, and we just need to get back to its noble origins. His critique is far more sweeping, and devastating. Show notes for Ep. 1094
Feb 14, 2018
Ep. 1093 Are We in a Giant Bubble?
Kevin Duffy, a principal of Bearing Asset Management, gives his assessment of the U.S. economy as a whole and of particular sectors: housing, precious metals, auto loans, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1093
Feb 13, 2018
Ep. 1092 Is Trump Changing U.S. Policy on Nuclear Weapons?
Mark Perry joins me to discuss the recent Nuclear Posture Review, which some say represents a dramatic break with the past in terms of nuclear policy and the possibility of using nuclear weapons. How concerned should we be? Show notes for Ep. 1092
Feb 12, 2018
Ep. 1091 Potpourri with Dave Smith: Ben Shapiro Attacks Ron Paul, Plus Trump, Immigration, and More
The great comedian and brilliant libertarian Dave Smith and I talk about pretty much everything: what libertarianism is really all about, why Ben Shapiro's attack on Ron Paul is dumb, how I changed my mind on war, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1091
Feb 09, 2018
Ep. 1090 Secrets of a Highly Productive Libertarian
Antony Sammeroff, who co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast, leads an amazingly productive life. He balances his work, his passion, his personal life, and his health. He does what we all wish we could do. How? Show notes for Ep. 1090
Feb 08, 2018
Ep. 1089 Noam Chomsky: The Good and the Bad
Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, joins me to discuss the work of Noam Chomsky, whose views in some areas are so well formed, and in others are simplistic and disappointing. Chomsky is one of the people who Gene says led him to libertarianism, so this is a gem of a discussion. Show notes for Ep. 1089
Feb 07, 2018
Ep. 1088 How to Think About Inequality, and Why We Shouldn't Fear It
Per Bylund, a professor of entrepreneurship, suggests a new way of thinking about inequality, its causes (and its mitigation), and whether we should even care about it. Fun! Show notes for Ep. 1088
Feb 06, 2018
Ep. 1087 The Truth About the FISA Memo, With ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
Is the Nunes memo, which speaks of the politicization of the FBI in the service of opposing the election of Donald Trump, really a "nothingburger," or is there something there? Ray McGovern, no Trump partisan, has been blacklisted by much of the progressive media (which once loved him) because he won't go alone with the Russiagate story, and he sharply dissents about the significance of the memo as well. Show notes for Ep. 1087
Feb 06, 2018
Ep. 1086 Lysander Spooner: The Evolution of a Radical Libertarian
Chris Calton joins me to discuss one of the most fascinating figures in libertarian history, and how he evolved from defending the Constitution against the claim that it favored slavery all the way to rejecting the very idea that the U.S. Constitution, or any other constitution, could truly bind the people. Show notes for Ep. 1086
Feb 02, 2018
Ep. 1085 The New Deal and Other Failed Government Interventions, with Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs, the distinguished economic historian and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, covers some of the alleged success stories of government intervention. Show notes for Ep. 1085
Feb 01, 2018
Ep. 1084 Trump's State of the Union: A Breakdown
Mises Institute president Jeff Deist joins me to discuss last night's State of the Union address. We discuss policy, style, Democratic reaction, Trump's ideological confusion, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1084
Jan 31, 2018
Ep. 1083 Overlooked History: The Early Development of Libertarian Ideas
The great Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me to discuss the years surrounding the English Civil War, a critical period in the history of political thought, when many great (and some rotten) ideas  -- including libertarian ideas like natural rights and self-ownership -- were born or developed. Show notes for Ep. 1083
Jan 29, 2018
Ep. 1082 The Truth About F.A. Hayek
F.A. Hayek, illustrious member of the Austrian School of economics, won the Nobel Prize in 1974, and wrote prolifically on both economic and non-economic topics. He has been a source of controversy within libertarian circles because of some aspects of his work. Joe Salerno helps us sort everything out about this central figure. Show notes for Ep. 1082
Jan 26, 2018
Ep. 1081 How to Jolt People Out of Conventional Thinking (and Push Them in Our Direction?)
Mance Rayder, author of Freedom Through Memedom, joins me for some big-picture arguments against the state and for freedom. Show notes for Ep. 1081
Jan 25, 2018
Ep. 1080 Down With State Licensing (Including for Personal Trainers and Coaches)
Strength trainer Mark Rippetoe returns to discuss state licensing, its true motivations, and why a free society doesn't need it. Show notes for Ep. 1080
Jan 24, 2018
Ep. 1079 The (Pernicious?) Idea of Utopia
This episode, featuring Justine Brown, begins with a discussion of Thomas More's classic work Utopia, trying to get to the bottom of what the author meant to convey with it, and then continues with a discussion of utopian communities and theories, and what may be wrong with them. Show notes for Ep. 1079
Jan 24, 2018
Ep. 1078 Lew Rockwell on the Media, the Regime, and Their Relationship
The media's opposition to Trump has confused and obscured the true nature of the relationship between itself and the American regime. Do we really have an adversarial press? Lew Rockwell joins me to get to the bottom of it. Show notes for Ep. 1078
Jan 22, 2018
Ep. 1077 Dissident Historians
Michael Douma, Assistant Research Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, joins me to discuss what it means to be a classical liberal, or libertarian, historian -- do we have our own methods, are we telling a different story, or what precisely are we doing? Show notes for Ep. 1077
Jan 19, 2018
Ep. 1076 Liberty, the Radio Spectrum, and Wireless Technology
Thomas Hazlett, former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a professor of economics at Clemson University, talks about where regulators have gone wrong and the market has gone right, from the radio spectrum debate of the 1920s down to the present day. Show notes for Ep. 1076
Jan 17, 2018
Ep. 1075 Today's Resistance to the FDA, NSA, DEA, and Other Evils
Michael Boldin, founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, talks about a wide variety of resistance movements at the state level against the federal government. Nullification: it's happening! Show notes for Ep. 1075
Jan 16, 2018
Ep. 1074 Libertarians Have a Class Theory, Too (and It's Better Than Marx's)
With the idea of class so central to Marxian theory, libertarians might be tempted to ignore class as a category. But there is in fact such a thing as libertarian class theory, because in libertarian theory there are distinct groups of exploiters and exploited. Gary Chartier joins me to discuss the history and development of libertarian class theory. Show notes for Ep. 1074
Jan 13, 2018
Ep. 1073 How a Historian Saw the Light
Historian Brion McClanahan and I begin by discussing the conservative movement's wary and sometimes hostile reception of his book criticizing Alexander Hamilton. From there, we trace out how Brion went from conventional conservative to Old Right/libertarian. (We love these stories, don't we?) Show notes for Ep. 1073
Jan 11, 2018
Ep. 1072 David Stockman on Bannon, Trump, and What's Coming for the Economy
With Steve Bannon on the outs with Trump and out at Breitbart, David Stockman -- director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan -- returns to discuss Bannonism, the Trump economy, and what's in store. And is he sticking to his claim that Trump won't survive 2018? Show notes for Ep. 1072
Jan 10, 2018
Ep. 1071 Local Tyranny Persecutes Home Studio; Owner Fights Back
Lij Shaw has recorded artists from Adele to John Oates, and for over a decade has operated a home studio out of his detached garage. The city of Nashville came after him for this, and persisted even after his neighbors signed a petition in his defense. Here's what happened, and what he's doing next. Show notes for Ep. 1071
Jan 08, 2018
BONUS Ep. 1070 "I Was a Business-Nerd Executive." But He Left It All Behind...
Steve Clayton is a former VP at LabCorp, the Fortune 500 company so many of us use to have blood work done. He left behind this prestigious, very high-paying job to strike out as an entrepreneur. He's now an undisputed master of eCommerce (and he's trained numerous Tom Woods Show listeners who have gone on to be extremely prosperous). We talk about his own story, trends in eCommerce, and what he recommends today. Show notes for Ep. 1070
Jan 07, 2018
Ep. 1069 Trump's 2017: A Review
Nobody knew what to expect in a Trump presidency. Daniel McCarthy joins me for a lively review of the past year. Show notes for Ep. 1069
Jan 05, 2018
Ep. 1068 Potpourri: Why Some (Bad) Libertarians Don't Like Others, the Book that Changed My Mind, My Unfashionable Opinions, and Lots More
In this interview with MilLiberty, a podcast for millennials, I cover libertarianism, factional infighting, the book that first changed my thinking, how to use technology to undermine the academic establishment, the little savages who dominate the public schools, the trouble with antidiscrimination law, and a heck of a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1068
Jan 05, 2018
Ep. 1067 Peace Breaking Out and ISIS Defeated -- or Is It?
ISIS has been defeated, say the headlines, and perhaps the barbarous wars in Iraq and Syria may at last be drawing to a close. But is that the full story? Scott Horton joins me for a reality check. Show notes for Ep. 1067
Jan 04, 2018
Ep. 1066 An Exhausted Tom Talks 2017 Tom Woods Show Highlights with Michael Malice
Yesterday Michael and I did a year in review, looking at the United States and the world. Today's year in review is about the show itself, and highlights from 2017's hundreds of episodes. As usual, the show will take a break for Christmas. We return on January 3. Show notes for Ep. 1066
Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 1065 The Winners and Losers of 2017, with Michael Malice
Michael Malice joins me for something of a year in review episode. Who were the big winners -- and losers -- of 2017? Who was the biggest villain? What was the biggest surprise? Lots of fun. Show notes for Ep. 1065
Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 1064 The Debate Within Bitcoin: Jameson Lopp vs. Roger Ver on Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash
Bitcoin Cash, which resulted from a Bitcoin fork, has been championed by its proponents as being more in line with Satoshi Nakamoto's original vision for the cryptocurrency, and as helping to solve some of the problems that Bitcoin currently faces. Critics aren't so sure. Jameson Lopp of BitGo and Roger Ver of square off on all this in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1064
Dec 20, 2017
Ep. 1063 Nat Turner's Rebellion: Why a Historical Novel Was So Controversial
Gene Epstein returns on the 50th anniversary of William Styron's historical novel The Confessions of Nat Turner, the slave who led a famous revolt in Virginia. Since Styron was a white southerner who wrote a Nat Turner novel in the first person, you can imagine the reception he got in certain quarters. The whole episode tells us a great deal about American society and intellectual life. Show notes for Ep. 1063
Dec 19, 2017
Ep. 1062 Debate: Can the Free Market Provide National Defense?
Economist Bob Murphy (Ph.D., NYU) and podcaster Todd Lewis square off in the central debate of anarcho-capitalism: is government truly necessary for national defense, or could the free market provide this service? Show notes for Ep. 1062
Dec 18, 2017
Ep. 1061 The Search Engine Manipulation Effect: A Psychologist Looks at Google
Dr. Robert Epstein, former editor of Psychology Today, joins me to discuss his research on how various online services, particularly Google and Facebook, can influence the way people think about a great many important things. Show notes for Ep. 1061
Dec 15, 2017
Ep. 1060 Cliches of Statism, and How to Answer Them
I talk to Stefan Molyneux about many of the cliches libertarians find themselves having to answer, involving child labor, labor unions, monopolies, the environment, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1060
Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 1059 Against the Social Gospel: J. Gresham Machen Against the Liberals
J. Gresham Machen, whom many listeners have urged me to do an episode about, taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for many years and was a significant figure in American Presbyterianism who fought against theological liberalism among Protestants. His political views, interestingly enough, were profoundly libertarian. Show notes for Ep. 1059
Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 1058 Killjoys: A Critique of the Nanny State
Christopher Snowdon of London's Institute of Economic Affairs makes the case against paternalistic meddling in individual decisions. Show notes for Ep. 1058
Dec 12, 2017
Ep. 1057 Dave Rubin on the Left's Drift, and Striking Out on His Own
Dave Rubin, host of the hugely successful Rubin Report, alienated former colleagues (e.g., at The Young Turks Network, where he had been an on-air host) when he openly disapproved of what he saw as an authoritarian, anti-free-speech drift among the Left. Today his YouTube channel has nearly 567,000 subscribers and his show reaches an enormous audience.   He and I discuss this and a lot more, including plenty of listener-supplied questions.   Show notes for Ep. 1057
Dec 11, 2017
Ep. 1056 Walter Block Answers the Hard Libertarian Questions
Walter Block, who holds an endowed chair in economics at Loyola University, New Orleans, joins me to cover a smorgasbord of topics: reparations, the environment, whether libertarians may use tax-funded services, the reliability of government statistics, fractional-reserve banking, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1056
Dec 08, 2017
Ep. 1055 The Truth About the Vietnam War, with Gareth Porter
We've all heard the usual arguments: the U.S. government entered the Vietnam War because of the domino theory, or because of SEATO treaty obligations, or whatever. The recent Ken Burns PBS series on the war, for example, repeats many conventional arguments about the war. Gareth Porter, on the other hand, joins me to discuss rather a different interpretation of the war. We cover the origins of the war, the nature of the war (were civilians deliberately targeted?), the Cambodian incursion, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1055
Dec 07, 2017
Ep. 1054 Salon Outraged: Kids Learning About Ayn Rand!
Salon is unhappy with my guest: his children's book series teaches libertarian ideas -- and, worst of all, introduces them even to some of the ideas of...AYN RAND! Show notes for Ep. 1054
Dec 06, 2017
Ep. 1053 Down With Schooling? Brett Veinotte Explores Alternatives
Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found. Show notes for Ep. 1053
Dec 05, 2017
Ep. 1052 Catalonia, Spain, and Secession: What's the Libertarian Answer?
Marco Bassani, a professor of the history of political theory at the University of Milan, joins me to discuss a question that has divided libertarians: is the independence of Catalonia from Spain a cause that should be cheered? Show notes for Ep. 1052
Dec 04, 2017
Ep. 1051 Want to Be Poorer? Defy These Economic Laws
Hunter Lewis, in an amazing book called Economics in Three Lessons & One Hundred Economic Laws, concisely reviews the crucial economic ideas that can help people see the world in a whole new way. Show notes for Ep. 1051
Dec 01, 2017
Ep. 1050 How State and Society Invented Adolescence, and Screwed Up Young People
According to Dr. Robert Epstein, adolescence is an artificial construct of recent vintage, unknown in earlier times or indeed in many parts of the world today. The creation of this category, and the assumptions that inform it (by state and society alike) have harmed young people, he argues, and are responsible for the anxiety and angst we associate with the teenage years. These problems are not evident in cultures that lack this category. We explore Dr. Epstein's thesis and book in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1050
Nov 30, 2017
Ep. 1049 Harvard Student: Campus Left Distorts True Nature of Communism
Laura Nicolae, a sophomore at Harvard (and whose father fled communist eastern Europe), made some waves recently with an article for the Harvard Crimson about the cavalier way the campus left treats the subject of communism. Show notes for Ep. 1049
Nov 29, 2017
Ep. 1048 A Moral Case for Resisting the Federal Government
I've long been associated with the cause of nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, having written a book on it. Here I discuss various arguments -- historical, constitutional, and moral -- in favor, with special emphasis toward the end on the moral argument. Thanks to the Tenth Amendment Center for sponsoring this event. Show notes for Ep. 1048
Nov 28, 2017
Ep. 1047 Early Anarchists, from Godwin to Spooner -- What Did They Believe?
Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who make up a substantial proportion of my audience, are often confused by non-libertarian anarchists, who don't seem like real anarchists to them. These anarchists, in turn, feel the same way about anarcho-capitalists. In this episode, Professor Gerard Casey reviews the thought of some of the key thinkers associated with anarchism. Show notes for Ep. 1047
Nov 28, 2017
Ep. 1046 My Most Important Influence, and Why I Fight for It
In today's episode I share the remarks I delivered at the Mises Institute's 35th anniversary event in New York City in October 2017. No intra-libertarian drama here; just the hows and whys behind the importance and success of the Mises Institute, a place I truly cherish, and its significance for all of us. Show notes for Ep. 1046
Nov 24, 2017
Ep. 1045 The Key Ingredient in Why We Understand the Economy, and They Don't
There's one thing in particular that the Austrian School of economics understands better than do other schools, and it helps to explain why the Austrians in turn better understand how the economy works (and what makes it not work). That thing is capital theory. Boring? Nope. Super important. Here's what other economists don't get. Show notes for Ep. 1045
Nov 23, 2017
Ep. 1044 GOP Congressman Denounces Pentagon Budget
John Duncan (R-TN) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years, and is the last Republican in Congress to have voted against the war in Iraq. He joins me to review the claim that the military has been "eviscerated" in recent years. Show notes for Ep. 1044
Nov 22, 2017
Ep. 1043 Spontaneous Order or Lord of the Flies? An Inside Look at a School That Puts Students in Charge
A promotional video about this school sparked a heated debate among listeners in my private Facebook group. The video describes the school as having no classrooms, tests, or homework, in which the students direct and evaluate themselves, etc. Is this a natural model for libertarians, or is it just plain silly? I talk to a staff member and a student at the school in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1043
Nov 21, 2017
Ep. 1042 Ivy League Professor Turns Libertarian (and We Also Discuss Machiavelli)
Jo Ann Cavallo, who chairs the Department of Italian at Columbia University, found herself drawn to libertarianism and the Austrian School of economics because of -- who else? -- Ron Paul. She's now bringing these ideas into her scholarly work, with outstanding results.   Also, I can't resist asking her about Machiavelli, a figure I've never been sure I've gotten quite right.   Show notes for Ep. 1042
Nov 20, 2017
Ep. 1041 How to Make (Funny) Two-Minute Arguments Against Statism
Seamus Coughlin, creator of Freedom Toons, has mastered the art of using animation to convey libertarian ideas in a way that's genuinely funny, and not at all preachy. I catch up with him on what he's been up to lately, what the animation process is really like, and where he'd like to take his growing empire. Show notes for Ep. 1041
Nov 17, 2017
Ep. 1040 Why We Should Cheer Political Fragmentation All Over the West, with Michael Malice
Michael Malice has written an important column for the Observer, on the fragmented politics of the West. In Europe, more and more political parties, favoring incompatible policies and ideologies, are struggling with each other. What does it all mean for liberty? Show notes for Ep. 1040
Nov 16, 2017
Ep. 1039 WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird
Economist Peter Leeson has just released a challenging new book, via Stanford University Press, that tries to make sense of seemingly irrational practices from far-off times and places -- ranging from wife sales to trial by battle, as well as things far weirder -- through the lens of economics. Show notes for Ep. 1039
Nov 15, 2017
Ep. 1038 Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and the author of many books, discusses discrimination, economics, and race. Show notes for Ep. 1038
Nov 14, 2017
Ep. 1037 A War on Terror Scorecard, with Scott Horton
Scott Horton, our great libertarian foreign-policy expert, joins me to review seven countries and discuss the (grim) outcome of intervention in each. Show notes for Ep. 1037
Nov 13, 2017
Ep. 1036 What Are Other Economists Missing About the Economy?
Mark Skousen, who just released the 5th edition of his economics textbook, joins me to discuss quite a few topics, with special emphasis on why the Austrian School sees the economy more clearly than do other schools of thought. He takes on the "circular flow" model, the problems with GDP, and why the standard approach leaves out some of the most important activity in the economy. Show notes for Ep. 1036
Nov 10, 2017
Ep. 1035 How Ludwig von Mises Fixed Economics (But Ingrates Won't Thank Him)
Mises was of course one of the great economists, and casual followers rightly credit him for his work on the problems with socialism, or the origins of business cycles, or other topics with obvious policy implications. Often overlooked, however, is how Mises solved a major problem within economics itself, having to do with monetary theory and marginal utility. Bob Murphy joins me to give us an even fuller appreciation of Mises' genius and importance. Show notes for Ep. 1035
Nov 09, 2017
Ep. 1034 Comedian Owen Benjamin Defies Thought Police
Actor and stand-up comedian Owen Benjamin lost not just a gig but also his agent and his management when he suggested that elementary-school children whose parents want to support their "gender transition" probably shouldn't be given hormone blockers. He hasn't backed down, and now, blackballed virtually everywhere, is building up an independent career apart from these creeps. Show notes for Ep. 1034
Nov 08, 2017
Ep. 1033 Was Gen. Kelly Right About the Civil War?
General John F. Kelly, Chief of Staff to the President, made some comments about the Civil War recently that sent the enforcers of orthodoxy into apoplexy. Here is our calm response to the controversy. Show notes for Ep. 1033
Nov 07, 2017
Ep. 1032 Bitcoin, Present and Future, with Roger Ver
32:25 CEO Roger Ver joins me to discuss a wide range of topics related to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, including its recent spike, ideological disputes within the Bitcoin world, the IRS and Bitcoin, whether Bitcoin is in a bubble, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1032
Nov 07, 2017
Ep. 1031 Lyn Ulbricht's Son Got Two Life Sentences After a Judicial Travesty Over a Victimless Crime; What Happened, And What She's Doing Now
In 2015 Ross Ulbricht was convicted of crimes related to the operation of the Silk Road marketplace, where people could buy and sell goods anonymously. He was sentenced to an astonishing two life sentences plus 40 years. The case was shot through with irregularities, outrages, and horrific precedents. His mother, Lyn Ulbricht, joins me to discuss Ross's case and where it goes from here. Show notes for Ep. 1031
Nov 03, 2017
Ep. 1030 We See You Watching: One Man's Campaign Against Local Surveillance
Mike Maharrey, national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, joins me for a lesson in local activism, as he describes his public awareness campaign about police surveillance practices. (He's being sued, if you can believe it.) Show notes for Ep. 1030
Nov 02, 2017
Ep. 1029 NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney, and His Ordeal
Bill Binney, a cryptanalyst-mathematician and (formerly) highly placed intelligence official within the National Security Agency (NSA) blew the whistle on NSA activities in 2002. Since then, he's been through everything from a raid on his home to having a sympathetic documentary made about him. He joins me to discuss his ordeal, plus his views on alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Show notes for Ep. 1029
Nov 02, 2017
Ep. 1028 Dave Smith, Bob Murphy, and Tom Woods Free-For-All Aboard the Contra Cruise
In this episode I talk to Dave Smith and Bob Murphy on Dave's podcast Part of the Problem, recorded aboard the Contra Cruise. We hit on lots of topics: what we'd do without state-run "help the needy" programs, where the biggest threat to liberty is coming from these days, what it means to be a good teacher, what happened to the prospects for liberty after 9/11, and plenty more. Show notes for Ep. 1028
Oct 31, 2017
Ep. 1027 Stefan Molyneux on the Art of the Argument
In the age of social media, the quality of discourse seems to have hit a low point. We find ourselves bombarded with criticisms that (to put it mildly) don't rise to the level of an argument. I discuss arguments and non-arguments with Stefan Molyneux, author of the new book The Art of the Argument. Show notes for Ep. 1027
Oct 27, 2017
Ep. 1026 Insurance: Another Industry Warped by Government
Insurance, as it exists today, is shot through with government subsidies and regulations that make practically everyone worse off. Almost no one besides experts in the field is even aware of the government's role in making insurance premiums higher and insurance products less able to meet the public's needs. Stacey Giulianti, chief legal officer for a Florida insurance company, and who's been practicing law for 25 years, knows all of it inside and out, joins me to tell the story. Show notes for Ep. 1026
Oct 26, 2017
Ep. 1025 Ron Paul on the Revolution at Ten Years
Ron Paul joins me for a look at the ten years since the birth of the Ron Paul Revolution, plus a lot more. Topics include the Deep State, the CIA's records on the JFK assassination, the question Edward Snowden asked him, and the present state of the liberty movement. Show notes for Ep. 1025
Oct 25, 2017
Ep. 1024 Larry Sharpe on Politics, Race, the LP, and Winning
Businessman and consultant Larry Sharpe, who's seeking the governorship of New York on the Libertarian Party ticket, joins me by popular demand to discuss finding the libertarian message, making it appealing, and what the role of the LP can be. Show notes for Ep. 1024
Oct 24, 2017
Ep. 1023 Labor History: The Real Story
Today's episode focuses in on three major episodes in American labor history: Haymarket, Homestead, and the Pullman strike. These are generally related with a predictable bias, which this episode challenges. Show notes for Ep. 1023
Oct 20, 2017
Ep. 1022 Myths and Lunacies of Feminism
Karen Straughan joins me to discuss feminism, many feminists' caricature of men, girls in the Boy Scouts, the enablers of Harvey Weinstein, the left-libertarian Pence/Weinstein comparison, gender-fluid children, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1022
Oct 19, 2017
Ep. 1021 The Nobel Prize and Behavioral Economics: Anything Here for Austrians?
Gene Epstein of Barron's joins me to discuss Richard Thaler, this year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics, who has helped to popularize "behavioral economics," and how to deal with situations in which people behave "irrationally" (that is, unlike the way neoclassical economics expects them to). Show notes for Ep. 1021
Oct 17, 2017
Ep. 1020 Statelessness: Another Case Study
Pete Earle, author of the study A Century of Anarchy, joins me to discuss a little-known case study of statelessness. Show notes for Ep. 1020
Oct 12, 2017
Ep. 1000 Roast of Tom Woods, Plus a Lot More: Episode 1000, Live from Orlando!
We recorded this episode live in Orlando on September 30, 2017. It features Eric July, Michael Malice, Dave Smith, Michael Boldin, and Tom DiLorenzo, along with some surprise guests (Dave Smith and Michael Boldin were also surprises, not being on the official bill).   Lots of fun: Michael Malice dominates Part I, while Part II includes a Dad joke-off between Eric July and me, as well as the roast. Enjoy!   Show notes for Ep. 1000
Oct 10, 2017
Ep. 1019 Labor Unions: Myths and Facts
Haven't labor unions improved the standard of living of American workers? Why, wouldn't we not even have the weekend without them? My father belonged to the Teamsters, so I have a natural inclination to side with unions, but the facts won't let me, and in this episode I explain why. Show notes for Ep. 1019
Oct 09, 2017
Ep. 1018 Listener Success Stories: How the Tom Woods Show Spawned These New Entrepreneurs
I keep hearing success stories from people who got started in eCommerce at my urging, so I finally decided to make an episode out of a few of them. A little good news for a change! Show notes for Ep. 1018
Oct 07, 2017
Ep. 1017 What I Told a Room Full of Doctors
In 2010 I addressed the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. I spoke about government and health care, yes, but I also spoke about state nullification -- not your usual topic at a physicians' gathering. Show notes for Ep. 1017
Oct 05, 2017
Ep. 1016 Some Libertarians Are Just Too Good for the Nonaggression Principle
It's fashionable again for libertarians to urge the abandonment of the nonaggression principle, the bedrock of our entire philosophy. It's dumb, you see. But what they propose in its place is dumb x 1000. Show notes for Ep. 1016
Oct 04, 2017
Ep. 1015 North Korea Update: Will the War of Words Become a Hot War?
With Donald Trump publicly undermining Rex Tillerson and calling Kim Jong Un "Rocketman," should we be concerned about a potential nuclear conflict? Is there a strategy behind Trump's comments and actions? Michael Malice joins me for an update. Show notes for Ep. 1015
Oct 03, 2017
Ep. 1014 James Damore, Formerly of Google, on Diversity of Thought
In this episode I check in with James Damore, author of the notorious memo on the "gender gap" in tech, to find out what he's up to now, what his plans are, and how he looks back on the incident that got him fired as a senior software engineer at Google. Show notes for Ep. 1014
Oct 02, 2017
BONUS Ep. 1013 From Washing Dishes to eCommerce Expert
Fred Lam is an eCommerce expert who went from washing dishes to doing over $20 million in sales. His book Starting from Zero, which he explains how to get for free in the episode, features a foreword by Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Show notes for Ep. 1013
Oct 02, 2017
Ep. 1012 The Fallacies of Marxism, with Gerard Casey
Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me for an overview of Marxism and its (shall we say) difficulties. Show notes for Ep. 1012
Sep 29, 2017
Ep. 1011 A Skill to Keep You Out of the Poorhouse: A Conversation with Bob Bly
EDIT: I mistakenly said September 13 in today's episode when I meant September 30 for the 1000th episode live event. Please be there! Details at   The only person in the world I have ever allowed to write in my name is Bob Bly, who wrote the sales copy you see on the home page at McGraw-Hill calls him "America's top copywriter." And he knows an enormous amount about it -- and many other things besides.   There's a reason we teach copywriting in the Ron Paul Curriculum: it's an extremely valuable and lucrative skill, and you'd better believe I want my own kids to learn how to do it.   Plenty of great stuff in this conversation.   Show notes for Ep. 1011
Sep 28, 2017
Ep. 1010 The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus: A Challenge to the Status Quo
Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus joins me to discuss the state of the Libertarian Party, and the ambitions of his growing caucus that seeks to recall the party to libertarian principle in its selection of candidates. Show notes for Ep. 1010
Sep 28, 2017
Ep. 1009 Government Keeps Making Your Car Lousier (While the Market Tries to Make Them Better)
Eric Peters -- whom I donate to every month -- returns to discuss creepy features in new cars, the government-led demise of the six-cylinder engine, private companies snooping into your information, and decent cars in the new model year. Show notes for Ep. 1009
Sep 26, 2017
BONUS Ep. 1008 The Battle Over the Old Latin Mass
People have asked me to discuss this issue, which I've written a book about, so I decided to make it into a bonus episode. (This episode is my appearance on Roger McCaffrey's Catholic Book Radio podcast.) Ever since the "liturgical reform" of 1969-70, which yielded the modern Mass with which nearly all Catholics are familiar, Catholic traditionalists have urged the return of the traditional Latin Mass -- for reasons of theology, piety, tradition, beauty, and the like. The issue was not one of language -- the new Mass can also be said in Latin. The issue was the rite itself, which had never been changed wholesale and by committee. Show notes for Ep. 1008
Sep 23, 2017
Ep. 1007 Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Liberty
Gerard Casey is the author of what the brilliant David Gordon is calling the best history of political thought he's ever read. We discuss several of his early chapters, on the sophists, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and what libertarians ought to cheer -- or deplore -- in the their work. Brilliant, and a blast. Show notes for Ep. 1007
Sep 22, 2017
Ep. 1006 Saying Bad Words Is Worse Than Warmongering, With Guest Dave Smith
Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose new comedy special Libertas is the number one comedy album on iTunes, joins me for a lively discussion of Trump, foreign policy, Milo, libertarianism, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1006
Sep 21, 2017
Ep. 1005 Are We Richer and Better Off Than We Think?
Is it really true that the American standard of living is falling, and that our children will be worse off than we are? Martin Feldstein challenged this view in the Wall Street Journal. Jeff Herbener joins me to discuss it. Show notes for Ep. 1005
Sep 20, 2017
Ep. 1004 Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days -- Conversation with NYT Bestselling Author Chris Guillebeau
Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, returns for his third appearance on the show to discuss how to build up a "side hustle" as an additional income stream. His new book, Side Hustle, walks you through a series of exercises to identify, test, and refine just the right idea for your particular side hustle. Show notes for Ep. 1004
Sep 19, 2017
Ep. 1003 Alexander Hamilton and the Awful Judges Who Carried on His Legacy
We're taught that Alexander Hamilton is one of the indispensable men in the American story. In his new book -- released just today -- How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America, historian Brion McClanahan takes on this historical icon. In today's discussion we focus in particular on how the federal courts extended the life of some of Hamilton's worst ideas, which we continue to struggle with today. Show notes for Ep. 1003
Sep 18, 2017
BONUS Ep. 1002 Michael Cheney: Picking the Brain of One of the World's Most Successful Affiliate Marketers
Michael Cheney is one of the most successful and sought-after affiliate marketers in the world. (That means he earns commissions selling other people's products online.) He's also the guy I've learned more from as an affiliate marketer myself than anyone else. We discuss his successes and failures, the easy vs. the difficult way to make a living online, and the secret to my own affiliate success. Show notes for Ep. 1002
Sep 16, 2017
Ep. 1001 Rothbard on Strategy: Need We Abandon Principle to Be Successful?
One group of libertarians accuses a second group of being sellouts. The second group accuses the first group of being purists who make any progress toward the free society possible.   Murray N. Rothbard, known in his day as Mr. Libertarian, had something to say about this and other questions of strategy.   Show notes for Ep. 1001
Sep 15, 2017
Ep. 999 "Limited Government" Isn't Good Enough
Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, discusses society without the state. Show notes for Ep. 999
Sep 14, 2017
Ep. 998 Against the Haters: The Brilliance of Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is one of the most significant libertarian thinkers in the world today. Murray Rothbard could not say enough about his brilliance. Unfortunately, his detractors (and even many of his supporters) have never actually read him. So Stephan Kinsella and I devoted this episode to discussing his body of work. Trust me, this is fun and punchy -- especially as it goes along. Show notes for Ep. 998
Sep 13, 2017
Ep. 997 Ron Paul and His Enemies
I discuss the fractured "liberty movement," the increasing attacks on Ron Paul, and why Dr. Paul matters -- a point that the youngsters, who didn't experience the presidential campaigns, may not know. Show notes for Ep. 997
Sep 12, 2017
Ep. 996 Gab, the Social Media Platform Where You Can (Gasp!) Say What You Want
Andrew Torba, creator of the free-speech social media platform Gab, joins me to discuss fighting back against the big companies' ideological jihad against people and institutions expressing unapproved opinions. Show notes for Ep. 996
Sep 11, 2017
BONUS Ep. 995 This Mom's Website Pays the Bills for Her Family -- and Five Others
Katie Wells of is an incredible online success story: her wellness site makes a very nice profit, and allows her to work from home. She has a blog, a podcast, a members' area, an email newsletter, and her own products, so you can learn from her in lots of areas. She recently featured me on her program, and when I saw how successful and impressive she was, I knew I wanted to hear her story on my show. Show notes for Ep. 995
Sep 11, 2017
Ep. 994 Food and Farm Freedom -- and How to Do It Yourself
John Moody returns to the show to discuss the latest in food and farm freedom, plus his newest venture,, where experts teach people a wide variety of homesteading topics. Show notes for Ep. 994
Sep 08, 2017
Ep. 993 Can Government Be Run Like a Business?
We often hear it said: if only government could be run like a business, we'd be getting somewhere. The problem isn't that it's difficult to run government like a business. The problem is that it's impossible, given the radical difference between the two kinds of organization. Show notes for Ep. 993
Sep 07, 2017
Ep. 992 Conservatives and Reverence for Our Leader
Robert Nisbet is one of a handful of conservatives to have seen the major problems with American conservatism as we know it. In this episode, Drawn from my remarks at a 2005 mises Institute conference on fascism, I discuss executive power, centralized power, the military, and related superstitions. Show notes for Ep. 992
Sep 05, 2017
Ep. 991 Professor Says Collapse of Bourgeois Norms Promotes Poverty; Left Calls Her a White Supremacist
Professor Amy Wax wrote an op-ed last month arguing that society's most vulnerable have suffered the most by the collapse of the bourgeois moral consensus. You'll never guess: the screechers called her a "white supremacist." Show notes for Ep. 991
Sep 04, 2017
BONUS Ep. 990 Libertarian Drama: Libertarian Party Chairman Takes Swipes at Your Host
I hate to dwell on this silliness, so I've decided to make this into a bonus episode rather than one of my five regular weekly episodes. Jason Stapleton invited me on to the Jason Stapleton Program not long ago to address a series of unprovoked attacks on me by Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee. These attacks speak volumes about the trajectory and ambitions of the Libertarian Party, so for the record I hereby register this discussion as an official episode of the Tom Woods Show. Show notes for Ep. 990
Sep 02, 2017
Ep. 989 James O'Keefe on the Lying Media
James O'Keefe has become notorious, and controversial, for his organization's undercover videos -- most recently, of people associated with CNN, who appear to suggest that some of their major stories are politically and ideologically driven. We discuss the American media, criticisms of his work, and what we can expect next. Show notes for Ep. 989
Sep 02, 2017
Ep. 988 Private Responses to Hurricane Harvey
Today I'm joined by Brent DeRidder of the Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief and Gret Glyer, creator of the DonorSee philanthropy app, to discuss how private individuals and groups can relieve the suffering associated with this terrible disaster. Show notes for Ep. 988
Aug 31, 2017
Ep. 987 "Price Gouging" Is Urgently Necessary
During natural disasters, there's a sudden and intense spike in demand for the existing stock of resources. This puts upward pressure on prices, and this upward pressure has salutary effects (which we'll discuss in this episode).   That's not how most people see it. "Price gouging," to the man on the street, involves the unconscionable exploitation of vulnerable people's difficult situations in order to make a quick buck.   Show notes for Ep. 987
Aug 30, 2017
Ep. 986 Lew Rockwell: Will There Be a "Private Sector" Assault on Dissidents?
With various websites (not all "white nationalist") seeing various Internet services withdrawn from them, and given that our media and political classes are not exactly known for their ability to make fine distinctions, could ever more sites and groups, more or less innocuous, find themselves subjected to this kind of treatment? Lew Rockwell and I discuss this and a heck of a lot else, including the controversy about libertarians and fascism. Show notes for Ep. 986
Aug 29, 2017
Ep. 985 What Are Schools Wrong About? Oh, Just History, Economics, Preparing Kids for Life....
In this episode I talk to Katie Wells of, in a conversation ranging from entrepreneurship to education, homeschooling, history, the Federal Reserve, nullification, and more. Show notes for Ep. 985
Aug 28, 2017
Ep. 984 Strength Trainer Mark Rippetoe on Fitness, Government, and Entrepreneurship
By popular demand, popular (and iconoclastic) strength trainer Mark Rippetoe joins me to discuss strength training and fitness (and what so many people get wrong), as well as his libertarian views -- and how it all meshes together. Show notes for Ep. 984
Aug 25, 2017
Ep. 983 Can We Really Measure the "Happiest" Countries?
The "happiness" literature purports to speak about levels of happiness in various countries. Popular journalism then purports to explain why the happiest places are happy -- and it's always because of the state. Is there anything to this research? Show notes for Ep. 983
Aug 24, 2017
Ep. 982 Ordinary Libertarian Fired After Antifa Tweets "Nazi!" at Employer
Well, this was bound to happen. Brandon Navom of Software Engineers for Liberty was fired from his job for planning to take part in a free speech rally that had nothing to do with anything other than free speech. Hysterics tweeted at his employer that Navom was a Nazi and got him fired with no severance. He is an ordinary libertarian with no unusual views to speak of. Show notes for Ep. 982
Aug 23, 2017
Ep. 981 Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
The brilliant Scott Horton, a one-man libertarian foreign-policy think tank, joins me to discuss the Trump policy in Afghanistan, the real history of the war, and why the only sensible approach is to get out. Show notes for Ep. 981
Aug 22, 2017
Ep. 980 Moral Injury: War's Undiscussed Casualty
Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his novel Hooper's War, set during World War II. Beneath all the casualty figures and the news reports is something profound and lasting that damages us during war, and the author brings it out even in the context of the "Good War." Show notes for Ep. 980
Aug 21, 2017
Ep. 979 Liechtenstein: The Closest Thing to a Libertarian Country?
The small country of Liechtenstein is run by Prince Hans-Adam II, who is a friend and correspondent of the libertarian economist and philosopher Hans-Hermann Hoppe. In today's episode we tell the untold story about this extraordinary place. Show notes for Ep. 979
Aug 18, 2017
Ep. 978 Charlottesville Once More: Left-Anarchist Keith Preston Discusses
Keith Preston, whose writing I always find interesting and challenging, wrote an excellent overview and analysis of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend. He does the impossible here: this is as dispassionate as it gets. Enjoy. Show notes for Ep. 978
Aug 17, 2017
Ep. 977 Left, Right, and Charlottesville, with Paul Gottfried
In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Paul Gottfried returns to the show to discuss the present state of the American ideological spectrum, from Antifa to the alt Right. Show notes for Ep. 977
Aug 16, 2017
Ep. 976 Boom, Bust, and Government in American History
Today's episode takes a brief look at economic downturns dating back to the 19th century, and argues that they weren't spontaneous occurrences of the free market. Fun!    I delivered this talk at a Mises Institute event in 2009.   Show notes for Ep. 976
Aug 15, 2017
Ep. 975 Radical Libertarian Architect: Privatize Public Spaces, Housing, Everything
Patrik Schumacher, a prominent architect in London, stunned the architecture world last year when he came out against housing subsidies and state-funded art schools, and in favor of privatizing, parks, streets, and other public areas. Instead of groveling and apologizing, he's sticking to his guns. Show notes for Ep. 975
Aug 15, 2017
BONUS Ep. 974 Libertarian Turns Passion into Online Business
Antony Sammeroff, who co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast, joins me to discuss how he's taken a personal passion and begun to monetize it online. Show notes for Ep. 974
Aug 13, 2017
Ep. 973 Glenn Jacobs, WWE's Kane, Runs for Mayor
Glenn Jacobs, best known as the enormously popular WWE wrestler Kane, is also a Misesian and a fixture of the liberty movement. He's currently running for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, and he joins us to discuss the campaign. Show notes for Ep. 973
Aug 11, 2017
Ep. 972 James Damore's Firing at Google, and Libertarian Confusion
As you likely know by now, Google fired James Damore after he wrote an internal memo questioning the assumption that all human differences are due to social conditioning. There is no "libertarian position" on this per se; Google obviously may hire and fire as it pleases. But man was there a lot of libertarian confusion about this.   Some said his firing was "the market" speaking. Some called me a "thick" libertarian for being critical of Google. Some appeared to suggest that libertarians aren't allowed to criticize private entities.   In this episode I clear up all of these unfortunate (and persistent) confusions.   Show notes for Ep. 972
Aug 10, 2017
Ep. 971 Jury Nullification at Work: Free Speech Trumps Statute, Jury Concludes
Dennis Fusaro, a longtime political consultant and grassroots activist, found himself in a legal battle for over a year because of what he considers the erratic application of unjust laws that curtail freedom of speech. The jury found him not guilty, in what appears to have been a case of jury nullification. Show notes for Ep. 971
Aug 09, 2017
Ep. 970 The Real George Orwell
George Orwell has been a mystery to a great many readers. What did he truly believe? Was he a thoroughgoing socialist yet anti-totalitarian? David Ramsay Steele, author of a new book on Orwell, joins me to get to the bottom of it. Show notes for Ep. 970
Aug 08, 2017
Ep. 969 Where Do Rights Come From?
In this episode I review the history of rights theories in the West from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Expect to hear about the medieval canonists, the late scholastics, John Locke, Murray Rothbard, and Hans Hoppe, among others. Show notes for Ep. 969
Aug 07, 2017
Ep. 968 Why Liberty Is So Hard to Sell -- And Can We Do Anything About It?
You'd think "I want to free you" would be an easy message to sell -- and yet it isn't. Why is that?   This episode is the talk I gave at LibertyFest 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.   Show notes for Ep. 968
Aug 04, 2017
Ep. 967 The Failure in Iraq: A Whistleblowing Eyewitness to the "Reconstruction" of Iraq
Peter van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams. When you hear what the U.S. government -- which had destroyed much of the country and completely undermined its civil society -- expected him to do, you won't know whether to laugh or cry. To make things worse, the State Department came after him when he released We Meant Well, the book we discuss in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 967
Aug 03, 2017
Ep. 966 Left-Libertarians and Their Endless Moral Outrage
Mises Institute president Jeff Deist, who was Ron Paul's last chief of staff, delivered an excellent and well-received talk at the Corax libertarian conference in Malta last week.   As usual, though, emotional hypochondria got the better of a small group of left- and establishment libertarians, who are denouncing the speech in hysterical terms.   The speech is so commonsensical, and the reaction on the part of this crowd so perverse and bizarre, that I can't let this episode pass. It's part and parcel of the "Ron Paul is a racist" libertarians who have resented Ron and affiliated institutions ever since being left in the dust after 2007.   So I'm going to play it for you, followed by my commentary. You need to hear it, so you can see for yourself the lengths such folks will go to in order to pretend to be outraged.   Show notes for Ep. 966
Aug 02, 2017
Ep. 965 Take Off That Che Guevara Shirt (Plus: Venezuela)
It somehow became fashionable among young people to wear shirts depicting a murderer. One supposes the same indulgence would not be extended to shirts depicting non-leftist murderers (if such shirts existed, which they don't). Federico Fernandez is behind an effort to take down the statue of Che Guevara in the latter's home town in Argentina, and to spread the truth about the man. We also discuss the ongoing fiasco in Venezuela. Show notes for Ep. 965
Aug 01, 2017
Ep. 964 Austrian Economics vs. Conventional Wisdom
Whether it's "monopoly," child labor, the Depression of 1920-21, the New Deal, or World War II's impact on the economy, our views and interpretations run counter to the conventional wisdom. Here's a defense of our position. I delivered these remarks at the 2017 Mises University program. Show notes for Ep. 964
Jul 31, 2017
Ep. 963 Good and Bad Ways to Fix Our Monetary System
Lucas Engelhardt, associate professor of economics at Kent State University, joins me to discuss bad ways to reform the monetary system, as well as good ones. (Bad ones include the Taylor rule, inflation targeting, NGDP targeting, and Milton Friedman's approach.) Show notes for Ep. 963
Jul 30, 2017
Ep. 962 Austrian Economics: The Basics You Secretly Crave
The Austrian School of economics, the school of thought that includes Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, and Murray Rothbard -- and which influenced Ron Paul, of course -- is the subject of the Mises Institute's week-long Mises University summer program, which I'm attending right now. In the course of taking notes on my computer to help my 14-year-old daughter understand the concepts better, I realized there were some foundational parts of Austrian economics that some listeners may enjoy hearing clarified.   So in this episode I actually show how we can derive economic laws from the apparently sterile axiom that "human beings act." I also discuss where prices come from, and what the fundamental problem with socialism is.   Show notes for Ep. 962
Jul 27, 2017
Ep. 961 How I Increased My Audience by 1000 Times, Plus a Big Failure
This episode is drawn from the Society and the State podcast, on which I was the guest for the very first episode. We discuss how I went from teaching a handful of college students to reaching many, many more via my online work -- and supported a family to boot. We also discuss a horrendous business failure of mine, and other fun things. Show notes for Ep. 961
Jul 26, 2017
Ep. 960 Just Try to Stump Us -- Tough Questions for Tom & Bob
Today I'm sharing what's normally a members-only Q&A I did with Bob Murphy at It's a smorgasbord of Austrian economics, economic theory, and history -- with all the fun and banter you've come to love with Bob and me. Enjoy! Show notes for Ep. 960
Jul 25, 2017
Ep. 959 What I Learned from Murray Rothbard (opening lecture at Mises U 2017)
One of my most significant intellectual influences was the extraordinarily productive polymath Murray N. Rothbard. In this kickoff talk at Mises University 2017, I discuss what he taught me, what it was like to meet and interact with him, why he's worthy of study, admiration, and respect, and why it's impossible in the world of ideas not to have enemies. Show notes for Ep. 959
Jul 24, 2017
BONUS Ep. 958 The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Progressive Rock
David Weigel, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, released a book this year on the history of progressive rock -- which is a glorious and wonderful excuse for a podcast-length discussion of the subject. What's great about this kind of music, what happened to it, the best places to start, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 958
Jul 24, 2017
Ep. 957 The Frederic Bastiat You Never Knew: The Incredible Life and Extraordinary Work of a Great Classical Liberal
A great many libertarians have read at least some of Frederic Bastiat's work, but it's usually one or two of the same writings. Bastiat's output was vastly greater than what most of us are familiar with, and his life was extraordinarily eventful and exciting. David Hart, an expert on Bastiat, joins us for another look at a most underrated thinker and man. Show notes for Ep. 957
Jul 22, 2017
Ep. 956 Books Libertarians Should Read
I asked David Gordon, possibly the most well-read person I've ever met, what books he thought libertarians should read. The result was this engaging discussion! Show notes for Ep. 956
Jul 21, 2017
Ep. 955 Genoa: A Forgotten History of Liberty, Growth, and Entrepreneurship
Today's episode reaches back into history to the overlooked example of Genoa, where we discover the late medieval origins of entrepreneurial skills and institutions that formed the springboard for early modern economic development. The forgotten republican tradition of Genoa, moreover, poses an interesting alternative to the militarist and statist views of Machiavelli. Show notes for Ep. 955
Jul 20, 2017
Ep. 954 Tom DiLorenzo Smashes Nancy MacLean's Book on the "Radical Right" -- a Term That Includes You and Me
Nancy MacLean generated much discussion and controversy when she released her book Democracy in Chains, which purports to explain how the "radical Right" -- in which she includes the most implausible figures -- conspired to take over America.   The book is the standard leftist hysteria about outcomes that will obviously never come to pass, plus a healthy serving of innuendo and downright manufactured claims. Tom DiLorenzo and I have fun with it.   Show notes for Ep. 954
Jul 19, 2017
Ep. 953 Sole 'No' Vote in Legislature Makes GOP Enemies, Racks Up Victories
West Virginia state legislator Pat McGeehan, who comes endorsed by Ron Paul, has been the sole "No" vote in the legislature for years, but has also scored numerous legislative victories -- so he was thrown out of the Republican Caucus. He shared his insights about success and holding fast to principle that apply to people in all walks of life. Show notes for Ep. 953
Jul 17, 2017
Ep. 952 Pope Francis: The Political Pope
Pope Francis is one of the most controversial popes in Church history, and has left a great many churchmen and faithful bewildered. His sympathy for leftist political causes, and his systematic removal of people unsympathetic to his progressive program, are clear enough. We get into some of the details in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 952
Jul 15, 2017
Ep. 951 Is Amazon Evil?
Although most people seemed pleased on so-called Prime Day, Amazon has its critics, too. Do the criticisms hold water? Show notes for Ep. 951
Jul 13, 2017
Ep. 950 Case Study: How the Market Better Provides a State Service
Justin Nguyen is prepared to move beyond theory and into practice with his innovative approach to the environment and waste management. The market, he says, can do a better and more efficient job, and more creatively to boot, than the state. Show notes for Ep. 950
Jul 12, 2017
Ep. 949 After Trump, What?
Robert W. Merry, editor of The American Conservative, paints a grim picture of the position the left would be in should Trump fail or be forced out. Show notes for Ep. 949
Jul 11, 2017
Ep. 948 Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Improve the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians
Maybe the time has come to try something radically different, instead of doubling down on the same old strategies. That's the view of Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, who discusses the potential for humanity in, yes, floating nations. Show notes for Ep. 948
Jul 10, 2017
Ep. 947 Divided Republicans, Unified Democrats, and Our Future
I realize the Democrats and Republicans both annoy us, but we do live under their rule, so we do need to know about them. And when Republicans say the Democrats are divided or in trouble, I think they're engaged in wishful thinking. Show notes for Ep. 947
Jul 07, 2017
Ep. 946 Lew Rockwell on CNN, Trump, Rothbard, and More
Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss the CNN flap, Trump, foreign policy, and Murray Rothbard. Show notes for Ep. 946
Jul 06, 2017
Ep. 945 Don't Complain, Create: The Rise of Startup Societies
Co-founder and CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, Joe McKinney, joins me to discuss new approaches to challenging (and escaping from) centralized authority. Show notes for Ep. 945
Jul 05, 2017
Ep. 944 Another Way Government Makes Housing Expensive
You may be familiar with the problems with Dodd-Frank, but here's one almost nobody knows about: it all but shuts off a significant source of financing for lower-priced and starter homes. Hard to believe, I know: a government regulation harming ordinary people.... Show notes for Ep. 944
Jul 04, 2017
Ep. 943 Cuba Persecutes Libertarians; Here's What's Going on
Early this year (2017), stories began to multiply of members of the Libertarian Party in Cuba running afoul of the authorities for no good reason. Today we discuss what's happening, and how we can help. Show notes for Ep. 943
Jul 03, 2017
Ep. 942 Alexander Hamilton, Worse Than You Thought: Hidden History with Brion McClanahan
Brion discusses his forthcoming book How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America. Lots of great and unknown history in this one. Show notes for Ep. 942
Jun 30, 2017
Ep. 941 Current Events: North Korea Update with Michael Malice
An American held in captivity in North Korea recently died; on top of that, plans for a military option in North Korea are being discussed in Washington. Michael Malice joins us for an update. Show notes for Ep. 941
Jun 29, 2017