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1244 The Professor Everybody Shuns
Sep 21 • 43 min
Michael Rectenwald, a lifelong leftist, has found himself shunned by former friends and colleagues — even people whose careers he helped advance — because he criticized and satirized some of the more outlandish SJW behavior on his Twitter feed. (Yes, th
1243 Universal Basic Income: For and Against
Sep 20 • 29 min
Antony Sammeroff, co-host of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, argues that the idea of a Universal Basic Income is a very bad one, and for reasons you may not have thought of.
1242 Critic Calls Libertarianism a Religion, Knows Nothing, Gets Smacked Down
Sep 19 • 46 min
AJ+, a division of Al Jazeera, has a popular social media presence and makes widely viewed videos — nearly all of them dreadfully wrong — on a variety of topics. And man are they wrong about libertarianism. Since I haven’t done a good smackdown in a whi
1241 The Rotten Assumptions of Our Bipartisan Foreign Policy
Sep 18 • 21 min
Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, joins me to discuss the bad ideas and habits at the heart of American foreign policy.
1240 Forgotten Lessons from U.S. Economic History
Sep 14 • 26 min
In this episode I discuss earlier recessions and depressions in U.S. history, and what lessons we might draw from them. Hint: these are not the lessons that were drummed into our impressionable heads as students.
1239 The State Is a Cult, and Other Important Topics
Sep 13 • 56 min
Now this is a fun potpourri episode: we cover (in addition to the topic in the title) anarchism vs. minarchism, the Constitution (should libertarians care about it?), what the Libertarian Party should do, my original career plan (you’ll never guess), libe
1238 Suicide of the West: Two Views
Sep 12 • 43 min
Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable conservative journal Modern Age, joins me to discuss two very different books with the same title: Suicide of the West, one by Jonah Goldberg and the other by an older conservative named James Burnham.
1237 On the Anniversary of 9/11, Sanity
Sep 11 • 25 min
I’m in New York City, as it happens, on the 17th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. In today’s episode I review the blowback theory and review the ledger of U.S. foreign policy since that time.
1236 A Thousand Statist Arguments Smashed
Sep 10 • 52 min
This one packs a punch: one statist superstition after another is pounded into dust.
1235 Mises Institute Chairman Lew Rockwell Takes Your Questions
Sep 7 • 36 min
The founder and chairman of the Mises Institute joins me for some great questions from my Supporting Listeners: where he sees us having success, what he thinks of the New York Times op-ed by the anonymous “senior official,” how he became Ron Paul’s chief
1234 Resistance Movement in the White House? Anonymous NYT Op-Ed Says Yes
Sep 6 • 31 min
Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi joins me to discuss the creepy op-ed in the New York Times yesterday by a “senior official” in the Trump Administration who claims to be part of a movement trying to undermine the president from within, particularly in his
1233 Keynesianism Flattened
Sep 5 • 40 min
Keynesian economists believe the market economy tends toward the chronic underemployment or unemployment of resources, and requires wise management. and whether the topic is austerity, business cycles, debt, or a wide variety of other things, they’re just
1232 Are Workers Getting Shafted?
Sep 4 • 38 min
We hear on a regular basis that workers, whether because of free trade, or capitalism generally, or whatever other institution or trend, are getting the short end of the stick. An ever-smaller share of national income is making its way into workers’ pocke
BONUS Ep. 1231 The Crisis in the Catholic Church
Sep 1 • 40 min
With the abuse crisis exploding in recent weeks, culminating in the atomic bomb of a letter released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, I decided it was time for another bonus episode. My guests are Roger McCaffrey, president of Roman Catholic Books and f
1230 Questions on Economics You’re Embarrassed to Ask
Aug 31 • 36 min
I’ve got a bunch of listeners who have some questions on economics that they feel like they should know the answers to, so they feel funny asking. In this episode we take some economics 101 questions and answer them at last.
1229 Thomas Jefferson: The History You Never Learned
Aug 30 • 38 min
Jefferson biographer Kevin Gutzman, who just released a new course on Jefferson for my, joins me to discuss Jefferson’s influences, his early political career, his extraordinary accomplishments even outside politics, and a lot more.
1228 My Worst Presidents, and a Whole Lot More
Aug 29 • 52 min
I was delighted to be the special guest for the 100th episode of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, featuring Tom Laird, who runs the Scottish Libertarian Party, and Antony Sammeroff, who’s such an effective defender of libertarian ideas. And what a variety of
1227 The McCain Legacy in Foreign Policy
Aug 28 • 56 min
It’s important to cut through the exaggerated platitudes to the heart of who John McCain was, lest a misplaced desire to carry on his “legacy” cause further harm to the United States and the world. Scott Horton joins me for this frank appraisal.
1226 Michael Malice on Healing Libertarian Rifts
Aug 27 • 50 min
Libertarian worlds collided earlier this month when Reason magazine editor-at-large Matt Welch joined me on Michael Malice’s program. as you no doubt realize, there has been plenty of infighting among Libertarians and libertarian institutions over the yea
1225 Eric July on Libertarianism, the Black Community, and Dealing with Critics
Aug 25 • 65 min
Eric July, whose band Backwordz hit #1 in Billboard’s Alternative New Artist category, joins me to discuss — in addition to his epic battle with rapper Talib Kweli — what libertarianism has to say to the black community, whether he feels oppressed every
1224 Cody Wilson on Liberty, the State, and Open Source Gun Designs
Aug 24 • 38 min
The media went berserk recently over Cody Wilson and his Stoic defense of the publication of open-source gun designs suitable for 3D printing. We go beneath the surface and talk social media deplatforming, free speech, and Cody’s ideological influences.
1223 How to Profit Off Your Enemies’ Tears
Aug 23 • 52 min
If you let trolls get under your skin, you’re doing it wrong. They are gifts. And you can profit from them. Ben Settle, my email marketing mentor and publisher of the Email Players newsletter, is one of the kings at this. Someone goes after Ben, and Ben
1222 Now They’re Coming for Medieval Studies
Aug 22 • 45 min
Rachel Fulton Brown, a professor of medieval history at the University of Chicago who’s been under assault by ideologically motivated peers, joins me for a discussion of her travails, yes, but also her new book, the ideological transformation of medieval
1221 Laura Ingalls Wilder, Erased by Library Association, Deserves Her Place in Literary History
Aug 21 • 39 min
Dedra Birzer of Hillsdale College joins me to discuss the works and views of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who was an important libertarian writer in her own right. Wilder recently had her name removed from an important children’
1220 The Present and Future of the LP (and the Problem of “Libertarian Socialism”)
Aug 18 • 33 min
Joshua Smith, who secured a spot on the Libertarian National Committee at the party’s recent convention, joins me to discuss the party’s present and future, the controversy with “libertarian socialists,” and much more.
1219 Jeff Deist on Social Media De-Platforming and the Truth about P.C.
Aug 16 • 44 min
Jeff Deist, former chief of staff to Ron Paul and current president of the Mises Institute, joins me to discuss how we should think about social media de-platforming and what it means (surely libertarians have something more to say than “they’re private c
1218 The Legal Framework of a Stateless Society
Aug 15 • 28 min
Dr. Jamin Hubner joins me to discuss his Creative Common Law project, which serves as the legal blueprint for how a stateless society would function and deal with common problems.
1217 How the State Sucks the Life Out of Education, and How the Private Sector Just Made a Great Leap Forward in Math
Aug 14 • 27 min
JW Weatherman joins me to discuss the problems with state education — particularly in math, a subject people are essentially taught to hate — and a thrilling way the private sector has just made it vastly better, more accessible, more effective, and mor
1216 The Standard Narrative of US History, Smashed and Stomped on
Aug 13 • 51 min
What we learned in school: decentralization is stupid and backward, and the progressive way forward is for you stupid rubes to centralize power in the hands of your betters. This episode is the anti-that.
BONUS Ep. 1215 Mom of 7 Wants to Stay Home, Becomes Successful Online Entrepreneur
Aug 12 • 36 min
Sara Young, a widely respected entrepreneur and teacher, was determined to make her living from her computer so she wouldn’t have to leave her children home alone. That determination yielded her fantastic success, to the point that other moms who lived ne
1214 How Austrian School Economists Predicted the Major Economic Crises
Aug 11 • 45 min
Mark Thornton joins me to discuss his new book — to which I contributed the foreword — on the so-called “skyscraper curse” and Austrian business cycle theory, and how economists of the Austrian School have been able to spot oncoming crises to which othe
1213 Conservatives ‘Tough on Crime’ Act Goes Wrong Again
Aug 10 • 36 min
Families Against Mandatory Minimums’ Kevin Ring, who saw the problems with mandatory minimum sentences first hand, discusses a major injustice in the present system of sentencing.
1212 Michael Malice on Social Media, Alex Jones, and What’s Coming Next
Aug 9 • 42 min
Are things going to stabilize or worsen on the major social media platforms? Michael Malice joins me to discuss the Alex Jones situation, and the nature of social media itself. Is the contentiousness and hostility we find there something that can be fixed
1211 Major Smear Job on Libertarians, One Year Later: Nancy MacLean (Sort of) Responds
Aug 8 • 30 min
Historian Phil Magness joins me to discuss the controversy over Nancy MacLean’s book Democracy in Chains, which claims to trace a massive racist, right-wing conspiracy back to — of all people — academic economist James Buchanan, who is associated with P
1210 Apple vs. Alex Jones; Plus, My Replies to Left and Right
Aug 7 • 30 min
Alex Jones just got decapitated by Apple and other platforms, so I spend some time in today’s episode unpacking what that means. I also take on left-liberals who think the problem with the Fed and the military is lack of diversity, and right-wingers who t
1209 Traditional Universities Have Competition
Aug 4 • 31 min
Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, discusses his model for very inexpensive, outcome-based online education. We also address efforts by the inspector general of the Department of Education to throw a monkey wrench into the works (
1208 She Was Brought Before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission
Aug 3 • 33 min
Janice Fiamengo, a professor of English at the University of Ottawa and an outspoken opponent of feminism, found herself brought before the Ottawa Human Rights Commission in a two-year ordeal related to alleged discrimination. She gives us a flavor of wha
1207 Pat Buchanan on Trump, Russia, and What the President Should Do
Aug 1 • 30 min
Pat joins me to discuss the state of Russiagate, how the President should respond, what a President Buchanan would be doing, what’s likely to happen in the fall elections, the state of the Democratic Party, and the kind of candidate Trump should hope for
1206 The Crisis of ‘08: Truth vs. Propaganda
Jul 31 • 31 min
Opponents of the free market had a field day in 2007/8: why, this collapse goes to show how unstable capitalism is! That’s why I wrote my book Meltdown, which (thankfully) wound up spending 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. We needed an Aust
1205 Hitler Didn’t Like the Free Market
Jul 30 • 48 min
With libertarians being called “fascists” and even “Nazis” by so-called progressives, I thought it might be useful to review what Adolf Hitler himself believed about economic theory. You’ll never guess: it turns out he prefers government control over a fr
BONUS Ep. 1204 Without This Music, Your Life Is Worse
Jul 28 • 36 min
At long last, the episode you’ve been waiting for on progressive rock is here. This is yet another way the Tom Woods Show improves your life. My guests today are Roie Avin, founder and editor of The Prog Report and author of Essential Modern Progressive
1203 ROUNDTABLE: Tom, Jason Stapleton, Dave Smith, Mance Rayder, and Marc Clair on Why We Joined the LP
Jul 27 • 53 min
In this libertarian podcasters’ roundtable, we have a lively discussion about why we recently joined the Libertarian Party, what our plans are, and how we can know if we’ve succeeded. Fun!
1202 Abolish the Sex Offender Registry?
Jul 26 • 29 min
Emily Horowitz, a professor at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, was the overwhelming winner (measured objectively by audience opinions before and after) of a debate earlier this year at the Soho Forum on this very topic. Most people assumed no case coul
1201 The Innocence Project: Helping the Wrongfully Convicted
Jul 25 • 26 min
Rebecca Brown joins me to discuss The Innocence Project, which helps prevent and identify wrongful convictions, and get compensation for people released from prison. What are the factors that combine to yield wrongful convictions? We discuss that and a lo
1200 Walter Block on His Life With Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard
Jul 24 • 39 min
The prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block joins me for a fascinating look at his life in the libertarian world, from his days as a social democrat through libertarianism and beyond.
1199 Dave Smith on Russia Hysteria
Jul 20 • 38 min
The great comedian Dave Smith, host of Part Of The Problem, discusses joining the Libertarian Party, the current hysteria about Trump and Russia, and how his podcast became so successful.
1198 Judge Napolitano on Kavanaugh, and the Court’s Worst Decisions
Jul 18 • 24 min
Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst at the FOX News Channel, joins me to discuss Trump’s most recent Supreme Court nominee as well as the names the Judge would have preferred, plus the Judge’s opinion on the worst decisions in the Court’s his
1197 Socialists and Other Ingrates
Jul 17 • 43 min
I strongly urge you to listen to this episode. These are my opening remarks to this year’s Mises University program at the Mises Institute. I discuss two sets of ungrateful people. The first: socialists. I go into detail about the improvements in the live
1196 A Market Alternative to the FDA
Jul 16 • 26 min
In popular discourse, consumer safety is one of the most frequently cited reasons for government oversight. Neil Thanedar, my guest today, is co-founder and CEO of Labdoor, which can accomplish more than the FDA even claims to be able to, and more efficie
1195 Did Trump Eclipse the Libertarian Moment?
Jul 13 • 27 min
Dan McCarthy, editor of the venerable journal Modern Age, recently suggested in the Spectator that the Trump phenomenon may have taken the air out of the so-called libertarian moment — partly because that moment wasn’t as libertarian as people thought. P
1194 Why There’s No Point in Not Being Radical: Libertarian Strategy with Tim Moen, LP of Canada
Jul 12 • 36 min
Tim Moen, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, is an anarcho-capitalist in the Rothbardian tradition. That gives him an interesting perspective on libertarian politics and strategy, and I ask him some tough questions. A juicy episode!
1193 Insights from 17-Year-Old Unschooling Listener and Budding Historian
Jul 9 • 24 min
Once in a while I feature a listener who’s doing something particularly interesting. My guest today, Noah Tetzner, hosts a popular podcast on the history of the Vikings, and also has the world figured out far better than I ever did at 17.
1192 A Novel Way to Help the Poor, and Other Libertarian Solutions
Jul 6 • 32 min
The brilliant Murray Sabrin, professor of finance at Ramapo College, is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian. We discuss the race, yes, but we cover a great deal else as well: how to help the poor without government involvement, how to understand mone
1191 The U.S. Constitution: What Your Teacher Left Out
Jul 4 • 50 min
Here’s a wide-ranging conversation full of the kind of info none of us got in school. When did the federal government first go off the rails? Does the Constitution do any good? (You may be surprised at my answer.) What is the role of the states in the Ame
1190 Me to the Libertarian Party: Wake People Up; Don’t Put Them to Sleep
Jul 2 • 40 min
At the recent event in New Orleans sponsored by the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party I spoke very bluntly about what a libertarian party should be doing and the good that it could accomplish, and contrasted that with the missed opportunities and self
1189 Freedom Potpourri — with Chuck Woolery
Jun 28 • 65 min
I recently joined former game show host Chuck Woolery on his Blunt Force Truth podcast to talk about all kinds of issues, ranging from Confederate monuments to Austrian economics to constitutional law and a lot more. Enjoy!
1188 Just When You Thought We’d Smashed the Schools Good, Along Comes Gene Epstein
Jun 27 • 48 min
Gene Epstein joins me to make if anything an even more radical case against the existing education system than Bryan Caplan does in the latter’s recent book The Case Against Education. Whatever “but surely you agree we have to have X!” arguments you’ve he
1187 Private Property vs. No Private Property: The Results
Jun 26 • 27 min
Nathan Dempsey, creator of Liberty Minecraft, discusses what a game involving money, property, and nonaggression might teach us about organizing society — and what he learned when he set up, side by side, a place that recognized and a place that did not
1186 Lightning Answers to Libertarian Questions
Jun 25 • 30 min
There’s plenty of good material in today’s episode, but I’m especially pleased with the lightning round, where I was asked ten major questions of interest to libertarians and given 60 seconds to answer each. Fun! (I’m sharing my recent appearance on the J
1185 Her Family Fled Three Communist Countries; Now She’s an Ancap
Jun 22 • 41 min
My guest today is known on social media by her pseudonym The Pholosopher. She’s been very successful at spreading the message of voluntaryism, so we discuss what’s been working.
1184 The Catholicism Episode (with Some Entrepreneurship Thrown in)
Jun 21 • 70 min
I’ve had lots of requests for an episode like this, so here it is. Today, at the behest of Steve Patterson, I discuss two things: the how and why of entrepreneurship, at least in my case, and Catholicism. The episode is not about the interrelationship bet
1183 Venezuela Isn’t Really Socialist Anyway, Say Embarrassed Socialists
Jun 20 • 22 min
Ever heard a socialist brush off the experience of Venezuela on the grounds that that country isn’t really socialist after all? Here’s how to reply.
1182 Micro-Experiments in Liberty Around the World
Jun 19 • 27 min
Tom W. Bell joins me to discuss the variety of micro-experiments in liberty, of varying degrees of significance, going on all over the world — like special economic zones, the beginnings of seasteading, even Liberland.
1181 Against SJWism in Sci-fi and Fantasy: Larry Correia Returns
Jun 18 • 38 min
New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia joins me to discuss what’s going on in the world of sci-fi and fantasy, where SJW influence has been growing, and non-SJW voices have been demonized with the customary accusations. Correia himself was recent
1180 Inflation: Its Cultural and Political Consequences
Jun 15 • 44 min
Jorg Guido Hulsmann, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and a professor of economics at the University of Angers in France, discusses those aspects of inflation most people overlook, involving how it changes the very texture of life.
1179 Molyneux and I Smack Around the Deranged Universities
Jun 15 • 64 min
Stefan and I go well beyond the college-is-a-waste-of-time stuff here. College can be fine, and the right thing for some people. But we go through: the ideological environment, quotas, how much people really learn, how to succeed without it, and a lot mor
1178 Who’s Afraid of Robots?
Jun 13 • 30 min
John Tamny of RealClearMarkets joins me to discuss how progress really works and the extraordinary advances we’ve lived through that people scarcely notice or appreciate. And robots are going to make us better off, by the way….
1177 Insider Trading: A Crime?
Jun 12 • 34 min
Should insider trading be a crime? With Donald Trump suggesting that he might pardon Martha Stewart, it’s an opportune moment to examine this important question.
1176 The Anti-Marxist Argument That Clinches It
Jun 11 • 51 min
There are plenty of arguments against Marxism, and we make several in this episode. But there’s one, by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk, that crushes Marx. That’s because it stipulates, for the sake of argument, that Marx is correct about the labor theory of value
1175 Social Media Thought Control: Is This the Answer?
Jun 9 • 35 min
Traditional social media outlets have been under scrutiny for their data collection, ideological bias, and skewed algorithms. Bill Ottman, co-creator and CEO of, reviews the problems and proposes rather an exciting solution.
1174 Science Deniers?
Jun 8 • 25 min
Cameron English runs a project called Deniers for Hire, which shines a light on progressive bloggers and journalists who defame scientists they disagree with (why, these scientists must be shills for industry!).
1173 The Supreme Court Christian Baker Case Is Crazy
Jun 7 • 62 min
Lots of people are celebrating the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision because a Christian baker who had been punished for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding was vindicated. Unfortunately, the case is a mess, and resolves far less than you may think
1172 The Problem With Government Police
Jun 5 • 26 min
What if the problem with the state’s police isn’t bad apples but the fact that they’re the state’s police? Is it possible to imagine policing without the state?
1171 The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
Jun 4 • 46 min
No wonder my listeners demanded this episode. Saifedean Ammous takes an economic perspective informed by the Austrian School and applies it to Bitcoin and why it matters. He discusses the various roles Bitcoin can play, and parries common objections. (We
1170 Trump and the Deep State: Is Everyone Getting It Wrong?
Jun 1 • 21 min
One side claims the Deep State is a figment of our imagination. Another thinks of Trump as a fearless crusader against it. Both sides are missing something very important.
1169 How to Make Someone an Instant Opponent of the State
May 31 • 28 min
Keith Knight joins me to discuss themes in “The Ultimate Red Pill,” his epic video bringing together the best anti-statist arguments and clips. We talk about which arguments work best to get people thinking in new ways, which arguments reached him, and th
1168 Libertarian Victories Do Exist: Here’s Exhibit A
May 30 • 36 min
Carla Gericke, board member and former president of the Free State Project, discusses ongoing if underreported libertarian victories in New Hampshire, her own campaign for state senate, whether and why libertarians should pursue politics, and a lot more.
1167 Michael Malice and I on How to Get People to Listen to You
May 29 • 51 min
As Michael Malice prepares to start his evening news recap show and moves his existing show to another network, I offer suggestions on how to build an audience: what works, what doesn’t, how you can exploit your enemies to increase your popularity, and a
1166 Everyone Is Wrong About Money Except the Austrian School
May 25 • 43 min
This episode begins with my five-minute opening statement from a FreedomFest debate on abolishing the Federal Reserve System, and then proceeds to discuss further problems with the Fed (as well as problems with the so-called Greenbackers, whose critique o
1165 Stossel Producer Naomi Brockwell on How to Explain Bitcoin to Your Grandmother
May 24 • 36 min
Naomi Brockwell — TV producer, cryptocurrency expert, and libertarian — joins me to discuss new frontiers in cryptocurrency, how to explain Bitcoin to your grandmother, replies to cryptocurrency skeptics, what it’s like to work for John Stossel, and a l
1164 Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School
May 23 • 39 min
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
1163 The Spanish-American War: Watershed in U.S. Foreign Policy
May 22 • 37 min
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.
1162 The Law Schools Are Run by Crazy People
May 21 • 37 min
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.
BONUS Ep. 1161 Libertarian Homeschooling Dad Becomes Master of Online Business
May 19 • 37 min
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 m
1160 Our American Pravda: How the Media Misleads
May 18 • 42 min
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.
1159 Did “Racists” and “White Supremacists” Get Trump Elected?
May 17 • 31 min
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.
1158 Women vs. Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating From the Gender Wars
May 16 • 38 min
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.
1157 Baby Alfie: A Guide for Libertarians
May 15 • 31 min
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 an
1156 LISTEN TO THIS ONE Is the Term “Libertarian” Still Useful? Jeff Deist on Libertarian Division
May 14 • 50 min
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
1155 Help the Poor, No Bureaucracy Necessary
May 11 • 31 min
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.
1154 Trump and the Iran Deal
May 10 • 37 min
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.
1153 Why the Race for Libertarian Party Chair Is So Contentious
May 9 • 35 min
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.
1152 Pat Buchanan on Foreign Adventurism
May 8 • 40 min
I talk to Pat Buchanan about foreign policy, where conservatives have gone wrong, and what the future holds.
1151 David Stockman on the Real Condition of the Trump Economy
May 7 • 36 min
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 t
1150 DEBATE: Is There Anything to “Russiagate”?
May 4 • 57 min
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.
1149 Little Pink House: The Evils of Eminent Domain
May 3 • 25 min
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.
1148 The Totalitarian Jean-Jacques Rousseau
May 2 • 43 min
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 episo
1147 The Constitution Con
May 1 • 55 min
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?
1146 North and South Korea Making Peace?
Apr 30 • 28 min
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?
BONUS Ep. 1145 How I Make Money From Trolls Who Hate Me, and Other Tips for Business and Life
Apr 28 • 43 min
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 p
1144 The Truth About War Powers, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Militarism in American Culture
Apr 27 • 43 min
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
1143 After Communism, What? Liberty and Statism in Eastern Europe
Apr 26 • 37 min
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.
1142 Why Does Politics Yield Perverse Outcomes Again and Again?
Apr 25 • 39 min
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
1141 The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy
Apr 24 • 34 min
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.
1140 The Progressive Era Was a Scam
Apr 23 • 34 min
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.
1139 Anti-Libertarian Cliches Sliced and Diced
Apr 19 • 34 min
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
1138 Black Guns Matter
Apr 18 • 38 min
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.
1137 Absolute Immunity for Prosecutors: The Built-In Bias Against the Accused
Apr 17 • 34 min
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.
1136 Dave Smith on Speaking Forbidden Truths on CNN; Plus: the Rotten State of Comedy, and More
Apr 16 • 38 min
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
1135 Domestic Consequences of U.S. Militarism
Apr 14 • 30 min
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.
1134 Princeton Professor Hits Back at Campus Censors
Apr 12 • 28 min
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 questi
1133 The State Keeps Messing With Your Car (But the Car Companies Can Be Annoying, Too)
Apr 11 • 30 min
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 priv
1132 Conservatives Who Yield Everything to the Other Side, Example #43,366
Apr 10 • 34 min
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 centra
1131 DEBATE EPISODE: Trump’s Tariffs, Pro and Con
Apr 9 • 66 min
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, a
BONUS Ep. 1130 How to Work Smart, Not Hard: Pitfalls to Avoid, and Strategies to Follow, for the Aspiring Entrepreneur
Apr 7 • 42 min
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 t
1129 Ron Paul and I on Public Schools, Indoctrination, and Homeschooling
Apr 6 • 22 min
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 homeschooli
1128 Comedian Owen Benjamin, and the Deranged Leftists Who Stalk Him
Apr 5 • 32 min
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 com
1127 From Economics Class to Libertarianism — to Politics?
Apr 4 • 30 min
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
1126 Private Cities: Another Path to a Free Society?
Apr 3 • 35 min
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.
1125 Are Economists Obsessed With “Efficiency”?
Apr 2 • 35 min
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
1124 Death by Regulation: The Truth About the FDA
Mar 29 • 34 min
Research scientist Dr. Mary Ruwart discusses the true effects of the lethal FDA, which we’re taught we couldn’t live without.
1123 What’s Happening in South Africa?
Mar 28 • 39 min
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.
1122 John Bolton: The Bad and the Ugly
Mar 27 • 54 min
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
1121 The Mundane Truth About the Sherman Antitrust Act
Mar 26 • 25 min
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 root
BONUS Ep. 1120 Behind the Scenes at Tom Woods, Inc.
Mar 25 • 41 min
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.
1119 The Venezuelan Disaster
Mar 23 • 29 min
José Niño 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?
1118 Austrians Against the Mainstream: A Case Study
Mar 22 • 34 min
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 w
1117 Was the Vietnam War “Winnable”?
Mar 21 • 37 min
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.
1116 Debate: Bob Murphy and Dylan Moore on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
Mar 20 • 57 min
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!
1115 Neocons and Messianism Make for Lousy Statesmanship
Mar 19 • 33 min
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
1114 Heroic Rand Paul, Weird Libertarian Party
Mar 15 • 25 min
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.
1113 Who Was Worse, FDR or Wilson?
Mar 14 • 62 min
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 Compo
1112 Not Just Bitcoin: What Else Blockchain Technology Can Do
Mar 13 • 25 min
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
1111 How a Young Student Escaped the Education-Industrial Complex
Mar 12 • 23 min
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.
1110 Medical Marijuana, the Drug War, and the Way Forward
Mar 9 • 29 min
Josh Wilcoxson joins me to discuss the effectiveness of medical marijuana, the state of the legalization movement, and how we should proceed from here.
1109 Mises in 1918: Guido Hulsmann on a Momentous Year
Mar 8 • 37 min
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.
1108 Teacher: School “Walkouts” for Gun Control Are Illegal
Mar 7 • 33 min
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 poli
1107 Lew Rockwell on Standing Against the Tide
Mar 6 • 36 min
Topics include: Jordan Peterson, Trump’s tariffs, hate mail, the creation of, the future of the Mises Institute, and whether more than the nonaggression principle is necessary to sustain liberty.
1106 Sizzling: Tom and Stefan on Libertarians Gone Wrong
Mar 5 • 53 min
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 Libertar
1105 Don’t Pine for the “Original Principles” of the Bolshevik Revolution
Mar 1 • 72 min
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
1104 What I Told College Students About Communism
Feb 28 • 33 min
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 na
1103 Marx, Rawls, and Other Fonts of Error
Feb 27 • 47 min
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.
1102 Can Liberty Go Mainstream? A Comic Creator Says Yes
Feb 26 • 33 min
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.
1101 How to Respond to School Shootings
Feb 23 • 40 min
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 y
1100 Peter Schiff: Where the Economy Stands, and What to Do
Feb 22 • 39 min
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 re
1099 Myths of the Addiction Industry
Feb 21 • 37 min
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 trea
1098 Capitalism, Stakeholders, and “Corporate Social Responsibility”
Feb 20 • 30 min
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
1097 Libertarianism and Parenting (the Less You Think You Need This Episode, the More You Truly Need It)
Feb 19 • 36 min
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 l
1096 Are Our Choices Really Hillary or Mitt? How One Historian Avoided Both
Feb 16 • 52 min
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. T
1095 Women and Libertarianism (Plus the LP, and More)
Feb 15 • 34 min
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.
1094 The Case Against Education
Feb 14 • 33 min
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 — collap
1093 Are We in a Giant Bubble?
Feb 13 • 33 min
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.
1092 Is Trump Changing U.S. Policy on Nuclear Weapons?
Feb 12 • 26 min
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?
1091 Potpourri with Dave Smith: Ben Shapiro Attacks Ron Paul, Plus Trump, Immigration, and More
Feb 9 • 90 min
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.
1090 Secrets of a Highly Productive Libertarian
Feb 8 • 38 min
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?
1089 Noam Chomsky: The Good and the Bad
Feb 7 • 45 min
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 i
1088 How to Think About Inequality, and Why We Shouldn’t Fear It
Feb 6 • 33 min
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!
1087 The Truth About the FISA Memo, With ex-CIA Analyst Ray McGovern
Feb 5 • 68 min
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 progressi
1086 Lysander Spooner: The Evolution of a Radical Libertarian
Feb 2 • 35 min
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
1085 The New Deal and Other Failed Government Interventions, with Robert Higgs
Feb 1 • 21 min
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.
1084 Trump’s State of the Union: A Breakdown
Jan 31 • 42 min
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.
1083 Overlooked History: The Early Development of Libertarian Ideas
Jan 29 • 27 min
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 — inc
1082 The Truth About F.A. Hayek
Jan 26 • 34 min
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
1081 How to Jolt People Out of Conventional Thinking (and Push Them in Our Direction?)
Jan 25 • 25 min
Mance Rayder, author of Freedom Through Memedom, joins me for some big-picture arguments against the state and for freedom.
1080 Down With State Licensing (Including for Personal Trainers and Coaches)
Jan 24 • 32 min
Strength trainer Mark Rippetoe returns to discuss state licensing, its true motivations, and why a free society doesn’t need it.
1079 The (Pernicious?) Idea of Utopia
Jan 23 • 31 min
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 wha
1078 Lew Rockwell on the Media, the Regime, and Their Relationship
Jan 22 • 33 min
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.
1077 Dissident Historians
Jan 19 • 31 min
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, histo
1076 Liberty, the Radio Spectrum, and Wireless Technology
Jan 17 • 35 min
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 192
1075 Today’s Resistance to the FDA, NSA, DEA, and Other Evils
Jan 16 • 24 min
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!
1074 Libertarians Have a Class Theory, Too (and It’s Better Than Marx’s)
Jan 13 • 37 min
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 expl
1073 How a Historian Saw the Light
Jan 11 • 35 min
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/libertari
1072 David Stockman on Bannon, Trump, and What’s Coming for the Economy
Jan 10 • 40 min
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 t
1071 Local Tyranny Persecutes Home Studio; Owner Fights Back
Jan 8 • 25 min
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. He
BONUS Ep. 1070 “I Was a Business-Nerd Executive.” But He Left It All Behind…
Jan 7 • 36 min
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 traine
1069 Trump’s 2017: A Review
Jan 5 • 48 min
Nobody knew what to expect in a Trump presidency. Daniel McCarthy joins me for a lively review of the past year.
1068 Potpourri: Why Some (Bad) Libertarians Don’t Like Others, the Book that Changed My Mind, My Unfashionable Opinions, and Lots More
Jan 4 • 50 min
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
1067 Peace Breaking Out and ISIS Defeated — or Is It?
Jan 3 • 30 min
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.
1066 An Exhausted Tom Talks 2017 Tom Woods Show Highlights with Michael Malice
Dec 22, 2017 • 36 min
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
1065 The Winners and Losers of 2017, with Michael Malice
Dec 21, 2017 • 38 min
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.
1064 The Debate Within Bitcoin: Jameson Lopp vs. Roger Ver on Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash
Dec 20, 2017 • 56 min
Bitcoin Cash, which resulted from a Bitcoin fork, has been championed by its proponents as being more in line with Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision for the cryptocurrency, and as helping to solve some of the problems that Bitcoin curre
1063 Nat Turner’s Rebellion: Why a Historical Novel Was So Controversial
Dec 19, 2017 • 41 min
Gene Epstein returns on the 50th anniversary of William Styron’s historical novel The Confessions of Nat Turner, the slave who led a famous revolt in Virginia. Since Styron was a white southerner who wrote a Nat Turner novel in the first person, you can i
1062 Debate: Can the Free Market Provide National Defense?
Dec 18, 2017 • 57 min
Economist Bob Murphy (Ph.D., NYU) and podcaster Todd Lewis square off in the central debate of anarcho-capitalism: is government truly necessary for national defense, or could the free market provide this service?
1061 The Search Engine Manipulation Effect: A Psychologist Looks at Google
Dec 15, 2017 • 35 min
Dr. Robert Epstein, former editor of Psychology Today, joins me to discuss his research on how various online services, particularly Google and Facebook, can influence the way people think about a great many important things.
1060 Cliches of Statism, and How to Answer Them
Dec 14, 2017 • 73 min
I talk to Stefan Molyneux about many of the cliches libertarians find themselves having to answer, involving child labor, labor unions, monopolies, the environment, and more.
1059 Against the Social Gospel: J. Gresham Machen Against the Liberals
Dec 13, 2017 • 29 min
J. Gresham Machen, whom many listeners have urged me to do an episode about, taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for many years and was a significant figure in American Presbyterianism who fought against theological liberalism among Protestants. His
1058 Killjoys: A Critique of the Nanny State
Dec 12, 2017 • 29 min
Christopher Snowdon of London’s Institute of Economic Affairs makes the case against paternalistic meddling in individual decisions.
1057 Dave Rubin on the Left’s Drift, and Striking Out on His Own
Dec 11, 2017 • 45 min
Dave Rubin, host of the hugely successful Rubin Report, alienated former colleagues (e.g., at The Young Turks Network, where he had been an on-air host) when he openly disapproved of what he saw as an authoritarian, anti-free-speech drift among the Left.
1056 Walter Block Answers the Hard Libertarian Questions
Dec 8, 2017 • 22 min
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, f
1055 The Truth About the Vietnam War, with Gareth Porter
Dec 7, 2017 • 41 min
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 argument
1054 Salon Outraged: Kids Learning About Ayn Rand!
Dec 6, 2017 • 28 min
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!
1053 Down With Schooling? Brett Veinotte Explores Alternatives
Dec 5, 2017 • 44 min
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.
1052 Catalonia, Spain, and Secession: What’s the Libertarian Answer?
Dec 4, 2017 • 31 min
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?
1051 Want to Be Poorer? Defy These Economic Laws
Dec 1, 2017 • 38 min
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.
1050 How State and Society Invented Adolescence, and Screwed Up Young People
Nov 30, 2017 • 31 min
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)
1049 Harvard Student: Campus Left Distorts True Nature of Communism
Nov 29, 2017 • 28 min
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.
1048 A Moral Case for Resisting the Federal Government
Nov 28, 2017 • 44 min
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 mor
1047 Early Anarchists, from Godwin to Spooner — What Did They Believe?
Nov 27, 2017 • 52 min
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
1046 My Most Important Influence, and Why I Fight for It
Nov 24, 2017 • 16 min
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
1045 The Key Ingredient in Why We Understand the Economy, and They Don’t
Nov 23, 2017 • 31 min
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 t
1044 GOP Congressman Denounces Pentagon Budget
Nov 22, 2017 • 28 min
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.
1043 Spontaneous Order or Lord of the Flies? An Inside Look at a School That Puts Students in Charge
Nov 21, 2017 • 32 min
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 na
1042 Ivy League Professor Turns Libertarian (and We Also Discuss Machiavelli)
Nov 20, 2017 • 35 min
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 outst
1041 How to Make (Funny) Two-Minute Arguments Against Statism
Nov 17, 2017 • 31 min
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 reall
1040 Why We Should Cheer Political Fragmentation All Over the West, with Michael Malice
Nov 16, 2017 • 37 min
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 l
1039 WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird
Nov 15, 2017 • 33 min
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 w
1038 Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?
Nov 14, 2017 • 20 min
Walter Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University and the author of many books, discusses discrimination, economics, and race.
1037 A War on Terror Scorecard, with Scott Horton
Nov 13, 2017 • 50 min
Scott Horton, our great libertarian foreign-policy expert, joins me to review seven countries and discuss the (grim) outcome of intervention in each.
1036 What Are Other Economists Missing About the Economy?
Nov 10, 2017 • 34 min
Mark Skousen, who just released the 5th edition of his economics textbook, joins me to discuss quite a few topics, with special emphasis on why the Austrian School sees the economy more clearly than do other schools of thought. He takes on the “circular f
1035 How Ludwig von Mises Fixed Economics (But Ingrates Won’t Thank Him)
Nov 9, 2017 • 49 min
Mises was of course one of the great economists, and casual followers rightly credit him for his work on the problems with socialism, or the origins of business cycles, or other topics with obvious policy implications. Often overlooked, however, is how Mi
1034 Comedian Owen Benjamin Defies Thought Police
Nov 8, 2017 • 37 min
Actor and stand-up comedian Owen Benjamin lost not just a gig but also his agent and his management when he suggested that elementary-school children whose parents want to support their “gender transition” probably shouldn’t be given hormone blockers. He
1033 Was Gen. Kelly Right About the Civil War?
Nov 7, 2017 • 39 min
General John F. Kelly, Chief of Staff to the President, made some comments about the Civil War recently that sent the enforcers of orthodoxy into apoplexy. Here is our calm response to the controversy.
1032 Bitcoin, Present and Future, with Roger Ver
Nov 6, 2017 • 32 min CEO Roger Ver joins me to discuss a wide range of topics related to the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, including its recent spike, ideological disputes within the Bitcoin world, the IRS and Bitcoin, whether Bitcoin is in a bubble, and a lot more.
1031 Lyn Ulbricht’s Son Got Two Life Sentences After a Judicial Travesty Over a Victimless Crime; What Happened, And What She’s Doing Now
Nov 3, 2017 • 32 min
In 2015 Ross Ulbricht was convicted of crimes related to the operation of the Silk Road marketplace, where people could buy and sell goods anonymously. He was sentenced to an astonishing two life sentences plus 40 years. The case was shot through with irr
1030 We See You Watching: One Man’s Campaign Against Local Surveillance
Nov 2, 2017 • 30 min
Mike Maharrey, national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center, joins me for a lesson in local activism, as he describes his public awareness campaign about police surveillance practices. (He’s being sued, if you can believe it.)
1029 NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney, and His Ordeal
Nov 1, 2017 • 33 min
Bill Binney, a cryptanalyst-mathematician and (formerly) highly placed intelligence official within the National Security Agency (NSA) blew the whistle on NSA activities in 2002. Since then, he’s been through everything from a raid on his home to having a
1028 Dave Smith, Bob Murphy, and Tom Woods Free-For-All Aboard the Contra Cruise
Oct 31, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode I talk to Dave Smith and Bob Murphy on Dave’s podcast Part of the Problem, recorded aboard the Contra Cruise. We hit on lots of topics: what we’d do without state-run “help the needy” programs, where the biggest threat to liberty is coming
1027 Stefan Molyneux on the Art of the Argument
Oct 27, 2017 • 54 min
In the age of social media, the quality of discourse seems to have hit a low point. We find ourselves bombarded with criticisms that (to put it mildly) don’t rise to the level of an argument. I discuss arguments and non-arguments with Stefan Molyneux, aut
1026 Insurance: Another Industry Warped by Government
Oct 26, 2017 • 33 min
Insurance, as it exists today, is shot through with government subsidies and regulations that make practically everyone worse off. Almost no one besides experts in the field is even aware of the government’s role in making insurance premiums higher and in
1025 Ron Paul on the Revolution at Ten Years
Oct 25, 2017 • 24 min
Ron Paul joins me for a look at the ten years since the birth of the Ron Paul Revolution, plus a lot more. Topics include the Deep State, the CIA’s records on the JFK assassination, the question Edward Snowden asked him, and the present state of the liber
1024 Larry Sharpe on Politics, Race, the LP, and Winning
Oct 24, 2017 • 40 min
Businessman and consultant Larry Sharpe, who’s seeking the governorship of New York on the Libertarian Party ticket, joins me by popular demand to discuss finding the libertarian message, making it appealing, and what the role of the LP can be.
1023 Labor History: The Real Story
Oct 20, 2017 • 65 min
Today’s episode focuses in on three major episodes in American labor history: Haymarket, Homestead, and the Pullman strike. These are generally related with a predictable bias, which this episode challenges.
1022 Myths and Lunacies of Feminism
Oct 19, 2017 • 39 min
Karen Straughan joins me to discuss feminism, many feminists’ caricature of men, girls in the Boy Scouts, the enablers of Harvey Weinstein, the left-libertarian Pence/Weinstein comparison, gender-fluid children, and more.
1021 The Nobel Prize and Behavioral Economics: Anything Here for Austrians?
Oct 17, 2017 • 49 min
Gene Epstein of Barron’s joins me to discuss Richard Thaler, this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics, who has helped to popularize “behavioral economics,” and how to deal with situations in which people behave “irrationally” (that is, unlike
1020 Statelessness: Another Case Study
Oct 12, 2017 • 27 min
Pete Earle, author of the study A Century of Anarchy, joins me to discuss a little-known case study of statelessness.
1000 Roast of Tom Woods, Plus a Lot More: Episode 1000, Live from Orlando!
Oct 10, 2017 • 139 min
We recorded this episode live in Orlando on September 30, 2017. It features Eric July, Michael Malice, Dave Smith, Michael Boldin, and Tom DiLorenzo, along with some surprise guests (Dave Smith and Michael Boldin were also surprises, not being on the offi
1019 Labor Unions: Myths and Facts
Oct 9, 2017 • 71 min
Haven’t labor unions improved the standard of living of American workers? Why, wouldn’t we not even have the weekend without them? My father belonged to the Teamsters, so I have a natural inclination to side with unions, but the facts won’t let me, and in
1018 Listener Success Stories: How the Tom Woods Show Spawned These New Entrepreneurs
Oct 7, 2017 • 57 min
I keep hearing success stories from people who got started in eCommerce at my urging, so I finally decided to make an episode out of a few of them. A little good news for a change!
1017 What I Told a Room Full of Doctors
Oct 5, 2017 • 43 min
In 2010 I addressed the annual meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. I spoke about government and health care, yes, but I also spoke about state nullification — not your usual topic at a physicians’ gathering.
1016 Some Libertarians Are Just Too Good for the Nonaggression Principle
Oct 4, 2017 • 18 min
It’s fashionable again for libertarians to urge the abandonment of the nonaggression principle, the bedrock of our entire philosophy. It’s dumb, you see. But what they propose in its place is dumb x 1000.
1015 North Korea Update: Will the War of Words Become a Hot War?
Oct 3, 2017 • 28 min
With Donald Trump publicly undermining Rex Tillerson and calling Kim Jong Un “Rocketman,” should we be concerned about a potential nuclear conflict? Is there a strategy behind Trump’s comments and actions? Michael Malice joins me for an update.
1014 James Damore, Formerly of Google, on Diversity of Thought
Oct 2, 2017 • 23 min
In this episode I check in with James Damore, author of the notorious memo on the “gender gap” in tech, to find out what he’s up to now, what his plans are, and how he looks back on the incident that got him fired as a senior software engineer at Google.
BONUS Ep. 1013 From Washing Dishes to eCommerce Expert
Oct 1, 2017 • 28 min
Fred Lam is an eCommerce expert who went from washing dishes to doing over $20 million in sales. His book Starting from Zero, which he explains how to get for free in the episode, features a foreword by Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
1012 The Fallacies of Marxism, with Gerard Casey
Sep 29, 2017 • 55 min
Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me for an overview of Marxism and its (shall we say) difficulties.
1011 A Skill to Keep You Out of the Poorhouse: A Conversation with Bob Bly
Sep 28, 2017 • 41 min
EDIT: I mistakenly said September 13 in today’s episode when I meant September 30 for the 1000th episode live event. Please be there! Details at The only person in the world I have ever allowed to write in my name is Bob Bly, who wro
1010 The Libertarian Party Mises Caucus: A Challenge to the Status Quo
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus joins me to discuss the state of the Libertarian Party, and the ambitions of his growing caucus that seeks to recall the party to libertarian principle in its selection of candidates.
1009 Government Keeps Making Your Car Lousier (While the Market Tries to Make Them Better)
Sep 26, 2017 • 32 min
Eric Peters — whom I donate to every month — returns to discuss creepy features in new cars, the government-led demise of the six-cylinder engine, private companies snooping into your information, and decent cars in the new model year.
BONUS Ep. 1008 The Battle Over the Old Latin Mass
Sep 23, 2017 • 30 min
People have asked me to discuss this issue, which I’ve written a book about, so I decided to make it into a bonus episode. (This episode is my appearance on Roger McCaffrey’s Catholic Book Radio podcast.) Ever since the “liturgical reform” of 1969-70, wh
1007 Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Liberty
Sep 22, 2017 • 48 min
Gerard Casey is the author of what the brilliant David Gordon is calling the best history of political thought he’s ever read. We discuss several of his early chapters, on the sophists, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and what libertarians ought to cheer
1006 Saying Bad Words Is Worse Than Warmongering, With Guest Dave Smith
Sep 21, 2017 • 38 min
Dave Smith, the libertarian comedian whose new comedy special Libertas is the number one comedy album on iTunes, joins me for a lively discussion of Trump, foreign policy, Milo, libertarianism, and a lot more.
1005 Are We Richer and Better Off Than We Think?
Sep 20, 2017 • 31 min
Is it really true that the American standard of living is falling, and that our children will be worse off than we are? Martin Feldstein challenged this view in the Wall Street Journal. Jeff Herbener joins me to discuss it.
1004 Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days — Conversation with NYT Bestselling Author Chris Guillebeau
Sep 19, 2017 • 28 min
Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, returns for his third appearance on the show to discuss how to build up a “side hustle” as an additional income stream. His new book, Side Hustle, walks you through a series of e
1003 Alexander Hamilton and the Awful Judges Who Carried on His Legacy
Sep 18, 2017 • 36 min
We’re taught that Alexander Hamilton is one of the indispensable men in the American story. In his new book — released just today — How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America, historian Brion McClanahan takes on this historical icon. In today’s discussio
BONUS Ep. 1002 Michael Cheney: Picking the Brain of One of the World’s Most Successful Affiliate Marketers
Sep 16, 2017 • 35 min
Michael Cheney is one of the most successful and sought-after affiliate marketers in the world. (That means he earns commissions selling other people’s products online.) He’s also the guy I’ve learned more from as an affiliate marketer myself than anyone
1001 Rothbard on Strategy: Need We Abandon Principle to Be Successful?
Sep 15, 2017 • 25 min
One group of libertarians accuses a second group of being sellouts. The second group accuses the first group of being purists who make any progress toward the free society possible. Murray N. Rothbard, known in his day as Mr. Libertarian, had something t
999 “Limited Government” Isn’t Good Enough
Sep 14, 2017 • 20 min
Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, discusses society without the state.
998 Against the Haters: The Brilliance of Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Sep 13, 2017 • 43 min
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is one of the most significant libertarian thinkers in the world today. Murray Rothbard could not say enough about his brilliance. Unfortunately, his detractors (and even many of his supporters) have never actually read him. So Stephan
997 Ron Paul and His Enemies
Sep 12, 2017 • 35 min
I discuss the fractured “liberty movement,” the increasing attacks on Ron Paul, and why Dr. Paul matters — a point that the youngsters, who didn’t experience the presidential campaigns, may not know.
996 Gab, the Social Media Platform Where You Can (Gasp!) Say What You Want
Sep 11, 2017 • 32 min
Andrew Torba, creator of the free-speech social media platform Gab, joins me to discuss fighting back against the big companies’ ideological jihad against people and institutions expressing unapproved opinions.
BONUS Ep. 995 This Mom’s Website Pays the Bills for Her Family — and Five Others
Sep 10, 2017 • 24 min
Katie Wells of is an incredible online success story: her wellness site makes a very nice profit, and allows her to work from home. She has a blog, a podcast, a members’ area, an email newsletter, and her own products, so you can learn fr
994 Food and Farm Freedom — and How to Do It Yourself
Sep 8, 2017 • 28 min
John Moody returns to the show to discuss the latest in food and farm freedom, plus his newest venture,, where experts teach people a wide variety of homesteading topics.
993 Can Government Be Run Like a Business?
Sep 7, 2017 • 17 min
We often hear it said: if only government could be run like a business, we’d be getting somewhere. The problem isn’t that it’s difficult to run government like a business. The problem is that it’s impossible, given the radical difference between the two k
992 Conservatives and Reverence for Our Leader
Sep 5, 2017 • 29 min
Robert Nisbet is one of a handful of conservatives to have seen the major problems with American conservatism as we know it. In this episode, Drawn from my remarks at a 2005 mises Institute conference on fascism, I discuss executive power, centralized pow
991 Professor Says Collapse of Bourgeois Norms Promotes Poverty; Left Calls Her a White Supremacist
Sep 4, 2017 • 27 min
Professor Amy Wax wrote an op-ed last month arguing that society’s most vulnerable have suffered the most by the collapse of the bourgeois moral consensus. You’ll never guess: the screechers called her a “white supremacist.”
BONUS Ep. 990 Libertarian Drama: Libertarian Party Chairman Takes Swipes at Your Host
Sep 2, 2017 • 35 min
I hate to dwell on this silliness, so I’ve decided to make this into a bonus episode rather than one of my five regular weekly episodes. Jason Stapleton invited me on to the Jason Stapleton Program not long ago to address a series of unprovoked attacks on
989 James O’Keefe on the Lying Media
Sep 1, 2017 • 32 min
James O’Keefe has become notorious, and controversial, for his organization’s undercover videos — most recently, of people associated with CNN, who appear to suggest that some of their major stories are politically and ideologically driven. We discuss th
988 Private Responses to Hurricane Harvey
Aug 31, 2017 • 19 min
Today I’m joined by Brent DeRidder of the Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief and Gret Glyer, creator of the DonorSee philanthropy app, to discuss how private individuals and groups can relieve the suffering associated with this terrible disaster.
987 “Price Gouging” Is Urgently Necessary
Aug 30, 2017 • 23 min
During natural disasters, there’s a sudden and intense spike in demand for the existing stock of resources. This puts upward pressure on prices, and this upward pressure has salutary effects (which we’ll discuss in this episode). That’s not how most peop
986 Lew Rockwell: Will There Be a “Private Sector” Assault on Dissidents?
Aug 29, 2017 • 51 min
With various websites (not all “white nationalist”) seeing various Internet services withdrawn from them, and given that our media and political classes are not exactly known for their ability to make fine distinctions, could ever more sites and groups, m
985 What Are Schools Wrong About? Oh, Just History, Economics, Preparing Kids for Life….
Aug 28, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode I talk to Katie Wells of, in a conversation ranging from entrepreneurship to education, homeschooling, history, the Federal Reserve, nullification, and more.
984 Strength Trainer Mark Rippetoe on Fitness, Government, and Entrepreneurship
Aug 25, 2017 • 44 min
By popular demand, popular (and iconoclastic) strength trainer Mark Rippetoe joins me to discuss strength training and fitness (and what so many people get wrong), as well as his libertarian views — and how it all meshes together.
983 Can We Really Measure the “Happiest” Countries?
Aug 24, 2017 • 29 min
The “happiness” literature purports to speak about levels of happiness in various countries. Popular journalism then purports to explain why the happiest places are happy — and it’s always because of the state. Is there anything to this research?
982 Ordinary Libertarian Fired After Antifa Tweets “Nazi!” at Employer
Aug 23, 2017 • 33 min
Well, this was bound to happen. Brandon Navom of Software Engineers for Liberty was fired from his job for planning to take part in a free speech rally that had nothing to do with anything other than free speech. Hysterics tweeted at his employer that Nav
981 Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan
Aug 22, 2017 • 36 min
The brilliant Scott Horton, a one-man libertarian foreign-policy think tank, joins me to discuss the Trump policy in Afghanistan, the real history of the war, and why the only sensible approach is to get out.
980 Moral Injury: War’s Undiscussed Casualty
Aug 21, 2017 • 27 min
Peter van Buren returns to the show to discuss his novel Hooper’s War, set during World War II. Beneath all the casualty figures and the news reports is something profound and lasting that damages us during war, and the author brings it out even in the co
979 Liechtenstein: The Closest Thing to a Libertarian Country?
Aug 18, 2017 • 22 min
The small country of Liechtenstein is run by Prince Hans-Adam II, who is a friend and correspondent of the libertarian economist and philosopher Hans-Hermann Hoppe. In today’s episode we tell the untold story about this extraordinary place.
978 Charlottesville Once More: Left-Anarchist Keith Preston Discusses
Aug 17, 2017 • 48 min
Keith Preston, whose writing I always find interesting and challenging, wrote an excellent overview and analysis of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend. He does the impossible here: this is as dispassionate as it gets. Enjoy.
977 Left, Right, and Charlottesville, with Paul Gottfried
Aug 16, 2017 • 32 min
In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Paul Gottfried returns to the show to discuss the present state of the American ideological spectrum, from Antifa to the alt Right.
976 Boom, Bust, and Government in American History
Aug 15, 2017 • 42 min
Today’s episode takes a brief look at economic downturns dating back to the 19th century, and argues that they weren’t spontaneous occurrences of the free market. Fun! I delivered this talk at a Mises Institute event in 2009.
975 Radical Libertarian Architect: Privatize Public Spaces, Housing, Everything
Aug 15, 2017 • 33 min
Patrik Schumacher, a prominent architect in London, stunned the architecture world last year when he came out against housing subsidies and state-funded art schools, and in favor of privatizing, parks, streets, and other public areas. Instead of groveling
BONUS Ep. 974 Libertarian Turns Passion into Online Business
Aug 13, 2017 • 25 min
Antony Sammeroff, who co-hosts the Scottish Liberty Podcast, joins me to discuss how he’s taken a personal passion and begun to monetize it online.
973 Glenn Jacobs, WWE’s Kane, Runs for Mayor
Aug 11, 2017 • 28 min
Glenn Jacobs, best known as the enormously popular WWE wrestler Kane, is also a Misesian and a fixture of the liberty movement. He’s currently running for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, and he joins us to discuss the campaign.
972 James Damore’s Firing at Google, and Libertarian Confusion
Aug 10, 2017 • 24 min
As you likely know by now, Google fired James Damore after he wrote an internal memo questioning the assumption that all human differences are due to social conditioning. There is no “libertarian position” on this per se; Google obviously may hire and fir
971 Jury Nullification at Work: Free Speech Trumps Statute, Jury Concludes
Aug 9, 2017 • 28 min
Dennis Fusaro, a longtime political consultant and grassroots activist, found himself in a legal battle for over a year because of what he considers the erratic application of unjust laws that curtail freedom of speech. The jury found him not guilty, in w
970 The Real George Orwell
Aug 8, 2017 • 33 min
George Orwell has been a mystery to a great many readers. What did he truly believe? Was he a thoroughgoing socialist yet anti-totalitarian? David Ramsay Steele, author of a new book on Orwell, joins me to get to the bottom of it.
969 Where Do Rights Come From?
Aug 7, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode I review the history of rights theories in the West from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Expect to hear about the medieval canonists, the late scholastics, John Locke, Murray Rothbard, and Hans Hoppe, among others.
968 Why Liberty Is So Hard to Sell — And Can We Do Anything About It?
Aug 4, 2017 • 29 min
You’d think “I want to free you” would be an easy message to sell — and yet it isn’t. Why is that? This episode is the talk I gave at LibertyFest 2014 in Brooklyn, New York.
967 The Failure in Iraq: A Whistleblowing Eyewitness to the “Reconstruction” of Iraq
Aug 3, 2017 • 31 min
Peter van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams. When you hear what the U.S. government — which had destroyed much of the country and completely undermined its civil
966 Left-Libertarians and Their Endless Moral Outrage
Aug 2, 2017 • 60 min
Mises Institute president Jeff Deist, who was Ron Paul’s last chief of staff, delivered an excellent and well-received talk at the Corax libertarian conference in Malta last week. As usual, though, emotional hypochondria got the better of a small group o
965 Take Off That Che Guevara Shirt (Plus: Venezuela)
Aug 1, 2017 • 33 min
It somehow became fashionable among young people to wear shirts depicting a murderer. One supposes the same indulgence would not be extended to shirts depicting non-leftist murderers (if such shirts existed, which they don’t). Federico Fernandez is behind
964 Austrian Economics vs. Conventional Wisdom
Jul 31, 2017 • 46 min
Whether it’s “monopoly,” child labor, the Depression of 1920-21, the New Deal, or World War II’s impact on the economy, our views and interpretations run counter to the conventional wisdom. Here’s a defense of our position. I delivered these remarks at th
963 Good and Bad Ways to Fix Our Monetary System
Jul 30, 2017 • 33 min
Lucas Engelhardt, associate professor of economics at Kent State University, joins me to discuss bad ways to reform the monetary system, as well as good ones. (Bad ones include the Taylor rule, inflation targeting, NGDP targeting, and Milton Friedman’s ap
962 Austrian Economics: The Basics You Secretly Crave
Jul 27, 2017 • 25 min
The Austrian School of economics, the school of thought that includes Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, and Murray Rothbard — and which influenced Ron Paul, of course — is the subject of the Mises Institute’s week-long Mises University summer program, which
961 How I Increased My Audience by 1000 Times, Plus a Big Failure
Jul 26, 2017 • 33 min
This episode is drawn from the Society and the State podcast, on which I was the guest for the very first episode. We discuss how I went from teaching a handful of college students to reaching many, many more via my online work — and supported a family t
960 Just Try to Stump Us — Tough Questions for Tom & Bob
Jul 25, 2017 • 61 min
Today I’m sharing what’s normally a members-only Q&A I did with Bob Murphy at It’s a smorgasbord of Austrian economics, economic theory, and history — with all the fun and banter you’ve come to love with Bob and me. Enjoy!
959 What I Learned from Murray Rothbard (opening lecture at Mises U 2017)
Jul 24, 2017 • 47 min
One of my most significant intellectual influences was the extraordinarily productive polymath Murray N. Rothbard. In this kickoff talk at Mises University 2017, I discuss what he taught me, what it was like to meet and interact with him, why he’s worthy
BONUS Ep. 958 The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Progressive Rock
Jul 23, 2017 • 37 min
David Weigel, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, released a book this year on the history of progressive rock — which is a glorious and wonderful excuse for a podcast-length discussion of the subject. What’s great about this kind o
957 The Frederic Bastiat You Never Knew: The Incredible Life and Extraordinary Work of a Great Classical Liberal
Jul 22, 2017 • 45 min
A great many libertarians have read at least some of Frederic Bastiat’s work, but it’s usually one or two of the same writings. Bastiat’s output was vastly greater than what most of us are familiar with, and his life was extraordinarily eventful and excit
956 Books Libertarians Should Read
Jul 21, 2017 • 39 min
I asked David Gordon, possibly the most well-read person I’ve ever met, what books he thought libertarians should read. The result was this engaging discussion!
955 Genoa: A Forgotten History of Liberty, Growth, and Entrepreneurship
Jul 20, 2017 • 34 min
Today’s episode reaches back into history to the overlooked example of Genoa, where we discover the late medieval origins of entrepreneurial skills and institutions that formed the springboard for early modern economic development. The forgotten republica
954 Tom DiLorenzo Smashes Nancy MacLean’s Book on the “Radical Right” — a Term That Includes You and Me
Jul 19, 2017 • 33 min
Nancy MacLean generated much discussion and controversy when she released her book Democracy in Chains, which purports to explain how the “radical Right” — in which she includes the most implausible figures — conspired to take over America. The book is
953 Sole ‘No’ Vote in Legislature Makes GOP Enemies, Racks Up Victories
Jul 17, 2017 • 54 min
West Virginia state legislator Pat McGeehan, who comes endorsed by Ron Paul, has been the sole “No” vote in the legislature for years, but has also scored numerous legislative victories — so he was thrown out of the Republican Caucus. He shared his insig
952 Pope Francis: The Political Pope
Jul 15, 2017 • 39 min
Pope Francis is one of the most controversial popes in Church history, and has left a great many churchmen and faithful bewildered. His sympathy for leftist political causes, and his systematic removal of people unsympathetic to his progressive program, a
951 Is Amazon Evil?
Jul 13, 2017 • 24 min
Although most people seemed pleased on so-called Prime Day, Amazon has its critics, too. Do the criticisms hold water?
950 Case Study: How the Market Better Provides a State Service
Jul 12, 2017 • 29 min
Justin Nguyen is prepared to move beyond theory and into practice with his innovative approach to the environment and waste management. The market, he says, can do a better and more efficient job, and more creatively to boot, than the state.
949 After Trump, What?
Jul 11, 2017 • 29 min
Robert W. Merry, editor of The American Conservative, paints a grim picture of the position the left would be in should Trump fail or be forced out.
948 Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Improve the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians
Jul 10, 2017 • 34 min
Maybe the time has come to try something radically different, instead of doubling down on the same old strategies. That’s the view of Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, who discusses the potential for humanity in, yes, floating nations.
947 Divided Republicans, Unified Democrats, and Our Future
Jul 7, 2017 • 32 min
I realize the Democrats and Republicans both annoy us, but we do live under their rule, so we do need to know about them. And when Republicans say the Democrats are divided or in trouble, I think they’re engaged in wishful thinking.
946 Lew Rockwell on CNN, Trump, Rothbard, and More
Jul 6, 2017 • 47 min
Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss the CNN flap, Trump, foreign policy, and Murray Rothbard.
945 Don’t Complain, Create: The Rise of Startup Societies
Jul 5, 2017 • 23 min
Co-founder and CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, Joe McKinney, joins me to discuss new approaches to challenging (and escaping from) centralized authority.
944 Another Way Government Makes Housing Expensive
Jul 4, 2017 • 31 min
You may be familiar with the problems with Dodd-Frank, but here’s one almost nobody knows about: it all but shuts off a significant source of financing for lower-priced and starter homes. Hard to believe, I know: a government regulation harming ordinary p