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Kevin McKernan joins me to discuss the problems with PCR testing during the pandemic, and why they're yielding results that are, to say the least, unhelpful.

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Show notes for Ep. 1765

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In the first half of this episode I play the full, extended interview I did for Pete Quinones' great documentary The Monopoly on Violence. He asked me to discuss state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, and issues related to that. In the second half of the episode I can't help adding some current COVID news I think you'll find interesting.

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Show notes for Ep. 1764

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The great Eric Peters returns for an update on the ongoing war on cars, the various forms it takes, and how it affects you.

Show notes for Ep. 1763

Direct download: woods_2020_10_27.mp3
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Investor and FreedomFest creator Mark Skousen joins me to discuss the economy, and particularly the common error of thinking that "consumer spending" drives the economy.

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Show notes for Ep. 1762

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Lew Rockwell joins me for our final debate analysis episode of the 2020 election cycle!

Show notes for Ep. 1761

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I got to know Professor Michael Crispin Miller when he wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed my remarks at the Mises Institute's Jekyll Island conference on the lockdowns and the rest of the disastrous government response to COVID. When I found out, first, that he'd been targeted in the classroom for proposing that students consider more than one point of view on the subject of masks, and second, that he's an interesting leftist who opposes the lizard people as much as you and I do. I knew we would have an interesting discussion -- and not just about COVID -- and I was right.

Show notes for Ep. 1760

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Ol' Woods here has always had views a teensy bit different from the academic mainstream, so in today's episode we start off with some reminiscences from the Columbia University history department, where I received my Ph.D. From there it's on to every topic under the sun, in a great discussion with Thaddeus Russell.

This episode originally appeared as an episode of the Unregistered podcast with Thaddeus Russell.

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Show notes for Ep. 1759

Direct download: woods_2020_10_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Nick Hudson created PANDA -- Pandemics Data & Analytics -- as a conduit for rational, data-driven analysis of COVID-19, and to examine the human and economic toll of extended lockdowns.

Show notes for Ep. 1758

Direct download: woods_2020_10_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

The great Gene Epstein joins me for a review of where the US economy stands now and where it's going, with COVID and the restrictions in the background, and then we proceed to a discussion of the virus and the state response that is classic Gene.

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Show notes for Ep. 1757

Direct download: woods_2020_10_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

Masks have become central to the response to COVID-19, and a great deal of acrimony has developed between people who favor and oppose masks. After the New England Journal of Medicine argued that their effectiveness was minimal, a great deal of controversy emerged regarding what "the science" truly had to say on the subject. Hence this episode.

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Show notes for Ep. 1756

Direct download: woods_2020_10_17.mp3
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The popular libertarian children's book series The Tuttle Twins caught the attention of Current Affairs, which is not at all happy that children are being exposed to libertarian ideas. "Why, this is indoctrination!" say the masters of indoctrination.

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Show notes for Ep. 1755

Direct download: woods_2020_10_16.mp3
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This is the single best presentation I've made on COVID and the government response. I genuinely do not see how someone can hear this information and continue along in support of lockdowns and the destruction of society. Here are all the arguments in one place. Enjoy.

Show notes for Ep. 1754

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Jay Richards joins me to discuss the first book to hit the shelves on COVID and the lockdowns, and it's a ten-megaton bomb against the propagandists.

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Show notes for Ep. 1753

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Longtime liberty activist John Bush joins me to discuss his Freedom Cells strategy, already in effect and growing, to allow libertarians to live and flourish with as little state involvement as possible.

Show notes for Ep. 1752

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Dan McCarthy joins me for a rather lively overview and analysis of last night's vice presidential debate.

Show notes for Ep. 1751

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

Jennifer Cabrera has done very important work compiling overlooked data on COVID, and has been one of the top voices I myself have consulted to stay sane during these crazy times. One of my favorite episodes of the past few months.

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Show notes for Ep. 1750

Direct download: woods_2020_10_07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Scientists from Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford just released a declaration against lockdowns as a strategy and for the resumption of normal life, particularly for younger people -- and that means sports, music, the arts, everything.

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Show notes for Ep. 1749

Direct download: woods_2020_10_06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

If a President Biden where to try to shut the country down, as he has said he would, it would be necessary for the rational states to recall the powers they once had to protect their people from the federal government. In this episode I discuss the forgotten history of states doing precisely that.

Show notes for Ep. 1748

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Michael Rectenwald, whose life was made miserable to impossible at New York University after he began to dissent from the social justice orthodoxy, just created a full-blown course on postmodernism, critical theory, and cultural studies, and their implications for liberty. In today’s episode we cover all of these topics.

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Show notes for Ep. 1747

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Dan McCarthy, editor of Modern Age, is a traditional conservative who has great sympathy for and is widely read in Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism. We have a meeting of the minds in today’s episode.

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Show notes for Ep. 1746

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Lew Rockwell joins me for our traditional post-debate episode!

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Show notes for Ep. 1745

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Donald Wilson is the CEO of GearBubble, the platform I’ll be using to offer Tom Woods Show merchandise, and where over 150,000 people sell print-on-demand products like phone cases, mugs, and T-shirts. We discuss everything from his inauspicious start – he sold a single product the day he launched – to his current numbers (GearBubble has now done over $100 million in sales), as well as what it’s been like running a physical-product business during these months of shutdowns, and how sellers running their own stores on his platform have been more insulated from shutdowns than the traditional brick-and-mortar variety.

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Show notes for Ep. 1744

Direct download: woods_2020_09_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_28.mp3
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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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_09_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_08_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_07_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

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

Show notes for Ep. 1683

Direct download: woods_2020_06_30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

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.

Sponsor: Sanebox

Show notes for Ep. 1680

Direct download: woods_2020_06_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_12b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

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

Direct download: woods_2020_06_04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT