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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!

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. 1056 Walter Block Answers the Hard Libertarian Questions

12/8/2017
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Walter Block, who holds an endowed chair in economics at Loyola University, New Orleans, joins me to cover a smorgasbord of topics: reparations, the environment, whether libertarians may use tax-funded services, the reliability of government statistics, fractional-reserve banking, and more. Show notes for Ep. 1056

Duration: 00:22:32


Ep. 1055 The Truth About the Vietnam War, with Gareth Porter

12/7/2017
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We've all heard the usual arguments: the U.S. government entered the Vietnam War because of the domino theory, or because of SEATO treaty obligations, or whatever. The recent Ken Burns PBS series on the war, for example, repeats many conventional arguments about the war. Gareth Porter, on the other hand, joins me to discuss rather a different interpretation of the war. We cover the origins of the war, the nature of the war (were civilians deliberately targeted?), the Cambodian incursion, and...

Duration: 00:41:41


Ep. 1054 Salon Outraged: Kids Learning About Ayn Rand!

12/6/2017
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Salon is unhappy with my guest: his children's book series teaches libertarian ideas -- and, worst of all, introduces them even to some of the ideas of...AYN RAND! Show notes for Ep. 1054

Duration: 00:28:42


Ep. 1053 Down With Schooling? Brett Veinotte Explores Alternatives

12/5/2017
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Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found. Show notes for Ep. 1053

Duration: 00:44:25


Ep. 1052 Catalonia, Spain, and Secession: What's the Libertarian Answer?

12/4/2017
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Marco Bassani, a professor of the history of political theory at the University of Milan, joins me to discuss a question that has divided libertarians: is the independence of Catalonia from Spain a cause that should be cheered? Show notes for Ep. 1052

Duration: 00:31:25


Ep. 1051 Want to Be Poorer? Defy These Economic Laws

12/1/2017
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Hunter Lewis, in an amazing book called Economics in Three Lessons & One Hundred Economic Laws, concisely reviews the crucial economic ideas that can help people see the world in a whole new way. Show notes for Ep. 1051

Duration: 00:38:22


Ep. 1050 How State and Society Invented Adolescence, and Screwed Up Young People

11/30/2017
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According to Dr. Robert Epstein, adolescence is an artificial construct of recent vintage, unknown in earlier times or indeed in many parts of the world today. The creation of this category, and the assumptions that inform it (by state and society alike) have harmed young people, he argues, and are responsible for the anxiety and angst we associate with the teenage years. These problems are not evident in cultures that lack this category. We explore Dr. Epstein's thesis and book in today's...

Duration: 00:31:27


Ep. 1049 Harvard Student: Campus Left Distorts True Nature of Communism

11/29/2017
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Laura Nicolae, a sophomore at Harvard (and whose father fled communist eastern Europe), made some waves recently with an article for the Harvard Crimson about the cavalier way the campus left treats the subject of communism. Show notes for Ep. 1049

Duration: 00:28:37


Ep. 1048 A Moral Case for Resisting the Federal Government

11/28/2017
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I've long been associated with the cause of nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, having written a book on it. Here I discuss various arguments -- historical, constitutional, and moral -- in favor, with special emphasis toward the end on the moral argument. Thanks to the Tenth Amendment Center for sponsoring this event. Show notes for Ep. 1048

Duration: 00:44:07


Ep. 1047 Early Anarchists, from Godwin to Spooner -- What Did They Believe?

11/27/2017
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Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who make up a substantial proportion of my audience, are often confused by non-libertarian anarchists, who don't seem like real anarchists to them. These anarchists, in turn, feel the same way about anarcho-capitalists. In this episode, Professor Gerard Casey reviews the thought of some of the key thinkers associated with anarchism. Show notes for Ep. 1047

Duration: 00:52:50


Ep. 1046 My Most Important Influence, and Why I Fight for It

11/24/2017
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In today's episode I share the remarks I delivered at the Mises Institute's 35th anniversary event in New York City in October 2017. No intra-libertarian drama here; just the hows and whys behind the importance and success of the Mises Institute, a place I truly cherish, and its significance for all of us. Show notes for Ep. 1046

Duration: 00:16:25


Ep. 1045 The Key Ingredient in Why We Understand the Economy, and They Don't

11/23/2017
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There's one thing in particular that the Austrian School of economics understands better than do other schools, and it helps to explain why the Austrians in turn better understand how the economy works (and what makes it not work). That thing is capital theory. Boring? Nope. Super important. Here's what other economists don't get. Show notes for Ep. 1045

Duration: 00:31:09


Ep. 1044 GOP Congressman Denounces Pentagon Budget

11/22/2017
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John Duncan (R-TN) has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 30 years, and is the last Republican in Congress to have voted against the war in Iraq. He joins me to review the claim that the military has been "eviscerated" in recent years. Show notes for Ep. 1044

Duration: 00:28:54


Ep. 1043 Spontaneous Order or Lord of the Flies? An Inside Look at a School That Puts Students in Charge

11/21/2017
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A promotional video about this school sparked a heated debate among listeners in my private Facebook group. The video describes the school as having no classrooms, tests, or homework, in which the students direct and evaluate themselves, etc. Is this a natural model for libertarians, or is it just plain silly? I talk to a staff member and a student at the school in today's episode. Show notes for Ep. 1043

Duration: 00:32:48


Ep. 1042 Ivy League Professor Turns Libertarian (and We Also Discuss Machiavelli)

11/20/2017
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Jo Ann Cavallo, who chairs the Department of Italian at Columbia University, found herself drawn to libertarianism and the Austrian School of economics because of -- who else? -- Ron Paul. She's now bringing these ideas into her scholarly work, with outstanding results. Also, I can't resist asking her about Machiavelli, a figure I've never been sure I've gotten quite right. Show notes for Ep. 1042

Duration: 00:35:16


Ep. 1041 How to Make (Funny) Two-Minute Arguments Against Statism

11/17/2017
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Seamus Coughlin, creator of Freedom Toons, has mastered the art of using animation to convey libertarian ideas in a way that's genuinely funny, and not at all preachy. I catch up with him on what he's been up to lately, what the animation process is really like, and where he'd like to take his growing empire. Show notes for Ep. 1041

Duration: 00:31:01


Ep. 1040 Why We Should Cheer Political Fragmentation All Over the West, with Michael Malice

11/16/2017
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Michael Malice has written an important column for the Observer, on the fragmented politics of the West. In Europe, more and more political parties, favoring incompatible policies and ideologies, are struggling with each other. What does it all mean for liberty? Show notes for Ep. 1040

Duration: 00:37:08


Ep. 1039 WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird

11/15/2017
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Economist Peter Leeson has just released a challenging new book, via Stanford University Press, that tries to make sense of seemingly irrational practices from far-off times and places -- ranging from wife sales to trial by battle, as well as things far weirder -- through the lens of economics. Show notes for Ep. 1039

Duration: 00:33:47


Ep. 1038 Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?

11/14/2017
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Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and the author of many books, discusses discrimination, economics, and race. Show notes for Ep. 1038

Duration: 00:20:07


Ep. 1037 A War on Terror Scorecard, with Scott Horton

11/13/2017
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Scott Horton, our great libertarian foreign-policy expert, joins me to review seven countries and discuss the (grim) outcome of intervention in each. Show notes for Ep. 1037

Duration: 00:50:13

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