The Tom Woods Show

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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_30.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_29.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_28.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_27.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_26.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_23.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_22.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_21.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_20.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_19.mp3
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.
Direct download: woods_2016_09_16.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_15.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_14.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_13.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_12.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_09.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_08.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_07.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_06.mp3
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

Direct download: woods_2016_09_05.mp3
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