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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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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. 1412 The Democracy Delusion

5/22/2019
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I welcome Michael Malice back to the show to discuss "democracy," the system where the people's voices are heard -- or so the story goes. Show notes for Ep. 1412

Duration:00:24:45

Ep. 1411 Michael Malice on Humor, Trolling, and the New Right

5/21/2019
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On day two of Michael Malice week we discuss humor and the dissident Right: how it uses humor, whether some things are too serious to joke about, humor as an essential tool against the state, and more. Sponsor: Policy Genius Show notes for Ep. 1411

Duration:00:33:38

Ep. 1410 The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics

5/20/2019
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Michael Malice joins me to discuss his new book on what he calls the "New Right," a disparate group of thinkers and activists who operate without a thought for Conservatism, Inc., who oppose progressivism not just on the margins but at its core, and yet who disagree among themselves with respect to a positive program. Show notes for Ep. 1410

Duration:00:35:06

BONUS Ep. 1409 The Progressive Rock Episode, with Big Big Train's David Longdon

5/18/2019
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The best band you've never heard of is Big Big Train, which Brad Birzer told me about for the first time on this very podcast. If you're used to conventional radio hits, your life is about to be improved, I promise you. You did not realize music could be this good. The great David Longdon, Big Big Train's lead vocalist, joins us for this episode. Guest co-host Brad Birzer of Hillsdale College and Progarchy joins me as guest co-host. Show notes for Ep. 1409

Duration:00:43:00

Ep. 1408 We Are Politically Vanquished. What Should Our Strategy Be?

5/17/2019
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At this year's state convention of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Mises Institute president Jeff Deist delivered remarks that I think are important, well stated, and to my mind completely convincing. Show notes for Ep. 1408

Duration:00:29:53

Ep. 1407 Does Study of the Middle Ages Have a "White Supremacy" Problem?

5/16/2019
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Rachel Fulton Brown, a professor of history at the University of Chicago, has been at the center of a controversy within medieval studies over race and "white supremacy" within the field. The New York Times recently published a report indicating that if anything the controversy is heating up. Show notes for Ep. 1407

Duration:00:40:22

Ep. 1406 My Keynote to the Florida LP: What We're Up Against

5/15/2019
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In this keynote address to the state convention of the Libertarian Party of Florida, I consider the question: if our position is so compelling, why aren't we doing a better job of persuading people? Show notes for Ep. 1406

Duration:00:29:50

Ep. 1405 The Battle Hymn of the Republic and American Righteousness

5/14/2019
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Richard Gamble of Hillsdale College examines Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic -- its history and theology -- and how it fits into the American civil religion, whereby the United States government is the instrument of righteousness not only here at home but around the world as well. Sponsor: Skillshare Show notes for Ep. 1405

Duration:00:42:55

Ep. 1404 Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies

5/13/2019
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Kristian Niemietz joins me to discuss the persistent attraction of socialism despite its terrible track record, and the excuses and apologias its supporters offer in order to justify their ongoing faith. Sponsor: MVMT Show notes for Ep. 1404

Duration:00:38:59

Ep. 1403 The Origins and Evils of Crony Capitalism

5/10/2019
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Randall Holcombe of Florida State University joins me to discuss what he calls "political capitalism," whereby the private and public sectors collaborate for their mutual benefit, and against the public interest. Sometimes the process is open and obvious, but more often it is hidden and obscure. Show notes for Ep. 1403

Duration:00:32:33

Ep. 1402 If We're So Right, Where Are the Libertarian Countries?

5/9/2019
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Following up on a theme I raised with Professor Dan Moller in episode 1399 (if our ideas are so good, why aren't we more popular?), I want to address a related question, which has been thrown at us from time to time: if libertarianism is so great, why aren't there any pure libertarian countries? Sponsor: Policy Genius Show notes for Ep. 1402

Duration:00:19:58

Ep. 1401 New Book The Socialist Manifesto -- Refuted

5/9/2019
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Gene Epstein joins me to respond to Bhaskar Sunkara's new book The Socialist Manifesto. (Sunkara was invited to participate, but declined.) Show notes for Ep. 1401

Duration:01:11:42

Ep. 1400 Libertarian Party Vice Chair Alex Merced on the LP's Past and Future

5/8/2019
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Alex Merced, Libertarian Party vice chair, takes questions submitted by my private Supporting Listeners group, the Tom Woods Show Elite (https://www.supportinglisteners.com) on topics including the Johnson/Weld ticket, whether the LP should avoid presidential politics altogether, whether there's ever a case for not fielding an LP candidate in a particular election, and a lot more. Sponsor: Away Show notes for Ep. 1400

Duration:00:39:12

Ep. 1399 Why the Welfare State Is Morally Wrong: A New Approach

5/7/2019
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Dan Moller, a philosophy professor at the University of Maryland, has just produced an intriguing, and to my mind compelling, new kind of argument against the welfare state. He takes on this issue in particular because it is one of the positions libertarians hold for which they are most demonized. His argument compels us to consider the question of how much we may legitimately shift our own burdens onto others, particularly without their consent. Sponsor: Harry's Show notes for Ep. 1399

Duration:00:33:30

Ep. 1398 Tyler Cowen on Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero

5/3/2019
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Big business has become a villain not just to the progressive left but also to the populist right and even to many libertarians, who think they see cronyism everywhere. Lost amid this climate of condemnation is a sober assessment of the true record of big business in improving our lives. Tyler Cowen gives us precisely that assessment: he is frank about the moral faults of big business, but he overwhelms us with arguments in its favor that most people have never heard. Result: an excellent...

Duration:00:31:50

Ep. 1397 Eric Peters, Libertarian Car Expert, Punished by Google for Wrongthink

5/2/2019
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Eric Peters was recently punished by Google for some of the content on his website, which covers news from the world of cars through a libertarian lens. Wait until you hear what the offending material was. Plus, Eric takes a fascinating array of listener questions submitted by members of my Supporting Listeners group (https://www.supportinglisteners.com). Show notes for Ep. 1397

Duration:00:29:40

Ep. 1396 Alex Jones and Tom

5/1/2019
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In this blast from the past from 2009, I'm interviewed by Alex Jones about central banking and the financial crisis. Show notes for Ep. 1396

Duration:00:37:33

Ep. 1395 Another Woods Smash: Do Libertarians Think Every Man Is an Island?

4/30/2019
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I often repeat Jonathan Haidt's point that left-liberals understand their opponents far less well than their opponents understand them. The most recent uncomprehending critic I've seen says libertarians "believe every man is an island." This was too ridiculous not to smash. Enjoy. Show notes for Ep. 1395 - https://tomwoods.com/1395

Duration:00:32:55

Ep. 1394 The Real History of the (non-Isolationist) 1920s

4/29/2019
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Historians love to hate Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, the presidents during most of the 1920s. Historians also enjoy tut-tutting the U.S. for having been "isolationist" during the 1920s. This is all wrong, as usual, so in today's episode I set the record straight. Show notes for Ep. 1394

Duration:00:41:29

Ep. 1393 Trump, Mueller, and "Obstruction"

4/27/2019
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Scott Horton joins me to review the "obstruction" claims on the part of media outlets that in the wake of the Mueller report suddenly dropped the "collusion" talk of the past two years and shifted to "obstruction". Show notes for Ep. 1393

Duration:00:46:38