The Tom Woods Show

Entrepreneur Ryan Daniel Moran returns to the show to discuss capitalism, business, and his own success.

Show notes for Ep. 665

Direct download: woods_2016_05_20.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

We know the Fed inflated during the 1920s and set the stage for the bust, but some people say that if only the Fed had inflated during the 1930s, things would have improved. This is wrong on every conceivable level -- and in fact, the Fed tried its best to inflate in the 1930s. It's very important for us to get this right, because we've got the Keynesians and the Friedmanites united against us. We clear up the Fed's real record during the Depression in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 664

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Sheldon Richman, author of the new book America's Counter-Revolution, thinks so. (Warning: heads may explode while listening.)

Show notes for Ep. 663

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Christians can be libertarians, and vice versa, says Norman Horn, who recently debated a seminary president on precisely this issue.

Show notes for Ep. 662

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

Renowned International investor Doug Casey recently returned from a trip to Zimbabwe with Nick Giambruno, editor of InternationalMan.com. Lots of interesting stories -- plus, Doug's take on the presidential election in the U.S.

Show notes for Ep. 661

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Here's an episode I did of a PBS program, the subject of which was whether capitalism was the cause of or the solution to the problems stemming from the financial crisis of 2008.

Show notes for Ep. 660

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Michael Malice makes his triumphant return to the show with a discussion of a possible President Trump, and why Trump Derangement Syndrome seems to make people forget how bad the other presidents have been.

Show notes for Ep. 659

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:05pm EDT

Marc Guttman joins me to discuss his outstanding volume Why Peace, with scores of contributions from fascinating people -- intelligence officers, intellectuals, military figures, war victims, and more -- from a wide variety of ideological backgrounds telling the real truth about war.

Show notes for Ep. 658

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Today I look back on the previous 656 episodes and pull out some memorable ones to discuss. I also point out episodes that weren't listened to as much but that deserved a larger audience. And in general I give you -- especially but not exclusively newcomers -- a nice overview of the two and a half years of the Tom Woods Show. Even (especially?) if you've listened to them all, you'll enjoy taking this little trip with me.

Show notes for ep. 657

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Would you believe me if I told you something called the Wholesome Meat Act didn't in fact make our meat more wholesome? I mean, it's called the Wholesome Meat Act! Didn't I read the name? As usual, there's more to a benign-sounding bill than meets the eye.

Show notes for Ep. 656

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Economist Steve Horwitz recently wrote an article urging Austrians to be not quite so boastful about their business cycle theory. After all, he said, it has serious shortcomings. And we should supplement our view of the Great Depression with the work of Milton Friedman, who blamed it on deflation.

In today's episode, my guests put everything right.

Show notes for Ep. 655

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

The comic-book version of government portrays it as a benign institution innocently fostering the common good In practice, it creates a labyrinth of rent-seeking regulation that often benefits established firms and industries at the expense of upstarts. Connor Boyack and I discuss this phenomenon on the show today.

Show notes for Ep. 654

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

Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, recently testified before a Senate committee -- and as you might guess, sparks flew.

Show notes for Ep. 653

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

Donald Trump's April 2016 speech before the Center for the National Interest has sparked discussion, controversy, and debate. Was it really a call for an America First foreign policy? Scott Horton walks through it with us.

Show notes for Ep. 652

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

Dr. Michel Accad, a physician influenced by Austrian economics, says Austrian insights are essential to a proper understanding of health, which mainstream medicine cannot coherently define. Plus: why we don't need medical licensing.

Show notes for Ep. 651

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

How about that: fascism has a definition after all, and isn't just a term for whatever people happen to dislike. In his new book, Paul Gottfried traces the meaning of the word and how it's been used over the years as a polemical device in ideological battles.

Show notes for Ep. 650

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

Liberalism portrays itself as the ideology of liberty and liberation, as neutral between competing views of the good, and as the position all right-thinking people should adopt. None of this is true, but it is all brutally enforced. Jim Kalb and I discuss the true nature of liberalism in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 649

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Entrepreneur Ryan Daniel Moran recently caused a splash on Facebook with a video showing how much he -- a member of the hated 1% -- was paying in taxes. Hint: it's a lot. And of course the haters, who feel entitled to Ryan's money, were out in force.

My Supporting Listeners insisted I get this guy for the show. Today's the day!

Show notes for ep. 648

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

What would cause the leading cancer doctor in the world to fly across the country to the funeral of a boy of 8? That's part of today's story.

Past guest Roger McCaffrey discusses the terrible ordeal his family endured when they discovered their 4 1/2-year-old son, John, had CML, a stem-cell cancer. The story involves not only a family's anguish, but also a miracle drug, insurance companies, politics, and the FDA.

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

My guest today has had tremendous success as a debater and recently debated a university socialist group. As an Australian, John Hajek also lets us in on what's happening at Australian universities. It's almost enough to make you feel good about American campuses.

Show notes for Ep. 646

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

The standard narrative runs like this: Ngo Dinh Diem was the corrupt and oppressive president of South Vietnam whose removal (which wound up taking the form of assassination) the Kennedy Administration had no choice but to endorse. On top of everything else, Diem's administration was dominated by Roman Catholics in a predominantly Buddhist country, and his outrageous oppression of Buddhists was another reason he had to go.

I myself believed all this, and even taught it in the classroom. According to our guest, it's bunk.

Show notes for episode 645

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

So much of what's been tried in order to help developing countries has backfired that it's long past time to reexamine the whole question. A brand new documentary, called Poverty, Inc., is gaining plaudits across the ideological spectrum. I talk to director, producer, and writer Michael Matheson Miller today.

Show notes for Ep. 644

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

If there's one thing our university system is devoted to, it's "diversity." Our universities can boast faculty members who look very different from one another and who come from different places -- but they more or less think the same. Aren't ideas a teensy bit important, too? We discuss why universities have so little interest in intellectual diversity.

Show notes for Ep. 643

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

We are supposed to believe that the network of organizations promoting a particular view of Israel and the U.S. relationship with that country doesn't exist, and that anyone who says it does is a crank and a hater. Yet it's precisely the network of organizations that would call such a person a hater that we're talking about in the first pace. Grant Smith joins me for a rational discussion of this inexplicably sensitive issue.

Show notes for Ep. 642

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

Derek Magill discontinued his studies at the University of Michigan -- where he was a member of Young Americans for Liberty, by the way -- in order to go into business for himself and to do work he found rewarding. We discuss the ins and outs of all this in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 641

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Is an increasing number of jobs always a good thing? We treat job numbers as a proxy for economic health, but should we? The Mises Institute's Ryan McMaken helps us make sense of it all.

Show notes for Ep. 640

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Historians haven't been terribly sympathetic to business leaders of the late nineteenth century. What should we think about Andrew Carnegie? Does he deserve the abuse of historians, or is there something to be said in his defense? The author of a new biography joins us!

Show notes for Ep. 639

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

In order to distract attention from government housing policy and the Federal Reserve, left-liberals claim the financial crisis was brought on by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the partial repeal of Glass-Steagall) and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act. In this episode we'll see if there's anything to this.

Show notes for Ep. 638

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

Take a glimpse into the Orwellian dystopia of Stalinist Russia in my compelling conversation with Soviet emigre Eugene Yelchin. His young adult book Breaking Stalin's Nose -- which this 43-year-old is still thinking about, weeks after reading it -- superbly captures the terror, the suspicion and paranoia, the irrationality, the loss of life, and much more.

Show notes for Ep. 637

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

When libertarian scholar Walter Block announced the creation of Libertarians for Trump, he generated a good deal of controversy. Now he explains his support for Donald Trump's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination -- in the context of a debate with Robert Wenzel. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 636

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

Rags-to-riches entrepreneur and #1 New York Times bestselling author T. Harv Eker discusses his path to success, why prosperity isn't a matter of luck or simply meeting the right people, and why a lack of money or business know-how are lousy excuses for staying in a rut.

Show notes for Ep. 635

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:40am EDT

Every year the countries of the world are ranked in terms of their economic freedom. What can we learn from the results?

Show notes for Ep. 634

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

How do you figure out what kind of work you were meant to do? Not by "following your dreams," since a lot of dreams, frankly, shouldn't be followed and won't earn you a dime. The new book by Chris Guillebeau offers case studies as well as practical advice for breaking out of the conventional modes of work -- climb the corporate ladder! work 9 to 5! -- that have been held out to us since childhood. This, surely, is an episode not to be missed.

Show notes for Ep. 633

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

The Ethan Allen Institute promotes free markets in -- wait for it! -- Vermont, where the ideas of Senator Bernie Sanders have affected the political culture of the entire state. We get some insights into Bernie and into promoting free-market ideas in hostile territory.

Show notes for Ep. 632

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Do economics and the virtues have anything to do with one another? How do we reply to those who would say that capitalism and virtue can hardly be mentioned in the same sentence? Is economics a moral science? A highly engaging conversation that wrestles with some darn good questions.

Show notes for Ep. 631

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

There's a possibly counterintuitive solution to the heroin epidemic, says Mark Thornton: legalization. We discuss his recent article.

Show notes for Ep. 630

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Sibel Edmonds is a former translator for the FBI and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition.

Show notes for Ep. 629

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

We've heard about the raw milk controversy, but there's so much more to the issue of food and drink freedom, and the regulatory thicket ordinary farmers are expected to navigate. We get the inside scoop from the executive director of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

Show notes for Ep. 628

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Libertarian car expert Eric Peters returns to the show to discuss a smorgasbord of topics, including the bubble in the used car market, how to get around government regulations by (essentially) calling a car a motorcycle, and the state of diesel vehicles in the U.S. market in the wake of the VW scandal.

Show notes for Ep. 627

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

Andrew Cockburn joins me to discuss the drone strategy being deployed in the War on Terror, as well as the High Level Target strategy that motivates it. Do either of them make sense?

Show notes for Ep. 626

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

By popular demand, Christina Hoff Sommers joins me to discuss feminism, which has become 40% crazier just since she started writing about it. We discuss women in science, women's pay, campus rape statistics, and much more.

Show notes for Ep. 625

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Imagine what you would have seen and heard had you been in charge of security for the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign. You'd accumulate some stories, right? Well, imagine no more: today's guest was himself Ron Paul's director of security and yes, he has stories.

Show notes for Ep. 624

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

Are schooling and education the same thing? No way, says Zachary Slayback, who encourages the cultivation of entrepreneurship skills in place of the passive experience of traditional schooling. Almost nothing we've come to believe about education goes unchallenged in this provocative discussion.

Show notes for Ep. 623

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, who was working at the Pentagon on 9/11 and has spoken out about the corruption of the intelligence-gathering process, has her own story. She didn't begin her military career as a Rothbardian libertarian, that's for sure.

But then something happened -- or, rather, didn't happen -- and the ground was prepared for her to begin looking at the world in a different way.

We discuss it all in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 622

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

Wait until you hear the new rules the IRS is set to impose on a wide variety of organizations in September 2016 if all goes as planned. For example, forbidden "electioneering" will include so much as the mention of a candidate's name on a website. We get into the details in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 621

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:09pm EDT

Another interesting side effect of the Trump insurgency is that salaries of supposedly indispensable political consultants are coming way down. Trump is crushing the field while spending a pittance on such people, and ignoring all standard political advice.

Another person to do this was Pat Buchanan, to whom Trump is often compared. My guest today, Roger McCaffrey, who worked for Pat, describes how Pat did this. It's a freewheeling, informative, and at times hilarious discussion of then and now.

Show notes for Ep. 620

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Murray Rothbard, the great Austrian economist, drew on Austrian business cycle theory to describe what should be done to make sure a depression ends as quickly as possible -- and it's the opposite of the advice the American intelligentsia has recommended since the Great Depression. My guest has developed a way to convey Rothbard's point to the mainstream of the profession, using the mainstream's very own tools.

Show notes for Ep. 619

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:22am EDT

Lauren Southern has become a phenomenon by standing up to the craziest of the crazies among the left, including within the Libertarian Party itself, where an SJW contingent tried to take over the Canadian contingent. Members of the tolerant, open-minded left even poured urine on her,in an incident that made headlines. We discuss all this and more. Warning: this episode probably shouldn't be listened to with children within earshot.

Show notes for Ep. 618

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Twelve-term congressman, former presidential candidate, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ron Paul answers listener questions -- and I limited them to questions he hasn't been asked a million times before. So no "Should I run for office?" or anything like that. Just good, interesting questions, covering the Israel Lobby, whether he regrets any of his votes, what his morning routine is, how he'd contribute if he weren't famous, what he thinks the most positive development in the world is, and much more.

Show notes for Ep. 617

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:19am EDT

I've had many requests for an episode on Pope Francis and the current state of the Catholic Church. I covered economic issues in episodes 497 and 54, but this episode is a general discussion of Church politics, who Pope Francis is, the state of opinion among the college of cardinals, and much more. Plus, no conversation with Roger McCaffrey is ever boring. Ever.

Show notes for Ep. 616

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

The debate was much more serious this time around than it was last time, and Lew believes it's because the candidates see the writing on the wall and want to go out with dignity. Whatever the motivation, it's still good fodder for Lew and me, as we discuss the debate's style and content, as well as some important news items related to the race. Don't miss it!

Show notes for Ep. 615

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Murray Rothbard's work, more than anything else, is responsible for making me into a libertarian. I continue to learn so much from that vast body of scholarship, spanning several disciplines. He was unforgettable, too, for his infectious enthusiasm and lively personality. On the occasion of the release of a new collection of Rothbard's work, we revisit his legacy.

Show notes for Ep. 614

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

To call any aspect of the climate change orthodoxy into question is to risk being condemned as "anti-science." But are the arguments and computer models of the so-called mainstream really so rock solid?

Show notes for Ep. 613

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff says the U.S. is actually already in recession, Plus, listener questions about asset allocation, the Department of Labor's crazy new rules for the financial industry, Donald Trump and international trade, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 612

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Libertarians have done a good job when it comes to economics, and a terrible job when it comes to filmmaking and entertainment. Unfortunately, that's where a lot of people's views come from. Patrick Reasonover joins me to discuss his strategy for changing this!

Show notes for Ep. 611

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

Sara Young decided she didn't want to have to leave her children in order to earn an income, so she turned to the Internet, where she became very successful as an affiliate marketer and product creator. Learn how she did it in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 610

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:45am EDT

In last night's debate (March 3, 2016), Trump suffered blows at the hands of moderators and candidates alike, and didn't respond well. Some very lively exchanges occurred, just as they did last time. Lew Rockwell and I give you the details and our thoughts.

Show notes for Ep. 609

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Here's a talk I gave in Kansas City in 2011 about state nullification, a topic I'd written a whole book about the previous year. The audience had a good many Tea Party people in it, so listen and see how I bring them over to the idea of really breaking with the Establishment and entertaining unconventional thoughts and strategies.

Show notes for Ep. 608

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

I wanted to discuss a few topics in the news, so we got them all done in one episode: the real story of Guantanamo, the federal government and the iPhone, and countries resisting the EU over migrants.

Show notes for Ep. 607

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Were we lied into war, or was it an innocent mistake on the basis of faulty intelligence? Our guest observed the formulation of the propaganda up close, and tells us what really happened. Oh, and now she's a Rothbardian libertarian.

Show notes for Ep. 606

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:29am EDT

One of the most frequently cited reasons for the alleged need for eminent domain is road provision -- how could roads be built if people with property along the route  couldn't have their property taken from them? Well, they can, and I explain how in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 605

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Ben Settle is author and publisher of the monthly newsletter Email Players (which I myself subscribe to). Over the past 14 years he's written ads, created email campaigns, and cooked up marketing strategies for clients that have collectively earned tens of millions of dollars in sales in hyper-competitive markets.

Show notes for Ep. 604

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

The Houston GOP debate on February 25, 2016, was the most contentious one yet, with attacks and crosstalk galore. The best part, of course, is the next day, when Lew Rockwell and I get to chat about it! Here's our conversation and analysis.

Show notes for Ep. 603

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

Try to follow the convoluted U.S. policy in Syria as my guest, Scott Horton, describes it. I dare you. It makes no sense, and it's obviously making the situation worse. Here's the analysis you won't hear in any GOP debate.

Show notes for Ep. 602

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

Tom Woods Show producer A.J. Van Slyke discusses how he became a libertarian, came to work for Peter Schiff, became my producer, and met lots of fascinating people along the way.

Show notes for Ep. 601

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Here's what I said at the 2013 Illinois Libertarian Convention. What should we do? How do we define success? Should we be radical or should we moderate our message to reach more people? Lots of fun in this one.

Show notes for Ep. 600

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

Today I talk a bit about several of my books, and how I was able to reach people with them and with my promotional work whom we could not otherwise have reached. Fun and horrifying stories galore.

Show notes for Ep. 599

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

We hear a lot about wealth and income inequality, but what's the truth of the matter? And does it make a difference? Bob Murphy and I hash it all out in an episode of our podcast Contra Krugman, which in this episode I share with the Tom Woods Show audience.

Show notes for Ep. 598

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Your local police department is said to provide a service that we could never expect to arise in the private sector. But the Detroit Threat Management Center, a private and voluntary organization, has cut down on violent crime and made a point of defusing dangerous situations without violence. You'll love this one.

Show notes for Ep. 597

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

A lot of people say: I've got a good grasp of the ideas, so what are our next steps? Jeff Deist joins me to discuss various libertarian strategies, and which are the most promising.

Show notes for Ep. 596

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

The late Justice Antonin Scalia played a profoundly significant role in elevating "original understanding" jurisprudence into a position that even its opponents had to reckon with. Kevin Gutzman joins me to discuss some of Scalia's most important work.

Show notes for Ep. 595

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

The efflorescence of classical Greece was a period of enormous historical significance. How is this level of achievement and prosperity to be accounted for? We can't rely on explanations like climate or slavery that applied to many other, far less successful, civilizations. So what was it?

Show notes for Ep. 594

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

Lew Rockwell joins me for more debate analysis, this time of the February 13, 2016 debate in South Carolina. Unlike some previous debates, plenty of controversy and fireworks in this one. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 593

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Stephan Kinsella joins me to discuss negative/positive rights and obligations, "loser pays," whether creation makes you an owner, how we can consider spam aggression, and more. Fun!

Show notes for Ep. 592

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

We talk about some in this episode, and Brion McClanahan covers a whole lot more in his killer new book. Down with presidential idolatry!

Show notes for Ep. 591

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:16am EDT

The brilliant Ron Unz, himself a Harvard alumnus, is spearheading a twofold campaign, pushing a slate of candidates to the Harvard Board of Overseers to (1) abolish tuition and (2) be more transparent about the admissions process, since it seems fairly obvious that Harvard is using a quota system. The proposal to abolish tuition may sound quixotic or even weird, but since tuition receipts are a tiny percentage of what Harvard earns from its endowment, it makes sense. Decide for yourself!

Show notes for Ep. 590

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

It's considered bad form to criticize Milton Friedman -- why, you must be some kind of "libertarian purist"! But if you can't be a libertarian purist on the Tom Woods Show, where can you be? Walter Block and I look at the good and the bad about Milton Friedman.

Show notes for Ep. 589

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Lew Rockwell joins me for another debate analysis! The second-place slot is fluid in New Hampshire right now, so this debate could prove crucial.

Show notes for Ep. 588

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

What's wrong with the GOP? My guest and I agree there's a lot wrong, but we're not always agreed as to what that is. We have a freewheeling discussion of populism, noninterventionism, localism, Trump, Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and more. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 587

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Defenders of capitalism often wind up making arguments that implicitly concede the moral superiority of socialism -- sure, socialism is a fine system, but we can't live up to it. What kind of defense of capitalism is that? Jason Brennan makes a powerful moral case for capitalism that avoids this pitfall.

Show notes for Ep. 586

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

Rand Paul dropped out of the presidential race today, so I invited Dan McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, to join me for a discussion of that decision, of the Rand Paul campaign in general, and why we may be looking at the nomination of Rubio now, believe it or not.

Show notes for Ep. 585

Direct download: woods_2016_02_03.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT

Within what we might call establishment libertarianism there is almost an allergy to Murray Rothbard, the great libertarian polymath. Who was Rothbard, anyway, and what exactly is going on here?

Show notes for Ep. 584

Direct download: woods_2016_02_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT

Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, recently proposed a series of amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As it turns out, they're actually pretty good. Would they help? Brion McClanahan joins me to figure it all out.

Show notes for Ep. 583

Direct download: woods_2016_02_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

Who's up and who's down after last night's GOP debate? Lew Rockwell joins me for another of our debate commentary episodes!

Show notes for Ep. 582

Direct download: woods_2016_01_29.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

I'm without a guest in this episode, and taking apart yet another critique of libertarianism. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 581

Direct download: woods_2016_01_28.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

National Review, the flagship publication of the conservative movement, recently released an issue-length symposium simply titled, "Against Trump." They never did anything like that against Mitt Romney or John McCain, so what exactly is going on here? Jack Kerwick joins me to make sense of it.

Show notes for Ep. 580

Direct download: woods_2016_01_27.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Quite an amazing development: the Tenth Amendment Center and the American Civil Liberties Union have announced a joint effort at the state level to fight back against surveillance. Some 16 states have introduced legislation approved by both organizations. Michael Boldin gives us the scoop on this Tenther Tuesday!

Show notes for Ep. 579

Direct download: woods_2016_01_26.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

The official conservative movement has its leftist opponents, but more interesting are its critics on the right, who are contemptuous of its think-tanks, its magazines, even its ideas. We discuss plenty of these people and groups in today's episode!

Show notes for Ep. 578

Direct download: woods_2016_01_25.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Mark Skousen, the Austrian-friendly editor of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter for over 35 years, dissents from the advice of what he calls the "doomsayers," and says those people miss a lot of bull markets. I thought my audience would benefit from another perspective. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 577

Direct download: woods_2016_01_22.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

Already 576 episodes and not one on feminism? That ends today with this provocative discussion with the infamous Milo Yiannopolous!

Show notes for Ep. 576

Direct download: woods_2016_01_21.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Historians consider 1916 to be the truly pivotal year of World War I. We look at all the major belligerents, along with developments in the United States. Submarines, blockades, Woodrow Wilson, civilian life, and much more are covered in this compelling episode with Hunt Tooley, my favorite historian of the war.

Show notes for Ep. 575

Direct download: woods_2016_01_20.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:05am EDT

Neoconservative commentator Jonah Goldberg says we shouldn't use the term "neoconservative" anymore. Paul Gottfried and I are having none of it, and we spend this episode explaining the origins and ideas of the neocons, and how they came to eclipse everyone else on the right.

Show notes for Ep. 574

Direct download: woods_2016_01_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Is overpopulation a real problem? Our guest explains why not. He's also founder and president of the Mars Society, so you can bet that subject comes up as well....

Show notes for Ep. 573

Direct download: woods_2016_01_18.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Yaro Starak, a successful entrepreneur and blogger who earns a five-figure monthly income through blogging and product creation, discusses how and how not to earn an income as a blogger. Consider this part of my "capitalism in practice, not just in theory" series.

Show notes for Ep. 572

Direct download: woods_2016_01_17.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Rand Paul was demoted from the upper-tier Republican debate last night, and he decided to boycott the undercard debate and hold a national town hall from Twitter headquarters instead. Meanwhile, Lew and I were stuck watching the debate. But as always, we have great fun breaking it down for you!

Show notes for Ep. 571

Direct download: woods_2016_01_15.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

The world's worst, most totalitarian regime just conducted another nuclear test. What's the appropriate response? I ask Michael Malice, author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il. Another chilling glimpse inside one of the remaining bastions of communism.

Show notes for Ep. 570

Direct download: woods_2016_01_14.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Here's one of the big issues libertarians have to deal with: wouldn't you favor military intervention to prevent some horrifying atrocity? Laurie Calhoun joins me to take on this hard question.

Show notes for Ep. 569

Direct download: woods_2016_01_13.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

The 1970s were a time of economic stagnation -- but why, and just how bad was it? The full truth in today's episode -- plus lots more stuff about the unfortunate '70s. Enjoy!

Show notes Ep. 568

Direct download: woods_2016_01_12.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:50pm EDT

The FAA has gone berserk regarding the amount of airspace it wants to regulate. A listener of the Tom Woods Show found that good, old-fashioned ridicule is the best approach when dealing with a ridiculous and unpopular law.

Show notes for Ep. 567

Direct download: woods_2016_01_11.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

It's become fashionable in libertarian circles to ridicule the nonaggression principle. Stephan Kinsella and I speak in its defense. This one is long overdue.

Show notes for Ep. 566

Direct download: woods_2016_01_08.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT