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

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Show notes for Ep. 1651

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

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Show notes for Ep. 1650

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

Show notes for Ep. 1649

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

Show notes for Ep. 1648

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

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Show notes for Ep. 1647

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

Show notes for Ep. 1646

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

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Show notes for Ep. 1645

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

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Show notes for Ep. 1644

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In this potpourri episode I discuss the COVID economy, the role of the Libertarian Party, what our position on the shutdown should be, how to pitch libertarianism to the left, my advice to budding historians, and a lot more. Today's episode is drawn from my appearance on Decentralized Revolution, the podcast of the Libertarian Party's Mises Caucus.

Show notes for Ep. 1643

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Steven Nekhaila, who chairs the Libertarian Party of Florida, owns multiple businesses, and he joins me to discuss how the shutdown has been affecting business owners.

Show notes for Ep. 1642

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Matt Gurtler became politically aware during the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign, for which he volunteered, and is currently a state representative in Georgia. With an open U.S. congressional seat in his district and the endorsement of Thomas Massie, he has an excellent opportunity to add another voice of sanity to the U.S. Congress. We discuss life as a state rep, his campaign, his stance on the lockdowns, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1641

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There's been speculation in the media about the health and whereabouts of North Korea's Kim Jong Il. This, in turn, has led some people to speculate about who might succeed him. Michael Malice joins us to correct the record.

Show notes for Ep. 1640

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Angela McArdle joins me to discuss the protest she's organizing in Los Angeles -- May 1, 2020, at 1:00pm near City Hall -- against the stay-at-home orders. People who protest these orders have been called every name in the book by respectable opinion, so I give Angela an opportunity to make the case.

Show notes for Ep. 1639

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Elizabeth Bartholet of Harvard Law School says homeschooling should be banned with very rare exceptions that parents would have to justify with overwhelming evidence. Her reasons are many, but one of them in particular is especially sinister.

Show notes for Ep. 1638

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In the midst of the pandemic Joe Biden has become invisible, even more of a nonentity than usual. Dan McCarthy has an intriguing take on what the mediocre, uninspiring Biden truly represents.

Show notes for Ep. 1637

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EST

In this episode I cover a lot of ground, albeit a bit haphazardly: the unintended consequences of "lockdown," the superstitious reverence for "scientists" (who, contrary to popular belief, are not in fact qualified to answer all questions), what's really happening in the hospitals, the social repercussions, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1636

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It's been ten years since my book Nullification was published, so it's an appropriate moment for a retrospective on how during that time the states have pushed back against various federal intrusions. The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin joins me.

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Show notes for Ep. 1635

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Brad Birzer joins me to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, their friendship, and its inspiration for his latest project, which will knock your socks off.

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Show notes for Ep. 1634

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The President and the governors of numerous states have been in a war of words over who has the authority to reopen the country in the wake of the virus. We've even heard governors talking about the Tenth Amendment, which is quite a novelty for them. I sort the whole thing out in today's episode.

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Show notes for Ep. 1633

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Quite a diverse array of voices have spoken out against the U.S. war machine over the past two centuries, and in today's episode we discuss a bunch of them.

Show notes for Ep. 1632

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Jeff Deist of the Mises Institute joins me to review the specific steps the state governors should take right now to restore normal life in the United States.

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Show notes for Ep. 1631

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Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project invited me onto his podcast to talk coronavirus, lockdowns, and frustration -- and hope.

Show notes for Ep. 1630

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Libertarian legal theorist Stephan Kinsella and I discuss his road to libertarianism (of the Rothbardian kind), where he thinks we need more work, the rights and wrongs of Ayn Rand, and more. And yes, some discussion of the virus....

Show notes for Ep. 1629

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Finance professor Murray Sabrin thinks so. Murray is convinced that libertarians in fact have an excellent opportunity to lay bare the problems with the state.

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Show notes for Ep. 1628

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Alex Epstein returns to discuss the coronavirus response, what sensible practices we ought to adopt, and why mere biological life is not enough.

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Show notes for Ep. 1627

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Anthony Welti, candidate for Washington state insurance commissioner, joins us to discuss the libertarian insights that reveal what's wrong with American health care.

Show notes for Ep. 1626

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With the insightful -- and to my mind hilarious -- Roger McCaffrey, I review the fun controversies surrounding some of my most successful books. We also discuss libertarianism and the appeal it should have to conservatives, my conversion to Catholicism, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1625

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Dedra Birzer, lecturer in history at Hillsdale College, joins me for a bird's-eye view of a major chunk of Latin American history, beginning with pre-Columbian civilizations and continuing through European exploration and, centuries later, independence.

Show notes for Ep. 1624

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Doug Casey, whose book Crisis Investing spent 29 weeks at the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list, joins me to assess the fallout from the various governmental responses to the coronavirus, as well as his own approach to a crisis like this.

Show notes for Ep. 1623

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Dave Smith and I discuss the approach being recommended to cope with COVID-19. Is "if this saves one life, I'll be happy" a sensible way to think about the world? If you object to shutdowns for indeterminate amounts of time, does this mean you want your grandmother dead? This episode is taken from my recent appearance on Part of the Problem, Dave Smith's podcast.

Show notes for Ep. 1622

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I talk to the Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin and Free Man Beyond the Wall host Peter Quinones about state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, and whether it might apply in the current circumstances.

Show notes for Ep. 1621

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Professors Joseph Salerno and Peter Klein join me to discuss the economics of the extraordinary episode we are currently living through, as well as the likely consequences of how the federal government and the Federal Reserve are responding.

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Show notes for Ep. 1620

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DonorSee creator Gret Glyer joins us to discuss how individuals can make real differences in the lives of other individuals, often halfway around the world -- particularly during the coronavirus crisis of 2020.

Show notes for Ep. 1619

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Jack Spirko, host of The Survival Podcast, joins me to answer the questions we all have right now: what exactly should we do to prepare for the unexpected? What do we need and what do we not need? I ask Jack a bunch of excellent listener-submitted questions that will help you be ready for whatever the world throws at you.

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Show notes for Ep. 1618

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Joe McKinney, founder and CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, discusses the array of models and possibilities for "startup societies," whereby new or existing communities establish arrangements in which the hand of the state is felt more lightly.

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Show notes for Ep. 1617

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Here's a freewheeling discussion of a whole bunch of questions your junior high school teacher never answered -- or even raised. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1616

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Economist Antony Davies and political scientist James Harrigan join me to discuss their new book "Cooperation and Coercion: How Busybodies Became Busybullies and What That Means for Economics and Politics". We talk about how the state thrives on wars on poverty, drugs, terror, etc., the cooperation that is at the center of the market economy, and a lot more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1615

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Uncertainty casts a shadow over everything right now, as people wonder how long the coronavirus problem will persist and how intense it will become. Some people face questions about employment and staying afloat during the coming weeks and possibly even months. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve and the federal government are talking about and even taking radical action. Peter Schiff joins me to talk some sense.

Show notes for Ep. 1614

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Popular podcaster and comedian Dave Smith joins me to discuss the libertarian movement's ninny problem, whereby a tiny (but obnoxiously loud) minority spends its time on the rampage against people like Dave for wrongthink because he interviews unpopular people. Oddly, neither Dave nor I has ever been criticized for featuring left-wingers on our shows and not grilling them over their faulty views. I wonder why that is.

Show notes for Ep. 1613

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I review last night's one-on-one presidential debate between the top two remaining democratic presidential contenders. Plenty of lunacy to go around, that's for sure.

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Show notes for Ep. 1612

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The great Matt Ridley joins us for a fascinating whirlwind tour of the history of innovation, and identifies key features of it that free societies disproportionately make possible. One of my all-time favorite guests!

Show notes for Ep. 1611

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John Tamny returns to discuss job-training programs, price deflation, deficits, and other areas where one side (liberals or conservatives) get it badly wrong.

Show notes for Ep. 1610

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Gareth Porter discusses the history of U.S.-Iran relations, how they became so strained, the truth about the Iranian nuclear program, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1609

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Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project has just produced something new: not the overview of schooling, education, unschooling, and the usual topics he covers, but topics like these: once we have all this (unpopular) knowledge, how do we convey it most persuasively? Or: what's the secret to being a good researcher? Or: what's the quickest, most efficient way to read a book?

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Show notes for Ep. 1608

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Angela McArdle, who chairs the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles, has poured enormous energy into the libertarian movement and come up with a great many creative ideas to spread our message. She's also done effective battle against the crazies. Not to mention she's a blast to talk to. Enjoy!

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Show notes for Ep. 1607

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In this final episode of Bob Murphy Week we begin by talking animal rights, school shootings, and how the poor would be cared for in a libertarian society, and finish with a discussion of the problems with anarcho-communism.

Show notes for Ep. 1606

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In this installment of Bob Murphy Week, we consider whether and how a stateless society could handle difficult problems like child abuse and pandemics.

Show notes for Ep. 1605

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As Bob Murphy Week on the Tom Woods Show continues, I take advantage of having a great libertarian theorist on the show in order to raise challenging problems like consumer safety, hunting and fishing rights, and how to deal with a mad scientist running unethical experiments.

Show notes for Ep. 1604

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Bob Murphy is a prolific scholar and popular writer and speaker on the Austrian School of economics, so I thought I'd ask him: what if any weaknesses do you find in Austrian Economics, and/or where do we need to do more work?

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Show notes for Ep. 1603

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As we kick off Bob Murphy Week with libertarian theorist and Austrian economist Bob Murphy, I ask him if there are areas of libertarianism that could use further work, and/or where the conventional libertarian responses are weak. Oh, yes, he says.

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Show notes for Ep. 1602

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Success within the market economy boils down to one thing: the satisfaction of consumer preferences. But this is easier said than done. What are consumer preferences? What do people want? What will they buy? How does the entrepreneur answer these questions? Ryan Levesque, bestselling author of the books Ask and Choose, shows us how we move from the theory of capitalism to the successful real-life capitalist.

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Show notes for Ep. 1601

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Amity Shlaes returns to the show to discuss her new book on Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, which -- to say the least -- failed to live up to its promises.

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Show notes for Ep. 1600

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Last night's Democratic debate was more interesting than some of the others, partly because of the attacks on Bernie and partly because everyone was dying to see whether Bloomberg could recover from his disastrous performance last week. The result is one of my favorite debate analysis episodes of the season. Enjoy!

Show notes for Ep. 1599

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Gerard Casey, who taught logic at University College, Dublin, for 30 years, joins us to discuss some common logical fallacies we regularly encounter.

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Show notes for Ep. 1598

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I talk about (the horrendous) Mike Bloomberg and what he might have said in the debate, and also cover the Bernie Sanders phenomenon: his struggle against the Democratic establishment, and what's liable to happen if he gets elected.

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Show notes for Ep. 1597

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We wrap up Walter Block week with a glance through his enormous list of publications and picking out interesting topics for libertarians: punishment theory, conjoined twins, the death penalty, and more, as well as a sneak preview of Defending the Undefendable 3.

Show notes for Ep. 1596

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Walter Block week continues with this episode about Walter's experience suing the New York Times for libel, after they misrepresented his comments in what had to be a deliberate act of journalistic malpractice. But what does libertarian theory have to say about libel law?

Show notes for Ep. 1595

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We continue Walter Block week with a discussion of the second Defending the Undefendable book, and cover the corporate raider, the multinational enterpriser, the picket-line crosser, the hatchet man, the human organ merchant, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1594

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Today we discuss Walter's classic work, Defending the Undefendable. The rogues gallery Walter seeks to rehabilitate in this episode includes the middleman, the slumlord, the speculator, and more.

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Show notes for Ep. 1593

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Walter Block must be the most prolific living libertarian, with over 600 peer-reviewed articles, more than 30 books, and thousands of popular articles to his credit. In this first episode of Walter Block week, we get into Walter's own history, from his high school years with classmate Bernie Sanders to his conversion to economic liberty by none other than Ayn Rand herself.

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Show notes for Ep. 1592

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Scott Horton, the great libertarian foreign-policy expert, returns to the show to discuss the state of the campaign for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, and the prospects for having a spokesman who knows, loves, and can persuasively defend the ideas of liberty.

Show notes for Ep. 1591

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Euro Pacific Capital's Peter Schiff joins me to take listener questions (submitted via my Tom Woods Show Elite private group), including (1) what sectors tend to get hit the hardest or hit the least during downturns, including our next one? (2) what can people who aren't wealthy do to protect the savings they do have? (3) what did you tell those Occupy Wall Street protesters, and would you do such a thing in 2020? (4) what's your evaluation of Trump? ... and more.

Show notes for Ep. 1590

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

The great Dominic Frisby joins me to discuss how he successfully lampooned the elitists who pushed the Remain cause on the British, and defended the Brexiteers. Plus libertarianism, comedy, and how (if at all) a comedian can come back after bombing.

Show notes for Ep. 1589

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Mark Jeftovic, CEO of easyDNS and cryptocurrency enthusiast, says yes, and in his new book and in our conversation today he describes the approach all of us should take, regardless of how obviously inoffensive what you're saying might be.

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Show notes for Ep. 1588

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EST

Gene Epstein joins me to discuss the problems associated with protectionism, industrial policy, and the overall package of economic nationalism.

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Show notes for Ep. 1587

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

Income inequality has been a hot topic in recent years, but nearly everyone gets it wrong. Here are the real facts, and the best way for libertarians -- or anyone -- to think about them.

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Show notes for Ep. 1586

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This episode builds on the discussion in episode 1584 about the primary, and devastating, argument against socialism, namely the one developed by Ludwig von Mises that involves the impossibility of economic calculation under socialism. Today I explain why this is the most fundamental argument against socialism, trumping even the problem of dispersed knowledge emphasized by F.A. Hayek.

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Show notes for Ep. 1585

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm EST

We've heard Greta Thunberg's angry, apocalyptic warnings about the problems arising from climate change. Now economist Paul Krugman says she's closer to the economics than her critics are. What's the right way to think about all this?

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Show notes for Ep. 1584

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EST

In 1920 Ludwig von Mises published "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth," an article that demolished the foundations of socialism in its original, no-private-property-in-the-means-of-production form. In this episode I explain Mises' thesis, and then show how the problems he identified in classical socialism persist to some extent under any state of any kind.

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Show notes for Ep. 1583

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:25pm EST

The demonization of people we disagree with has reached a level of us few of us could have conceived of a generation ago -- or indeed even five years ago. Thinking about this reminded me of several other things I think libertarians (and all people, including myself) could stand to do better.

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Show notes for Ep. 1582

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

Phil Magness returns to discuss the sound and unsound aspects of the New York Times' 1619 Project. Topics include Lincoln and the colonization of the former slaves, the role of slavery in the American Revolution, and slavery's role in American prosperity.

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Show notes for Ep. 1581

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm EST

In this episode about episodes, I review nearly the past four years of the Tom Woods Show to find golden nuggets of awesomeness you may have missed.

Show notes for Ep. 1580

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am EST

Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center joins me to discuss what I consider the best short introduction to the real Constitution, as opposed to the one taught in law school and the New York Times.

Show notes for Ep. 1579

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

David Ramsay Steele discusses the phenomenon of fascism, what it really was, and what's wrong with using it as a generic term of abuse. Plus: vegetarianism and animal welfare, and why economic growth doesn't have to mean the consumption of more and more resources.

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Show notes for Ep. 1578

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

At FreedomFest 2010, Gene Epstein and I debated Warren Coates and John Fund on whether the Federal Reserve should be abolished. Here is that debate!

Show notes for Ep. 1577

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

Princeton University Press published my guest's book When All Else Fails, on the subject of whether and under what circumstances it is morally legitimate to resist the state with physical force. Not the kind of topic you might expect from an Ivy League university press, but Brennan makes his case persuasively and provocatively, as indeed he likewise does in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1576

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Law professor F.H. Buckley joins me to discuss his new book American Secession, and why breaking up the United States -- or at least implementing one of his lesser proposals -- means a happier outcome for everyone.

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Show notes for Ep. 1575

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Antony Sammeroff joins me to discuss his recent Soho Forum debate, in which he argued in the negative, on the resolution: "Robotics will soon lead to widespread joblessness, underemployment, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few."

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Show notes for Ep. 1574

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

Legal scholar Mark Pulliam joins me to discuss the commonly believed myths that underlie U.S. labor law.

Show notes for Ep. 1573

Direct download: woods_2020_01_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

In this potpourri solo episode I hit on several issues. First, is it fair to draw conclusions about Bernie Sanders and his campaign on the basis of violent, pro-gulag remarks from one of his field coordinators (as recorded by Project Veritas)? Then I review a recent episode on Twitter in which libertarianism was attacked, and one libertarian group responded in the most self-defeating and grotesque way. Finally, I revisit the controversy over "deplatforming," and respond to libertarians who think they should cheer ("it's a great free-market outcome!") when dissident voices are silenced.

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Show notes for Ep. 1572

Direct download: woods_2020_01_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm EST

Last week a discussion thread in my Supporting Listeners group discussed the pros and cons of traditional employment versus working for oneself, particularly online. Good points were raised all around, so I decided to continue the discussion on this episode, with my guest and me discussing the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, why the Uber version of the gig economy isn't all it's cracked up to be and what people would do much better with instead, and what the best practices are in 2020 for starting a basic but potentially lucrative eCommerce business.

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Show notes for Ep. 1571

Direct download: woods_2020_01_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Mark Skousen, an author and college professor whose investment newsletter Forecasts & Strategies is celebrating its 40th year, joins me to discuss what he saw at the recent American Economic Association meeting, including some 41 sessions on gender bias and sex discrimination, along with discussion (and criticism) of Modern Monetary Theory. Ben Bernanke told the audience the Fed needed to raise its inflation target. We discuss this and a whole lot more in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 1570

Direct download: woods_2020_01_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

The Betrayal of the American Right is a book that appeared more than a decade after the death of its author, Murray N. Rothbard, known in his lifetime as "Mr. Libertarian." I had the privilege of writing the introduction to the book when it was finally released, after having circulated throughout liberty circles for many years in unpublished form. Here is the closest thing we will ever get to a Rothbard memoir, and there's plenty of history of libertarianism and conservatism in here, too.

Show notes for Ep. 1569

Direct download: woods_2020_01_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EST

The strike that took out Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was cheered by a great many Americans, including some who ordinarily speak out against the U.S. government's foreign interventions. If this wasn't a righteous killing, what would be? Scott Horton joins me for perspective.

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Show notes for Ep. 1568

Direct download: woods_2020_01_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EST

Jeff and I talk about a much-discussed recent article by George Mason University's Tyler Cowen, which finds merit in the market system but insists we recognize and appreciate the value of the state. Well, we ain't doing it.

Show notes for Ep. 1567

Direct download: woods_2020_01_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EST

Jeff Deist and I discuss the Trump phenomenon, the U.S. political establishment, and what a post-Trump Republican Party will look like.

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Show notes for Ep. 1566

Direct download: woods_2020_01_09.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EST

When people have radically incompatible worldviews, is it sensible or humane to try to govern them all according to the same set of rules? Yet neither progressives nor conservatives stop to consider decentralization, the only approach that can possibly work. They're too busy jamming round holes into square pegs. Jeff Deist and I discuss the decentralist alternative.

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Show notes for Ep. 1565

Direct download: woods_2020_01_08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EST

Jeff Deist week continues with this discussion of the fundamentals of libertarianism, and how it's been transformed into a bizarre mutation of its former self.

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Show notes for Ep. 1564

Direct download: woods_2020_01_07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am EST

We kick off Jeff Deist week on the Tom Woods Show with an episode on Ron Paul and what it was like to work in his congressional office, as Jeff himself did as the former congressman's chief of staff. Juicy stuff here, folks.

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Show notes for Ep. 1563

Direct download: woods_2020_01_06.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm EST

As we wind up what's been a great 2019 for the Tom Woods Show I turn my attention briefly to the "libertarian socialist" phenomenon and the problem of establishment-friendly libertarianism, which consists of people who have no idea what it's like to hold a genuinely unpopular position that will get them hated. To the contrary, these are people who – if the New York Times cared what they had to say – would make darn sure the Times knew how boring and respectable they were, and how edgy and dangerous radical libertarians like me are. But do not despair, folks, because I reveal precisely why these folks burn with such intense hatred for your host here, and one specific thing we can do to make them run home crying to their mothers.

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Show notes for Ep. 1562

Direct download: woods_2019_12_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Hayek said that if we misunderstand history and draw the wrong lessons from it, we will make the wrong decisions in the present. This is why even now, over a decade later, it is still essential that we understand and communicate the true causes of the crisis of 2008. In this episode I talk to Jimmy Morrison, with whom I share a writing credit on the new documentary The Housing Bubble. The story behind it is almost as interesting as the crisis itself.

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Show notes for Ep. 1561

Direct download: woods_2019_12_30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

Immediately after the New York City premiere of our documentary, The Housing Bubble, we were joined by an all-star panel of commentators, including Gene, Peter, and several other important voices. We discussed the true lessons of the 2008 crisis, and what to expect in 2020.

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Show notes for Ep. 1560

Direct download: woods_2019_12_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Last night's debate at Loyola Marymount University saw the candidates rather more combative with each other than they'd been up to now. Lew and I have our usual fun reviewing the proceedings!

Show notes for Ep. 1559

Direct download: woods_2019_12_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Entrepreneur Toby Baxendale joins me to talk about Labour's crushing defeat in the recent elections and what to expect from Boris Johnson and his party.

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Show notes for Ep. 1558

Direct download: woods_2019_12_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45pm EST

The Washington Post recently released a substantial array of documents showing that the war in Afghanistan has been accompanied by lies and distortion, particularly about the war's progress and success. Scott Horton, who literally wrote the book on the war in Afghanistan, joins me to discuss what it all means.

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Show notes for Ep. 1557

Direct download: woods_2019_12_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Very refreshing to see, of all places, the Claremont Review of Books trumpeting decentralization and nullification as the correct approaches against a hostile regime. I spend this episode elaborating on these important points, which are ignored by the conservative movement and by predictable portions of the libertarian world as well.

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Show notes for Ep. 1556

Direct download: woods_2019_12_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

As we wrap up Gene Epstein week, Gene offers various nuggets of wisdom for libertarians which, if followed, will contribute to a happy and successful life.

Show notes for Ep. 1555

Direct download: woods_2019_12_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

I couldn't resist asking Gene Epstein, who was once book review editor for Barron's, to share with us and discuss some of the books that have shaped his thinking as a libertarian, so here we go!

Show notes for Ep. 1554

Direct download: woods_2019_12_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01am EST

This episode is devoted to Gene's intellectual hobby horses – and he has a bunch of them.

Show notes for Ep. 1553

Direct download: woods_2019_12_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

As Gene Epstein week continues, I ask Gene to discuss how he moved away from leftism and toward libertarianism. His answer, although honest, is also quite preposterous, and serves to highlight the unique qualities for which we love Gene.

Show notes for Ep. 1552 - https://tomwoods.com/1552

Direct download: woods_2019_12_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45pm EST