The Tom Woods Show

Daniel McCarthy, editor of Modern Age, joins me to discuss recent articles of his, including in the New York Times, on the Democratic primary, the Democrats' battle plan with regard to Donald Trump, and whether Trump did anything involving Ukraine that we ought to consider impeachable.

Show notes for Ep. 1545

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Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party's Mises Caucus joins me to discuss recent developments, including some Second Amendment and drug decriminalization efforts the caucus has been supporting.

Show notes for Ep. 1544

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Mark David Hall has written an important book on a topic that both sides of the debate tend to treat superficially. We discuss whether the United States can be said to have had a "Christian founding," what such a thing would look like, and what the implications of the answer are.

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Show notes for Ep. 1543

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It would seem that the right to rent out your property on terms you see fit follows naturally from your ownership of the property. But from the state's point of view, that is not so. Tim Brochu of the Anarchitecture podcast joins me to discuss regulation of Airbnb and short-term rentals, and how private approaches might resolve legitimate concerns about the practice.

Show notes for Ep. 1542

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For thousands of years, taxation has shaped history both openly and in ways that are more obscure. Dominic Frisby takes us through a whirlwind tour of the history of taxation, full of outrage and insight, and stories even diehard libertarians don't know.

Show notes for Ep. 1541

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Scott Horton and I lay out our battle plan for the next year. We can't do it without you good listeners, though.

Show notes for Ep. 1540

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I think this is the best debate analysis Lew Rockwell and I have done yet this election season. We look pro and con at Tulsi Gabbard's performance in particular, but everyone gets subjected to the Woods/Rockwell treatment.

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Show notes for Ep. 1539

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Gene Epstein's Soho Forum recently hosted a debate between Gene himself and Richard Wolff, the Marxist professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts. The resolution under debate was, "Socialism is preferable to capitalism as an economic system that promotes freedom, equality, and prosperity." Gene joins me to dissent this Oxford-style debate, which Gene won handily (final statistics are in the episode).

Show notes for Ep. 1538

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I was blown away at the Ron Paul Symposium in Lake Jackson, Texas, on November 9, 2019, when libertarian foreign policy expert Scott Horton took the stage. Brilliant, powerful, devastating, irrefutable. So much did I love it that I'm making it into today's episode, so you can have the same experience I did.

Show notes for Ep. 1537

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On November 14, 2019, in Vienna, I received the 2019 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Austrian Economics Center, where such figures as Peter Thiel, Arthur Laffer, and Deirdre McCloskey have likewise been honored. The speech conferring the award on me was delivered by Ingo Friedrich, retired vice president of the European Parliament and president of the European Economic Senate. This episode consists of selections from that speech as well as my brief remarks.

Show notes for Ep. 1536

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At the Mises Institute's recent (November 2019) event in Lake Jackson, Texas, I had a chance to interview Ron Paul before a live audience, for this episode of the podcast. The theme of the event was "State Propaganda and the 2020 Election," so my questions focused on that theme.

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Show notes for Ep. 1535

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Peter Klein and I review an article claiming that entrepreneurship is largely about privilege, and (implicitly) that we should be less impressed by entrepreneurs. Daddy's money is what makes it possible, in other words. Peter and I review what's right and what's wrong about this way of thinking.

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Show notes for Ep. 1534

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Brad and I geek out on American history as we discuss themes and personalities from his new course for Liberty Classroom on the period 1807-1820.

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Show notes for Ep. 1533

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Chris Dreisbach, CEO of Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, is saving accused drug offenders from prison and helping them avoid having their lives ruined. It is a great, important, and virtually unknown story.

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Show notes for Ep. 1532

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Whitney Webb is a journalist who has done important work on the Jeffrey Epstein case for She joins me to discuss the true nature of Epstein's operation, and the dubious story that he "committed suicide".

Show notes for Ep. 1531

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, returns to the show to discuss his run for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination. He says he'll stick to libertarian principle come what may, even on the tough issues. He also discusses his strategy for the first time anywhere.

Show notes for Ep. 1530

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Lew and I discuss his new book Against the Left, which makes the case that although threats to liberty exist across the ideological spectrum, there is something uniquely evil about the left that makes it a particular danger.

Show notes for Ep. 1529

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Richard Ebeling joins me to discuss some of the tough questions libertarians face.

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Show notes for Ep. 1528

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Today I welcome to the show multimillionaire internet marketer Michael Cheney, one of the kings of email and of sales. he's recently joined the libertarian community, which has welcomed him with open arms. I hope you find his journey there to be interesting and inspiring.

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Show notes for Ep. 1527

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Libertarian historian Ralph Raico warned that we should always be suspicious of presidents who are "beloved." Theodore Roosevelt was one such figure. Today's episode discusses TR's view of the presidency, foreign policy, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1526

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Ludwig von Mises devoted a section of his book Socialism to what he called "destructionism." Destructionism, like socialism itself, builds nothing. It lives off the accumulated wealth created by a society based on private property. And it is immensely popular, even today.

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Show notes for Ep. 1525

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