The Tom Woods Show

The debate was much more serious this time around than it was last time, and Lew believes it's because the candidates see the writing on the wall and want to go out with dignity. Whatever the motivation, it's still good fodder for Lew and me, as we discuss the debate's style and content, as well as some important news items related to the race. Don't miss it!

Show notes for Ep. 615

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Murray Rothbard's work, more than anything else, is responsible for making me into a libertarian. I continue to learn so much from that vast body of scholarship, spanning several disciplines. He was unforgettable, too, for his infectious enthusiasm and lively personality. On the occasion of the release of a new collection of Rothbard's work, we revisit his legacy.

Show notes for Ep. 614

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:53am EST

To call any aspect of the climate change orthodoxy into question is to risk being condemned as "anti-science." But are the arguments and computer models of the so-called mainstream really so rock solid?

Show notes for Ep. 613

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:43am EST

Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff says the U.S. is actually already in recession, Plus, listener questions about asset allocation, the Department of Labor's crazy new rules for the financial industry, Donald Trump and international trade, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 612

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Libertarians have done a good job when it comes to economics, and a terrible job when it comes to filmmaking and entertainment. Unfortunately, that's where a lot of people's views come from. Patrick Reasonover joins me to discuss his strategy for changing this!

Show notes for Ep. 611

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Sara Young decided she didn't want to have to leave her children in order to earn an income, so she turned to the Internet, where she became very successful as an affiliate marketer and product creator. Learn how she did it in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 610

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In last night's debate (March 3, 2016), Trump suffered blows at the hands of moderators and candidates alike, and didn't respond well. Some very lively exchanges occurred, just as they did last time. Lew Rockwell and I give you the details and our thoughts.

Show notes for Ep. 609

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Here's a talk I gave in Kansas City in 2011 about state nullification, a topic I'd written a whole book about the previous year. The audience had a good many Tea Party people in it, so listen and see how I bring them over to the idea of really breaking with the Establishment and entertaining unconventional thoughts and strategies.

Show notes for Ep. 608

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

I wanted to discuss a few topics in the news, so we got them all done in one episode: the real story of Guantanamo, the federal government and the iPhone, and countries resisting the EU over migrants.

Show notes for Ep. 607

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:48am EST

Were we lied into war, or was it an innocent mistake on the basis of faulty intelligence? Our guest observed the formulation of the propaganda up close, and tells us what really happened. Oh, and now she's a Rothbardian libertarian.

Show notes for Ep. 606

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:29am EST

One of the most frequently cited reasons for the alleged need for eminent domain is road provision -- how could roads be built if people with property along the route  couldn't have their property taken from them? Well, they can, and I explain how in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 605

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Ben Settle is author and publisher of the monthly newsletter Email Players (which I myself subscribe to). Over the past 14 years he's written ads, created email campaigns, and cooked up marketing strategies for clients that have collectively earned tens of millions of dollars in sales in hyper-competitive markets.

Show notes for Ep. 604

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

The Houston GOP debate on February 25, 2016, was the most contentious one yet, with attacks and crosstalk galore. The best part, of course, is the next day, when Lew Rockwell and I get to chat about it! Here's our conversation and analysis.

Show notes for Ep. 603

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:52pm EST

Try to follow the convoluted U.S. policy in Syria as my guest, Scott Horton, describes it. I dare you. It makes no sense, and it's obviously making the situation worse. Here's the analysis you won't hear in any GOP debate.

Show notes for Ep. 602

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

Tom Woods Show producer A.J. Van Slyke discusses how he became a libertarian, came to work for Peter Schiff, became my producer, and met lots of fascinating people along the way.

Show notes for Ep. 601

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Here's what I said at the 2013 Illinois Libertarian Convention. What should we do? How do we define success? Should we be radical or should we moderate our message to reach more people? Lots of fun in this one.

Show notes for Ep. 600

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Today I talk a bit about several of my books, and how I was able to reach people with them and with my promotional work whom we could not otherwise have reached. Fun and horrifying stories galore.

Show notes for Ep. 599

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

We hear a lot about wealth and income inequality, but what's the truth of the matter? And does it make a difference? Bob Murphy and I hash it all out in an episode of our podcast Contra Krugman, which in this episode I share with the Tom Woods Show audience.

Show notes for Ep. 598

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Your local police department is said to provide a service that we could never expect to arise in the private sector. But the Detroit Threat Management Center, a private and voluntary organization, has cut down on violent crime and made a point of defusing dangerous situations without violence. You'll love this one.

Show notes for Ep. 597

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

A lot of people say: I've got a good grasp of the ideas, so what are our next steps? Jeff Deist joins me to discuss various libertarian strategies, and which are the most promising.

Show notes for Ep. 596

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:45am EST

The late Justice Antonin Scalia played a profoundly significant role in elevating "original understanding" jurisprudence into a position that even its opponents had to reckon with. Kevin Gutzman joins me to discuss some of Scalia's most important work.

Show notes for Ep. 595

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:46am EST

The efflorescence of classical Greece was a period of enormous historical significance. How is this level of achievement and prosperity to be accounted for? We can't rely on explanations like climate or slavery that applied to many other, far less successful, civilizations. So what was it?

Show notes for Ep. 594

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Lew Rockwell joins me for more debate analysis, this time of the February 13, 2016 debate in South Carolina. Unlike some previous debates, plenty of controversy and fireworks in this one. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 593

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

Stephan Kinsella joins me to discuss negative/positive rights and obligations, "loser pays," whether creation makes you an owner, how we can consider spam aggression, and more. Fun!

Show notes for Ep. 592

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

We talk about some in this episode, and Brion McClanahan covers a whole lot more in his killer new book. Down with presidential idolatry!

Show notes for Ep. 591

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:16am EST

The brilliant Ron Unz, himself a Harvard alumnus, is spearheading a twofold campaign, pushing a slate of candidates to the Harvard Board of Overseers to (1) abolish tuition and (2) be more transparent about the admissions process, since it seems fairly obvious that Harvard is using a quota system. The proposal to abolish tuition may sound quixotic or even weird, but since tuition receipts are a tiny percentage of what Harvard earns from its endowment, it makes sense. Decide for yourself!

Show notes for Ep. 590

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:54am EST

It's considered bad form to criticize Milton Friedman -- why, you must be some kind of "libertarian purist"! But if you can't be a libertarian purist on the Tom Woods Show, where can you be? Walter Block and I look at the good and the bad about Milton Friedman.

Show notes for Ep. 589

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Lew Rockwell joins me for another debate analysis! The second-place slot is fluid in New Hampshire right now, so this debate could prove crucial.

Show notes for Ep. 588

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

What's wrong with the GOP? My guest and I agree there's a lot wrong, but we're not always agreed as to what that is. We have a freewheeling discussion of populism, noninterventionism, localism, Trump, Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and more. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 587

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

Defenders of capitalism often wind up making arguments that implicitly concede the moral superiority of socialism -- sure, socialism is a fine system, but we can't live up to it. What kind of defense of capitalism is that? Jason Brennan makes a powerful moral case for capitalism that avoids this pitfall.

Show notes for Ep. 586

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Rand Paul dropped out of the presidential race today, so I invited Dan McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, to join me for a discussion of that decision, of the Rand Paul campaign in general, and why we may be looking at the nomination of Rubio now, believe it or not.

Show notes for Ep. 585

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

Within what we might call establishment libertarianism there is almost an allergy to Murray Rothbard, the great libertarian polymath. Who was Rothbard, anyway, and what exactly is going on here?

Show notes for Ep. 584

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, recently proposed a series of amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As it turns out, they're actually pretty good. Would they help? Brion McClanahan joins me to figure it all out.

Show notes for Ep. 583

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:26am EST

Who's up and who's down after last night's GOP debate? Lew Rockwell joins me for another of our debate commentary episodes!

Show notes for Ep. 582

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

I'm without a guest in this episode, and taking apart yet another critique of libertarianism. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 581

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

National Review, the flagship publication of the conservative movement, recently released an issue-length symposium simply titled, "Against Trump." They never did anything like that against Mitt Romney or John McCain, so what exactly is going on here? Jack Kerwick joins me to make sense of it.

Show notes for Ep. 580

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Quite an amazing development: the Tenth Amendment Center and the American Civil Liberties Union have announced a joint effort at the state level to fight back against surveillance. Some 16 states have introduced legislation approved by both organizations. Michael Boldin gives us the scoop on this Tenther Tuesday!

Show notes for Ep. 579

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:38am EST

The official conservative movement has its leftist opponents, but more interesting are its critics on the right, who are contemptuous of its think-tanks, its magazines, even its ideas. We discuss plenty of these people and groups in today's episode!

Show notes for Ep. 578

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Mark Skousen, the Austrian-friendly editor of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter for over 35 years, dissents from the advice of what he calls the "doomsayers," and says those people miss a lot of bull markets. I thought my audience would benefit from another perspective. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 577

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Already 576 episodes and not one on feminism? That ends today with this provocative discussion with the infamous Milo Yiannopolous!

Show notes for Ep. 576

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Historians consider 1916 to be the truly pivotal year of World War I. We look at all the major belligerents, along with developments in the United States. Submarines, blockades, Woodrow Wilson, civilian life, and much more are covered in this compelling episode with Hunt Tooley, my favorite historian of the war.

Show notes for Ep. 575

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:05am EST

Neoconservative commentator Jonah Goldberg says we shouldn't use the term "neoconservative" anymore. Paul Gottfried and I are having none of it, and we spend this episode explaining the origins and ideas of the neocons, and how they came to eclipse everyone else on the right.

Show notes for Ep. 574

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:44am EST

Is overpopulation a real problem? Our guest explains why not. He's also founder and president of the Mars Society, so you can bet that subject comes up as well....

Show notes for Ep. 573

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Yaro Starak, a successful entrepreneur and blogger who earns a five-figure monthly income through blogging and product creation, discusses how and how not to earn an income as a blogger. Consider this part of my "capitalism in practice, not just in theory" series.

Show notes for Ep. 572

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Rand Paul was demoted from the upper-tier Republican debate last night, and he decided to boycott the undercard debate and hold a national town hall from Twitter headquarters instead. Meanwhile, Lew and I were stuck watching the debate. But as always, we have great fun breaking it down for you!

Show notes for Ep. 571

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:49am EST

The world's worst, most totalitarian regime just conducted another nuclear test. What's the appropriate response? I ask Michael Malice, author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il. Another chilling glimpse inside one of the remaining bastions of communism.

Show notes for Ep. 570

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Here's one of the big issues libertarians have to deal with: wouldn't you favor military intervention to prevent some horrifying atrocity? Laurie Calhoun joins me to take on this hard question.

Show notes for Ep. 569

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:40am EST

The 1970s were a time of economic stagnation -- but why, and just how bad was it? The full truth in today's episode -- plus lots more stuff about the unfortunate '70s. Enjoy!

Show notes Ep. 568

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:50pm EST

The FAA has gone berserk regarding the amount of airspace it wants to regulate. A listener of the Tom Woods Show found that good, old-fashioned ridicule is the best approach when dealing with a ridiculous and unpopular law.

Show notes for Ep. 567

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

It's become fashionable in libertarian circles to ridicule the nonaggression principle. Stephan Kinsella and I speak in its defense. This one is long overdue.

Show notes for Ep. 566

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

The situation in Greece no longer makes many headlines, but it remains catastrophic. How did it happen, and what can we learn from it?

Show notes for Ep. 565

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Joshua Bennett tells us how he took matters into his own hands and got the libertarian message out in Alaska to listeners of right-wing radio. Actionable ideas here!

Show notes for Ep. 564

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

Why are political campaigns based on dumbed-down slogans, instead of the rational deliberation our textbooks taught us was the basis of the system? Why is it that tiny minorities manage to get lucrative subsidies in a system supposedly based on the popular will? Why are voters uninformed -- and why do they have an incentive to be? Public Choice economics can help us understand these phenomena better, and that's our topic for today.

Show notes for Ep. 563

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

What's the truth about John F. Kennedy, the Federal Reserve, his public persona, the economy, and more? Here's a side of things you've never heard before, I guarantee.

Show notes for Ep. 562

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:08pm EST