The Tom Woods Show

Walter Block joins us to ask a question a lot of scrupulous libertarians have wondered about: may a libertarian take government money, or hold a job involving government contracts, and the like, while being morally and philosophically consistent?

Direct download: woods_07_31_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

Doesn't Child Protective Services exist to protect children against abuse? Former Child Protective Services investigator Carlos Morales tears down the institution's benign facade, and discusses the truth about its methods and activities, in this compelling discussion.

Direct download: woods_07_30_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Mainstream economists see "monopoly power" everywhere -- even when a breakfast cereal company differentiates its product via advertising. It's crazy. In today's episode we discuss the mainstream view of monopoly, as well as so-called perfect competition and monopolistic competition. You'll be begging for some Mises and Rothbard by the time we're done.

Direct download: woods_07_29_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

I respond to the perennial claim of the neoconservatives that people who impose imperial adventures must be left-liberals. This is a fun one.

Direct download: woods_07_28_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

Today's episode consists of the remarks I recently delivered at the Mises Institute's Mises University summer program.

Direct download: woods_07_27_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

When the most radical of the French revolutionaries attempted the total transformation of society, the result was mass murder. I tell the grim story in today's episode. It's taken from my Western Civilization from 1493 course for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Direct download: woods_07_24_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

We know early Christians avoided service in the Roman army, but was that because of its pagan religious overtones or out of a moral opposition to violence and bloodshed -- or both? And what happened to make military service acceptable for Christians centuries later? I explore these and other important questions with Professor George Kalantzis.

Direct download: woods_07_23_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

The late ex-Marxist Eugene Genovese famously confronted his fellow leftists over what he called The Question -- what they knew about communist atrocities and when they knew it. It's one of the most devastating articles I've ever read, and I review it in this episode.

Direct download: woods_07_22_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

The outstanding economist and libertarian writer Gene Epstein describes his unlikely journey to libertarianism. If you don't know Gene yet, you're in for a real treat.

Direct download: woods_07_21_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Paul Krugman likes to claim that he correctly diagnosed what was happening to the economy and advocated the proper measures during the Bush years, leading up to the financial crisis. But put his words side by side with Ron Paul's, and we discover who the true expert is.

Direct download: woods_07_20_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

The Iran nuclear deal is being heartily denounced by the GOP presidential field, Rand Paul included. What does the deal say, and why does Rand Paul oppose it? How does he distinguish himself from the field now? Scott Horton returns to discuss these and other important questions.

Direct download: woods_07_17_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Bob Murphy's new book Choice -- a digestible, easily understood overview of the arguments in Ludwig von Mises' Human Action -- is getting reviews as enthusiastic as any I have ever seen. We discuss the book, and controversial topics in Austrian economics, in today's episode!

Direct download: woods_07_16_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Capitalism is sometimes equated with "fascism" by some of its most visceral critics. But the whole point of fascism, as its architects explained again and again, was to produce an alternative to both communism and capitalism! In today's episode I spend some time discussing what it was like to be a businessman in Nazi Germany. It wasn't a laissez-faire paradise after all!

Direct download: woods_07_15_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Today I explore the egalitarian ideas of John Rawls, the enormously significant political thinker to whom so many social democratic theorists refer. In this episode I'm sharing with you a lesson from my government course for the Ron Paul Curriculum. Enjoy!

Direct download: woods_07_14_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

With the handing down of the Obergefell decision, the Fourteenth Amendment is back in the news. What was it really supposed to mean? Not what do some libertarians and conservatives wish it said, but what was it originally supposed to mean? Kevin Gutzman joins me for the answer.

Direct download: woods_07_13_2015_3.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

Mises Institute senior fellow Mark Thornton reviews the cases of Portugal and Washington state: have the fears of the prohibitionists been realized?

Direct download: woods_07_10_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Nick Giambruno joins Tom to discuss the ongoing crisis in Greece, the state of the world's banking system, and more. Don't miss this episode!

Direct download: woods_07_09_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Ron Paul returns to discuss his new book Swords into Plowshares, at once a deeply personal reflection on war and his own career in the military, and also a systematic antiwar broadside. Truly a must-listen.

Direct download: woods_07_08_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Liberland is a burgeoning micronation between Croatia and Serbia, and founded on libertarian principles. By popular demand, we talk to two of its top people in today's episode.

Direct download: woods_07_07_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

I bet a lot of libertarians oppose the war in Afghanistan but couldn't give a lot of details to back up their position. This episode will remedy any such deficiency!

Direct download: woods_07_06_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

The incomparable Scott Horton discusses ISIS, the neocons' strategy of allying with al Qaeda, the GOP claim that Obama is responsible for ISIS because of the Iraq withdrawal, and much more.

Direct download: woods_07_03_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:51am EDT

Rand Paul has a tricky road ahead given the current pack of candidates and the issues that are resonating with GOP primary voters this season. Brian Doherty and I discuss Rand's way forward in today's episode!

Direct download: woods_07_02_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

If there's been a more prolific libertarian journalist of the past 30 years than James Bovard, I don't know who it is. Today we talk about Jim's life and the various federal agencies he's exposed over the years. Not to be missed!

Direct download: woods_07_01_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:53am EDT