The Tom Woods Show

Jefferson biographer Kevin Gutzman, who just released a new course on Jefferson for my LibertyClassroom.com, joins me to discuss Jefferson's influences, his early political career, his extraordinary accomplishments even outside politics, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1229

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I was delighted to be the special guest for the 100th episode of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, featuring Tom Laird, who runs the Scottish Libertarian Party, and Antony Sammeroff, who's such an effective defender of libertarian ideas. And what a variety of topics we hit -- including my five least favorite presidents. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1228

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

It's important to cut through the exaggerated platitudes to the heart of who John McCain was, lest a misplaced desire to carry on his "legacy" cause further harm to the United States and the world. Scott Horton joins me for this frank appraisal.

Show notes for Ep. 1227

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

Libertarian worlds collided earlier this month when Reason magazine editor-at-large Matt Welch joined me on Michael Malice's program. as you no doubt realize, there has been plenty of infighting among Libertarians and libertarian institutions over the years, and I think we hashed quite a bit of that out in a very productive conversation. In today's episode, Michael and I review and assess that mini-summit.

Show notes for Ep. 1226

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

Eric July, whose band Backwordz hit #1 in Billboard's Alternative New Artist category, joins me to discuss -- in addition to his epic battle with rapper Talib Kweli -- what libertarianism has to say to the black community, whether he feels oppressed every day (I ask him sincerely, since Talib feels oppressed every day), how he responds to accusations that he's betraying the black community by being a libertarian, and plenty more.

Eric was the emcee at my 1000th episode event; if you haven't seen it, make some popcorn and settle in for a fun night. tomwoods.com/1000

Show notes for Ep. 1225

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:50am EDT

The media went berserk recently over Cody Wilson and his Stoic defense of the publication of open-source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. We go beneath the surface and talk social media deplatforming, free speech, and Cody's ideological influences.

Show notes for Ep. 1224

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

If you let trolls get under your skin, you're doing it wrong. They are gifts. And you can profit from them. Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor and publisher of the Email Players newsletter, is one of the kings at this. Someone goes after Ben, and Ben turns around and makes sales from it. Now that's how it's done. Also joining me today is Shane Hunter, known as the Abrasive Entrepreneur. We talk about my recent exchange with rapper Talib Kweli, and how in general to handle attacks.

Show notes for Ep. 1223

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

Rachel Fulton Brown, a professor of medieval history at the University of Chicago who's been under assault by ideologically motivated peers, joins me for a discussion of her travails, yes, but also her new book, the ideological transformation of medieval studies, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1222

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College joins me to discuss the works and views of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who was an important libertarian writer in her own right. Wilder recently had her name removed from an important children's literature award by the American Library Association, so we begin with a discussion of that.

Show notes for Ep. 1221

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Joshua Smith, who secured a spot on the Libertarian National Committee at the party's recent convention, joins me to discuss the party's present and future, the controversy with "libertarian socialists," and much more.

Show notes for Ep. 1220

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:51am EDT

Jeff Deist, former chief of staff to Ron Paul and current president of the Mises Institute, joins me to discuss how we should think about social media de-platforming and what it means (surely libertarians have something more to say than "they're private companies," as if we're never allowed to criticize private companies). We also discuss political correctness: maybe it wasn't just about politeness after all, and maybe it wasn't just a figment of the right-wing's imagination.

Show notes for Ep. 1219

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

Dr. Jamin Hubner joins me to discuss his Creative Common Law project, which serves as the legal blueprint for how a stateless society would function and deal with common problems.

Show notes for Ep. 1218

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

JW Weatherman joins me to discuss the problems with state education -- particularly in math, a subject people are essentially taught to hate -- and a thrilling way the private sector has just made it vastly better, more accessible, more effective, and more fun.

Show notes for Ep. 1217

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

What we learned in school: decentralization is stupid and backward, and the progressive way forward is for you stupid rubes to centralize power in the hands of your betters. This episode is the anti-that.

Show notes for Ep. 1216

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Sara Young, a widely respected entrepreneur and teacher, was determined to make her living from her computer so she wouldn't have to leave her children home alone. That determination yielded her fantastic success, to the point that other moms who lived nearby urged her to teach them to do what she was doing. She wound up becoming an online teacher, helping many thousands of folks replicate her model. What she's up to today is particularly impressive -- and yes, can be replicated.

Show notes for Ep. 1215

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Mark Thornton joins me to discuss his new book -- to which I contributed the foreword -- on the so-called "skyscraper curse" and Austrian business cycle theory, and how economists of the Austrian School have been able to spot oncoming crises to which other economists have been blind.

Show notes for Ep. 1214

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Families Against Mandatory Minimums' Kevin Ring, who saw the problems with mandatory minimum sentences first hand, discusses a major injustice in the present system of sentencing.

Show notes for Ep. 1213

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:56am EDT

Are things going to stabilize or worsen on the major social media platforms? Michael Malice joins me to discuss the Alex Jones situation, and the nature of social media itself. Is the contentiousness and hostility we find there something that can be fixed, or might the whole project be based on a utopian premise -- just get everyone together, and we'll reach the truth?

Show notes for Ep. 1212

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Historian Phil Magness joins me to discuss the controversy over Nancy MacLean's book Democracy in Chains, which claims to trace a massive racist, right-wing conspiracy back to -- of all people -- academic economist James Buchanan, who is associated with Public Choice economics. The book is so rife with error that MacLean finally had to respond to her critics.

Show notes for Ep. 1211

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT

Alex Jones just got decapitated by Apple and other platforms, so I spend some time in today's episode unpacking what that means. I also take on left-liberals who think the problem with the Fed and the military is lack of diversity, and right-wingers who think capitalism is based on "materialism." Plenty of fun!

Show notes for Ep. 1210

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, discusses his model for very inexpensive, outcome-based online education. We also address efforts by the inspector general of the Department of Education to throw a monkey wrench into the works (surprise).

Show notes for Ep. 1209

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Janice Fiamengo, a professor of English at the University of Ottawa and an outspoken opponent of feminism, found herself brought before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission in a two-year ordeal related to alleged discrimination. She gives us a flavor of what these commissions are like, and how universities deal with accusations like this.

Show notes for Ep. 1208

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Pat joins me to discuss the state of Russiagate, how the President should respond, what a President Buchanan would be doing, what's likely to happen in the fall elections, the state of the Democratic Party, and the kind of candidate Trump should hope for in 2020.

Show notes for Ep. 1207

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Opponents of the free market had a field day in 2007/8: why, this collapse goes to show how unstable capitalism is! That's why I wrote my book Meltdown, which (thankfully) wound up spending 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. We needed an Austrian (and not just generic free-market) response to this conventional wisdom. In this episode, I discuss the book with Lew Rockwell on his podcast.

Show notes for Ep. 1206

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

With libertarians being called "fascists" and even "Nazis" by so-called progressives, I thought it might be useful to review what Adolf Hitler himself believed about economic theory. You'll never guess: it turns out he prefers government control over a free market.

Show notes for Ep. 1205

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

At long last, the episode you've been waiting for on progressive rock is here. This is yet another way the Tom Woods Show improves your life.
 
My guests today are Roie Avin, founder and editor of The Prog Report and author of Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums, and Brad Birzer, professor of history at Hillsdale College and contributor to Progarchy.
 
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In this libertarian podcasters' roundtable, we have a lively discussion about why we recently joined the Libertarian Party, what our plans are, and how we can know if we've succeeded. Fun!

Show notes for Ep. 1203

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

Emily Horowitz, a professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, was the overwhelming winner (measured objectively by audience opinions before and after) of a debate earlier this year at the Soho Forum on this very topic. Most people assumed no case could be made for her side, but by the time she was done, nearly three quarters of the room agreed with her. We discuss the subject in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1202

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT

Rebecca Brown joins me to discuss The Innocence Project, which helps prevent and identify wrongful convictions, and get compensation for people released from prison. What are the factors that combine to yield wrongful convictions? We discuss that and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1201

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

The prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block joins me for a fascinating look at his life in the libertarian world, from his days as a social democrat through libertarianism and beyond.

Show notes for Ep. 1200

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

The great comedian Dave Smith, host of Part Of The Problem, discusses joining the Libertarian Party, the current hysteria about Trump and Russia, and how his podcast became so successful.

Show notes for Ep. 1199

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at the FOX News Channel, joins me to discuss Trump's most recent Supreme Court nominee as well as the names the Judge would have preferred, plus the Judge's opinion on the worst decisions in the Court's history, and much more. Thanks to the folks in my Supporting Listeners group for submitting questions!

Show notes for Ep. 1198

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

I strongly urge you to listen to this episode. These are my opening remarks to this year's Mises University program at the Mises Institute. I discuss two sets of ungrateful people. The first: socialists. I go into detail about the improvements in the lives of everyone, but especially the desperately poor, under the free market. The numbers are frankly miraculous. And all these folks can think to do is shout at their employers through bullhorns.
 
Then I take on those libertarians who spend their time denouncing Ron Paul, Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, and other prolific and productive libertarians. This section is especially savage, but not gratuitously so. Just the right amount of savage.
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

In popular discourse, consumer safety is one of the most frequently cited reasons for government oversight. Neil Thanedar, my guest today, is co-founder and CEO of Labdoor, which can accomplish more than the FDA even claims to be able to, and more efficiently and inexpensively.

Show notes for Ep. 1196

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable journal Modern Age, recently suggested in the Spectator that the Trump phenomenon may have taken the air out of the so-called libertarian moment -- partly because that moment wasn't as libertarian as people thought. Plenty to think about here, and no conversation with Dan is ever dull.

Show notes for Ep. 1195

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

Tim Moen, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, is an anarcho-capitalist in the Rothbardian tradition. That gives him an interesting perspective on libertarian politics and strategy, and I ask him some tough questions. A juicy episode!

Show notes for Ep. 1194

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:25pm EDT

Once in a while I feature a listener who's doing something particularly interesting. My guest today, Noah Tetzner, hosts a popular podcast on the history of the Vikings, and also has the world figured out far better than I ever did at 17.

Show notes for Ep. 1193

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

The brilliant Murray Sabrin, professor of finance at Ramapo College, is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. We discuss the race, yes, but we cover a great deal else as well: how to help the poor without government involvement, how to understand money (and which book to read), what a professor of finance knows that political candidates don't, Murray's family history in Poland, the right of self-defense, why Rothbard sat on Murray's Ph.D. dissertation committee (Rothbard did this for only two people ever), and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1192

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

Here's a wide-ranging conversation full of the kind of info none of us got in school. When did the federal government first go off the rails? Does the Constitution do any good? (You may be surprised at my answer.) What is the role of the states in the American system? And lots more.
 
Thanks to the Libertarian Christian Podcast for letting me use my appearance on their program.
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

At the recent event in New Orleans sponsored by the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party I spoke very bluntly about what a libertarian party should be doing and the good that it could accomplish, and contrasted that with the missed opportunities and self-sabotage that continues to plague it.

Show notes for Ep. 1190

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

I recently joined former game show host Chuck Woolery on his Blunt Force Truth podcast to talk about all kinds of issues, ranging from Confederate monuments to Austrian economics to constitutional law and a lot more. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1189

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

Gene Epstein joins me to make if anything an even more radical case against the existing education system than Bryan Caplan does in the latter's recent book The Case Against Education. Whatever "but surely you agree we have to have X!" arguments you've heard, Gene anticipates and smashes them in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1188

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

Nathan Dempsey, creator of Liberty Minecraft, discusses what a game involving money, property, and nonaggression might teach us about organizing society -- and what he learned when he set up, side by side, a place that recognized and a place that did not recognize private property.

Show notes for Ep. 1187

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

There's plenty of good material in today's episode, but I'm especially pleased with the lightning round, where I was asked ten major questions of interest to libertarians and given 60 seconds to answer each. Fun! (I'm sharing my recent appearance on the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, which has now been succeeded by Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket.)

Show notes for Ep. 1186

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

My guest today is known on social media by her pseudonym The Pholosopher. She's been very successful at spreading the message of voluntaryism, so we discuss what's been working.

Show notes for Ep. 1185

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

I've had lots of requests for an episode like this, so here it is. Today, at the behest of Steve Patterson, I discuss two things: the how and why of entrepreneurship, at least in my case, and Catholicism. The episode is not about the interrelationship between these two things. But Steve has been wanting to ask me about both, and I've had plenty of requests for these topics, particularly the latter. So here you go. This is my appearance on Steve's podcast Patterson in Pursuit.

Show notes for Ep. 1184

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Ever heard a socialist brush off the experience of Venezuela on the grounds that that country isn't really socialist after all? Here's how to reply.

Show notes for Ep. 1183

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

Tom W. Bell joins me to discuss the variety of micro-experiments in liberty, of varying degrees of significance, going on all over the world -- like special economic zones, the beginnings of seasteading, even Liberland.

Show notes for Ep. 1182

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia joins me to discuss what's going on in the world of sci-fi and fantasy, where SJW influence has been growing, and non-SJW voices have been demonized with the customary accusations. Correia himself was recently disinvited from an important conference for quite clearly no good reason. We get to the bottom of it here.

Show notes for Ep. 1181

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

Jorg Guido Hulsmann, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France, discusses those aspects of inflation most people overlook, involving how it changes the very texture of life.

Show notes for Ep. 1180

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

Stefan and I go well beyond the college-is-a-waste-of-time stuff here. College can be fine, and the right thing for some people. But we go through: the ideological environment, quotas, how much people really learn, how to succeed without it, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1179

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:17am EDT

John Tamny of RealClearMarkets joins me to discuss how progress really works and the extraordinary advances we've lived through that people scarcely notice or appreciate. And robots are going to make us better off, by the way....

Show notes for Ep. 1178

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Should insider trading be a crime? With Donald Trump suggesting that he might pardon Martha Stewart, it's an opportune moment to examine this important question.

Show notes for Ep. 1177

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

There are plenty of arguments against Marxism, and we make several in this episode. But there's one, by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk, that crushes Marx. That's because it stipulates, for the sake of argument, that Marx is correct about the labor theory of value and so much else in his system. And it shows that even then, his system comes up against a contradiction that cannot be resolved. I welcome G.P. Manish, associate professor of economics at the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, back to the show.

Show notes for Ep. 1176

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

Traditional social media outlets have been under scrutiny for their data collection, ideological bias, and skewed algorithms. Bill Ottman, co-creator and CEO of Minds.com, reviews the problems and proposes rather an exciting solution.

Show notes for Ep. 1175

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Cameron English runs a project called Deniers for Hire, which shines a light on progressive bloggers and journalists who defame scientists they disagree with (why, these scientists must be shills for industry!).

Show notes for Ep. 1174

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Lots of people are celebrating the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision because a Christian baker who had been punished for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding was vindicated. Unfortunately, the case is a mess, and resolves far less than you may think. I go through it with you in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1173

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

What if the problem with the state's police isn't bad apples but the fact that they're the state's police? Is it possible to imagine policing without the state?

Show notes for Ep. 1172

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

No wonder my listeners demanded this episode. Saifedean Ammous takes an economic perspective informed by the Austrian School and applies it to Bitcoin and why it matters. He discusses the various roles Bitcoin can play, and parries common objections. (We also take an animated detour into the BCH/BTC discussion, for those of you interested.)

Show notes for Ep. 1171

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT

One side claims the Deep State is a figment of our imagination. Another thinks of Trump as a fearless crusader against it. Both sides are missing something very important.

Show notes for Ep. 1170

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Keith Knight joins me to discuss themes in "The Ultimate Red Pill," his epic video bringing together the best anti-statist arguments and clips. We talk about which arguments work best to get people thinking in new ways, which arguments reached him, and the one thing every 16-year-old should read to be inoculated against socialism.

Show notes for Ep. 1169

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

Carla Gericke, board member and former president of the Free State Project, discusses ongoing if underreported libertarian victories in New Hampshire, her own campaign for state senate, whether and why libertarians should pursue politics, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1168

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

As Michael Malice prepares to start his evening news recap show and moves his existing show to another network, I offer suggestions on how to build an audience: what works, what doesn't, how you can exploit your enemies to increase your popularity, and a lot more. Plenty of lessons here for business and for life.

Show notes for Ep. 1167

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:49pm EDT

This episode begins with my five-minute opening statement from a FreedomFest debate on abolishing the Federal Reserve System, and then proceeds to discuss further problems with the Fed (as well as problems with the so-called Greenbackers, whose critique of the Fed is that they'd prefer to see the Treasury inflate the currency instead). Plus a very funny story that you shouldn't miss.

Show notes for Ep. 1166

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Naomi Brockwell -- TV producer, cryptocurrency expert, and libertarian -- joins me to discuss new frontiers in cryptocurrency, how to explain Bitcoin to your grandmother, replies to cryptocurrency skeptics, what it's like to work for John Stossel, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1165

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Is there such a thing as "cultural Marxism"? If so, what is it? And what was the Frankfurt School, and what was it trying to accomplish? Paul Gottfried, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale and has written extensively on these subjects, joins me to get to the bottom of it all.

Show notes for Ep. 1164

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

The Spanish-American War anticipated important themes in the interventionist foreign policy that was to come over the next century. The host of the Dangerous History Podcast joins me to discuss its causes and long-term significance.

Show notes for Ep. 1163

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Mark Pulliam joins me to discuss the politicization of American law schools and the role played by the American Bar Association, which enjoys state-bestowed monopoly privileges.

Show notes for Ep. 1162

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Matt McWilliams is more likely to be at the zoo with his kids at 2:00pm than he is to be behind a desk.

Matt is a libertarian and a homeschooling father, and served as an officer in the Libertarian Party at the local level. He's now an expert affiliate marketer, and has managed the affiliate programs of some of the top names on the Internet -- in fact, at the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Matt was named the top affiliate marketing manager in the world. He brings that expertise to this discussion of what works and what doesn't when it comes to online business and affiliate marketing.

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

Ron Unz -- theoretical physicist, software developer, political candidate, and author -- joins me to discuss themes from his "Our American Pravda" article, which explores stories the media suddenly dropped, or never covered.

Show notes for Ep. 1160

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

Musa al-Gharbi joins me to discuss the social science literature and its casual claim that racists and white supremacists handed Trump his victory in 2016. The evidence is overwhelmingly against this, as Columbia University's Musa al-Gharbi shows.

Show notes for Ep. 1159

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Joanna Williams, education editor at Spiked, discusses her new book Women vs. Feminism. Topics include education, sexual harassment and assault, and advocacy research masquerading as scholarship.

Show notes for Ep. 1158

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:52pm EDT

The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffered from some kind of neurodegenerative disorder, were told they could not take their child for treatment in Rome, where doctors stood willing to assist them. Dr. Michel Accad joins me for a libertarian analysis of this horrific episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1157

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

This one's a doozy, my friends.

The Mises Institute's Jeff Deist joins me to discuss libertarianism, left and right, and ongoing divisions within the movement. We pose the question: if you could have libertarianism triumph but it meant cultural outcomes of which you disapproved, would you still want it? Plus a lot more in this lively discussion.
 
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Great things are happening with DonorSee, the amazing app through which you can see with your own eyes the effects of your support for worthy projects around the world. Listeners of this very show banded together to build a house for a widow, for example. Listen to the show and support creator Gret Glyer!

Show notes Ep. 1155

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

Historian and journalist Gareth Porter, who holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, joins me to discuss the truth versus the propaganda about the Iranian nuclear program.

Show notes for Ep. 1154

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Joshua Smith, who is seeking the chairmanship of the Libertarian National Committee, joins me to discuss the present direction of the LP, the infighting, and his own vision for the party.

Show notes for Ep. 1153

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

I talk to Pat Buchanan about foreign policy, where conservatives have gone wrong, and what the future holds.

Show notes for Ep. 1152

Direct download: woods_2018_05_08.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Has America been made great again, or are the same old problems festering beneath the surface? David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, gives us the full scoop. Plus, we discuss his recent appearance on the FOX Business Network, in which he batted down several regime apologists at once.

Show notes for Ep. 1151

Direct download: woods_2018_05_07.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:48pm EDT

David Pakman of the David Pakman Show, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, square off in a discussion of allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials and operatives.

Show notes for Ep. 1150

Direct download: woods_2018_05_04.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

The brand new film Little Pink House relates the events leading up to Kelo v. New London, about the taking of Susette Kelo's home to give to a private developer. I talk to writer, producer, and director Courtney Balaker in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1149

Direct download: woods_2018_05_03.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

The ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) have been profoundly influential -- and not for the better. We'll discuss his views on the origins of inequality, the role of the legislator, and the place of the individual in political society. Not an episode to skip, trust me.

Show notes for Ep. 1148

Direct download: woods_2018_05_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

Here's an in-depth discussion of case after ludicrous case of the Framers of the Constitution expressly intending one thing, and government doing another. Might there be a lesson here about constitutions?

Show notes for Ep. 1147

Direct download: woods_2018_05_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

Michael Malice joins me to discuss the recent summit meeting between North and South Korea, in which a North Korean leader set foot in the South for the first time ever. What does it all mean?

Show notes for Ep. 1146

Direct download: woods_2018_04_30.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor, is one of my favorite guests: nonstop insights into business, marketing, and life. I could talk to him all day. I subscribe to his Email Players newsletter, and I'm a faithful reader of his daily emails.
 
Among the points we cover:
 
-- how to make money from trolls who hate you;
-- why you should ignore the latest "ninja tactic," and first master the fundamentals;
-- the wrong strategy, which is bound to fail, for your online business
-- how neediness is crushing you in business and in life;
-- how to make yourself invulnerable to SJW attacks on your livelihood;
-- why you should never even consider "virtue signaling";
-- the easiest business in the world to start;
-- how to drive traffic;
-- the key book for newbies to read;
-- the value of shaming;
 
and a lot more.
 
Direct download: woods_2018_04_28.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

In something of a potpourri episode, Scott Horton and I discuss the real truth about presidential war powers under the Constitution, plus the empire's highly successful propaganda apparatus, the military-industrial complex's tactics, and much more.
 
This episode is taken from my recent appearance on the Scott Horton Show.
 
Direct download: woods_2018_04_27.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Stoyan Penchev joins me to discuss the status of liberty and statism, and the state of public opinion, in eastern Europe in particular and Bulgaria in particular.

Show notes for Ep. 1143

Direct download: woods_2018_04_26.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

Why does politics so consistently yield perverse outcomes, of a sort it would be unthinkable to encounter in the private sector? Bob Murphy joins me for a discussion of Public Choice theory, which applies an understanding of economic incentives to the way political institutions operate.

Show notes for Ep. 1142

Direct download: woods_2018_04_25.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Henry Sire, who originally published his book The Dictator Pope under a pen name, joins me for some background and insight into Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who as Pope Francis has presided over confusion and controversy.

Show notes for Ep. 1141

Direct download: woods_2018_04_24.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Patrick Newman, who recently edited a brand new Rothbard book out of the archives, joins me for a bird's-eye overview of one of the least understood periods of American history.

Show notes for Ep. 1140

Direct download: woods_2018_04_23.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT

Today's episode covers a wide range of topics: the origins of Trump, fallacies of protectionism, how to respond to critics who say libertarianism has never been tried, plus Somalia, working conditions under capitalism, why libertarianism is attacked when we're so marginal, the increasing use of "classical liberal" by creeps, and more.
 
This episode is drawn from my recent appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast.
 
Direct download: woods_2018_04_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

Kevin Dixie, owner and founder at No Other Choice Firearms Training, talks Second Amendment, crime, safety, and what it's like dealing with the "black leadership" when you're teaching black folks how to defend themselves.

Show notes for Ep. 1138

Direct download: woods_2018_04_18.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Professor William Anderson joins me to discuss the perverse incentives in the American legal system that work against the accused and their ability to fight back against abuses and outrages perpetrated against them.

Show notes for Ep. 1137

Direct download: woods_2018_04_17.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose comedy special Libertas spent three weeks as the #1 comedy album on iTunes last year, joins me to discuss his wonderful CNN gig, where he gets away with telling truths you'd be hard-pressed to find on any network. Plus: the awful state of comedy, whether liberty will come via a series of small changes or a handful of major ones, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1136

Direct download: woods_2018_04_16.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Libertarians often point out that war has consequences at home as well. The co-author of a new book on precisely this subject joins me to fill in the details.

Show notes for Ep. 1135

Direct download: woods_2018_04_14.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, joins me to talk trigger warnings, safe spaces, campus censorship and intimidation, and the purpose of a university. I ask him some tough devil's-advocate questions, but he sticks to his guns. Well worth your time.

Show notes for Ep. 1134

Direct download: woods_2018_04_12.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Whether you're a car enthusiast or not, you have to love Eric Peters: insanely knowledgeable and thoroughly libertarian. We have a lot to discuss today: nanny-ish new cars, the consequences of federal regulation, the "mobile driver's license" and the privacy issues involved, the Jeep we're allowed to buy but not drive, and a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 1133

Direct download: woods_2018_04_11.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Historian Kevin Gutzman joins me to take on a recent article by a conventional conservative in favor of "originalism" in constitutional interpretation. Fair enough, but as with most conservative discussions of the Constitution, it comes down on the centralist, Marshallian side of the key issues -- and then conservatives scratch their heads about what could have gone wrong.

Show notes for Ep. 1132

Direct download: woods_2018_04_10.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

With tariffs in the news and stirring up debate, I thought a Tom Woods Show debate on the subject would be enlightening for everyone. Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable conservative journal Modern Age and editor-at-large of The American Conservative, and Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, square off in this much-needed debate on tariffs and trade.

Show notes for Ep. 1131

Direct download: woods_2018_04_09.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

There are only two people in the world for whom I've ever offered a testimonial: Ben Settle and my guest today, Michael Cheney. Michael has been producing products and dominating affiliate leaderboards since at least the year 2000. He creates promotions that don't bore you to death, which is why they do so well. And he's taught me a boatload of knowledge that I have put to very good use; last year I was able to make substantial donations to causes you and I believe in, thanks to what I learned from Michael.
 
His advice is worth taking to heart.
 
Direct download: woods_2018_04_07.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT