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Gret Glyer is the creator of DonorSee, the extraordinary philanthropy app. He lived in Malawi for three years and is well informed about the challenges facing the developing world. From the beginning he warned that lockdowns would cause net devastation in these societies, and that’s what he joins me to discuss today.

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Show notes for Ep. 1743

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TJ Roberts, a law student who recently finished his undergraduate studies, gives us a no-holds-barred glimpse into modern university life. And as you might expect, it ain't pretty.

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Show notes for Ep. 1742

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Martin Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a biostatistician and epidemiologist whose research centers on the early detection and monitoring of infectious disease outbreaks. He has opposed lockdowns from the very beginning of the COVID crisis.

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Show notes for Ep. 1741

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for what she believed in -- which is precisely what made her an atrocious Supreme Court justice. Historian and legal scholar Kevin Gutzman joins me to discuss her legacy and our future.

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Show notes for Ep. 1740

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Ryan Wood, otherwise known as the "Meme Policeman," joins me to discuss his demolition of the low-IQ memes we all see circulating on social media.

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Show notes for Ep. 1739

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Now even the political left, which should have opposed the lockdowns from the beginning, is speaking out against lockdowns, as we can see in an important piece that appeared in Jacobin magazine. Legendary recording artist Van Morrison, meanwhile, is urging his fellow performers to join him in speaking out against the inhuman lockdowns that are depriving people of what it means to be human.

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Show notes for Ep. 1738

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The great economist Bob Murphy joins me to overturn misconceptions about money, including the particular misunderstanding popular among Bernie Sanders supporters.

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Show notes for Ep. 1737

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Here's an episode's worth of material that I venture to guess no high school student learned in history class, and which pays particular attention to how presidents have grabbed war powers for themselves that they were never intended to have. This episode covers just over 120 years of history, beginning with President McKinley's response to the Boxer Rebellion.

Show notes for Ep. 1736

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Dave Rubin, host of the popular Rubin Report, joins me to discuss the phenomenon whereby vigorous debate has degenerated into warring camps.

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Show notes for Ep. 1735

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Sheldon Richman returns to continue our discussion of topics from his new book, What Social Animals Owe to Each Other.

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Show notes for Ep. 1734

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Phil Labonte, vocalist for the metal band All That Remains, joins me to discuss the difficulties facing performers during the age of COVID restrictions.

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Show notes for Ep. 1733

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Opinion has been sharply divided about Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in what many say was an act of self-defense. In this episode I'm joined by Kristan Harris, the man whose footage from that night has become the standard footage used in the mainstream media.

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Show notes for Ep. 1732

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Russell Kirk, one of the founding intellectuals of postwar American conservatism, was often contemptuous of libertarians. But when it came to economics, it turns out that he was rather a libertarian himself.

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Show notes for Ep. 1731

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The COVID lockdowns and restrictions are terrible and inexcusable and dystopian, without a doubt. Yet might there be some weird silver linings here? Jeff Deist explains.

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Show notes for Ep. 1730

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Sheldon Richman joins me to discuss some of the first principles we defend as libertarians, where they come from, and why we defend them.

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Show notes for Ep. 1729

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In this episode I trace important developments in the history of the U.S. presidency that helped to transform it into the powerful office it is now.

Show notes for Ep. 1728

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Hillsdale College professor and prize-winning author Brad Birzer joins me to discuss the neglected but important Robert Nisbet, and we have an interesting back-and-forth about his principles for conservatives.

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Show notes for Ep. 1727

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Paul Gottfried joins me to discuss cancel culture (on both left and right) as well as the composition of the official conservative movement after nearly four years of a Trump presidency, and quite a bit more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1726

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Daniel McCarthy, editor of the venerable Modern Age, joins me to discuss recent events, including the President's convention speech, and assess the probability of four more years of Trump.

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Show notes for Ep. 1725

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James Lindsay joins me to discuss postmodernism, critical theory, and the various fields -- like "queer studies", "disabled studies", and the like -- that have made academia into a minefield of untouchable orthodoxies.

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Show notes for Ep. 1724

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I sure hadn't, until recently. Two immigration lawyers join me today to discuss Americans' options when it comes to moving somewhere else and in particular getting dual citizenship.

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Show notes for Ep. 1723

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Mark Ling has been a serial product creator and entrepreneur since age 20. He's co-founder of the Rocket Languages foreign-language instruction program, which I've promoted for years and which is featured in 50,000 libraries around the world. Every business he's created can be run from his computer, and is immune to government shutdowns. Mark walks us through his own history as well as steps and models that work in 2020.

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Show notes for Ep. 1722

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New York Times bestselling author and former research biochemist Robb Wolf joins me to make the nutritional, environmental, and ethical case for eating meat.

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Show notes for Ep. 1721

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Joe Bishop-Henchman was recently elected chair of the Libertarian National Committee. We talk about his background, his vision for the party, and how divisions in the party might be healed.

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Show notes for Ep. 1720

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The traditions and principles behind American liberty extend well beyond the Constitution or the War for Independence, and indeed can be found deep within the colonial experience. Here's a review of this forgotten part of the story.

Show notes for Ep. 1719

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I talk about what I've learned over the course of my 25-year public speaking career, in the form of tips for would-be and/or nervous public speakers. Even if you're never going to give a presentation in front of an audience, you may well benefit from my approach to persuasion.

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Show notes for Ep. 1718

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John Zmirak argues that gun rights can be justified both through natural law and via Christian arguments, and that mainline churches deploring the "gun lobby" hold their own tradition in contempt.

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Show notes for Ep. 1717

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Generation after generation, we hear lamentations of decline and certain doom -- from both left and right. There's plenty to be concerned about, to be sure, but is this the correct way to assess the present, or are we being myopic?


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Show notes for Ep. 1716

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The great Antony Sammeroff, author of Universal Basic Income: For and Against, joins us to discuss the other work he does, helping people live the best lives they can. One area in which he's helped people involves social anxiety, and he joins us for tips on how to navigate a room full of strangers, or the dating scene, or other potentially awkward situations.

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Show notes for Ep. 1715

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Gerard Casey joins me to discuss some of the buzzwords of modern feminism (like "patriarchy" and "toxic masculinity") as well as "rape culture" and the #MeToo movement.

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Show notes for Ep. 1714

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Economics in One Lesson is one of the books virtually everyone recommends for beginners, and for good reason. I elaborate on some of the ideas explained in this important book -- which, in its fundamentals, is really about how best we can all live together in peace.

Show notes for Ep. 1713

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Alex Epstein returns to discuss the moral and economic rights and wrongs of energy policy, and how people who truly care about human flourishing should think about fossil fuels, climate change, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1712

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Thomas Massie, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky, joins me to discuss the correct, non-hysterical response to COVID-19, along with electric cars, crazy spending bills, and standing alone against the media establishment and both major political parties.

Show notes for Ep. 1711

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David Stockman, who served as OMB director under Ronald Reagan, joins Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, to discuss where the economy is right now and where it's going. Gene is more optimistic than David, and a spirited exchange ensues.

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Show notes for Ep. 1710

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Scott Horton and I talk about the problems with the police and the insights libertarians have into the solution.

Show notes for Ep. 1709

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I joined Pete Quinones of the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast for a freewheeling Ask Me Anything session -- the first time I've ever done one. We covered all kinds of topics, from optimism/pessimism to social media bias (and the quickest way to fix it) to self-improvement and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1708

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Former Maine state senator Eric Brakey discusses his GOP primary race for U.S. Congress in Maine, where a John Bolton-linked PAC dumped a pile of money into an effort to damage his name (particularly because of his foreign-policy views). We then discuss Young Americans for Liberty, the successor organization to Students for Ron Paul, and the successes it's been having under president Cliff Maloney.

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Show notes for Ep. 1707

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In this episode I look at some examples and counterexamples of countries with lockdowns and mask mandates, and see if simple connections can be made.

Show notes for Ep. 1706

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Has Trump lived up to expectations that he might roll back some of the U.S. government's foreign intervention? Zach Weissmueller joins me to discuss.

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Show notes for Ep. 1705

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In this free-flowing discussion I cover a bunch of economic myths and misconceptions that have hounded the human race to this day.

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Show notes for Ep. 1704

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With masks, "social distancing," and even more regimentation than usual in store for children this fall, parents are wondering what to do. In this episode, I present them with a pretty good option.

Show notes for Ep. 1703

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One of the most enjoyable (for me, at least) presentations I've ever given is shared in this episode, which recounts valuable life lessons I've accumulated over my nearly 48 years. I solemnly promise you will not regret listening to this one.

Show notes for Ep. 1702

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Martha Bueno, vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Miami Dade County, discusses the various ways the major parties give themselves advantages over upstarts, and offers a strategy for reversing it.

Show notes for Ep. 1701

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With Nathan Sandmann having settled his defamation suit with the Washington Post, it's an opportune moment to review what the media did to the Covington Catholic High School students last year, and why their attempted destruction of these kids isn't an isolated incident.

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Show notes for Ep. 1700

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A chart comparing conservatives and liberals appeared in a California high school class, and it seemed like a good jumping-off point for an episode. You'll never guess: conservatives are caricatured, and liberals are presented as the obviously decent choice everyone must embrace.

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Show notes for Ep. 1699

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In this episode I summarize the claims of the pro-lockdown side and conclude by considering what life is all about, after all, and whether mere biological existence truly qualifies.

Show notes for Ep. 1698

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Michael Malice joins me for a discussion of current events, including the condition of New York in the age of COVID, new poll results showing how racist Americans think their country is, and what Trump's prospects are in November.

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Show notes for Ep. 1697

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John Zmirak, senior editor at The Stream, joins me to discuss the weird ways leftist political ideologies (wittingly or otherwise) appropriate Christian ideas.

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Show notes for Ep. 1696

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Professor Jonathan Newman joins me to review the role of the Federal Reserve in creating economic discoordination and chaos -- the opposite of what its defenders claim it does.

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Show notes for Ep. 1695

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The Libertarian Party held its convention in Orlando last week, and plenty of things happened that will be of interest to Tom Woods Show listeners, even if not all are members of the LP. Check it out!

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Show notes for Ep. 1694

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Adam Curry, whose career in entertainment includes years as an MTV VJ, co-hosts the No Agenda podcast and was a pioneer in podcasting himself. The way he and co-host John Dvorak finance the podcast is fascinating and unique -- and it also happens to shield them from so-called "cancel culture," another topic we discuss. Not one to be skipped!

Show notes for Ep. 1693

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Timothy Terrell of Wofford College joins me to discuss the misconception that environmental damage is a case of "market failure," and the real driving force behind environmental improvements. We begin with a brief discussion of college and secondary-school education in light of the virus.

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Show notes for Ep. 1692

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The warfare state deforms the economy in ways most Americans don't realize. I discussed the topic in this episode with Scott Horton.

Show notes for Ep. 1691

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Comedian and podcaster Dave Smith joins me for a review of what's been happening in the world, including media atrocities, school so-called reopenings, and why no president can "unify the country."

Show notes for Ep. 1690

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Scott Horton joins us to discuss whether we have reason to believe that the Russians placed "bounties" on the heads of American troops in Afghanistan, and also to review recent U.S. policy toward Russia.

Show notes for Ep. 1689

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Tom DiLorenzo, recently retired as a professor at Loyola University Maryland, joins us to discuss a side of Abraham Lincoln most Americans have never heard.

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Show notes for Ep. 1688

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Michael Shellenberger joins me to discuss his new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.

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Show notes for Ep. 1687

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What is Independence Day really all about? Certainly more than just the sleep-inducing "no taxation without representation." James Madison biographer Kevin Gutzman joins me for the real story. Plus: why you shouldn't pull down statues of George Washington.

Show notes for Ep. 1686

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Steve Hsu is professor of theoretical physics at Michigan State University. Until recently, he was vice president for research and graduate studies. Despite over 1000 letters on his behalf including from top academics like Harvard's Steven Pinker, the administration caved to a Twitter mob and asked for Hsu's resignation. The reason is so preposterously flimsy that you just need to hear it for yourself. Sponsor: Good Morning Liberty is a daily podcast offering libertarian solution to the problems that afflict us.

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Show notes for Ep. 1685

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In this episode I talk about the new America, in which we freely call people "white supremacists" (Paul Krugman just used the term to refer to all elderly people in Florida), dissident voices are suppressed and humiliated, and lessons in tolerance are given by people who cannot stand challenges to their views.

Show notes for Ep. 1684

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Texas, Florida, and Arizona have the usual suspects up to their usual doomsday scenarios. Should we really be concerned?

Show notes for Ep. 1683

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The Thomas More Society's Christopher Ferrara just won a major victory over the governor of New York and the mayor of New York City with a ruling by Federal District Judge Gary L. Sharpe that strikes down limitations on religious gatherings that are more onerous than restrictions on other gatherings. In so doing, he struck down all limitations on outdoor gatherings, and thus the ruling has a significant impact on religious and non-religious people alike.

Show notes for Ep. 1682

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Journalist Diana Johnstone has covered the world, and particularly US foreign affairs, for decades. It ain't a pretty story, but it's one that needs to be told.

Show notes for Ep. 1681

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Comedian, financial writer, and jack-of-all-trades Dominic Frisby joins me to discuss the continued lockdowns in the UK, what's happening in Western societies, and his new national anthem for Libertaria.

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Show notes for Ep. 1680

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Dale Brown's Detroit Threat Management Center has had tremendous success in lowering violent crime rates, and has done so using methods that emphasize de-escalation and nonviolence. In the wake of the George Floyd killing, he joins us to discuss lessons police departments can learn from his successes.

Show notes for Ep. 1679

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With the present pitiful showing by conservatives as the backdrop, Paul Gottfried joins us to discuss what went wrong with Conservatism, Inc.

Show notes for Ep. 1678

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Libertarian writer James Reilly and Mises Institute president Jeff Deist join me for a libertarian perspective on the problems with the police and what our proposed solutions would be.

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Show notes for Ep. 1677

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Once again the Federal Reserve is being presented to us as a great savior during a time of crisis. I once spoke at Jekyll Island itself in refutation of this claim. Worth revisiting during these times.

Show notes for Ep. 1676

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Rainer Zitelmann's new book on people's perceptions of the rich is filled with interesting and surprising results: who "deserves" to be wealthy, what qualities people associate with the rich, how people form their opinions of the rich, and plenty more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1675

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Nothing is less fashionable than defending the South from attack. Responses like "why, you must support slavery," or "you're a racist," sum up the intellectual level you can expect from your critics, none of whom have read a thing. Historian Brion McClanahan returns to discuss the bizarre if predictable South hatred that emerged following George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Show notes for Ep. 1674

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Professor Gad Saad joins me to discuss trends in academia, whether leftist domination occurs because they're just smarter than we are, and why CEOs feel compelled to endorse every fashionable cause.

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Show notes for Ep. 1673

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Pete Quinones joins me to discuss his new documentary on the state and how we might think about life without it.

Show notes for Ep. 1672

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Vijay Boyapati joins me for a crash course in Bitcoin: why it matters (to the world and to you), what it accomplishes, where it's headed, and why he thinks it's actually superior to gold.

Show notes for Ep. 1671

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Spike Cohen, the Libertarian Party's vice presidential nominee, joins me to discuss radicalism and gradualism, his days as a neoconservative, entrepreneurial background, his libertarian transformation, how to campaign during a pandemic, and plenty more.

Show notes for Ep. 1670

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I'm being told to celebrate because the left has brought the phrase "defund the police" into the national spotlight. I'll get excited when I can figure out what on Earth they mean by it.

Show notes for Ep. 1669

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EST

Kris Borer joins me to discuss the foundations of and the most persuasive case for anarcho-capitalism -- that is, a pure free market without a state of any kind.

Show notes for Ep. 1668

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

Dave Smith, comedian and host of Part of the Problem, joins me to discuss the George Floyd protests, the riots, and the (mostly depressing) libertarian response.

Show notes for Ep. 1667

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Matt Ridley joins us for a discussion of innovation and how and where it flourishes, along with specific examples ranging from the mundane lightbulb to the personal computer. (I ask Matt why inventors' names are all over 19th-century history, but nobody knows who invented the personal computer -- hence the title of this episode.)

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Show notes for Ep. 1666

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Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable Modern Age, joins me for a discussion of the riots and what they could mean for America's political future.

Show notes for Ep. 1665

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm EST

Musician and libertarian content creator Eric July joins me to discuss police brutality, real solutions, and people making excuses for rioters and looters.

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Show notes for Ep. 1664

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

Dr. Jo Jorgensen joins me today to discuss her campaign for president, her background, the main issues she intends to focus on, her experiences with Harry Browne (with whom Dr. Jorgensen was vice presidential nominee), and a lot more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1663

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Ten years ago next month I released my book Nullification, a combination history and strategy book for restraining federal power. The ideas in that book are strictly forbidden -- the official conservative and libertarian movements pretend they don't exist (the Heritage Foundation would die a thousand deaths before entertaining an unapproved thought like nullification). But the history is accurate and the arguments are sound, as I explain in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1662

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Today I look a bit deeper into the results of the lockdowns, which are being credited with having saved "millions" of lives.

Show notes for Ep. 1661

Direct download: woods_2020_05_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Gene Epstein joins us for a much-needed bit of optimism, particularly regarding the economy, as we look toward post-virus America.

Show notes for Ep. 1660

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

The online portion, anyway. Washington delegate Miguel Duque joins me to discuss the party's presidential nominee, where the Mises Caucus stands right now, and what comes next.

Show notes for Ep. 1659

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EST

Michael Rectenwald, retired professor at New York University, was a lifelong Marxist until very recently. He's now repudiated that past and embraced a Misesian future. His new book, Beyond Woke, explores every aspect of so-called "woke" culture and dismantles it mercilessly as only someone intimately familiar with leftism can.

Show notes for Ep. 1658

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Carla Gericke, president emeritus of the Free State Project, joins me to discuss PorcFest -- it's still on this year! -- and other goings-on among New Hampshire libertarians.

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Show notes for Ep. 1657

Direct download: woods_2020_05_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Michael Heise of the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party joins me to discuss some developments at the party's highest levels that have even people who haven't been our traditional allies crying foul.

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Show notes for Ep. 1656

Direct download: woods_2020_05_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm EST

It's been quite remarkable to me the extent to which the lockdowns have divided people along ideological lines. A left-wing case against lockdown seems so easy to make and so obvious, and yet a vanishingly small number of people are making it. Thaddeus Russell, an eclectic and always interesting thinker who grew up on the left, joins me to try to get to the bottom of it.

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Show notes for Ep. 1655

Direct download: woods_2020_05_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Pete Quinones and I have a wide-ranging discussion of the ongoing COVID-19 problem and the state response, and the parallel nations emerging out of all this: (1) people who are simply giving up life passions in the face of the virus, and (2) people prepared to venture out and reclaim their lives. This episode is taken from my appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast.

Show notes for Ep. 1654

Direct download: woods_2020_05_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Most American historians are atrociously bad at economic history, and the fallacies they peddle about how they think events occurred in the past go on to inform terrible decisions about economic policy in the present. Jeffrey Herbener joins me for a fallacy-free gallop through American economic history from the Civil War through the end of World War I.

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Show notes for Ep. 1653

Direct download: woods_2020_05_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, joins me for a discussion of the wisdom (or otherwise) of the response to COVID-19, and what the economic ramifications are.

Sponsor: Skillshare

Show notes for Ep. 1652

Direct download: woods_2020_05_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EST

Ryan Daniel Moran, a libertarian who operates, is a highly successful entrepreneur who first came on my radar when he made a video about the taxes he was paying -- which in turn reminded me of when Peter Schiff asked some progressives how much they thought he should pay, and their figure turned out to be lower than the real one. Today Ryan discusses the elements involved in building successful businesses.

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Show notes for Ep. 1651

Direct download: woods_2020_05_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Eric Brakey, former state senator from Maine and a Tom Woods Show listener and supporter, is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for U.S. Congress in his district. We discuss campaigning in the days of COVID, the swamp creatures who oppose him, and what his plans are once elected.

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Show notes for Ep. 1650

Direct download: woods_2020_05_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27am EST

Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute, invited me to be a guest on the Human Action podcast, which has been exploring each part of Ludwig von Mises' Human Action with a different expert each episode. My episode was the final episode: part 7. Here Mises reflects on the place of economics in society, the struggle involved in overcoming popular ignorance, and what hangs in the balance of this intellectual battle.

Show notes for Ep. 1649

Direct download: woods_2020_05_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Jeff Deist, chairman of the Mises Institute, joins me to try to get to the bottom of why the response to COVID-19 (and the lockdowns) seems for the most part to divide along ideological lines, an outcome I myself did not expect.

Show notes for Ep. 1648

Direct download: woods_2020_05_08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

One of the great Harry Browne's most important books was How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. It is a blueprint for throwing off all manner of shackles (some self-imposed) that hold us back from living the lives we want. Audiobook narrator Ayrton Parham joins me.

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Show notes for Ep. 1647

Direct download: woods_2020_05_07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

U.S. Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan recently joined the Libertarian Party and, having formed an "exploratory committee," seems certain to run for president. Dave Smith joins me to discuss Amash, libertarianism, and the Libertarian Party.

Show notes for Ep. 1646

Direct download: woods_2020_05_06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, who has a Supreme Court victory under his belt, joins me to discuss recent events involving American sheriffs and what powers the local sheriff has.

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Show notes for Ep. 1645

Direct download: woods_2020_05_05.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

The old man here has succumbed and finally decided to make Tom Woods Show merchandise, so I've been consulting with a listener who's an expert in this area. This, in turn, reminded me of Rachel Rofe, the expert's expert from whom this listener himself learned what he knows. It's a fun side business -- making mugs, T-shirts, etc. -- if you know what you're doing (and even if you don't). Now seems like a sensible time to learn something like this, so Rachel walks us through it in today's episode.

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Show notes for Ep. 1644

Direct download: woods_2020_05_02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST