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Join New York Times bestselling author Tom Woods for your daily serving of liberty education! Guests include Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, David Stockman, and hundreds more, with topics like war, the Federal Reserve, net neutrality, the FDA, Austrian economics, and many other subjects of interest to libertarians. Join us!


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  • Ep. 1164 Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School
    Wed, May 23, 2018


    Is there such a thing as "cultural Marxism"? If so, what is it? And what was the Frankfurt School, and what was it trying to accomplish? Paul Gottfried, who holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale and has written extensively on these subjects, joins me to get to the bottom of it all. Show notes for Ep. 1164

  • Ep. 1163 The Spanish-American War: Watershed in U.S. Foreign Policy
    Tue, May 22, 2018


    The Spanish-American War anticipated important themes in the interventionist foreign policy that was to come over the next century. The host of the Dangerous History Podcast joins me to discuss its causes and long-term significance. Show notes for Ep. 1163

  • Ep. 1162 The Law Schools Are Run by Crazy People
    Mon, May 21, 2018


    Mark Pulliam joins me to discuss the politicization of American law schools and the role played by the American Bar Association, which enjoys state-bestowed monopoly privileges. Show notes for Ep. 1162

  • BONUS Ep. 1161 Libertarian Homeschooling Dad Becomes Master of Online Business
    Sat, May 19, 2018


    Matt McWilliams is more likely to be at the zoo with his kids at 2:00pm than he is to be behind a desk. Matt is a libertarian and a homeschooling father, and served as an officer in the Libertarian Party at the local level. He's now an expert affiliate marketer, and has managed the affiliate programs of some of the top names on the Internet -- in fact, at the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Matt was named the top affiliate marketing manager in the world. He brings that expertise to this discussion of what works and what doesn't when it comes to online business and affiliate marketing. Show notes for Ep. 1161

  • Ep. 1160 Our American Pravda: How the Media Misleads
    Fri, May 18, 2018


    Ron Unz -- theoretical physicist, software developer, political candidate, and author -- joins me to discuss themes from his "Our American Pravda" article, which explores stories the media suddenly dropped, or never covered. Show notes for Ep. 1160

  • Ep. 1159 Did "Racists" and "White Supremacists" Get Trump Elected?
    Thu, May 17, 2018


    Musa al-Gharbi joins me to discuss the social science literature and its casual claim that racists and white supremacists handed Trump his victory in 2016. The evidence is overwhelmingly against this, as Columbia University's Musa al-Gharbi shows. Show notes for Ep. 1159

  • Ep. 1158 Women vs. Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating From the Gender Wars
    Wed, May 16, 2018


    Joanna Williams, education editor at Spiked, discusses her new book Women vs. Feminism. Topics include education, sexual harassment and assault, and advocacy research masquerading as scholarship. Show notes for Ep. 1158

  • Ep. 1157 Baby Alfie: A Guide for Libertarians
    Wed, May 16, 2018


    The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffered from some kind of neurodegenerative disorder, were told they could not take their child for treatment in Rome, where doctors stood willing to assist them. Dr. Michel Accad joins me for a libertarian analysis of this horrific episode. Show notes for Ep. 1157

  • Ep. 1156 LISTEN TO THIS ONE Is the Term "Libertarian" Still Useful? Jeff Deist on Libertarian Division
    Mon, May 14, 2018


    This one's a doozy, my friends. The Mises Institute's Jeff Deist joins me to discuss libertarianism, left and right, and ongoing divisions within the movement. We pose the question: if you could have libertarianism triumph but it meant cultural outcomes of which you disapproved, would you still want it? Plus a lot more in this lively discussion.   Show notes for Ep. 1156  

  • Ep. 1155 Help the Poor, No Bureaucracy Necessary
    Fri, May 11, 2018


    Great things are happening with DonorSee, the amazing app through which you can see with your own eyes the effects of your support for worthy projects around the world. Listeners of this very show banded together to build a house for a widow, for example. Listen to the show and support creator Gret Glyer! Show notes Ep. 1155

  • Ep. 1154 Trump and the Iran Deal
    Thu, May 10, 2018


    Historian and journalist Gareth Porter, who holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, joins me to discuss the truth versus the propaganda about the Iranian nuclear program. Show notes for Ep. 1154

  • Ep. 1153 Why the Race for Libertarian Party Chair Is So Contentious
    Wed, May 09, 2018


    Joshua Smith, who is seeking the chairmanship of the Libertarian National Committee, joins me to discuss the present direction of the LP, the infighting, and his own vision for the party. Show notes for Ep. 1153

  • Ep. 1152 Pat Buchanan on Foreign Adventurism
    Tue, May 08, 2018


    I talk to Pat Buchanan about foreign policy, where conservatives have gone wrong, and what the future holds. Show notes for Ep. 1152

  • Ep. 1151 David Stockman on the Real Condition of the Trump Economy
    Mon, May 07, 2018


    Has America been made great again, or are the same old problems festering beneath the surface? David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, gives us the full scoop. Plus, we discuss his recent appearance on the FOX Business Network, in which he batted down several regime apologists at once. Show notes for Ep. 1151

  • Ep. 1150 DEBATE: Is There Anything to "Russiagate"?
    Fri, May 04, 2018


    David Pakman of the David Pakman Show, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, square off in a discussion of allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials and operatives. Show notes for Ep. 1150

  • Ep. 1149 Little Pink House: The Evils of Eminent Domain
    Thu, May 03, 2018


    The brand new film Little Pink House relates the events leading up to Kelo v. New London, about the taking of Susette Kelo's home to give to a private developer. I talk to writer, producer, and director Courtney Balaker in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1149

  • Ep. 1148 The Totalitarian Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Wed, May 02, 2018


    The ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) have been profoundly influential -- and not for the better. We'll discuss his views on the origins of inequality, the role of the legislator, and the place of the individual in political society. Not an episode to skip, trust me. Show notes for Ep. 1148

  • Ep. 1147 The Constitution Con
    Tue, May 01, 2018


    Here's an in-depth discussion of case after ludicrous case of the Framers of the Constitution expressly intending one thing, and government doing another. Might there be a lesson here about constitutions? Show notes for Ep. 1147

  • Ep. 1146 North and South Korea Making Peace?
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018


    Michael Malice joins me to discuss the recent summit meeting between North and South Korea, in which a North Korean leader set foot in the South for the first time ever. What does it all mean? Show notes for Ep. 1146

  • BONUS Ep. 1145 How I Make Money From Trolls Who Hate Me, and Other Tips for Business and Life
    Sat, Apr 28, 2018


    Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor, is one of my favorite guests: nonstop insights into business, marketing, and life. I could talk to him all day. I subscribe to his Email Players newsletter, and I'm a faithful reader of his daily emails.   Among the points we cover:   -- how to make money from trolls who hate you; -- why you should ignore the latest "ninja tactic," and first master the fundamentals; -- the wrong strategy, which is bound to fail, for your online business -- how neediness is crushing you in business and in life; -- how to make yourself invulnerable to SJW attacks on your livelihood; -- why you should never even consider "virtue signaling"; -- the easiest business in the world to start; -- how to drive traffic; -- the key book for newbies to read; -- the value of shaming;   and a lot more.   Show notes for Ep. 1145

  • Ep. 1144 The Truth About War Powers, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Militarism in American Culture
    Fri, Apr 27, 2018


    In something of a potpourri episode, Scott Horton and I discuss the real truth about presidential war powers under the Constitution, plus the empire's highly successful propaganda apparatus, the military-industrial complex's tactics, and much more.   This episode is taken from my recent appearance on the Scott Horton Show.   Show notes for Ep. 1144

  • Ep. 1143 After Communism, What? Liberty and Statism in Eastern Europe
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018


    Stoyan Penchev joins me to discuss the status of liberty and statism, and the state of public opinion, in eastern Europe in particular and Bulgaria in particular. Show notes for Ep. 1143

  • Ep. 1142 Why Does Politics Yield Perverse Outcomes Again and Again?
    Wed, Apr 25, 2018


    Why does politics so consistently yield perverse outcomes, of a sort it would be unthinkable to encounter in the private sector? Bob Murphy joins me for a discussion of Public Choice theory, which applies an understanding of economic incentives to the way political institutions operate. Show notes for Ep. 1142

  • Ep. 1141 The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy
    Tue, Apr 24, 2018


    Henry Sire, who originally published his book The Dictator Pope under a pen name, joins me for some background and insight into Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who as Pope Francis has presided over confusion and controversy. Show notes for Ep. 1141

  • Ep. 1140 The Progressive Era Was a Scam
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018


    Patrick Newman, who recently edited a brand new Rothbard book out of the archives, joins me for a bird's-eye overview of one of the least understood periods of American history. Show notes for Ep. 1140

  • Ep. 1139 Anti-Libertarian Cliches Sliced and Diced
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018


    Today's episode covers a wide range of topics: the origins of Trump, fallacies of protectionism, how to respond to critics who say libertarianism has never been tried, plus Somalia, working conditions under capitalism, why libertarianism is attacked when we're so marginal, the increasing use of "classical liberal" by creeps, and more.   This episode is drawn from my recent appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast.   Show notes for Ep. 1139

  • Ep. 1138 Black Guns Matter
    Wed, Apr 18, 2018


    Kevin Dixie, owner and founder at No Other Choice Firearms Training, talks Second Amendment, crime, safety, and what it's like dealing with the "black leadership" when you're teaching black folks how to defend themselves. Show notes for Ep. 1138

  • Ep. 1137 Absolute Immunity for Prosecutors: The Built-In Bias Against the Accused
    Tue, Apr 17, 2018


    Professor William Anderson joins me to discuss the perverse incentives in the American legal system that work against the accused and their ability to fight back against abuses and outrages perpetrated against them. Show notes for Ep. 1137

  • Ep. 1136 Dave Smith on Speaking Forbidden Truths on CNN; Plus: the Rotten State of Comedy, and More
    Mon, Apr 16, 2018


    Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose comedy special Libertas spent three weeks as the #1 comedy album on iTunes last year, joins me to discuss his wonderful CNN gig, where he gets away with telling truths you'd be hard-pressed to find on any network. Plus: the awful state of comedy, whether liberty will come via a series of small changes or a handful of major ones, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1136

  • Ep. 1135 Domestic Consequences of U.S. Militarism
    Sun, Apr 15, 2018


    Libertarians often point out that war has consequences at home as well. The co-author of a new book on precisely this subject joins me to fill in the details. Show notes for Ep. 1135

  • Ep. 1134 Princeton Professor Hits Back at Campus Censors
    Thu, Apr 12, 2018


    Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University, joins me to talk trigger warnings, safe spaces, campus censorship and intimidation, and the purpose of a university. I ask him some tough devil's-advocate questions, but he sticks to his guns. Well worth your time. Show notes for Ep. 1134

  • Ep. 1133 The State Keeps Messing With Your Car (But the Car Companies Can Be Annoying, Too)
    Wed, Apr 11, 2018


    Whether you're a car enthusiast or not, you have to love Eric Peters: insanely knowledgeable and thoroughly libertarian. We have a lot to discuss today: nanny-ish new cars, the consequences of federal regulation, the "mobile driver's license" and the privacy issues involved, the Jeep we're allowed to buy but not drive, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1133

  • Ep. 1132 Conservatives Who Yield Everything to the Other Side, Example #43,366
    Tue, Apr 10, 2018


    Historian Kevin Gutzman joins me to take on a recent article by a conventional conservative in favor of "originalism" in constitutional interpretation. Fair enough, but as with most conservative discussions of the Constitution, it comes down on the centralist, Marshallian side of the key issues -- and then conservatives scratch their heads about what could have gone wrong. Show notes for Ep. 1132

  • Ep. 1131 DEBATE EPISODE: Trump's Tariffs, Pro and Con
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018


    With tariffs in the news and stirring up debate, I thought a Tom Woods Show debate on the subject would be enlightening for everyone. Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable conservative journal Modern Age and editor-at-large of The American Conservative, and Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, square off in this much-needed debate on tariffs and trade. Show notes for Ep. 1131

  • BONUS Ep. 1130 How to Work Smart, Not Hard: Pitfalls to Avoid, and Strategies to Follow, for the Aspiring Entrepreneur
    Sat, Apr 07, 2018


    There are only two people in the world for whom I've ever offered a testimonial: Ben Settle and my guest today, Michael Cheney. Michael has been producing products and dominating affiliate leaderboards since at least the year 2000. He creates promotions that don't bore you to death, which is why they do so well. And he's taught me a boatload of knowledge that I have put to very good use; last year I was able to make substantial donations to causes you and I believe in, thanks to what I learned from Michael.   His advice is worth taking to heart.   Show notes for Ep. 1130

  • Ep. 1129 Ron Paul and I on Public Schools, Indoctrination, and Homeschooling
    Fri, Apr 06, 2018


    The indoctrination aspect of "public education" has become more pronounced and obvious in recent months. Ron Paul and I discuss that and other outrages with a system everyone defends and takes for granted, and say a few words in defense of the homeschooling alternative.   This episode is drawn from my recent appearance on the Ron Paul Liberty Report.   Show notes for Ep. 1129

  • Ep. 1128 Comedian Owen Benjamin, and the Deranged Leftists Who Stalk Him
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018


    Owen Benjamin, who has had a successful career in entertainment, has been having problems with venues canceling on him after rival comedians report him for unapproved thoughts (none of which is actually unreasonable or outside the bounds of legitimate comedy, but you knew that). Opponents even invent things about Owen, or create bot accounts on Twitter to make him look bad. It's crazy.   We recorded this interview 48 hours before it aired. Since that time, Owen's Twitter account -- @OwenBenjamin -- has been suspended, and his ability to livestream on his YouTube channel has been revoked.   Show notes for Ep. 1128

  • Ep. 1127 From Economics Class to Libertarianism -- to Politics?
    Thu, Apr 05, 2018


    Mitch Toland, once an Obama supporter, made his way into Austrian economics and libertarianism in a most unusual way: his economics professor had him write a paper on Hayekian triangles (a graphical depiction of Austrian capital theory), and this wound up leading him to Ron Paul. He shares his story, plus his venture into politics, in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1127

  • Ep. 1126 Private Cities: Another Path to a Free Society?
    Tue, Apr 03, 2018


    Titus Gebel, founder and CEO of Free Private Cities, Inc., discusses how private enterprise can provide services traditionally associated with governments, and why this approach holds promise for the future. Show notes for Ep. 1126

  • Ep. 1125 Are Economists Obsessed With "Efficiency"?
    Mon, Apr 02, 2018


    The general public sure thinks they are -- and sometimes, economists give them good reason to think so. Bob Murphy joins me to discuss (and critique) the Coase Theorem, which purports to solve an important economic puzzle, but which makes methodologically suspect moves that it appears only Austrians may have noticed.   (P.S. We're postponing the discussion of Public Choice, mentioned at the beginning, until a future episode.)   Show notes for Ep. 1125

  • Ep. 1124 Death by Regulation: The Truth About the FDA
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018


    Research scientist Dr. Mary Ruwart discusses the true effects of the lethal FDA, which we're taught we couldn't live without. Show notes for Ep. 1124

  • Ep. 1123 What's Happening in South Africa?
    Wed, Mar 28, 2018


    With talk of uncompensated expropriation of white landowners making international news, I thought it was a good time to speak to Ernst Roets, a staple of South African television and deputy CEO of Afriforum, to find out what's going on. Show notes for Ep. 1123

  • Ep. 1122 John Bolton: The Bad and the Ugly
    Tue, Mar 27, 2018


    Scott Horton joins me to discuss the views -- on Iraq, North Korea, Russia, Afghanistan, and Iran -- of John Bolton, who was recently tapped to replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Check out this episode and you'll be better briefed on the subject than pretty much anyone, anywhere. Show notes for Ep. 1122

  • Ep. 1121 The Mundane Truth About the Sherman Antitrust Act
    Mon, Mar 26, 2018


    Here's how we learn about so-called landmark legislation in school: your wise public servants identified a problem, and then put their heads together in a disinterested, dispassionate way to solve it, and improve life for everyone.   In fact, the real roots of legislation often turn out to be far more mundane. The Sherman Antitrust Act, as Patrick Newman explains, is one such example.   Show notes for Ep. 1121

  • BONUS Ep. 1120 Behind the Scenes at Tom Woods, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 26, 2018


    I was recently a guest on the Six Figure Grind podcast with Kevin Geary, and we talked not about libertarianism but about how I run my little operation here. I hope you take some insights away from our conversation. Show notes for Ep. 1120

  • Ep. 1119 The Venezuelan Disaster
    Fri, Mar 23, 2018


    Jos? Ni?o tells the real story of Venezuela: the problems before Chavez, the Chavez disaster, and what's going on today. Plus: are any lessons being learned? Show notes for Ep. 1119

  • Ep. 1118 Austrians Against the Mainstream: A Case Study
    Thu, Mar 22, 2018


    It's a common neoclassical claim that people will prefer an income tax over an equivalent excise tax. This claim, though questionable, is perhaps less interesting than the method these economists use to reach it. In fact, this seemingly obscure question winds up illustrating a great deal about what separates Austrian economics from the mainstream, and which school of thought is more realistic. Show notes for Ep. 1118

  • Ep. 1117 Was the Vietnam War "Winnable"?
    Wed, Mar 21, 2018


    Some say the U.S. could have won the Vietnam War had there been more political will, or if this rather than that military strategy had been tried. Gareth Porter joins me to consider this question. Show notes for Ep. 1117

  • Ep. 1116 Debate: Bob Murphy and Dylan Moore on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018


    With Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) becoming more prominent both in policy discussions and on social media, now is a good time for a full-blown debate. Enjoy! Show notes for Ep. 1116

  • Ep. 1115 Neocons and Messianism Make for Lousy Statesmanship
    Tue, Mar 20, 2018


    Claes Ryn, professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and director of its Center for the Study of Statesmanship, joins me to discuss how a real statesman would conduct American affairs on the world stage and how, by contrast, the present American establishment does so. We also discuss how we got here (and the problem goes way beyond Woodrow Wilson). Show notes for Ep. 1115

  • Ep. 1114 Heroic Rand Paul, Weird Libertarian Party
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018


    Today I cover two separate topics: Rand Paul's heroic opposition to the Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel nominations, and the Libertarian Party's strange statement the day of the recent student walkout. That second thing should not have happened. Show notes for Ep. 1114

  • Ep. 1113 Who Was Worse, FDR or Wilson?
    Wed, Mar 14, 2018


    This and other questions are discussed in this freewheeling discussion with Michael Malice. Plenty of personal questions (directed at me), too. A total blast. Enjoy!  This episode is taken from my appearance on "YOUR WELCOME" with Michael Malice, at CompoundMedia.com.   Show notes for Ep. 1113

  • Ep. 1112 Not Just Bitcoin: What Else Blockchain Technology Can Do
    Wed, Mar 14, 2018


    Anthony Rozmajzl, an economics major at Grove City College, won first place in the Thomas E. Woods Prizes at this year's Austrian Student Scholars Conference for his paper on blockchain technology and its applications beyond cryptocurrency. He shares his key points with us today. Show notes for Ep. 1112

  • Ep. 1111 How a Young Student Escaped the Education-Industrial Complex
    Mon, Mar 12, 2018


    Angelo Valle discovered libertarianism and the Tom Woods Show while in high school, heard about Praxis on the show, and at age 20 is now prospering at a successful startup. Now that's the kind of story we ought to hear, so he shares it with me today. Show notes for Ep. 1111

  • Ep. 1110 Medical Marijuana, the Drug War, and the Way Forward
    Sat, Mar 10, 2018


    Josh Wilcoxson joins me to discuss the effectiveness of medical marijuana, the state of the legalization movement, and how we should proceed from here. Show notes for Ep. 1110

  • Ep. 1109 Mises in 1918: Guido Hulsmann on a Momentous Year
    Thu, Mar 08, 2018


    Mises biographer Guido Hulsmann joins me to discuss the life of the great economist and social philosopher Ludwig von Mises in the momentous year of 1918, one hundred years ago. Show notes for Ep. 1109

  • Ep. 1108 Teacher: School "Walkouts" for Gun Control Are Illegal
    Wed, Mar 07, 2018


    A schoolteacher in a left-liberal state argues that the school walkout movement -- which is obviously spreading through intimidation, and the implied suggestion that no other point of view deserves a hearing -- is in fact illegal, since it amounts to political activity by schoolteachers at taxpayer expense. Show notes for Ep. 1108

  • Ep. 1107 Lew Rockwell on Standing Against the Tide
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018


    Topics include: Jordan Peterson, Trump's tariffs, hate mail, the creation of LewRockwell.com, the future of the Mises Institute, and whether more than the nonaggression principle is necessary to sustain liberty. Show notes for Ep. 1107

  • Ep. 1106 Sizzling: Tom and Stefan on Libertarians Gone Wrong
    Mon, Mar 05, 2018


    Stefan Molyneux and I have a wide-ranging discussion about what's been happening to the libertarian movement, the periodic witch-hunts, and why, in the age of the Internet (where you can build an audience even without the approval of the Official Libertarian Institutions), the drama doesn't matter all that much anymore. Show notes for Ep. 1106

  • Ep. 1105 Don't Pine for the "Original Principles" of the Bolshevik Revolution
    Thu, Mar 01, 2018


    The Bolshevik Revolution continues to be romanticized to this day. Plenty of communists claim that if only the Soviet Union could have stuck to the original principles of the Revolution, the horrors would not have occurred. Problem: the horrors began with the Revolution, and the origins of the horrors are to be found there. Show notes for Ep. 1105

  • Ep. 1104 What I Told College Students About Communism
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018


    Here's an overview of what I said about communism to an audience of students at the University of California at Santa Barbara last night. Were the crimes of communism mere aberrations? Were they perversions of an otherwise noble ideal? Or were they the natural, expected outcomes of awful ideas? Show notes for Ep. 1104

  • Ep. 1103 Marx, Rawls, and Other Fonts of Error
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


    David Gordon, whose knowledge the late historian Ralph Raico compared to the Library of Congress, joins me for a potpourri episode in which all kinds of wicked errors are delightfully smashed. Show notes for Ep. 1103

  • Ep. 1102 Can Liberty Go Mainstream? A Comic Creator Says Yes
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018


    Johnny Rocket, host of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad (on which I've been a guest, in one of my favorite interviews ever), joins me to discuss his Liberty Force Comic as well as other, unconventional ways we might bring our unorthodox message to the masses. Show notes for Ep. 1102

  • Ep. 1101 How to Respond to School Shootings
    Fri, Feb 23, 2018


    In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, New York Times bestselling novelist and former firearms instructor Larry Correia joins me to respond to the barrage of demonstrations against guns. If you oppose gun control, you value guns more than your own children, they say. That's the intellectual level of the discussion so far. Larry and I raise it by 50 points in this episode. Show notes for Ep. 1101

  • Ep. 1100 Peter Schiff: Where the Economy Stands, and What to Do
    Fri, Feb 23, 2018


    Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, joins me to answer questions submitted by members of my Supporting Listeners group. Topics include the state of the housing market, precious metals investing, Puerto Rico after Irma, the ongoing carnage in the retail sector, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1100

  • Ep. 1099 Myths of the Addiction Industry
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018


    Steven Slate, who once struggled with drug use himself, joins me to talk about whether what we think we know about addiction is really true. Is addiction a "disease"? Is "treatment" the only way to deal with it? Are people who believe that don't need treatment "in denial"? Is moderate consumption always off limits for people who have had problems? Show notes for Ep. 1099

  • Ep. 1098 Capitalism, Stakeholders, and "Corporate Social Responsibility"
    Tue, Feb 20, 2018


    According to stakeholder theory and the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, it's not enough for a corporation to create products that satisfy consumer preferences and please their stockholders. A much wider range of people, or "stakeholders," should also have a say in the firm's activities -- which should take into account not just the interests of shareholders, but also employees, the community, even society as a whole. Peter Klein joins me to assess and critique all this. Show notes for Ep. 1098

  • Ep. 1097 Libertarianism and Parenting (the Less You Think You Need This Episode, the More You Truly Need It)
    Mon, Feb 19, 2018


    This is one of my favorite episodes ever. Author and homeschooling parent Laura Blodgett joins me to discuss themes in her 52 Weeks to a Better Relationship with Your Child series. Even if you don't have children, I insist you listen -- there's an awful lot of wisdom in here. Show notes for Ep. 1097

  • Ep. 1096 Are Our Choices Really Hillary or Mitt? How One Historian Avoided Both
    Sat, Feb 17, 2018


    Professor Kevin Gutzman is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books on American history. He's politically on the right while nevertheless holding much of the "conservative movement" in contempt. His views aren't boilerplate Rush Limbaugh. Therefore, he's part of the Tom Woods Tell-Me-Your-Story project. How does someone -- a historian, no less -- come to adopt views more or less like ours, without getting caught up in the conventional Hillary-or-Mitt spectrum? Show notes for Ep. 1096

  • Ep. 1095 Women and Libertarianism (Plus the LP, and More)
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018


    Sherry Clark, co-host of Talking Freely on WETR 92.3 FM / 760 AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, joins me to talk women and libertarianism, as well as homeschooling, the Libertarian Party (and infighting), and how she went from neoconservatism to ancap. Show notes for Ep. 1095

  • Ep. 1094 The Case Against Education
    Wed, Feb 14, 2018


    Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University, has just released a provocative (and really excellent) book that takes aim at the education system virtually all of us grew up in. The claims made for it -- virtually all of them -- collapse on close examination. And he doesn't say the system has been corrupted by political correctness, and we just need to get back to its noble origins. His critique is far more sweeping, and devastating. Show notes for Ep. 1094

  • Ep. 1093 Are We in a Giant Bubble?
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018


    Kevin Duffy, a principal of Bearing Asset Management, gives his assessment of the U.S. economy as a whole and of particular sectors: housing, precious metals, auto loans, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1093

  • Ep. 1092 Is Trump Changing U.S. Policy on Nuclear Weapons?
    Mon, Feb 12, 2018


    Mark Perry joins me to discuss the recent Nuclear Posture Review, which some say represents a dramatic break with the past in terms of nuclear policy and the possibility of using nuclear weapons. How concerned should we be? Show notes for Ep. 1092

  • Ep. 1091 Potpourri with Dave Smith: Ben Shapiro Attacks Ron Paul, Plus Trump, Immigration, and More
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018


    The great comedian and brilliant libertarian Dave Smith and I talk about pretty much everything: what libertarianism is really all about, why Ben Shapiro's attack on Ron Paul is dumb, how I changed my mind on war, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1091

  • Ep. 1090 Secrets of a Highly Productive Libertarian
    Thu, Feb 08, 2018


    Antony Sammeroff, who co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast, leads an amazingly productive life. He balances his work, his passion, his personal life, and his health. He does what we all wish we could do. How? Show notes for Ep. 1090

  • Ep. 1089 Noam Chomsky: The Good and the Bad
    Wed, Feb 07, 2018


    Gene Epstein, formerly of Barron's, joins me to discuss the work of Noam Chomsky, whose views in some areas are so well formed, and in others are simplistic and disappointing. Chomsky is one of the people who Gene says led him to libertarianism, so this is a gem of a discussion. Show notes for Ep. 1089

  • Ep. 1088 How to Think About Inequality, and Why We Shouldn't Fear It
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018


    Per Bylund, a professor of entrepreneurship, suggests a new way of thinking about inequality, its causes (and its mitigation), and whether we should even care about it. Fun! Show notes for Ep. 1088

  • Ep. 1087 The Truth About the FISA Memo, With ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018


    Is the Nunes memo, which speaks of the politicization of the FBI in the service of opposing the election of Donald Trump, really a "nothingburger," or is there something there? Ray McGovern, no Trump partisan, has been blacklisted by much of the progressive media (which once loved him) because he won't go alone with the Russiagate story, and he sharply dissents about the significance of the memo as well. Show notes for Ep. 1087

  • Ep. 1086 Lysander Spooner: The Evolution of a Radical Libertarian
    Fri, Feb 02, 2018


    Chris Calton joins me to discuss one of the most fascinating figures in libertarian history, and how he evolved from defending the Constitution against the claim that it favored slavery all the way to rejecting the very idea that the U.S. Constitution, or any other constitution, could truly bind the people. Show notes for Ep. 1086

  • Ep. 1085 The New Deal and Other Failed Government Interventions, with Robert Higgs
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018


    Robert Higgs, the distinguished economic historian and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, covers some of the alleged success stories of government intervention. Show notes for Ep. 1085

  • Ep. 1084 Trump's State of the Union: A Breakdown
    Wed, Jan 31, 2018


    Mises Institute president Jeff Deist joins me to discuss last night's State of the Union address. We discuss policy, style, Democratic reaction, Trump's ideological confusion, and a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1084

  • Ep. 1083 Overlooked History: The Early Development of Libertarian Ideas
    Mon, Jan 29, 2018


    The great Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me to discuss the years surrounding the English Civil War, a critical period in the history of political thought, when many great (and some rotten) ideas  -- including libertarian ideas like natural rights and self-ownership -- were born or developed. Show notes for Ep. 1083

  • Ep. 1082 The Truth About F.A. Hayek
    Fri, Jan 26, 2018


    F.A. Hayek, illustrious member of the Austrian School of economics, won the Nobel Prize in 1974, and wrote prolifically on both economic and non-economic topics. He has been a source of controversy within libertarian circles because of some aspects of his work. Joe Salerno helps us sort everything out about this central figure. Show notes for Ep. 1082

  • Ep. 1081 How to Jolt People Out of Conventional Thinking (and Push Them in Our Direction?)
    Thu, Jan 25, 2018


    Mance Rayder, author of Freedom Through Memedom, joins me for some big-picture arguments against the state and for freedom. Show notes for Ep. 1081

  • Ep. 1080 Down With State Licensing (Including for Personal Trainers and Coaches)
    Wed, Jan 24, 2018


    Strength trainer Mark Rippetoe returns to discuss state licensing, its true motivations, and why a free society doesn't need it. Show notes for Ep. 1080

  • Ep. 1079 The (Pernicious?) Idea of Utopia
    Wed, Jan 24, 2018


    This episode, featuring Justine Brown, begins with a discussion of Thomas More's classic work Utopia, trying to get to the bottom of what the author meant to convey with it, and then continues with a discussion of utopian communities and theories, and what may be wrong with them. Show notes for Ep. 1079

  • Ep. 1078 Lew Rockwell on the Media, the Regime, and Their Relationship
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018


    The media's opposition to Trump has confused and obscured the true nature of the relationship between itself and the American regime. Do we really have an adversarial press? Lew Rockwell joins me to get to the bottom of it. Show notes for Ep. 1078

  • Ep. 1077 Dissident Historians
    Fri, Jan 19, 2018


    Michael Douma, Assistant Research Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown, and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, joins me to discuss what it means to be a classical liberal, or libertarian, historian -- do we have our own methods, are we telling a different story, or what precisely are we doing? Show notes for Ep. 1077

  • Ep. 1076 Liberty, the Radio Spectrum, and Wireless Technology
    Wed, Jan 17, 2018


    Thomas Hazlett, former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a professor of economics at Clemson University, talks about where regulators have gone wrong and the market has gone right, from the radio spectrum debate of the 1920s down to the present day. Show notes for Ep. 1076

  • Ep. 1075 Today's Resistance to the FDA, NSA, DEA, and Other Evils
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018


    Michael Boldin, founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, talks about a wide variety of resistance movements at the state level against the federal government. Nullification: it's happening! Show notes for Ep. 1075

  • Ep. 1074 Libertarians Have a Class Theory, Too (and It's Better Than Marx's)
    Sat, Jan 13, 2018


    With the idea of class so central to Marxian theory, libertarians might be tempted to ignore class as a category. But there is in fact such a thing as libertarian class theory, because in libertarian theory there are distinct groups of exploiters and exploited. Gary Chartier joins me to discuss the history and development of libertarian class theory. Show notes for Ep. 1074

  • Ep. 1073 How a Historian Saw the Light
    Thu, Jan 11, 2018


    Historian Brion McClanahan and I begin by discussing the conservative movement's wary and sometimes hostile reception of his book criticizing Alexander Hamilton. From there, we trace out how Brion went from conventional conservative to Old Right/libertarian. (We love these stories, don't we?) Show notes for Ep. 1073

  • Ep. 1072 David Stockman on Bannon, Trump, and What's Coming for the Economy
    Wed, Jan 10, 2018


    With Steve Bannon on the outs with Trump and out at Breitbart, David Stockman -- director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan -- returns to discuss Bannonism, the Trump economy, and what's in store. And is he sticking to his claim that Trump won't survive 2018? Show notes for Ep. 1072

  • Ep. 1071 Local Tyranny Persecutes Home Studio; Owner Fights Back
    Mon, Jan 08, 2018


    Lij Shaw has recorded artists from Adele to John Oates, and for over a decade has operated a home studio out of his detached garage. The city of Nashville came after him for this, and persisted even after his neighbors signed a petition in his defense. Here's what happened, and what he's doing next. Show notes for Ep. 1071

  • BONUS Ep. 1070 "I Was a Business-Nerd Executive." But He Left It All Behind...
    Sun, Jan 07, 2018


    Steve Clayton is a former VP at LabCorp, the Fortune 500 company so many of us use to have blood work done. He left behind this prestigious, very high-paying job to strike out as an entrepreneur. He's now an undisputed master of eCommerce (and he's trained numerous Tom Woods Show listeners who have gone on to be extremely prosperous). We talk about his own story, trends in eCommerce, and what he recommends today. Show notes for Ep. 1070

  • Ep. 1069 Trump's 2017: A Review
    Fri, Jan 05, 2018


    Nobody knew what to expect in a Trump presidency. Daniel McCarthy joins me for a lively review of the past year. Show notes for Ep. 1069

  • Ep. 1068 Potpourri: Why Some (Bad) Libertarians Don't Like Others, the Book that Changed My Mind, My Unfashionable Opinions, and Lots More
    Fri, Jan 05, 2018


    In this interview with MilLiberty, a podcast for millennials, I cover libertarianism, factional infighting, the book that first changed my thinking, how to use technology to undermine the academic establishment, the little savages who dominate the public schools, the trouble with antidiscrimination law, and a heck of a lot more. Show notes for Ep. 1068

  • Ep. 1067 Peace Breaking Out and ISIS Defeated -- or Is It?
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018


    ISIS has been defeated, say the headlines, and perhaps the barbarous wars in Iraq and Syria may at last be drawing to a close. But is that the full story? Scott Horton joins me for a reality check. Show notes for Ep. 1067

  • Ep. 1066 An Exhausted Tom Talks 2017 Tom Woods Show Highlights with Michael Malice
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017


    Yesterday Michael and I did a year in review, looking at the United States and the world. Today's year in review is about the show itself, and highlights from 2017's hundreds of episodes. As usual, the show will take a break for Christmas. We return on January 3. Show notes for Ep. 1066

  • Ep. 1065 The Winners and Losers of 2017, with Michael Malice
    Fri, Dec 22, 2017


    Michael Malice joins me for something of a year in review episode. Who were the big winners -- and losers -- of 2017? Who was the biggest villain? What was the biggest surprise? Lots of fun. Show notes for Ep. 1065

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