The Tom Woods Show
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.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_08_10.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_08_09.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_08_08.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_08_07.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

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.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_08_04.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_08_03.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

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.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_08_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_08_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_07_31.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2017_07_30.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT