The Tom Woods Show

Last week I spoke to a small gathering in Orlando of members of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Alex Merced, vice chair of the national party, spoke before me and introduced me. He spoke about his journey to libertarianism. I in turn asked what it is about libertarianism that it typically requires a journey to reach. If I told you my answer in the notes, that would take all the fun out of it. But I'll say that I'm pretty sure you will enjoy my conclusion.

Show notes for Ep. 1265

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Note the difference in reaction between telling someone you're going to college (congratulations and warm wishes) and telling someone you're taking a different path (skeptical line of questioning). T.K. Coleman joins me to smack down the typical line of questioning.

Show notes for Ep. 1264

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Matt Welch, editor-at-large of Reason magazine, joins me to discuss his background, how his views evolved, the state of the Libertarian Party, his experiences in eastern Europe, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1263

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The great Eric Peters returns with further updates from the world of automobiles. You don't have to be a car aficionado to benefit from Eric's knowledge, and as always we have an entertaining and informative conversation!

Show notes for Ep. 1262

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Philosopher Jim Otteson and I discuss his book Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press), which advances a vigorous moral defense of the classical liberal, or libertarian, political tradition. We also discuss the claims of Peter Singer, who claims it is morally obligatory on each of us to give substantial aid to peoples overseas.

Show notes for Ep. 1261

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

A recent post on a libertarian Facebook page suggested that only blind ideologues would dispute that the war in Afghanistan has been a success. After all, local polling data finds satisfaction with the U.S. invasion and occupation, and conditions there have certainly improved. Scott Horton, author of Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, joins me to assess these claims.

Show notes for Ep. 1260

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Neoconservative historian and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Max Boot recently called on Americans, Republicans in particular, to vote a straight Democrat ticket in November. He just released a book called The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. He's been writing and tweeting his regrets about not perceiving his white privilege sooner. (That's not a joke.) Paul Gottfried joins me to discuss what it all means.

Show notes for Ep. 1259

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When it comes to sound money and fiat paper, we libertarians are nearly always dismissed as cranks. Why, don't we know that we need the government to be able to create whatever amount of money the experts think best? Don't we know this system has worked much more smoothly than the gold standard ever did? Don't we know our system will lead to "deflation"?
 
In today's episode I take all this on.
 
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Janice Fiamengo joins me to discuss the untold stories of how feminism has actually affected society and relationships, and the reality turns out to be rather different from the cartoon.

Show notes for Ep. 1257

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Walter Block is one of the world's most prolific libertarian scholars. But recently he's managed to outdo himself. He just reached a milestone that no other scholar anywhere can come close to matching, and it's why Walter is such a treasure to our movement. Listen and be inspired.

Show notes for Ep. 1256

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...is that they're government police. Is there a way to insert some good old-fashioned competition into police services?

Show notes for Ep. 1255

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Three academics just made public a secret project they had been engaged in for a year: submitting absurd, nonsense articles to major, peer-reviewed journals in gender studies and similar fields -- and getting them published.
 
Whatever it is you're thinking was in those articles, I promise you it's much worse and more ridiculous.
 
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In this juicy talk I do begin with some internecine libertarian wrangling, to be sure, but that's not my primary focus. I cover lots of ways in which we libertarians find ourselves at odds with the culture that surrounds us. The empire's reaction to the death of John McCain was profoundly revealing, for example. The culture of the universities these days is another point of contention. As I show in today's episode, though, when even one courageous person resists and then refuses to back down, millions rally to him.
 
There is a lesson here.
 
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Dave Smith, the popular comedian and host of the Part of the Problem podcast, joins me to try to get to the bottom of the situation with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.

Show notes for Ep. 1252

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT

Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the author of the outstanding libertarian book The Problem of Political Authority. Today he discusses his work in "ethical intuitionism," which holds that (1) there are objective moral truths; (2) we know these through an immediate, intellectual awareness, or 'intuition'; and (3) knowing them gives us reasons to act independent of our desires.

Show notes for Ep. 1251

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Today Hillsdale College's Brad Birzer joins me to discuss his new book, In Defense of Andrew Jackson. We discuss Indian policy, the national bank, nullification, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1250

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Joseph Stiglitz is something of a celebrity economist, yet he's been grotesquely wrong both economically and morally so often. His case tells us a lot about the American establishment if he is the kind of person they hold up for our admiration. Gene Epstein joins me for the gruesome details.

Show notes for Ep. 1249

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Brent DeRidder of the Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief discusses voluntary efforts to assist with recovery from natural disasters, particularly Hurricane Florence.

Show notes for Ep. 1248

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You do want to listen to this episode, I promise you.
 
Rick DeJesus of the band Adelitas Way says musicians are dead wrong to oppose or fear Spotify, and they're definitely wrong to think they need a major label. His own band had more than one of those, but then, when they realized the label was absorbing all the revenue, struck out on their own. What happened next is what we discuss in this episode....
 
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Stefan Molyneux's work has had nearly half a billion views and hundreds of millions of downloads. He has stirred up controversy among libertarians in recent years, having supported Donald Trump and entertained more controversial topics. So I decided to raise some of these criticisms with him and give him an opportunity to say whatever he liked. The result is this episode, in which (unusual for the Tom Woods Show) the two of us appear together on video.

Show notes for Ep. 1246

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Ross Trottier, a music and guitar teacher (and a Tom Woods Show listener), who now has a thriving online and offline business, went through a period of homelessness and had to start from nothing. How did he crack the online code, sell thousands and thousands of copies of his book, get over a million views of his videos, and enjoy a far more comfortable life than probably any music teacher you know?

Show notes for Ep. 1245

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Michael Rectenwald, a lifelong leftist, has found himself shunned by former friends and colleagues -- even people whose careers he helped advance -- because he criticized and satirized some of the more outlandish SJW behavior on his Twitter feed. (Yes, this is the emotional level of these folks -- they're angry about his Twitter feed.)

But the best part is: what is Rectenwald reading these days?

There's a (somewhat) happy ending here, folks.

Show notes for Ep. 1244

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Antony Sammeroff, co-host of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, argues that the idea of a Universal Basic Income is a very bad one, and for reasons you may not have thought of.

Show notes for Ep. 1243

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AJ+, a division of Al Jazeera, has a popular social media presence and makes widely viewed videos -- nearly all of them dreadfully wrong -- on a variety of topics. And man are they wrong about libertarianism. Since I haven't done a good smackdown in a while, well, you see where this is going.

Show notes for Ep. 1242

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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

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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

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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.
 
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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

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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

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This one packs a punch: one statist superstition after another is pounded into dust.

Show notes for Ep. 1236

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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

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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

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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

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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

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With the abuse crisis exploding in recent weeks, culminating in the atomic bomb of a letter released by Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ², 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

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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

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Jefferson biographer Kevin Gutzman, who just released a new course on Jefferson for my LibertyClassroom.com, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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. tomwoods.com/1000

Show notes for Ep. 1225

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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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:56am EDT

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

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

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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

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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.
 
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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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

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

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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

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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

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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

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.
 
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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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

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

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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

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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

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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.
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_07_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_28.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_27.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_26.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_25.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_22.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_21.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_20.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_18.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_15.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_14.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:17am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_13.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_12.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

Traditional social media outlets have been under scrutiny for their data collection, ideological bias, and skewed algorithms. Bill Ottman, co-creator and CEO of Minds.com, reviews the problems and proposes rather an exciting solution.

Show notes for Ep. 1175

Direct download: woods_2018_06_09.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_07.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_05.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_04.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_06_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

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

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_05_30.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_05_29.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2018_05_25.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT