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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. 1098 Capitalism, Stakeholders, and "Corporate Social Responsibility"

2/20/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:17

Ep. 1097 Libertarianism and Parenting (the Less You Think You Need This Episode, the More You Truly Need It)

2/19/2018
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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

Duration:00:36:26

Ep. 1096 Are Our Choices Really Hillary or Mitt? How One Historian Avoided Both

2/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:52:53

Ep. 1095 Women and Libertarianism (Plus the LP, and More)

2/15/2018
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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

Duration:00:34:06

Ep. 1094 The Case Against Education

2/14/2018
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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

Duration:00:33:36

Ep. 1093 Are We in a Giant Bubble?

2/13/2018
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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

Duration:00:33:13

Ep. 1092 Is Trump Changing U.S. Policy on Nuclear Weapons?

2/12/2018
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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

Duration:00:26:20

Ep. 1091 Potpourri with Dave Smith: Ben Shapiro Attacks Ron Paul, Plus Trump, Immigration, and More

2/9/2018
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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

Duration:01:30:10

Ep. 1090 Secrets of a Highly Productive Libertarian

2/8/2018
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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

Duration:00:38:19

Ep. 1089 Noam Chomsky: The Good and the Bad

2/7/2018
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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

Duration:00:45:09

Ep. 1088 How to Think About Inequality, and Why We Shouldn't Fear It

2/6/2018
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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

Duration:00:33:57

Ep. 1087 The Truth About the FISA Memo, With ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

2/5/2018
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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

Duration:01:08:06

Ep. 1086 Lysander Spooner: The Evolution of a Radical Libertarian

2/2/2018
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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

Duration:00:35:04

Ep. 1085 The New Deal and Other Failed Government Interventions, with Robert Higgs

2/1/2018
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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

Duration:00:21:41

Ep. 1084 Trump's State of the Union: A Breakdown

1/31/2018
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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

Duration:00:42:36

Ep. 1083 Overlooked History: The Early Development of Libertarian Ideas

1/29/2018
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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

Duration:00:27:54

Ep. 1082 The Truth About F.A. Hayek

1/26/2018
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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

Duration:00:34:39

Ep. 1081 How to Jolt People Out of Conventional Thinking (and Push Them in Our Direction?)

1/25/2018
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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

Duration:00:25:13

Ep. 1080 Down With State Licensing (Including for Personal Trainers and Coaches)

1/24/2018
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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

Duration:00:32:08

Ep. 1079 The (Pernicious?) Idea of Utopia

1/23/2018
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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

Duration:00:31:52

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