The Tom Woods Show

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

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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

Independent musician Leah McHenry, who's also a libertarian and a homeschooling mom of five, talks about today's opportunities for musicians and really any independent content creators to build audiences and create full-blown careers.

Show notes for Ep. 715

Direct download: woods_2016_08_15.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

One of the most bizarre phenomena within the libertarian movement is the occasional hostility toward Murray Rothbard, the very creator of the libertarian movement and one of the most prolific and accomplished scholars of the twentieth century.
In case anyone's trying to persuade you that Rothbard was overrated, and really not all that impressive, here's what you need to know.
Direct download: woods_2016_08_12.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

Here's a common objection to the free market: why, it doesn't yield enough scientific research! We need government funding for that. Even some free-market folks have bought this line. Here are some helpful thoughts in favor of the market and science.

Show notes for Ep. 713

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Robert Zubrin, founder and president of the Mars Society, replies to objections to the human settlement of Mars.

Show notes for Ep. 712

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

Julie Borowski is closing in on 200,000 Facebook likes, thanks to her consistent output and quality content. She's learned a lot along the way about spreading the message, about weak points in the message, and about having a thick skin.

Show notes for Ep. 711

Direct download: woods_2016_08_10.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

Liberty Memes is a wildly successful Facebook page that encapsulates libertarian ideas in provocative graphics. They recently ran afoul of the Facebook police for a meme about Hillary that's so far within the normal boundaries of American political commentary you'll hardly believe it. We discuss that, the page, and what it all means.

Show notes for Ep. 710

Direct download: woods_2016_08_08.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

The consequences of the US government's interventions in Libya and Syria have been pretty grim. Jim and Michael Ostrowski make a methodical lawyers' case against them, and lay bare the disasters that have resulted.

Show notes for Ep. 709

Direct download: woods_2016_08_05.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Ron Paul returned to the show today to answer listener questions, submitted in our private Facebook group. Among other things, I asked him:
Are you planning to vote for Gary Johnson?
What are your favorite books?
What book would you recommend for a curious beginner?
How do you feel about libertarians accepting government money or taking government jobs?
Who's carrying the torch in terms of the libertarian message today and into the future?
What's the one statist argument that really sticks in your craw?
What's a favorite memory from your days as a physician?
Why do you think Bernie endorsed Clinton?
Direct download: woods_2016_08_04.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:35pm EDT

There are all kinds of ways militarism and even the preparation for war can deform the economy, and many of these are easy to miss. I go through a bunch of them in this talk delivered at the 2016 Mises University program, hosted by the Mises Institute.

Show notes for Ep. 707

Direct download: woods_2016_08_03.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT

J.D. Vance offers a compelling, firsthand account of life among the white working poor, and in particular among a family with roots in the Appalachia region of northern Kentucky. It's easy to devise economic explanations for this group's stagnation and retrogression, but a deeply ingrained set of self-destructive ideas and behaviors renders futile most conventional, political approaches to remedying the problem. This is an episode you won't soon forget.

Show notes for Ep. 706

Direct download: woods_2016_08_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

It's pretty thin gruel, to put it mildly, for freedom lovers in 2016, so I spent the opening talk at this year's Mises University program (hosted by the Mises Institute) contrasting the free society with what Trump and Clinton have to offer. Zingy stuff.

Show notes for Ep. 705

Direct download: woods_2016_08_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT