The Tom Woods Show

Josh Wilcoxson joins me to discuss the effectiveness of medical marijuana, the state of the legalization movement, and how we should proceed from here.

Show notes for Ep. 1110

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Mises biographer Guido Hulsmann joins me to discuss the life of the great economist and social philosopher Ludwig von Mises in the momentous year of 1918, one hundred years ago.

Show notes for Ep. 1109

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

A schoolteacher in a left-liberal state argues that the school walkout movement -- which is obviously spreading through intimidation, and the implied suggestion that no other point of view deserves a hearing -- is in fact illegal, since it amounts to political activity by schoolteachers at taxpayer expense.

Show notes for Ep. 1108

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

Topics include: Jordan Peterson, Trump's tariffs, hate mail, the creation of LewRockwell.com, the future of the Mises Institute, and whether more than the nonaggression principle is necessary to sustain liberty.

Show notes for Ep. 1107

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

Stefan Molyneux and I have a wide-ranging discussion about what's been happening to the libertarian movement, the periodic witch-hunts, and why, in the age of the Internet (where you can build an audience even without the approval of the Official Libertarian Institutions), the drama doesn't matter all that much anymore.

Show notes for Ep. 1106

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

The Bolshevik Revolution continues to be romanticized to this day. Plenty of communists claim that if only the Soviet Union could have stuck to the original principles of the Revolution, the horrors would not have occurred. Problem: the horrors began with the Revolution, and the origins of the horrors are to be found there.

Show notes for Ep. 1105

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Here's an overview of what I said about communism to an audience of students at the University of California at Santa Barbara last night. Were the crimes of communism mere aberrations? Were they perversions of an otherwise noble ideal? Or were they the natural, expected outcomes of awful ideas?

Show notes for Ep. 1104

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:07am EST

David Gordon, whose knowledge the late historian Ralph Raico compared to the Library of Congress, joins me for a potpourri episode in which all kinds of wicked errors are delightfully smashed.

Show notes for Ep. 1103

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

Johnny Rocket, host of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad (on which I've been a guest, in one of my favorite interviews ever), joins me to discuss his Liberty Force Comic as well as other, unconventional ways we might bring our unorthodox message to the masses.

Show notes for Ep. 1102

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, New York Times bestselling novelist and former firearms instructor Larry Correia joins me to respond to the barrage of demonstrations against guns. If you oppose gun control, you value guns more than your own children, they say. That's the intellectual level of the discussion so far. Larry and I raise it by 50 points in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1101

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:33pm EST

Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, joins me to answer questions submitted by members of my Supporting Listeners group. Topics include the state of the housing market, precious metals investing, Puerto Rico after Irma, the ongoing carnage in the retail sector, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1100

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

Steven Slate, who once struggled with drug use himself, joins me to talk about whether what we think we know about addiction is really true. Is addiction a "disease"? Is "treatment" the only way to deal with it? Are people who believe that don't need treatment "in denial"? Is moderate consumption always off limits for people who have had problems?

Show notes for Ep. 1099

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

According to stakeholder theory and the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, it's not enough for a corporation to create products that satisfy consumer preferences and please their stockholders. A much wider range of people, or "stakeholders," should also have a say in the firm's activities -- which should take into account not just the interests of shareholders, but also employees, the community, even society as a whole. Peter Klein joins me to assess and critique all this.

Show notes for Ep. 1098

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

This is one of my favorite episodes ever. Author and homeschooling parent Laura Blodgett joins me to discuss themes in her 52 Weeks to a Better Relationship with Your Child series. Even if you don't have children, I insist you listen -- there's an awful lot of wisdom in here.

Show notes for Ep. 1097

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Professor Kevin Gutzman is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books on American history. He's politically on the right while nevertheless holding much of the "conservative movement" in contempt. His views aren't boilerplate Rush Limbaugh. Therefore, he's part of the Tom Woods Tell-Me-Your-Story project. How does someone -- a historian, no less -- come to adopt views more or less like ours, without getting caught up in the conventional Hillary-or-Mitt spectrum?

Show notes for Ep. 1096

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:02pm EST

Sherry Clark, co-host of Talking Freely on WETR 92.3 FM / 760 AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, joins me to talk women and libertarianism, as well as homeschooling, the Libertarian Party (and infighting), and how she went from neoconservatism to ancap.

Show notes for Ep. 1095

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, has just released a provocative (and really excellent) book that takes aim at the education system virtually all of us grew up in. The claims made for it -- virtually all of them -- collapse on close examination. And he doesn't say the system has been corrupted by political correctness, and we just need to get back to its noble origins. His critique is far more sweeping, and devastating.

Show notes for Ep. 1094

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Kevin Duffy, a principal of Bearing Asset Management, gives his assessment of the U.S. economy as a whole and of particular sectors: housing, precious metals, auto loans, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1093

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:43pm EST

Mark Perry joins me to discuss the recent Nuclear Posture Review, which some say represents a dramatic break with the past in terms of nuclear policy and the possibility of using nuclear weapons. How concerned should we be?

Show notes for Ep. 1092

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

The great comedian and brilliant libertarian Dave Smith and I talk about pretty much everything: what libertarianism is really all about, why Ben Shapiro's attack on Ron Paul is dumb, how I changed my mind on war, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1091

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

Antony Sammeroff, who co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast, leads an amazingly productive life. He balances his work, his passion, his personal life, and his health. He does what we all wish we could do. How?

Show notes for Ep. 1090

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, joins me to discuss the work of Noam Chomsky, whose views in some areas are so well formed, and in others are simplistic and disappointing. Chomsky is one of the people who Gene says led him to libertarianism, so this is a gem of a discussion.

Show notes for Ep. 1089

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Per Bylund, a professor of entrepreneurship, suggests a new way of thinking about inequality, its causes (and its mitigation), and whether we should even care about it. Fun!

Show notes for Ep. 1088

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

Is the Nunes memo, which speaks of the politicization of the FBI in the service of opposing the election of Donald Trump, really a "nothingburger," or is there something there? Ray McGovern, no Trump partisan, has been blacklisted by much of the progressive media (which once loved him) because he won't go alone with the Russiagate story, and he sharply dissents about the significance of the memo as well.

Show notes for Ep. 1087

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Chris Calton joins me to discuss one of the most fascinating figures in libertarian history, and how he evolved from defending the Constitution against the claim that it favored slavery all the way to rejecting the very idea that the U.S. Constitution, or any other constitution, could truly bind the people.

Show notes for Ep. 1086

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

Robert Higgs, the distinguished economic historian and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, covers some of the alleged success stories of government intervention.

Show notes for Ep. 1085

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

Mises Institute president Jeff Deist joins me to discuss last night's State of the Union address. We discuss policy, style, Democratic reaction, Trump's ideological confusion, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1084

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

The great Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me to discuss the years surrounding the English Civil War, a critical period in the history of political thought, when many great (and some rotten) ideas  -- including libertarian ideas like natural rights and self-ownership -- were born or developed.

Show notes for Ep. 1083

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

F.A. Hayek, illustrious member of the Austrian School of economics, won the Nobel Prize in 1974, and wrote prolifically on both economic and non-economic topics. He has been a source of controversy within libertarian circles because of some aspects of his work. Joe Salerno helps us sort everything out about this central figure.

Show notes for Ep. 1082

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

Mance Rayder, author of Freedom Through Memedom, joins me for some big-picture arguments against the state and for freedom.

Show notes for Ep. 1081

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

Strength trainer Mark Rippetoe returns to discuss state licensing, its true motivations, and why a free society doesn't need it.

Show notes for Ep. 1080

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

This episode, featuring Justine Brown, begins with a discussion of Thomas More's classic work Utopia, trying to get to the bottom of what the author meant to convey with it, and then continues with a discussion of utopian communities and theories, and what may be wrong with them.

Show notes for Ep. 1079

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

The media's opposition to Trump has confused and obscured the true nature of the relationship between itself and the American regime. Do we really have an adversarial press? Lew Rockwell joins me to get to the bottom of it.

Show notes for Ep. 1078

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Michael Douma, Assistant Research Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, joins me to discuss what it means to be a classical liberal, or libertarian, historian -- do we have our own methods, are we telling a different story, or what precisely are we doing?

Show notes for Ep. 1077

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:38pm EST

Thomas Hazlett, former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a professor of economics at Clemson University, talks about where regulators have gone wrong and the market has gone right, from the radio spectrum debate of the 1920s down to the present day.

Show notes for Ep. 1076

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

Michael Boldin, founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, talks about a wide variety of resistance movements at the state level against the federal government. Nullification: it's happening!

Show notes for Ep. 1075

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

With the idea of class so central to Marxian theory, libertarians might be tempted to ignore class as a category. But there is in fact such a thing as libertarian class theory, because in libertarian theory there are distinct groups of exploiters and exploited. Gary Chartier joins me to discuss the history and development of libertarian class theory.

Show notes for Ep. 1074

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Historian Brion McClanahan and I begin by discussing the conservative movement's wary and sometimes hostile reception of his book criticizing Alexander Hamilton. From there, we trace out how Brion went from conventional conservative to Old Right/libertarian. (We love these stories, don't we?)

Show notes for Ep. 1073

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

With Steve Bannon on the outs with Trump and out at Breitbart, David Stockman -- director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan -- returns to discuss Bannonism, the Trump economy, and what's in store. And is he sticking to his claim that Trump won't survive 2018?

Show notes for Ep. 1072

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:01pm EST

Lij Shaw has recorded artists from Adele to John Oates, and for over a decade has operated a home studio out of his detached garage. The city of Nashville came after him for this, and persisted even after his neighbors signed a petition in his defense. Here's what happened, and what he's doing next.

Show notes for Ep. 1071

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

Steve Clayton is a former VP at LabCorp, the Fortune 500 company so many of us use to have blood work done. He left behind this prestigious, very high-paying job to strike out as an entrepreneur. He's now an undisputed master of eCommerce (and he's trained numerous Tom Woods Show listeners who have gone on to be extremely prosperous). We talk about his own story, trends in eCommerce, and what he recommends today.

Show notes for Ep. 1070

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Nobody knew what to expect in a Trump presidency. Daniel McCarthy joins me for a lively review of the past year.

Show notes for Ep. 1069

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

In this interview with MilLiberty, a podcast for millennials, I cover libertarianism, factional infighting, the book that first changed my thinking, how to use technology to undermine the academic establishment, the little savages who dominate the public schools, the trouble with antidiscrimination law, and a heck of a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1068

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

ISIS has been defeated, say the headlines, and perhaps the barbarous wars in Iraq and Syria may at last be drawing to a close. But is that the full story? Scott Horton joins me for a reality check.

Show notes for Ep. 1067

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:00pm EST