The Tom Woods Show

Does the American system bear any resemblances to Rome during its imperial period? Paul Krugman, who has cheered virtually every step toward empire (we're not talking foreign policy here; we mean empire as in a system dominated by a single man or a single centralized government), has the gall to be concerned all of a sudden. This is episode 66 of my sister podcast, Contra Krugman.

Show notes for Ep. 815

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Documentary filmmaker Cassie Jaye began her project on the men's rights movement as an unsympathetic, almost uncomprehending observer. After letting representatives of that movement tell their story, she had the honesty to admit there was merit in their position.

Show notes for Ep. 814

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Shari Spivack, president of the Second Amendment Women Shooting Club, discusses gun rights from the point of view of someone who trains people in firearms usage rather than engages in political activism. Some people should probably stuff envelopes, I guess, but without people like Shari, what have we got?

Show notes for Ep. 813

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

The subject of Augusto Pinochet divides Chileans even today: should he be honored for making Chile more prosperous and desirable than its neighbors, or should he be condemned for human rights abuses?

Show notes for Ep. 812

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

Libertarian titan Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss some names in the Trump cabinet, the alleged "Russian hacking," and the overall creepiness of the American ruling class.

Show notes for Ep. 811

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Neal Harmon is CEO of, which offers streaming movies filtered according to the viewer's preference. Should VidAngel be allowed to do this?

Show notes for Ep. 810

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Brian Aitken was sentenced to seven years in prison -- later commuted by Chris Christie -- on bogus weapons charges. We discuss his case and its larger implications.

Show notes for Ep. 809

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Michael Rectenwald, a professor of liberal studies at New York University who describes himself as a lifelong left-liberal, took to Twitter not long ago to express his disgust with political correctness, safe spaces, and SJW intimidation. You can imagine the response from those tolerant lovers of diversity. But he had the last laugh.

Show notes for Ep. 808

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Is libertarianism all about the Nonaggression Principle, or are there supplementary ideas a libertarian must also hold because they uphold the free society? I used to criticize left-libertarians who believed true libertarians had to be feminists, egalitarians, etc. But now I wonder: although someone is indeed a libertarian if he believes in the NAP, might there indeed be other important ingredients in the free society? Entrepreneur and blogger C. Jay Engel joins me to discuss.

Show notes for Ep. 807

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Laura Blodgett, a homeschooling mom of 7, addresses the fears and misconceptions of homeschooling shared by friends and foes alike.

Show notes for Ep. 806

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

The State of Jefferson movement wants to create the 51st state out of northern California, citing total domination of state politics by southern California. We discuss the idea and its progress.

Show notes for Ep. 805

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

For a long time, nobody wanted to discuss the Depression of 1920-21, since it reversed itself without fiscal or monetary stimulus. But after a few other scholars and I started making hay with this example, Keynesian critics crawled out of the woodwork. My guest today responds, and vindicates our view.

Show notes for Ep. 804

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Peter Schiff joins me today to take listener questions. We discuss his impressions of Trump, why he thinks the trade deficit matters, where people should put their money, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 803

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

The hosts of the Anarchitecture podcast join me to discuss the differences between libertarian and conventional statist solutions to everything from roads to city planning and garbage collection.

Show notes for Ep. 802

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

G.P. Manish discusses what the Austrian School of economics can contribute to the debate over what the developing world should do to become wealthy. We also discuss India's recent demonetization of its 500 and 1000-rupee notes.

Show notes for Ep. 801

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

On a previous episode I spoke to Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, about what he endured after refusing to use strange new pronouns to accommodate new "gender identities." So I thought: why not discuss the guy's actual work, rather than just his travails? In today's episode we talk about "self-authoring," a program of personal improvement and self-knowledge that has had staggeringly good results.

Show notes for Ep. 800

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

How should libertarians respond to Donald Trump's deal with Carrier to help it keep jobs in the United States? 

Show notes for Ep. 799

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

The perverse outcomes of Venezuelan socialism have had an interesting and perhaps unexpected side effect: they've given a shot in the arm to Bitcoin, the nonstate currency and payment system. Jim Epstein tells us the surprising story.

Show notes for Ep. 798

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

The version of Fidel Castro's life we get from Hollywood and the media is cartoonish and laughable. Here's the real story of Cuba and Castro, with every progressive talking point answered.

Show notes for Ep. 797

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

Actor and presidential speechwriter Ben Stein thinks secession talk is "silly," and then proceeds to repeat the usual non-arguments against it. I'm by myself in this episode, responding to what Ben had to say.

Show notes for Ep. 796

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Cody Wilson created intense controversy in 2013 when his company published plans online for the Liberator, a functioning pistol that could be produced with a 3D printer. By popular demand, he joins me to talk about his experiences and his outlook.

Show notes for Ep. 795

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

We keep reading of horror stories involving parents being harassed and punished by the state for reasons that seem ridiculous to normal people. My guest today, who heads the National Association of Parents, is fighting back.

Show notes for Ep. 794

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

The Dakota Access Pipeline has elicited much protest and controversy. What are the rights and wrongs of the matter? Whose property is involved? Rob Port joins me to find some answers.

Show notes for Ep. 793

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

The left's goals and strategies have changed over the years. Nikos Sotirakopoulos helps us make sense of all these terms -- New Left, Old Left, etc. -- and discusses the shift in emphasis from economics to culture.

Show notes for Ep. 792

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.

Show notes for Ep. 791

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

Peter Wallison joins me to discuss the horrifying face of financial reform, and why it should be completely repealed.

Show notes for Ep. 790

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Jason Stapleton and I review a recent article of mine on how easy -- or difficult -- it will be to use the election of Donald Trump as an opportunity to persuade leftists that they should favor smaller government.

Show notes for Ep. 789

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

The great Eric Peters, who runs, joins me to discuss the perverse results of automobile regulation, how a Trump administration might affect the car market in the US, and standouts for the 2017 model year.

Show notes for Ep. 788

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Are your progressive friends correct to say the US Constitution is not a limited government document after all? Bill Watkins joins me to discuss both the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, and what the light of history can tell us about each.

Show notes for Ep. 787

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Ever since the election of Donald Trump, the electoral college has been in the left's crosshairs. Why, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote! She should be the winner! Kevin Gutzman, Brion McClanahan, and I discuss what's so dreadfully wrong with this conventional way of thinking.

Show notes for Ep. 786

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Lew Rockwell returns to the show to discuss the election of Trump, the left's reaction, early indications of where he might go, and dangers to watch out for.

Show notes for EP. 785

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

Connor Boyack, creator of the Tuttle Twins children's books series, has just today released the latest title in the series, based on F.A. Hayek's classic book The Road to Serfdom. We discuss themes from that book -- themes most adults could stand to hear, and that Connor is helping convey to children.

Show notes for Ep. 784

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

The conventional wisdom holds that mortgage-backed securities, credit-default swaps, and the like were responsible for the fragility, uncertainty, and ultimate collapse of 2008. Is that true? Professor Ed Stringham offers a revisionist account.

Show notes for Ep. 783

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Professor Anthony Esolen, author of many books and acclaimed translator of Dante's Divine Comedy, unexpectedly ran afoul of the campus thought police in recent weeks. He suggested in print that the kind of superficial, bean-counting "diversity" with which academia is so obsessed threatens to undermine the universality and catholicity of a Catholic college like Providence.

I don't recall many episodes I enjoyed more than this one.

Show notes for Ep. 782

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Some of Trump's instincts are noninterventionist. Since there's a good chance he'll surround himself with interventionists anyway, here's what he ought to hear about various hotspots around the world, and why nonintervention is the way to go every time.

Show notes for Ep. 781

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

Economist Bob Murphy, who co-hosts the Contra Krugman podcast with me, gives us an overview of the errors and brilliancies of the 19th century.

Show notes for Ep. 780

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

Donald Trump was elected president last night against all odds. Michael Malice joins me to discuss what it all means.

Show notes for Ep. 779

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Taleed Brown, known to his social media fans as That Guy T, discusses anarcho-capitalism, Black Lives Matter, being a black libertarian, and building up a large social media audience.

Show notes for Ep. 778

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the "we need more technology in the classroom" scam, and the leftist comedian scam.

Show notes for Ep. 777

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

John Chisholm joins me to discuss how to come up with the idea for a successful business, how to test ideas, scale your business, and more. Plus: how entrepreneurs make the world a better place.

Show notes for Ep. 776

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

Joshua Fields Millburn, half of the duo known as The Minimalists and himself a libertarian, discusses how the pursuit of consumption may add to rather than fill a spiritual void, and how withdrawing from the consumption frenzy can be liberating.

Show notes for Ep. 775

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Wikileaks has released so many emails to the public that it can be hard to get a handle on it all. Tracy Diaz, an old hand in the liberty movement who's been following Wikileaks closely, joins me to discuss the bombshells in those emails.

Show notes for Ep. 774

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The University of Toronto's Jordan Peterson became notorious practically overnight for refusing to buckle under pressure to use "gender-neutral" pronouns with people of different "gender identities." Professor Peterson argues that claims of the existence dozens of gender identities have no scientific basis, and should certainly not be used to intimidate dissidents.

Show notes for Ep. 773

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

Brandon Navom, creator of Software Engineers for Liberty and a Ron Paul delegate in 2012, tells the truth about the NSA's surveillance activities.

Show notes for Ep. 772

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

If you're like me, you bash your head against the wall at all the crazy anti-libertarian memes and talking points you run into on social media. We answer a whole bunch of them today.

Show notes for Ep. 771

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Doug Casey, author of the best-selling investment book of all time (Crisis Investing), returns to discuss his defense of a non-p.c. occupation: speculator. We also discuss how young people can get an advantage in the world today, where the great opportunities are, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 770

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

Marc Morano joins me to talk about market solutions to environmental issues -- plus, claims about renewable energy, hurricanes caused by climate change, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 769

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

The situation in Syria is dangerous and volatile, with the potential for an American conflict with Russia very real. Scott Horton helps us evaluate what the two major candidates have had to say about this critically important subject.

Show notes for Ep. 768

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT

Romans 13 has generated an overwhelming amount of discussion and debate regarding Christian belief and political obligation. Pastor Larry Beane joins me to get to the bottom of what it really means. While we're at it, we discuss Christian libertarians, p.c. Christians, and political correctness in society at large.

Show notes for Ep. 767

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:55pm EDT

People have been asking: can you do an episode on how to podcast? Or how to self-publish a book? And so on. Even if you're not interested in starting a podcast, I think you'll enjoy this behind-the-scenes episode, which also introduces my new free eBook, 5 Paths to an Online Income.

Show notes for Ep. 766

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

This year my mother learned how to earn dough by promoting products as an affiliate. She created a great affiliate site and began to rank very highly on Google for various keywords. How did she do it? By following the guidance of Andrew Hansen, the Internet marketing expert who joins me today, and his business partner Sara Young, whom I featured on the show earlier this year. She now knows more than I do.
So I decided Andrew would make a good guest for a bonus episode of the show. He's young, very successful, and extremely knowledgeable -- not to mention a good guy and friend.
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

The US government all but shut down Internet poker several years ago, leading one of my friends to move out of the US so he could continue playing. Adam Haman, a player with 25 years of experience, joins us to discuss the war on gambling as well as offer a few gaming tips.

Show notes for Ep. 764

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the last presidential debate of this election season, and Lew Rockwell and Tom are here with the most sought-after analysis in the libertarian world!

Show notes for Ep. 763

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Here's an interview I did on the Kennedy Financial podcast, covering all kinds of topics: 19th-century bank panics, what kind of gold and silver coins you should have, how to work online without a boss, and much more.

Show notes for Ep. 762

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

Some say libertarian views aren't heard in politics because libertarians don't vote, so there's no point in courting them. The real reason tells us much more about politics, voting, and the state.

Show notes for Ep. 761

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Capitalism is all about buying and selling, and if you want to sell online, you have to know how to use email the right way. If you master email marketing, you’ll have a huge advantage over your competitors – most of whom, frankly, will be doing it all wrong. In this episode, Daniel Levis joins me to explain the right – and wrong – way to prosper through email.

Show notes for Ep. 760

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:40am EDT

In the 1990s, Murray Rothbard thought an opportune moment had arisen to reach out again to the American right wing. With the Cold War over, a number of interesting and impressive conservative thinkers were concluding that it was time to stop the global interventionism and return to being a normal country again. This meeting of the minds, between paleoconservatives (so named to distinguish themselves from neoconservatives) and paleolibertarians bore considerable fruit. Jason Jewell walks through this important history.

Show notes for Ep. 759

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

Senator Bernie Sanders attracted plenty of attention this election cycle, but while his complaints weren’t always without merit, his proposed solutions would only have added fuel to the fire. Hunter Lewis, author of the new book Where Bernie Went Wrong, joins me to take a closer look at Bernie and his ideas.

Show notes for Ep. 758

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

When I recently (episode 745) spoke to Professor Jeffrey Herbener about the economic effects of fractional-reserve banking, I recalled that John Tamny and I had had a disagreement on the subject. So for this episode I’ve invited both of these gentlemen for a formal debate on the subject. I think you’ll find the result enlightening.

Show notes for Ep. 757

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Conservatives and many libertarians look back fondly on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whom they remember for taking on trade unions and the left, and advocating free-market economic policy. Is this an accurate picture of the former British leader? Sean Gabb joins me for an unconditional look at Margaret Thatcher.

Show notes for Ep. 756

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

I get asked a lot about places where libertarians might move were things to go really sour in the United States. I myself plan to stick it out come what may, but it’s a good question all the same. One place sometimes cited in this respect is Singapore. Ivo Zlamal, a Supporting Listener of the show who has lived in Singapore for four and a half years, shares his impressions of that small country.

Show notes for Ep 755

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

Rosa Brooks, an expert on international law and national security law, discusses how the War on Terror has confused and conflated war and peace, thereby blurring legal principles and categories developed over the course of Western civilization.

Show notes for Ep 754

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

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton can or will explain precisely what the Fed has done to the economy since the turn of the century, but it's crucial that we understand it. Meanwhile, although we hear nothing but warnings and gloom about employment in the age of automation, the true picture turns out to be much brighter. This are my remarks at the Mises Institute's event at Harvard on October 1, 2016.

Show notes for Ep. 753

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:12am EDT

Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence squared off in the only vice presidential debate of this campaign season last night, and Lew and I evaluate the wreckage.

Show notes for Ep. 752

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Gret Glyer, a graduate of Grove City College who lives in Malawi, just launched an app that will knock your socks off: help fund worthy projects of all sizes all over the world, and get receive immediate notification and visual evidence of your impact when the project is complete.

Show notes for Ep. 751

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

Here's what I told over 100 sheriffs about state nullification, the states' right to refuse to allow the enforcement of unconstitutional federal laws.

Show notes for Ep 750

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

A short episode today, touching on some of the arguments libertarians have to face when it comes to education, plus two random thoughts on my mind.

Show notes for Ep. 749

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

James Newcomb, another conscientious objector I've gotten to know in the private Facebook group for the show's Supporting Listeners, discusses his post-military entrepreneurial vision, and how to embark on a new life.

Show notes for Ep. 748

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Here's a common refrain: the rich are parasites who in fact don't create jobs at all. Plenty of them just shelter their income somewhere. The real job creators are the working classes, who go out and spend their money. This is what stimulates economic activity. What is the correct response to this line of argument?

Show notes for Ep. 747

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:31pm EDT

Did Trump land a knockout blow in last night's debate? For those of us wanting to see Clinton smashed on live TV, the answer -- according to Lew Rockwell and me -- is unfortunately not. Here's our analysis, punchy as always, of what went down.

Show notes for Ep. 746

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

Fractional-reserve banking, in which only a fraction of demand deposits are available on demand (the rest being lent out), has been a source of controversy even among self-identified Austrian economists. Jeff Herbener joins us to discuss the purely economic effects of fractional-reserve banking.

Show notes for Ep. 745

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

Today we look at the thought of G.A. Cohen, a Marxist who actually tried to deal with libertarian ideas without caricaturing them. His ideas can help us sharpen our arguments, and can show us where egalitarianism leads. The bulk of this episode is drawn from my 90-lesson government course I created for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

Show notes for Ep. 744

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Harvard's Steven Pinker has argued that violence has been drastically reduced over the course of human history, thanks in large part to the rise of the state. Is this checkmate for libertarians? Stefan Blankertz says no.

Show notes for Ep. 743

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

Jason Stopper, a regular Tom Woods Show listener, recently resigned his commission in the U.S. Army, and now seeks to become a paramedic -- so he can heal people rather than harm them.

Show notes for Ep. 742

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

David Stockman, himself of the Reagan Administration, recounts the horrific economic policies of recent administrations, describes their consequences, and proposes solutions. Hint: they include abolishing the Federal Open Market Committee, which the Fed uses to make monetary policy.

Show notes for Ep. 741

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

To this day, plenty of people believe that the Western intervention in Serbia over Kosovo prevented a genocide. That one's a whopper even by Pentagon standards. Jim Jatras joins me to get to the bottom of what really happened.

Show notes for Ep. 740

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

With such libertarian luminaries as Murray Rothbard and Walter Block at odds with regard to the creation of Israel and its conformity or otherwise to libertarian principles, it seemed sensible to host a debate on the subject. The resolution: "Israel was founded on the basis of legitimate homesteading of land and reclamation of lost Jewish property from previous generations of Jews."
Arguing in the affirmative is Rafi Farber, and in the negative is Jeremy R. Hammond.
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

Donald Trump recently proposed a series of tax credits for child-care expenses and, more controversially, six weeks of paid maternity leave. What could be wrong with that?

Show notes for Ep. 738

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

The America First Committee, which opposed U.S. entry into World War II, is universally despised today. Bill Kauffman and I use the AFC as a springboard to discuss nonintervention in general and a whole lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 737

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Even though the various levels of government in the U.S. hold a monopoly on law enforcement (remember how this was supposed to keep us safe, etc.?) phone scammers are alive and well. What a surprise. Here's one way the private sector is really keeping people safe. Plus, a few fun tangents in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 736

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

Whether it's Gloria Steinem on anorexia nervosa, Mitch Snyder on homelessness, campus activists on rape, environmentalists on DDT, Ralph Nader on traffic safety, and pretty much all progressives on child labor, discrimination, and the minimum wage, the record isn't so good.

Show notes for Ep. 735

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

Writer and philosopher Steve Patterson, one of the most interesting people I know, walks us through metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics to reach libertarianism.

Show notes for Ep. 734

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

In this episode I share some thoughts about egalitarianism and the family (mortal enemies, those), and whether parents can be said, within the libertarian framework, to have positive obligations toward their children.

Show notes for Ep. 733

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

So-called private prisons came under fire recently, so we were treated to the usual anti-capitalist propaganda. But just how "private" are these "private prisons"? Plus: are millennials really anti-capitalist, or are they (I'll be kind) just clueless?

Show notes for Ep. 732

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:01pm EDT

Todd Seavey, author of Libertarianism for Beginners, joins me for a discussion that beginners and advanced students alike will enjoy. We go from the foundations, to real-world applications, to problems for libertarianism, to left and right and libertarians. Much to learn from and enjoy.

Show notes for Ep. 731

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

It's Labor Day, which means we're hearing all about how the labor movement have made our country and the world a better place. One bumper sticker reads, "The Weekend: Brought to You By Labor Unions." That's just plain false, and I explain why.

Show notes for Ep. 730

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

What's the deal with the EpiPen price hike? Does it show capitalism doesn't work? I get into the details today. Then I call some scammers who tried to claim I was being sued by the IRS.

Show notes for Ep. 729

Direct download: woods_2016_09_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

With protectionism on the rise and opponents of trade insisting that international competition is at the root of Middle America's problems, the libertarian response -- to my mind, at least -- has been tepid and unpersuasive. Gene Epstein joins me to fix that.

Show notes for Ep. 728

Direct download: woods_2016_09_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Scott McConnell was once editorial page editor of the New York Post, and worked and published in neoconservative circles. Then something changed, and he helped found The American Conservative, an anti-neocon magazine. Lots covered here, including foreign policy, Israel/Palestine, the alt-right, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 727

Direct download: woods_2016_08_31.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

Good Morning America's Amy Robach came under overwhelming pressure after she used the term "colored people" on television, instead of the approved phrase "people of color," which is completely different because it contains a preposition. Michael Malice returns to the show to get to the bottom of what's really going on here, and how progressives use race and terminology as means of control.

Show notes for Ep. 726

Direct download: woods_2016_08_30.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Author Chase Rachels joins me to discuss some of the hard cases -- education, roads (of course!), and even security -- when it comes to imagining how society without a state might work.

Show notes for Ep. 725

Direct download: woods_2016_08_29.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

On Milo's podcast we discussed sane and insane college campuses, what we should think about Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, and in general had politically incorrect fun.

Show notes for Ep. 724

Direct download: woods_2016_08_26.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Jeff Herbener joins me to respond to an article making the rounds these days claiming that Austrian criticisms of mainstream economics are either uninformed or simply fall flat. By the end of this episode, it's this critic who's flat.

Show notes for Ep. 723

Direct download: woods_2016_08_25.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

Eric Peters returns to the show to talk about everything from self-driving cars to Tesla and cronyism, to which radar detector you should buy, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 722

Direct download: woods_2016_08_24_2.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Monetary expert Philipp Bagus takes us from the basics through more advanced topics as he dismantles the case for government-managed money.

Show notes for Ep. 721

Direct download: woods_2016_08_24.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:06am EDT

What is the relationship between freedom and the stories we tell ourselves? That's what Brad Birzer explores in this episode that takes us from the ancient Greeks through JRR Tolkien!

Show notes for Ep. 720

Direct download: woods_2016_08_22.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

That sounds like the sort of thing a libertarian would say, doesn't it? But in fact the case against the FBI is pretty darn good, and Ryan McMaken joins me to make that case.

Show notes for Ep. 719

Direct download: woods_2016_08_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Here's my recent appearance on the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad. What a blast (so to speak). They asked me lots of things I've never been asked before, about when my ethics have been challenged and what I've done about it, what I've changed my mind about, how I teach my kids without making them into clones, where I first discovered Austrian economics (the answer will surprise you), and how I get my message heard by conservatives and progressives. If you don't enjoy this episode, I owe you a Coke.

Show notes for Ep. 718

Direct download: woods_2016_08_18.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:36pm EDT

The cases of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland are raised by the left as alleged examples of non-market success stories. What's the real truth?

Show notes for Ep. 717

Direct download: woods_2016_08_17.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:05pm EDT

The ripple effects of government regulation throughout society go well beyond the famous "seen and unseen" formulation of Frederic Bastiat. Per Bylund helps us trace the full consequences of government regulation and its effects on people's lives.

Show notes for Ep. 716

Direct download: woods_2016_08_16.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT