The Tom Woods Show

The Scandinavian countries are held up as model economies and welfare states. We've already taken a closer look at Sweden and Denmark in order to evaluate these claims. Today it's Norway's turn to go under the microscope.

Direct download: woods_10_30_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Lew returns to the show to discuss the Republican debate on CNBC. The debate, focused on the economy, hit on "tax reform," entitlements, and related topics. We watched it so you wouldn't have to.

Direct download: woods_10_29_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Author Jamie Bartlett joins me to discuss the "dark net," that corner of the Internet that can be accessed only with a special browser. What goes on there, and why is it important for the cause of freedom?

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Whether it's nonintervention abroad, or Social Security, or WikiLeaks, or Iran, or the Department of Homeland Security, or the drug war, libertarians don't quite fit in to the official "conservative movement." Jim Babka, who emphasizes these very issues, joins me to talk it all through. Plus, we discuss the great Harry Browne, an important and skilled communicator for our cause.

Direct download: woods_10_27_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

Some voices in the libertarian world have argued that a basic income guarantee for everyone would be better than the current welfare state from a pragmatic point of view. Matt Zwolinski adds that it is morally required, given the dubious origins of so many existing property titles. Result: an engaging exchange of ideas I know you'll enjoy. But be sure to listen all the way to the end, since that's where the best parts can be found.

Direct download: woods_10_26_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Here I start with the basics and conclude with the financial crisis. The origins of money, how money creation was taken over by government, why deflation isn't a problem, how even low inflation can devastate the average person, how central banking creates instability and moral hazard, and more. These are my remarks at Liberty Fest Houston 2015.

Direct download: woods_10_23_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:18am EDT

Justin and Jessica Pavoni entered the military for the same patriotic reasons many other Americans did in the years following 9/11. But several years later, they decided they could no longer participate, and filed for conscientious objector status. We follow them through the whole story in today's episode!

Direct download: woods_10_22_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Bob Murphy has co-written far and away the best book on health care from a libertarian perspective. But it's not just economics and policy in here, great and original as that material is. It's also chapters like "Surviving the Hospital" and  "Medical Screening & Elective Procedures: Worth the Risk?" One of my favorite episodes so far.

Direct download: woods_10_21_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Eric Peters is the libertarian authority on cars, and writes at We discussed the VW issue, the $5000 SUV Americans aren't allowed to buy, a court case in New Jersey that allows the police to search your car no matter what you're stopped for, and more.

Direct download: woods_10_20_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

The American establishment treats Henry Kissinger like royalty. Dissidents call him a war criminal. I get to the bottom of all this with author and professor Greg Grandin.

Direct download: woods_10_19_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Is the socialist calculation problem severe enough to account for the collapse of communism? We discuss that, as well as the Rothbardian contribution to monopoly theory, and whether it makes sense to think of a "monopoly price" on the free market.

Direct download: woods_10_16_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

We're told that young people today are just super -- why, they're so darn tolerant, unlike their stupid and backward parents and grandparents. But if we define toleration as involving how we treat the rights of people we dislike -- and of course, we should define it that way -- how tolerant are they?

Direct download: woods_10_15_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:49am EDT

There's a reason so many libertarians are Rush fans, and even if for some reason you don't care for their brand of music, you should know about them for the same of libertarian literacy. Brad Birzer, author of a new book on drummer and writer Neil Peart, joins me for a fantastic discussion!

Direct download: woods_10_14_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

It's hard to get a lot of people to accept our critique of a longstanding institution like the Fed. Frankly, it's hard to get them to accept much of what we believe at all, given that for at least a dozen years they've been systematically taught the opposite. Maybe we're going about this wrong. My guest and I have a compelling discussion about what might work instead!

Direct download: woods_10_13_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Pretty much, no. On the other hand, does this not ring a bell? A large group is exploited by a smaller group (a ruling class) that gets the larger group to believe that this exploitation is good and just and not exploitation at all; competition among the ruling class creates more concentration and centralization, and eventually, breakdown.

Direct download: woods_10_12_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

The politically correct crowd believes differences in income and job placement among racial and ethnic groups must be accounted for by "discrimination." This claim is left in shreds after today's episode. I also discuss the so-called gender wage gap, and show it doesn't really exist. And quite a bit more.

Direct download: woods_10_09_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Anarcho-socialists say property is a form of oppression, and that it introduces conflict into society. I say it minimizes conflict in society. Check out this great discussion with Nathan Fraser of LiveFreeFM!

Direct download: woods_10_08_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

The economy may be more competitive than ever, but entrepreneurs also have more resources and opportunities than ever. Business coach Tom Schwab and I talk about what today's entrepreneur needs to do: provide massive value, even before people buy. Sales and success follow from that. Non-entrepreneurs, this episode is for you, too!

Direct download: woods_10_07_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

Today I cover a huge array of topics in a lively, fast-moving discussion with Richard Emmons of the Ron Paul Homeschooling Podcast. Some people had said I should do something like this for my 500th episode. Well, episode 505 is pretty close! The discussion is based on my 165-lesson Ron Paul Curriculum course Western Civilization from 1493 (more on which below).

Direct download: woods_10_06_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

From the journey west to the Indian wars, Brad Birzer and I discuss the exciting history of the American West.

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Portsmouth, New Hampshire has effectively banned Uber, the popular transportation service, but Christopher David, the Uber driver who joins us today, is among a number of Uber drivers engaged in civil disobedience against the ban.

Direct download: woods_10_02_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:27am EDT

Historian Kevin Gutzman joins us to discuss the Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament 250 years ago this year, and what it meant for American history. Plenty of Patrick Henry, too.

Direct download: woods_10_01_2015_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT