The Tom Woods Show

What's the best way forward for the Libertarian Party? There's some pretty strong medicine in this one, especially toward the end. Key point: product differentiation. We're not 30% different from Republicans and Democrats. We're certainly not "fiscally conservative and socially liberal." So what are we? And how should we spread the message? Juicy stuff here, I promise.

Show notes for Ep. 671

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

The American people give vastly more in philanthropic donations on a percentage basis than anyone in the world. This is the best-kept secret in American textbooks. Any schoolboy would have the impression that government intervention is required in order to get things done -- after all, who else is going to do it? The suppressed history of American philanthropy is fascinating and compelling, and our expert guest takes us through this important part of American history and culture.

Show notes for Ep 670

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

We live in a "rape culture," according to many feminists these days, in which men are by definition rapists and in which rape is encouraged and considered normal. In fact, rape is punished severely and some people's lives have been ruined because they were assumed to be guilty when they weren't, so what could this all be about? Wendy McElroy, author of a new book on the subject, joins me to shed some light.

Show notes for Ep. 669

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:03am EDT

Economist David R. Henderson, deeply affected by the wars following 9/11, turned his research energies toward foreign policy, looking to see how an economist's tools could be brought to bear in deciding on a sensible foreign policy. We talk about that today, in a really outstanding conversation.

Show notes for Ep. 668

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

The left-wing George Monbiot of The Guardian says the financial crisis was caused by “neoliberalism,” a term Mises and Hayek never used, but a category into which Monbiot places them. He then says pretty much all our problems have been caused by “neoliberalism.” It’s a smorgasbord of stupidity, but (or should I say “so”?) it went viral.

Show notes for Ep. 667

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

Libertarian entrepreneur TK Coleman confronts the "we're all doomed because of our choices in this election" chorus we hear every four years. As bad as the state is, you still hold a lot of power in your hands.

Show notes for Ep. 666

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Entrepreneur Ryan Daniel Moran returns to the show to discuss capitalism, business, and his own success.

Show notes for Ep. 665

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

We know the Fed inflated during the 1920s and set the stage for the bust, but some people say that if only the Fed had inflated during the 1930s, things would have improved. This is wrong on every conceivable level -- and in fact, the Fed tried its best to inflate in the 1930s. It's very important for us to get this right, because we've got the Keynesians and the Friedmanites united against us. We clear up the Fed's real record during the Depression in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 664

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Sheldon Richman, author of the new book America's Counter-Revolution, thinks so. (Warning: heads may explode while listening.)

Show notes for Ep. 663

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

Christians can be libertarians, and vice versa, says Norman Horn, who recently debated a seminary president on precisely this issue.

Show notes for Ep. 662

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Renowned International investor Doug Casey recently returned from a trip to Zimbabwe with Nick Giambruno, editor of Lots of interesting stories -- plus, Doug's take on the presidential election in the U.S.

Show notes for Ep. 661

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

Here's an episode I did of a PBS program, the subject of which was whether capitalism was the cause of or the solution to the problems stemming from the financial crisis of 2008.

Show notes for Ep. 660

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Michael Malice makes his triumphant return to the show with a discussion of a possible President Trump, and why Trump Derangement Syndrome seems to make people forget how bad the other presidents have been.

Show notes for Ep. 659

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Marc Guttman joins me to discuss his outstanding volume Why Peace, with scores of contributions from fascinating people -- intelligence officers, intellectuals, military figures, war victims, and more -- from a wide variety of ideological backgrounds telling the real truth about war.

Show notes for Ep. 658

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Today I look back on the previous 656 episodes and pull out some memorable ones to discuss. I also point out episodes that weren't listened to as much but that deserved a larger audience. And in general I give you -- especially but not exclusively newcomers -- a nice overview of the two and a half years of the Tom Woods Show. Even (especially?) if you've listened to them all, you'll enjoy taking this little trip with me.

Show notes for ep. 657

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Would you believe me if I told you something called the Wholesome Meat Act didn't in fact make our meat more wholesome? I mean, it's called the Wholesome Meat Act! Didn't I read the name? As usual, there's more to a benign-sounding bill than meets the eye.

Show notes for Ep. 656

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Economist Steve Horwitz recently wrote an article urging Austrians to be not quite so boastful about their business cycle theory. After all, he said, it has serious shortcomings. And we should supplement our view of the Great Depression with the work of Milton Friedman, who blamed it on deflation.

In today's episode, my guests put everything right.

Show notes for Ep. 655

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

The comic-book version of government portrays it as a benign institution innocently fostering the common good In practice, it creates a labyrinth of rent-seeking regulation that often benefits established firms and industries at the expense of upstarts. Connor Boyack and I discuss this phenomenon on the show today.

Show notes for Ep. 654

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

Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, recently testified before a Senate committee -- and as you might guess, sparks flew.

Show notes for Ep. 653

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

Donald Trump's April 2016 speech before the Center for the National Interest has sparked discussion, controversy, and debate. Was it really a call for an America First foreign policy? Scott Horton walks through it with us.

Show notes for Ep. 652

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:43am EDT