The Tom Woods Show

Doug Casey, whose book Crisis Investing spent 29 weeks at the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list, joins me to assess the fallout from the various governmental responses to the coronavirus, as well as his own approach to a crisis like this.

Show notes for Ep. 1623

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Dave Smith and I discuss the approach being recommended to cope with COVID-19. Is "if this saves one life, I'll be happy" a sensible way to think about the world? If you object to shutdowns for indeterminate amounts of time, does this mean you want your grandmother dead? This episode is taken from my recent appearance on Part of the Problem, Dave Smith's podcast.

Show notes for Ep. 1622

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I talk to the Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin and Free Man Beyond the Wall host Peter Quinones about state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, and whether it might apply in the current circumstances.

Show notes for Ep. 1621

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Professors Joseph Salerno and Peter Klein join me to discuss the economics of the extraordinary episode we are currently living through, as well as the likely consequences of how the federal government and the Federal Reserve are responding.

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Show notes for Ep. 1620

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DonorSee creator Gret Glyer joins us to discuss how individuals can make real differences in the lives of other individuals, often halfway around the world -- particularly during the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

Show notes for Ep. 1619

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Jack Spirko, host of The Survival Podcast, joins me to answer the questions we all have right now: what exactly should we do to prepare for the unexpected? What do we need and what do we not need? I ask Jack a bunch of excellent listener-submitted questions that will help you be ready for whatever the world throws at you.

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Show notes for Ep. 1618

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Joe McKinney, founder and CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, discusses the array of models and possibilities for "startup societies," whereby new or existing communities establish arrangements in which the hand of the state is felt more lightly.

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Show notes for Ep. 1617

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Here's a freewheeling discussion of a whole bunch of questions your junior high school teacher never answered -- or even raised. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1616

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Economist Antony Davies and political scientist James Harrigan join me to discuss their new book "Cooperation and Coercion: How Busybodies Became Busybullies and What That Means for Economics and Politics". We talk about how the state thrives on wars on poverty, drugs, terror, etc., the cooperation that is at the center of the market economy, and a lot more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1615

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Uncertainty casts a shadow over everything right now, as people wonder how long the coronavirus problem will persist and how intense it will become. Some people face questions about employment and staying afloat during the coming weeks and possibly even months. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve and the federal government are talking about and even taking radical action. Peter Schiff joins me to talk some sense.

Show notes for Ep. 1614

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Popular podcaster and comedian Dave Smith joins me to discuss the libertarian movement's ninny problem, whereby a tiny (but obnoxiously loud) minority spends its time on the rampage against people like Dave for wrongthink because he interviews unpopular people. Oddly, neither Dave nor I has ever been criticized for featuring left-wingers on our shows and not grilling them over their faulty views. I wonder why that is.

Show notes for Ep. 1613

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I review last night's one-on-one presidential debate between the top two remaining democratic presidential contenders. Plenty of lunacy to go around, that's for sure.

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Show notes for Ep. 1612

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The great Matt Ridley joins us for a fascinating whirlwind tour of the history of innovation, and identifies key features of it that free societies disproportionately make possible. One of my all-time favorite guests!

Show notes for Ep. 1611

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John Tamny returns to discuss job-training programs, price deflation, deficits, and other areas where one side (liberals or conservatives) get it badly wrong.

Show notes for Ep. 1610

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Gareth Porter discusses the history of U.S.-Iran relations, how they became so strained, the truth about the Iranian nuclear program, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1609

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project has just produced something new: not the overview of schooling, education, unschooling, and the usual topics he covers, but topics like these: once we have all this (unpopular) knowledge, how do we convey it most persuasively? Or: what's the secret to being a good researcher? Or: what's the quickest, most efficient way to read a book?

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Show notes for Ep. 1608

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Angela McArdle, who chairs the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles, has poured enormous energy into the libertarian movement and come up with a great many creative ideas to spread our message. She's also done effective battle against the crazies. Not to mention she's a blast to talk to. Enjoy!

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Show notes for Ep. 1607

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In this final episode of Bob Murphy Week we begin by talking animal rights, school shootings, and how the poor would be cared for in a libertarian society, and finish with a discussion of the problems with anarcho-communism.

Show notes for Ep. 1606

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this installment of Bob Murphy Week, we consider whether and how a stateless society could handle difficult problems like child abuse and pandemics.

Show notes for Ep. 1605

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

As Bob Murphy Week on the Tom Woods Show continues, I take advantage of having a great libertarian theorist on the show in order to raise challenging problems like consumer safety, hunting and fishing rights, and how to deal with a mad scientist running unethical experiments.

Show notes for Ep. 1604

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Bob Murphy is a prolific scholar and popular writer and speaker on the Austrian School of economics, so I thought I'd ask him: what if any weaknesses do you find in Austrian Economics, and/or where do we need to do more work?

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Show notes for Ep. 1603

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As we kick off Bob Murphy Week with libertarian theorist and Austrian economist Bob Murphy, I ask him if there are areas of libertarianism that could use further work, and/or where the conventional libertarian responses are weak. Oh, yes, he says.

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Show notes for Ep. 1602

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Success within the market economy boils down to one thing: the satisfaction of consumer preferences. But this is easier said than done. What are consumer preferences? What do people want? What will they buy? How does the entrepreneur answer these questions? Ryan Levesque, bestselling author of the books Ask and Choose, shows us how we move from the theory of capitalism to the successful real-life capitalist.

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Show notes for Ep. 1601

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Amity Shlaes returns to the show to discuss her new book on Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, which -- to say the least -- failed to live up to its promises.

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Show notes for Ep. 1600

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Last night's Democratic debate was more interesting than some of the others, partly because of the attacks on Bernie and partly because everyone was dying to see whether Bloomberg could recover from his disastrous performance last week. The result is one of my favorite debate analysis episodes of the season. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1599

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT

Gerard Casey, who taught logic at University College, Dublin, for 30 years, joins us to discuss some common logical fallacies we regularly encounter.

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Show notes for Ep. 1598

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

I talk about (the horrendous) Mike Bloomberg and what he might have said in the debate, and also cover the Bernie Sanders phenomenon: his struggle against the Democratic establishment, and what's liable to happen if he gets elected.

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Show notes for Ep. 1597

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

We wrap up Walter Block week with a glance through his enormous list of publications and picking out interesting topics for libertarians: punishment theory, conjoined twins, the death penalty, and more, as well as a sneak preview of Defending the Undefendable 3.

Show notes for Ep. 1596

Direct download: woods_2020_02_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Walter Block week continues with this episode about Walter's experience suing the New York Times for libel, after they misrepresented his comments in what had to be a deliberate act of journalistic malpractice. But what does libertarian theory have to say about libel law?

Show notes for Ep. 1595

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

We continue Walter Block week with a discussion of the second Defending the Undefendable book, and cover the corporate raider, the multinational enterpriser, the picket-line crosser, the hatchet man, the human organ merchant, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1594

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we discuss Walter's classic work, Defending the Undefendable. The rogues gallery Walter seeks to rehabilitate in this episode includes the middleman, the slumlord, the speculator, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1593

Direct download: woods_2020_02_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Walter Block must be the most prolific living libertarian, with over 600 peer-reviewed articles, more than 30 books, and thousands of popular articles to his credit. In this first episode of Walter Block week, we get into Walter's own history, from his high school years with classmate Bernie Sanders to his conversion to economic liberty by none other than Ayn Rand herself.

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Show notes for Ep. 1592

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Scott Horton, the great libertarian foreign-policy expert, returns to the show to discuss the state of the campaign for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, and the prospects for having a spokesman who knows, loves, and can persuasively defend the ideas of liberty.

Show notes for Ep. 1591

Direct download: woods_2020_02_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Euro Pacific Capital's Peter Schiff joins me to take listener questions (submitted via my Tom Woods Show Elite private group), including (1) what sectors tend to get hit the hardest or hit the least during downturns, including our next one? (2) what can people who aren't wealthy do to protect the savings they do have? (3) what did you tell those Occupy Wall Street protesters, and would you do such a thing in 2020? (4) what's your evaluation of Trump? ... and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1590

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

The great Dominic Frisby joins me to discuss how he successfully lampooned the elitists who pushed the Remain cause on the British, and defended the Brexiteers. Plus libertarianism, comedy, and how (if at all) a comedian can come back after bombing.

Show notes for Ep. 1589

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Mark Jeftovic, CEO of easyDNS and cryptocurrency enthusiast, says yes, and in his new book and in our conversation today he describes the approach all of us should take, regardless of how obviously inoffensive what you're saying might be.

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Show notes for Ep. 1588

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Gene Epstein joins me to discuss the problems associated with protectionism, industrial policy, and the overall package of economic nationalism.

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Show notes for Ep. 1587

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Income inequality has been a hot topic in recent years, but nearly everyone gets it wrong. Here are the real facts, and the best way for libertarians -- or anyone -- to think about them.

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Show notes for Ep. 1586

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This episode builds on the discussion in episode 1584 about the primary, and devastating, argument against socialism, namely the one developed by Ludwig von Mises that involves the impossibility of economic calculation under socialism. Today I explain why this is the most fundamental argument against socialism, trumping even the problem of dispersed knowledge emphasized by F.A. Hayek.

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Show notes for Ep. 1585

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm EDT

We've heard Greta Thunberg's angry, apocalyptic warnings about the problems arising from climate change. Now economist Paul Krugman says she's closer to the economics than her critics are. What's the right way to think about all this?

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Show notes for Ep. 1584

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

In 1920 Ludwig von Mises published "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth," an article that demolished the foundations of socialism in its original, no-private-property-in-the-means-of-production form. In this episode I explain Mises' thesis, and then show how the problems he identified in classical socialism persist to some extent under any state of any kind.

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Show notes for Ep. 1583

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

The demonization of people we disagree with has reached a level of us few of us could have conceived of a generation ago -- or indeed even five years ago. Thinking about this reminded me of several other things I think libertarians (and all people, including myself) could stand to do better.

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Show notes for Ep. 1582

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Phil Magness returns to discuss the sound and unsound aspects of the New York Times' 1619 Project. Topics include Lincoln and the colonization of the former slaves, the role of slavery in the American Revolution, and slavery's role in American prosperity.

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Show notes for Ep. 1581

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

In this episode about episodes, I review nearly the past four years of the Tom Woods Show to find golden nuggets of awesomeness you may have missed.

Show notes for Ep. 1580

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center joins me to discuss what I consider the best short introduction to the real Constitution, as opposed to the one taught in law school and the New York Times.

Show notes for Ep. 1579

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

David Ramsay Steele discusses the phenomenon of fascism, what it really was, and what's wrong with using it as a generic term of abuse. Plus: vegetarianism and animal welfare, and why economic growth doesn't have to mean the consumption of more and more resources.

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Show notes for Ep. 1578

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

At FreedomFest 2010, Gene Epstein and I debated Warren Coates and John Fund on whether the Federal Reserve should be abolished. Here is that debate!

Show notes for Ep. 1577

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

Princeton University Press published my guest's book When All Else Fails, on the subject of whether and under what circumstances it is morally legitimate to resist the state with physical force. Not the kind of topic you might expect from an Ivy League university press, but Brennan makes his case persuasively and provocatively, as indeed he likewise does in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1576

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Law professor F.H. Buckley joins me to discuss his new book American Secession, and why breaking up the United States -- or at least implementing one of his lesser proposals -- means a happier outcome for everyone.

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Show notes for Ep. 1575

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

Antony Sammeroff joins me to discuss his recent Soho Forum debate, in which he argued in the negative, on the resolution: "Robotics will soon lead to widespread joblessness, underemployment, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few."

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Show notes for Ep. 1574

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Legal scholar Mark Pulliam joins me to discuss the commonly believed myths that underlie U.S. labor law.

Show notes for Ep. 1573

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

In this potpourri solo episode I hit on several issues. First, is it fair to draw conclusions about Bernie Sanders and his campaign on the basis of violent, pro-gulag remarks from one of his field coordinators (as recorded by Project Veritas)? Then I review a recent episode on Twitter in which libertarianism was attacked, and one libertarian group responded in the most self-defeating and grotesque way. Finally, I revisit the controversy over "deplatforming," and respond to libertarians who think they should cheer ("it's a great free-market outcome!") when dissident voices are silenced.

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Show notes for Ep. 1572

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

Last week a discussion thread in my Supporting Listeners group discussed the pros and cons of traditional employment versus working for oneself, particularly online. Good points were raised all around, so I decided to continue the discussion on this episode, with my guest and me discussing the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, why the Uber version of the gig economy isn't all it's cracked up to be and what people would do much better with instead, and what the best practices are in 2020 for starting a basic but potentially lucrative eCommerce business.

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Show notes for Ep. 1571

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

Mark Skousen, an author and college professor whose investment newsletter Forecasts & Strategies is celebrating its 40th year, joins me to discuss what he saw at the recent American Economic Association meeting, including some 41 sessions on gender bias and sex discrimination, along with discussion (and criticism) of Modern Monetary Theory. Ben Bernanke told the audience the Fed needed to raise its inflation target. We discuss this and a whole lot more in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1570

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

The Betrayal of the American Right is a book that appeared more than a decade after the death of its author, Murray N. Rothbard, known in his lifetime as "Mr. Libertarian." I had the privilege of writing the introduction to the book when it was finally released, after having circulated throughout liberty circles for many years in unpublished form. Here is the closest thing we will ever get to a Rothbard memoir, and there's plenty of history of libertarianism and conservatism in here, too.

Show notes for Ep. 1569

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

The strike that took out Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was cheered by a great many Americans, including some who ordinarily speak out against the U.S. government's foreign interventions. If this wasn't a righteous killing, what would be? Scott Horton joins me for perspective.

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Show notes for Ep. 1568

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

Jeff and I talk about a much-discussed recent article by George Mason University's Tyler Cowen, which finds merit in the market system but insists we recognize and appreciate the value of the state. Well, we ain't doing it.

Show notes for Ep. 1567

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Jeff Deist and I discuss the Trump phenomenon, the U.S. political establishment, and what a post-Trump Republican Party will look like.

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Show notes for Ep. 1566

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

When people have radically incompatible worldviews, is it sensible or humane to try to govern them all according to the same set of rules? Yet neither progressives nor conservatives stop to consider decentralization, the only approach that can possibly work. They're too busy jamming round holes into square pegs. Jeff Deist and I discuss the decentralist alternative.

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Show notes for Ep. 1565

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Jeff Deist week continues with this discussion of the fundamentals of libertarianism, and how it's been transformed into a bizarre mutation of its former self.

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Show notes for Ep. 1564

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

We kick off Jeff Deist week on the Tom Woods Show with an episode on Ron Paul and what it was like to work in his congressional office, as Jeff himself did as the former congressman's chief of staff. Juicy stuff here, folks.

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Show notes for Ep. 1563

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

As we wind up what's been a great 2019 for the Tom Woods Show I turn my attention briefly to the "libertarian socialist" phenomenon and the problem of establishment-friendly libertarianism, which consists of people who have no idea what it's like to hold a genuinely unpopular position that will get them hated. To the contrary, these are people who – if the New York Times cared what they had to say – would make darn sure the Times knew how boring and respectable they were, and how edgy and dangerous radical libertarians like me are. But do not despair, folks, because I reveal precisely why these folks burn with such intense hatred for your host here, and one specific thing we can do to make them run home crying to their mothers.

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Show notes for Ep. 1562

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Hayek said that if we misunderstand history and draw the wrong lessons from it, we will make the wrong decisions in the present. This is why even now, over a decade later, it is still essential that we understand and communicate the true causes of the crisis of 2008. In this episode I talk to Jimmy Morrison, with whom I share a writing credit on the new documentary The Housing Bubble. The story behind it is almost as interesting as the crisis itself.

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Show notes for Ep. 1561

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

Immediately after the New York City premiere of our documentary, The Housing Bubble, we were joined by an all-star panel of commentators, including Gene, Peter, and several other important voices. We discussed the true lessons of the 2008 crisis, and what to expect in 2020.

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Show notes for Ep. 1560

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Last night's debate at Loyola Marymount University saw the candidates rather more combative with each other than they'd been up to now. Lew and I have our usual fun reviewing the proceedings!

Show notes for Ep. 1559

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Entrepreneur Toby Baxendale joins me to talk about Labour's crushing defeat in the recent elections and what to expect from Boris Johnson and his party.

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Show notes for Ep. 1558

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

The Washington Post recently released a substantial array of documents showing that the war in Afghanistan has been accompanied by lies and distortion, particularly about the war's progress and success. Scott Horton, who literally wrote the book on the war in Afghanistan, joins me to discuss what it all means.

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Show notes for Ep. 1557

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Very refreshing to see, of all places, the Claremont Review of Books trumpeting decentralization and nullification as the correct approaches against a hostile regime. I spend this episode elaborating on these important points, which are ignored by the conservative movement and by predictable portions of the libertarian world as well.

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Show notes for Ep. 1556

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

As we wrap up Gene Epstein week, Gene offers various nuggets of wisdom for libertarians which, if followed, will contribute to a happy and successful life.

Show notes for Ep. 1555

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

I couldn't resist asking Gene Epstein, who was once book review editor for Barron's, to share with us and discuss some of the books that have shaped his thinking as a libertarian, so here we go!

Show notes for Ep. 1554

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This episode is devoted to Gene's intellectual hobby horses – and he has a bunch of them.

Show notes for Ep. 1553

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

As Gene Epstein week continues, I ask Gene to discuss how he moved away from leftism and toward libertarianism. His answer, although honest, is also quite preposterous, and serves to highlight the unique qualities for which we love Gene.

Show notes for Ep. 1552 - https://tomwoods.com/1552

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

Gene Epstein joins me for a week of episodes on the Tom Woods Show. Gene is former economics and book review editor for Barron's, and currently serves as director of the Soho Forum, a debate series in New York City. We begin Gene Epstein week with Gene's interesting background story – which includes the story of his card-carrying communist mother, who had an FBI file.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Michael and I discuss some of the work of Emma Goldman, the left-wing anarchist who held many objectionable and even preposterous views, but who was a genuinely interesting thinker who defied cookie-cutter classification.

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Show notes for Ep. 1550

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

Mitchell Earl of Crash.co joins me to make a case for optimism going into 2020, especially around careers, education, tech, and finance.

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Show notes for Ep. 1549

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David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan and a critic of Donald Trump, joins me to discuss what he considers the Democrats' laughable case for impeachment, plus the likely Democratic nominee, and how the Federal Reserve hurts the average person.

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Show notes for Ep. 1548

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How do we account for the impressive spread of libertarian and specifically Misesian thought in Brazil? This phenomenon has been ongoing for years now, so I've invited Raphael Lima, whose massive YouTube channel has helped to fuel this trend, to discuss what's happening as well as what, if anything, folks in other countries can learn from their example.

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Show notes for Ep. 1547

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Aidan Booth pursued an engineering degree in New Zealand, but went on to excel as an entrepreneur in fields for which he never received formal training. Now in his mid-30s, Booth has employees, facilities, and investment properties all over the world, and has trained thousands in online business fundamentals. We talk about how he did it as well as the pros and cons of different business models online.

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Show notes for Ep. 1546

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Daniel McCarthy, editor of Modern Age, joins me to discuss recent articles of his, including in the New York Times, on the Democratic primary, the Democrats' battle plan with regard to Donald Trump, and whether Trump did anything involving Ukraine that we ought to consider impeachable.

Show notes for Ep. 1545

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Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party's Mises Caucus joins me to discuss recent developments, including some Second Amendment and drug decriminalization efforts the caucus has been supporting.

Show notes for Ep. 1544

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Mark David Hall has written an important book on a topic that both sides of the debate tend to treat superficially. We discuss whether the United States can be said to have had a "Christian founding," what such a thing would look like, and what the implications of the answer are.

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Show notes for Ep. 1543

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It would seem that the right to rent out your property on terms you see fit follows naturally from your ownership of the property. But from the state's point of view, that is not so. Tim Brochu of the Anarchitecture podcast joins me to discuss regulation of Airbnb and short-term rentals, and how private approaches might resolve legitimate concerns about the practice.

Show notes for Ep. 1542

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For thousands of years, taxation has shaped history both openly and in ways that are more obscure. Dominic Frisby takes us through a whirlwind tour of the history of taxation, full of outrage and insight, and stories even diehard libertarians don't know.

Show notes for Ep. 1541

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Scott Horton and I lay out our battle plan for the next year. We can't do it without you good listeners, though.

Show notes for Ep. 1540

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I think this is the best debate analysis Lew Rockwell and I have done yet this election season. We look pro and con at Tulsi Gabbard's performance in particular, but everyone gets subjected to the Woods/Rockwell treatment.

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Show notes for Ep. 1539

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Gene Epstein's Soho Forum recently hosted a debate between Gene himself and Richard Wolff, the Marxist professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts. The resolution under debate was, "Socialism is preferable to capitalism as an economic system that promotes freedom, equality, and prosperity." Gene joins me to dissent this Oxford-style debate, which Gene won handily (final statistics are in the episode).

Show notes for Ep. 1538

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I was blown away at the Ron Paul Symposium in Lake Jackson, Texas, on November 9, 2019, when libertarian foreign policy expert Scott Horton took the stage. Brilliant, powerful, devastating, irrefutable. So much did I love it that I'm making it into today's episode, so you can have the same experience I did.

Show notes for Ep. 1537

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On November 14, 2019, in Vienna, I received the 2019 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austrian Economics Center, where such figures as Peter Thiel, Arthur Laffer, and Deirdre McCloskey have likewise been honored. The speech conferring the award on me was delivered by Ingo Friedrich, retired vice president of the European Parliament and president of the European Economic Senate. This episode consists of selections from that speech as well as my brief remarks.

Show notes for Ep. 1536

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At the Mises Institute's recent (November 2019) event in Lake Jackson, Texas, I had a chance to interview Ron Paul before a live audience, for this episode of the podcast. The theme of the event was "State Propaganda and the 2020 Election," so my questions focused on that theme.

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Show notes for Ep. 1535

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Peter Klein and I review an article claiming that entrepreneurship is largely about privilege, and (implicitly) that we should be less impressed by entrepreneurs. Daddy's money is what makes it possible, in other words. Peter and I review what's right and what's wrong about this way of thinking.

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Show notes for Ep. 1534

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Brad and I geek out on American history as we discuss themes and personalities from his new course for Liberty Classroom on the period 1807-1820.

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Show notes for Ep. 1533

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Chris Dreisbach, CEO of Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, is saving accused drug offenders from prison and helping them avoid having their lives ruined. It is a great, important, and virtually unknown story.

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Show notes for Ep. 1532

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Whitney Webb is a journalist who has done important work on the Jeffrey Epstein case for MintPressNews.com. She joins me to discuss the true nature of Epstein's operation, and the dubious story that he "committed suicide".

Show notes for Ep. 1531

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, returns to the show to discuss his run for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination. He says he'll stick to libertarian principle come what may, even on the tough issues. He also discusses his strategy for the first time anywhere.

Show notes for Ep. 1530

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Lew and I discuss his new book Against the Left, which makes the case that although threats to liberty exist across the ideological spectrum, there is something uniquely evil about the left that makes it a particular danger.

Show notes for Ep. 1529

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Richard Ebeling joins me to discuss some of the tough questions libertarians face.

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Show notes for Ep. 1528

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Today I welcome to the show multimillionaire internet marketer Michael Cheney, one of the kings of email and of sales. he's recently joined the libertarian community, which has welcomed him with open arms. I hope you find his journey there to be interesting and inspiring.

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Show notes for Ep. 1527

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Libertarian historian Ralph Raico warned that we should always be suspicious of presidents who are "beloved." Theodore Roosevelt was one such figure. Today's episode discusses TR's view of the presidency, foreign policy, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1526

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Ludwig von Mises devoted a section of his book Socialism to what he called "destructionism." Destructionism, like socialism itself, builds nothing. It lives off the accumulated wealth created by a society based on private property. And it is immensely popular, even today.

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Show notes for Ep. 1525

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Patrick Newman joins me once again to discuss a brand new book by Murray Rothbard, the prolific economist and historian who died in 1995. We cover the process of deciphering Rothbard's notoriously illegible handwriting, and also the contents themselves: Rothbard's assessments of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1524

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