The Tom Woods Show
Roger Anderson, a telecommunications contractor and consultant with nearly 25 years of experience, decided that unsolicited telemarketing calls, which half the time are from scammers trying to get your financial information, needed to be dealt with. So he designed a series of clever bots that appear to be real people and keep the telemarketer tied up on the phone, and therefore temporarily unable to bother or victimize everyone else.
 
It's a brilliant and hilarious private-sector response.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_06_22.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Eric Peters joins me to discuss the bubble in automobile sales, plus: dangerous pro-state bills pending that you may not know about.

Show notes for Ep. 936

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Want some good news, and a practical course of action? Martin Eriksson, co-founder of the libertarian media network Corax, discusses the most successful Sweden- (and Malta-) based libertarian project to date, and his ambitions for expansion throughout Europe.

Show notes for Ep. 935

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

A Rutgers professor suggests it's time we dropped our emphasis on jobs and work -- many jobs are highly undesirable, and with automation the number of jobs is going to fall substantially anyway. And what's so great about work? Think of the creativity that would emerge if we didn't have to do them.
 
Peter Klein and I go through his article and respond.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_06_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Now James Madison is under attack, because slavery. We're going to have to rename an awful lot of places if this catches fire. Madison biographer Kevin Gutzman joins me for some background into Madison and his achievements, and what we should think about the effort to erase him.

Show notes for Ep. 933

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Without zoning, we're told, the layout of neighborhoods and cities would be hideous and irrational, and residents would be unhappy. Is this so? And would zoning exist in a free society?

Show notes for Ep. 932

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

We're supposed to believe that taxes are "contributions," or that government rests on the "consent" of the people, even when virtually no one has ever granted consent in a non-trivial way.
 
Well, here's another phony government idea, and one a lot of us have probably never really taken the time to examine: political representation. What does it really mean to say so-and-so "represents" me in Congress? We're certainly not using that word in its ordinary usage, any more than a tax could be called a contribution.
 
Today's episode is drawn from my Government course for the Ron Paul Curriculum.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_06_14.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Bernie Sanders is saying we need to increase the minimum wage because it's so hard for people earning the present minimum wage to find adequate housing. Now there are all kinds of problems with that, but I'm particularly interested in Bernie's complete lack of interest in why housing in some places might be so expensive.

Show notes for Ep. 930

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Michael Malice now has a weekly program called "YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice -- if you correct his grammar I am going to commit an atrocity; you're smarter than that -- and he had me as his first guest. I happened to be in New York City at the time, so we were able to be in studio together. The result is a wide-ranging discussion of libertarianism, religion, history, the Federal Reserve, and lots more, plus listener calls.

Show notes for Ep. 929

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Intstitute, on what libertarians (and even progressives and conservatives) ought to aim for, and why handing out U.S. Constitutions in Iraq might not be the most effective strategy.

Show notes for Ep. 928

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

The Reagan Administration's David Stockman is convinced Trump will not survive 2018. His analysis is so compelling that I decided we had to discuss it. I won't give away the details; just listen!

Show notes for Ep. 927

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

Not long ago I was Stefan Molyneux's guest to discuss my book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, a discussion that brought us through the development of Western science, Scholastic philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dark Ages, the origins of economics, and a heck of a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 926

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

Brad Birzer joins us to discuss themes in his latest course for LibertyClassroom.com, on the golden age of science fiction -- which is full of ideas libertarians will find congenial.

Show notes for Ep. 925

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

Joe Salerno, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and academic vice president of the Mises Institute, discusses Ludwig von Mises' thoughts on nationalism, immigration, and the state.

Show notes for Ep. 924

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

Donald Trump has asked for a $54 billion increase in the military budget. That's an opportune moment to revisit how much the U.S. government already spends, what precisely it's spending the money on, and what it has to show for it all.

Show notes for Ep. 923

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

Seamus Coughlin, creator of Freedom Toons, is now one of my favorite people: his animated videos are short, punchy, funny, libertarian, and effective. And he's a hilarious guy, too. A model for young people who say, "I want to help the liberty movement!"

Show notes for Ep. 922

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Everyone always thinks the current president must be the worst. Surely President X is the most ignorant when it comes to economics! Well, there's a lot of competition for that honor, my friend, as Gene Epstein joins me to explain.

Show notes for Ep. 921

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

Carl Benjamin, known online as Sargon of Akkad, has built up an enormous online following thanks to his compelling and controversial YouTube videos. He identifies with no particular ideology, but says he feels the greatest kinship with libertarianism, even while he does sometimes criticize it. By popular demand, he and I have a freewheeling discussion, and we touch on his video on the violent leftist group By Any Means Necessary.

Show notes for Ep. 920

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Patrick Gann recently graduated from Millersville University with a degree in social work. We discuss the ideological slant and unexamined assumptions to be found within social work departments and out in the field.

Show notes for Ep. 919

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

Andrew Bacevich, retired from Boston University, recently posed 24 awkward but important questions about the present state of American foreign policy. I thought they were worth reviewing, because taken together they say quite a bit -- none of it good -- about both the foreign policy and the media that allows these questions to go unanswered, or indeed not asked at all.

Show notes for Ep. 918

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Hunter Thompson, a full-time real estate investor, discusses today's housing market, what sectors do well in a down economy, how real-estate investing compares to other investment possibilities, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 917

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

Congressman John "Jimmy" Duncan Jr. has served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee for 29 years. He is the last remaining Republican House member who voted against the war in Iraq. He serves on the board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Show notes for Ep. 916

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

The perpetually aggrieved have recently settled upon various Confederate monuments, particularly in New Orleans, as the next thing to be destroyed. Given the level of American discourse (a word I use laughingly in this context), anyone saying a word against this is of course condemned with all the usual low-IQ language of the left. Rev. Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, and historian Brion McClanahan, join me for the discussion.

Show notes for Ep. 915

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

Kristaps Andrejsons, host of The Eastern Border podcast, joins me for a rapid-fire overview of some of the major episodes in the history of the Soviet Union.

Show notes for Ep. 914

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Christopher Voss spent 24 years working in the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit as a hostage negotiator and was the FBI's chief international hostage and kidnapping negotiator from 2003 to 2007. His book, which I thoroughly enjoyed, is full of actionable advice for real negotiation in your business and personal life.

Show notes for Ep. 913

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

Colin Moriarty spent 14 years of his life in the video game world, until one day he published a joke on Twitter that only an idiot would take offense at, and everyone swarmed for the kill. But he got the last laugh, as we note in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 912

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

Here's some audio footage of my appearance at the Yale Political Union in defense of secession. In particular, this is the part in which I replied to critics. I think you'll enjoy this.

Show notes for Ep. 911

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who is presently a visiting professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary, had a long career in the U.S. military and served as Chief of Staff to Gen. Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. He is a board member of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Show notes for Ep. 910

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Journalist Johann Hari, author of the acclaimed bestseller Chasing the Scream, joins me to discuss the fact-free origins of the War on Drugs, the flawed assumptions that drive it even today, and its grotesque human consequences.

Show notes for Ep. 909

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Not long ago Pope Francis made some disparaging comments about libertarians. They were really a string of cliches. Here's my response.

Show notes for Ep. 908

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:37pm EDT

Tatiana Moroz, the libertarian singer-songwriter (and fellow Contra Cruise-goer) invited me on to her show to talk Trump, true and false history, my strengths and weaknesses (including my secret obsession for many years), working for myself, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 907

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

Judd Weiss discusses the inside story of the 2016 campaign for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, and it's explosive.

Show notes for Ep. 906

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

When Pat Buchanan was barely 30 years old, a U.S. president would regularly ask, "What does Buchanan think about this?" Pat shares some interesting stories of his years inside the Nixon White House.

Show notes for Ep. 905

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

The Republican Liberty Caucus exists to inject a libertarian perspective (and officeholders) into the GOP. Is this a viable strategy?

Show notes for Ep. 904

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:47pm EDT

You asked, we answered. Questions about North Korea, Ayn Rand, ghostwriting for celebrities, and a heck of a lot more.

Show notes for Ep. 903

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

I'm off today, but you're in excellent hands: the outstanding Michael Malice is filling in as the first ever substitute host on the show. Trust me, you'll enjoy this one....

Show notes for Ep. 902

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Nathan Dunn had been working as a police officer in southern California for years when he first encountered libertarianism. At first he asked to be removed from the narcotics detail. Over time, he decided he would need to remove himself from the entire profession.

Show notes for Ep. 901

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

Gonz Trevino grew up in Mexico, and has created half a dozen successful businesses before age 30. (He also works with Jason Stapleton, the libertarian podcaster.) He says politics hasn't played a major role in his life. Just creating half a dozen successful businesses.

Perfect for episode 900.

Show notes for Ep. 900

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

In the early twentieth century, some 1.5 million Armenians perished in the Armenian genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. This blood-curdling episode in world history largely vanished from public awareness for much of the twentieth century, and is still unknown by most people. We examine its origins, its progress, and its ensuing disappearance.

Show notes for Ep. 899

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:26pm EDT

Toby Baxendale, an entrepreneur in the UK, comes back to the show, this time to explain that the media has created a false impression about the meaning of Brexit. The Leave campaign was run by libertarians, he says, not protectionists, but the latter have more effectively spun the media machine.

Show notes for Ep. 898

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

Cato Institute Vice President for Research Brink Lindsey launched an attack on Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard days ago, and it needs to be answered. Even more fun are my stories about my own treatment at the hands of these delightful people. Here's en episode you may pretend not to want to listen to, but let's face it, you will.
 
Before you say, "Woods, you shouldn't engage in this kind of tit-for-tat," listen to the episode. I have already answered your objection.
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

Thaddeus Russell was raised in Berkeley, California, by parents he describes as professional Marxist revolutionaries. His experiences with the academic establishment at Barnard College (the women's college at Columbia University) have become legendary. He's hard to pigeonhole ideologically, which makes him a compelling guest. 
 
We discuss a wide range of topics: labor unions, the Protestant work ethic (he's against), Donald Trump, what's missing from university life, and how Thad went from genuinely not understanding how anyone could be a conservative or a libertarian to being a regular listener of this very podcast! (But still not a libertarian.)
 
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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Eric Brakey is a 28-year-old state senator from Maine. We discuss how Eric got elected against a longtime incumbent, what he's accomplished in the legislature, and his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Not to mention some stories from the past two GOP conventions.

Show notes for Ep. 895

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:26pm EDT

During the presidential election season, the prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block headed up an organization called Libertarians for Trump. At the time, financial analyst and libertarian blogger Robert Wenzel debated him on the subject on this very show. Today, with the end of President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office just around the corner, we revisit the subject in a very lively discussion.

Show notes for Ep. 894

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

This is a great discussion with Brett Veinotte, host of the School Sucks Podcast, that starts off about university shenanigans, then turns to my writing (which some have considered too harsh) on the left, then turns to my insane workaholism, its roots, and how I conquered it.

Show notes for Ep. 893

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

With confrontation brewing between the United States and North Korea, Michael Malice joins me to lend his insight into what's happening, and whether there's anything to the North Korean threats of nuclear war.

Show notes for Ep. 892

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

The March 2017 report of the Congressional Budget Office paints a grim picture about the fiscal future of the United States -- but don't we hear a lot of grim predictions, and don't things usually carry on as before? Gene Epstein explains what's really going to happen.

Show notes for EP. 891

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

Under both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, the U.S. government has supported Saudi Arabia in a savage war that is leaving a humanitarian catastrophe in its wake, with (according to recent estimates) some 462,000 in danger of starvation. Where is the moral outrage of our media, which is so touched by human tragedy when doing so suits the regime?

Show notes for Ep. 890

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

Paul Gottfried takes delight in skewering the historical profession and the biases that lurk beneath their pretensions to impartiality. We cover Otto von Bismarck, World War I, Germanophobia, and a lot more in this punchy episode.

Show notes for Ep. 889

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:46pm EDT

New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty, who was co-chairman of the Donald Trump for President campaign in New Jersey, has condemned the strike on Syria and wants to know what happened to the "forget all these wars, we have to rebuild our own country" rhetoric from the campaign trail.

Show notes for Ep. 888

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

Eric July, the frontman of Backwordz, a rap/metal band, returns to discuss Veracity, the band's debut album, which debuted on the Billboard charts at #5 for hard rock (not to mention #2 on the Heat Seekers chart and #1 on the Alternative New Artist chart). And guess what: it's full of libertarian and Austrian messages. You'll be blown away.

Show notes for Ep. 887

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

As if his warnings to Barack Obama about intervention in Syria had never been uttered, Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria yesterday. Scott Horton joins me to discuss this horrific mess.

Show notes for Ep. 886

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

At age 42, Josef Sima already has a record of accomplishment in promoting Austrian economics in Europe that can rival that of almost anyone else. We talk communism, post-communist ideological opportunities, how successful politics is in bringing about positive change, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 885

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

It's been exactly 100 years since the United States officially declared war on Germany and entered World War I. I review the momentous significance of that decision with Hunt Tooley, my favorite historian of the war.

Show notes for Ep. 884

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Scott Horton and I discuss Trump, the House Freedom Caucus, Russia, and other topics drawn from the headlines.

Show notes for Ep. 883

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:45pm EDT

Tatiana Moroz, a liberty movement veteran, joins me to discuss a wide variety of topics, including how she uses cryptocurrency to support her work; being an independent musician in the Internet age; creeps in the liberty movement (shocking, right?); Ross Ulbricht and Silk Road, and a lot more. 

Show notes for Ep. 882

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

Ron Paul returns to the show to discuss the foundations of libertarianism -- along with Connor Boyack, author of a new children's book that features a character based on Dr. Paul. We also get a glimpse into the Paul household. Lots of fun!

Show notes for Ep. 881

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

I joined Marc Clair on his Lions of Liberty podcast to discuss common objections to the market, plus the plague of the Social Justice Warrior. I defend myself against a drama queen on Facebook, too.

Show notes for Ep. 880

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Some economic numbers today look pretty good, so is there a case for bearishness? At the same time, aren't Austrian-influenced investors always bearish? We sort it all out in today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 879

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

The legal system that prevailed in Ireland for thousands of years was radically different from what we are familiar with today, with our monopoly judges and emphasis on retribution over restitution. But if you were to ask the average American about any of this, the result would be a blank stare. Hence today's episode.

Show notes for Ep. 878

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

Donald Trump suffered a setback last week when the American Health Care Act lacked the votes to pass. Here's a great discussion of why it failed and what its failure means for the future.

Show notes for Ep. 877

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Inequality is the battering ram the left is using these days to justify all kinds of programs of intervention. In this episode we drive a stake through its heart.

Show notes for Ep. 876

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Philosopher Philip Goff argues that you have no moral claim to the money you earn on the market, because its distribution of money is arbitrary. We hit back.

Show notes for Ep. 875

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Zack Rofer (the pen name of the author of the book being discussed today) joins me to deal with a bunch of the most common questions libertarians are asked. This episode will lift a weight from your shoulders.

Show notes for Ep. 874

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Some people -- known popularly these days as Greenbackers -- oppose the Federal Reserve for all the wrong reasons: it doesn't inflate enough (!), the bankers will wind up with all the money thanks to compound interest, there isn't enough money created to pay all the principal and interest of all the loans in the economy, etc. They want the Fed to be abolished so the U.S. government can issue the money directly. Not exactly a fundamental disagreement with the Fed! I take them on in this episode.

Show notes for Ep. 873

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

With several options on the table on a complicated issue full of technical details, I thought it was a good time to bring on an expert who could explain them all to us -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Show notes for Ep. 872

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:40pm EDT

We know the government snoops on email and other electronic communications, and yet most of us do nothing about it: we figure we'd have to be full-time techies even to begin to figure out how to protect ourselves. DigitalSafe CEO Alain Ghiai joins me today to discuss why privacy matters, and how regular people can reclaim their email and file-sharing privacy.

Show notes for Ep. 871

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

Harvard University's library system just released a guide to "fake news" and propaganda websites. Guess who's on there? So's LewRockwell.com, Antiwar.com, and even Wikileaks. Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss what we should make of this.

Show notes for Ep. 870

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

The federal government has extended its authority into so many areas, and employed statutory language so vague, that ordinary people have found themselves criminals without having done anything they believed to be unlawful. Harvey Silverglate has observed this trend firsthand over the course of his long career in the law, and he joins me to discuss how bad it is, and what we can do.

Show notes for Ep. 869

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

Hillsdale College's Brad Birzer discusses libertarian themes in some of the great works of science fiction.

Show notes for Ep. 868

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

Historians will be discussing and debating the election of 2016 for a long time to come. Doug Wead's new book takes us through the history of the Clintons and the Trumps, all the way through the election season and its unlikely outcome. You'll enjoy this conversation.

Show notes for Ep. 867

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

How did the low-fat, high-carb diet become entrenched within nutrition science, to the point that dissenters virtually disappeared? The answer gives us a fascinating glimpse into how nutrition science -- far from being dispassionately devoted to whatever conclusions the empirical evidence pointed to -- became politicized, and how dissenting voices were silenced.

Show notes for Ep. 866

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

I critique an article trying to disprove the libertarian claim that taxation is theft. The social contract makes it all right, the author says....

Show notes for Ep. 865

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

We're told we need government because only the public sector can give us "public goods," which are either impossible to produce privately or are produced in the wrong quantities. In this lesson from my Ron Paul Curriculum course on government I put this claim under a microscope.

Show notes for Ep. 864

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

Today I review Donald Trump's recent speech to Congress -- a speech the media loved, I'm sorry to report -- in terms of what it's going to mean for federal spending and the budget.

Show notes for Ep. 863

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Paul Gottfried, longtime veteran of the American Right and foe of the yawn-inducing "conservative movement," discusses the significance of what has become known as the "alt right."

Show notes for Ep. 862

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

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, an ideologically diverse group of people joined together to fight against the drift of the United States into imperialism, particularly in the repression of the independence movement in the Philippines. It's a great story, which most Americans know little about.

Show notes for Ep. 861

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Today I talk to libertarian writer Antony Sammeroff of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, who recently gave a talk against the "basic income guarantee" idea to a crowd that liked the idea, and at the end was cheered. So we discuss capitalism, persuading opponents, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 860

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

How did federal agencies become unaccountable fiefdoms? The story goes back over 100 years, and I discuss it with the author of a brand new study of this most unfortunate development.

Show notes for Ep. 859

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:57am EDT

Basing myself on the Harry Browne book of the same name, I discuss how in my own life I've found freedom: from neoconservatism, from academia, and from povertarianism. Fun!

Show notes for Ep. 858

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

We hear a lot about the opposition of the "deep state" to Trump, and that there's an effort at work to undermine him from within. What is the deep state, and is there anything to this?

Show notes for Ep. 857

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Kevin Gutzman returns to explain where historians have gone wrong on Jefferson, why Jefferson was no conservative, the ups and downs of his presidency, and more.

Show notes Ep. 856

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

I favor speaking up in all kinds of situations, but a college classroom isn't a good one, in my opinion. The other kids don't care what you have to say and resent you for speaking, and the professor can make your life miserable. Marcelo Guadiana, a senior at UMass Boston and treasurer of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter there, begs to differ.

Show notes for Ep. 855

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

The debates and policies that gave rise to American empire occurred at the very end of the nineteenth century, in conflicts that found Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain at odds. Author Stephen Kinzer joins me to discuss the transformation of America away from nonintervention and toward empire.

Show notes for Ep. 854

Direct download: woods_2017_02_21.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

C-SPAN recently posted the results of a survey of presidential historians, where they were asked to rank the presidents. Good grief, folks. I discuss some of the results.

Show notes for Ep. 853

Direct download: woods_2017_02_20.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:44pm EDT

Steve Clayton has guts. He held a top position at Labcorp, where you've likely gone if you needed blood work done. Hundreds and hundreds of people reported to him, and he earned a fortune. But one day he decided: I hate everything about this job, and I refuse to do it one moment longer. So he left.
 
Eventually, Steve went into eCommerce, and began building 7-figure online stores that he can run from wherever he is in the world. He's one of the world's foremost experts on eCommerce, and in particular how the little guy can create an online store as an additional income stream.
 
Direct download: woods_2017_02_19.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Thomas Jefferson, says biographer Kevin Gutzman, is the most significant statesman in American history. We discuss Jefferson's views on federalism, education, the University of Virginia, slavery, colonization, American Indians, and freedom of conscience.

Show notes for Ep. 851

Direct download: woods_2017_02_17.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Sheriff Richard Mack joins me to discuss the plague of federal bureaucracies charging people with inane offenses and ruining their lives.

Show notes for Ep. 850

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

Dedra and Brad Birzer, who teach at Hillsdale College, join Tom to discuss the various guidelines issued to teachers of Advanced Placement history, in order to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement exam. It's the usual controversy: two options, neither of which reflects our outlook, are presented as the exhaustive set of possibilities for teaching and interpreting American history.

Show notes for Ep. 849

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT

Comedian, podcaster and television personality Dave Smith offers another perspective on my "leftists are hopeless" position.

Show notes for Ep. 848

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

Of all the books Thomas Sowell wrote, A Conflict of Visions was his favorite. There he discusses the fundamental ideas, the competing visions of man and the world that constitute the roots of where our political debates come from. Michael Malice and I discuss these ideas.

Show notes for Ep. 847

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Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 7:29am EDT

Nathan Bond, co-founder and CEO of Rifle Paper Company, made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015, and has had explosive success since the company's opening in late 2009. How'd he do it?

Show notes for Ep. 846

Direct download: woods_2017_02_12.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

There are a bunch of unambiguously good things a secretary of education can do (including, of course, setting her agency up for abolition). We discuss a bunch of them today.

Show notes for Ep. 845

Direct download: woods_2017_02_10.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss the present (and future?) state of the Libertarian Party with a member of the Party's Radical Caucus, Caryn Ann Harlos.

Show notes for Ep. 844

Direct download: woods_2017_02_09.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

This one's a must-listen, both for the topic and also for the guest: the brilliant Angelo Codevilla. What are the true origins of political correctness? Codevilla traces them to sources you'll find chilling -- but when you hear his explanation, everything starts to make sense.

Show notes for Ep. 843

Direct download: woods_2017_02_08.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

Is there anything to be gained by pointing out leftist hypocrisy -- that suddenly they favor limited government, or that they're outraged by Trump Action A, and said nothing in the face of Obama Action B? Shouldn't we just be conciliatory and let bygones be bygones? Bob Murphy and I discuss.

Show notes for Ep. 842

Direct download: woods_2017_02_07.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Ringer discusses going from zero to having the best-selling book in the country, plus the hackneyed success advice from the "experts," tips for advertising and for life, and more.

Show notes for Ep. 841

Direct download: woods_2017_02_06.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

In the wake of the violent protests at (and cancellation of) the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California at Berkeley, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer joins me to assess what's gone wrong in the universities and what might be done.

Show notes for Ep. 840

Direct download: woods_2017_02_03.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn suffered tremendously at the hands of the Soviet regime, and suffered exile twice after his release from the gulag. How many people in the rising generation know about him? A new book seeks to fix that.

Show notes for Ep. 839

Direct download: woods_2017_02_02.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Eric Peters, the heroic libertarian car expert, joins me to discuss the usual potpourri of car items in the news, including what the new administration may do in the face of the previous administration's regulatory regime for cars (including the classification of CO2 as a pollutant).

Show notes for Ep. 838

Direct download: woods_2017_02_01.mp3
Category:Talk Radio -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT