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1061 The Search Engine Manipulation Effect: A Psychologist Looks at Google
Dec 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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
943 Cuba Persecutes Libertarians; Here’s What’s Going on
Jul 3 • 26 min
Early this year (2017), stories began to multiply of members of the Libertarian Party in Cuba running afoul of the authorities for no good reason. Today we discuss what’s happening, and how we can help.
942 Alexander Hamilton, Worse Than You Thought: Hidden History with Brion McClanahan
Jun 30 • 39 min
Brion discusses his forthcoming book How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America. Lots of great and unknown history in this one.
941 Current Events: North Korea Update with Michael Malice
Jun 29 • 32 min
An American held in captivity in North Korea recently died; on top of that, plans for a military option in North Korea are being discussed in Washington. Michael Malice joins us for an update.
940 The Inside Scoop on the Neoconservatives and the Straussians
Jun 27 • 45 min
Today Jason Jewell explains the phenomenon of the neoconservatives and their close cousins, the Straussians. Call this a backgrounder episode.
939 Do We Need the State for Defense?
Jun 26 • 41 min
Bob Murphy joins me once again, fresh from our discussion of private law in episode 938, to cover whether it’s possible to imagine even defense services being provided without the state.
938 Law Without the State?
Jun 23 • 34 min
Bob Murphy joins me to revisit this question: in addition to consumer good and capital goods we see it producing all the time, can the market also provide law itself? I play a relentless devil’s advocate in this one.
937 How to Deal With Annoying/Scammer Telemarketers: Sic These Hilarious Bots on Them
Jun 22 • 38 min
Roger Anderson, a telecommunications contractor and consultant with nearly 25 years of experience, decided that unsolicited telemarketing calls, which half the time are from scammers trying to get your financial information, needed to be dealt with. So he
936 Another Bubble About to Burst?
Jun 21 • 26 min
Eric Peters joins me to discuss the bubble in automobile sales, plus: dangerous pro-state bills pending that you may not know about.
935 Is Europe Hopeless for Liberty? Not So Fast
Jun 20 • 32 min
Want some good news, and a practical course of action? Martin Eriksson, co-founder of the libertarian media network Corax, discusses the most successful Sweden- (and Malta-) based libertarian project to date, and his ambitions for expansion throughout Eur
934 Time for People to Earn a Living Without a Job?
Jun 19 • 44 min
A Rutgers professor suggests it’s time we dropped our emphasis on jobs and work — many jobs are highly undesirable, and with automation the number of jobs is going to fall substantially anyway. And what’s so great about work? Think of the creativity that
933 Now James Madison Is Targeted by the Iconoclasts
Jun 16 • 36 min
Now James Madison is under attack, because slavery. We’re going to have to rename an awful lot of places if this catches fire. Madison biographer Kevin Gutzman joins me for some background into Madison and his achievements, and what we should think about
932 Zoning: Do We Need It?
Jun 15 • 31 min
Without zoning, we’re told, the layout of neighborhoods and cities would be hideous and irrational, and residents would be unhappy. Is this so? And would zoning exist in a free society?
931 Political Representation: Another Bogus Government Concept
Jun 14 • 17 min
We’re supposed to believe that taxes are “contributions,” or that government rests on the “consent” of the people, even when virtually no one has ever granted consent in a non-trivial way. Well, here’s another phony government idea, and one a lot of us h
930 Bernie Sanders Isn’t Curious About Why Some Places Are So Expensive
Jun 13 • 27 min
Bernie Sanders is saying we need to increase the minimum wage because it’s so hard for people earning the present minimum wage to find adequate housing. Now there are all kinds of problems with that, but I’m particularly interested in Bernie’s complete la
929 My Appearance on Michael Malice’s New Show
Jun 12 • 60 min
Michael Malice now has a weekly program called “YOUR WELCOME” with Michael Malice — if you correct his grammar I am going to commit an atrocity; you’re smarter than that — and he had me as his first guest. I happened to be in New York City at the time,
928 Jeff Deist on the Key Libertarian Mistake, and What We Should Do Instead
Jun 9 • 36 min
Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute, on what libertarians (and even progressives and conservatives) ought to aim for, and why handing out U.S. Constitutions in Iraq might not be the most effective strategy.
927 Is Trump Going Down?
Jun 8 • 34 min
The Reagan Administration’s David Stockman is convinced Trump will not survive 2018. His analysis is so compelling that I decided we had to discuss it. I won’t give away the details; just listen!
926 Tom and Stefan Molyneux on the Catholic Church, Western Civilization, and Other Forbidden Topics
Jun 8 • 82 min
Not long ago I was Stefan Molyneux’s guest to discuss my book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, a discussion that brought us through the development of Western science, Scholastic philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dark Ages, the origin
925 Liberty and Science Fiction: Bradbury, Rand, Heinlein
Jun 6 • 36 min
Brad Birzer joins us to discuss themes in his latest course for, on the golden age of science fiction — which is full of ideas libertarians will find congenial.
924 Mises on Nationalism, the Right of Self-Determination, and the Problem of Immigration
Jun 5 • 25 min
Joe Salerno, editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and academic vice president of the Mises Institute, discusses Ludwig von Mises’ thoughts on nationalism, immigration, and the state.
923 The U.S. Military Budget: Throwing Money Out the Window
Jun 2 • 26 min
Donald Trump has asked for a $54 billion increase in the military budget. That’s an opportune moment to revisit how much the U.S. government already spends, what precisely it’s spending the money on, and what it has to show for it all.
921 The Long History of Presidential Stupidity in Economics
May 31 • 40 min
Everyone always thinks the current president must be the worst. Surely President X is the most ignorant when it comes to economics! Well, there’s a lot of competition for that honor, my friend, as Gene Epstein joins me to explain.
920 Discussion with YouTube Personality Sargon of Akkad on Libertarians (He’s Not One) and Leftists (He’s Definitely Not One)
May 30 • 54 min
Carl Benjamin, known online as Sargon of Akkad, has built up an enormous online following thanks to his compelling and controversial YouTube videos. He identifies with no particular ideology, but says he feels the greatest kinship with libertarianism, eve
919 Social Work: Good, Bad, or Ugly?
May 29 • 30 min
Patrick Gann recently graduated from Millersville University with a degree in social work. We discuss the ideological slant and unexamined assumptions to be found within social work departments and out in the field.
918 Two Dozen Key Foreign Policy Questions the Media and Government Ignore
May 26 • 18 min
Andrew Bacevich, retired from Boston University, recently posed 24 awkward but important questions about the present state of American foreign policy. I thought they were worth reviewing, because taken together they say quite a bit — none of it good — a
917 The Truth About the Real Estate Market, and What Regular People Should Do
May 25 • 32 min
Hunter Thompson, a full-time real estate investor, discusses today’s housing market, what sectors do well in a down economy, how real-estate investing compares to other investment possibilities, and more.
916 Last House Republican to Oppose Iraq War Joins Me
May 24 • 27 min
Congressman John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. has served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee for 29 years. He is the last remaining Republican House member who voted against the war in Iraq. He serves on the board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peac
915 Southern Monuments Removed, Others Under Attack
May 23 • 44 min
The perpetually aggrieved have recently settled upon various Confederate monuments, particularly in New Orleans, as the next thing to be destroyed. Given the level of American discourse (a word I use laughingly in this context), anyone saying a word again
914 A Gallop Through Soviet History
May 22 • 35 min
Kristaps Andrejsons, host of The Eastern Border podcast, joins me for a rapid-fire overview of some of the major episodes in the history of the Soviet Union.
913 What You Can Learn from a Hostage Negotiator
May 19 • 33 min
Christopher Voss spent 24 years working in the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit as a hostage negotiator and was the FBI’s chief international hostage and kidnapping negotiator from 2003 to 2007. His book, which I thoroughly enjoyed, is full of actionable advic
912 How to Get the Last Laugh Against SJW Totalitarians: Colin Moriarty Edition
May 19 • 32 min
Colin Moriarty spent 14 years of his life in the video game world, until one day he published a joke on Twitter that only an idiot would take offense at, and everyone swarmed for the kill. But he got the last laugh, as we note in today’s episode.
911 Me at the Yale Political Union: My Live Responses to Critics
May 17 • 24 min
Here’s some audio footage of my appearance at the Yale Political Union in defense of secession. In particular, this is the part in which I replied to critics. I think you’ll enjoy this.
910 Col. Lawrence Wilkerson on the American Empire — Past, Present, and Future
May 16 • 34 min
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who is presently a visiting professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary, had a long career in the U.S. military and served as Chief of Staff to Gen. Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. He is a board me
909 What the War on Drugs Really Looks Like, Minus the Propaganda
May 15 • 36 min
Journalist Johann Hari, author of the acclaimed bestseller Chasing the Scream, joins me to discuss the fact-free origins of the War on Drugs, the flawed assumptions that drive it even today, and its grotesque human consequences.
908 The Pope and Libertarians: My Response
May 12 • 30 min
Not long ago Pope Francis made some disparaging comments about libertarians. They were really a string of cliches. Here’s my response.
907 Tatiana Moroz Interviews Me: On Trump, History, and My Dark Secrets
May 11 • 60 min
Tatiana Moroz, the libertarian singer-songwriter (and fellow Contra Cruise-goer) invited me on to her show to talk Trump, true and false history, my strengths and weaknesses (including my secret obsession for many years), working for myself, and more.
906 Judd Weiss, John McAfee’s VP Pick, on What Really Happened Behind the Scenes — and It’s Not Pretty
May 10 • 81 min
Judd Weiss discusses the inside story of the 2016 campaign for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, and it’s explosive.
905 Pat Buchanan’s Inside Story of the Nixon Years
May 9 • 34 min
When Pat Buchanan was barely 30 years old, a U.S. president would regularly ask, “What does Buchanan think about this?” Pat shares some interesting stories of his years inside the Nixon White House.
904 Can Liberty Be Promoted Within the Republican Party?
May 8 • 27 min
The Republican Liberty Caucus exists to inject a libertarian perspective (and officeholders) into the GOP. Is this a viable strategy?
903 Go Ask Malice: Listeners’ Questions for Michael Malice
May 5 • 55 min
You asked, we answered. Questions about North Korea, Ayn Rand, ghostwriting for celebrities, and a heck of a lot more.
902 Featuring Guest Host Michael Malice
May 4 • 38 min
I’m off today, but you’re in excellent hands: the outstanding Michael Malice is filling in as the first ever substitute host on the show. Trust me, you’ll enjoy this one….
901 Police Officer Discovers Libertarianism, Quits
May 3 • 21 min
Nathan Dunn had been working as a police officer in southern California for years when he first encountered libertarianism. At first he asked to be removed from the narcotics detail. Over time, he decided he would need to remove himself from the entire pr
900 Politics Isn’t All There Is, So Cheer Up
May 2 • 33 min
Gonz Trevino grew up in Mexico, and has created half a dozen successful businesses before age 30. (He also works with Jason Stapleton, the libertarian podcaster.) He says politics hasn’t played a major role in his life. Just creating half a dozen successf
899 The Armenian Genocide
Apr 28 • 31 min
In the early twentieth century, some 1.5 million Armenians perished in the Armenian genocide, at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. This blood-curdling episode in world history largely vanished from public awareness for much of the twentieth century, and is
898 As Brexit Begins, a Reminder: It’s Not About Protectionism
Apr 27 • 29 min
Toby Baxendale, an entrepreneur in the UK, comes back to the show, this time to explain that the media has created a false impression about the meaning of Brexit. The Leave campaign was run by libertarians, he says, not protectionists, but the latter have
897 Cato VP Attacks Ron Paul; I Share War Stories I Have Kept Secret
Apr 26 • 29 min
Cato Institute Vice President for Research Brink Lindsey launched an attack on Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard days ago, and it needs to be answered. Even more fun are my stories about my own treatment at the hands of these delightful people. Here’s en episo
896 Thaddeus Russell Launches Renegade University, the Opposite of Our Crummy Universities
Apr 25 • 69 min
Thaddeus Russell was raised in Berkeley, California, by parents he describes as professional Marxist revolutionaries. His experiences with the academic establishment at Barnard College (the women’s college at Columbia University) have become legendary. He
895 Ron Paulian State Legislator: How He Won, What He’s Done, What He Saw at Two GOP Conventions, and More
Apr 24 • 32 min
Eric Brakey is a 28-year-old state senator from Maine. We discuss how Eric got elected against a longtime incumbent, what he’s accomplished in the legislature, and his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Not to mention some stories from the past two GOP
894 Revisiting Libertarians for Trump, as the First Hundred Days Come to a Close
Apr 22 • 44 min
During the presidential election season, the prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block headed up an organization called Libertarians for Trump. At the time, financial analyst and libertarian blogger Robert Wenzel debated him on the subject on this very sh
893 This Episode on University Life These Days Goes Weirdly Off Track (in a Good Way)
Apr 20 • 52 min
This is a great discussion with Brett Veinotte, host of the School Sucks Podcast, that starts off about university shenanigans, then turns to my writing (which some have considered too harsh) on the left, then turns to my insane workaholism, its roots, an
892 North Korea and the Nuclear Showdown
Apr 19 • 35 min
With confrontation brewing between the United States and North Korea, Michael Malice joins me to lend his insight into what’s happening, and whether there’s anything to the North Korean threats of nuclear war.
891 Fiscal Doomsday: When It’s Coming and What It Looks Like
Apr 18 • 50 min
The March 2017 report of the Congressional Budget Office paints a grim picture about the fiscal future of the United States — but don’t we hear a lot of grim predictions, and don’t things usually carry on as before? Gene Epstein explains what’s really go
890 Yemen: The War the World Forgot
Apr 17 • 24 min
Under both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, the U.S. government has supported Saudi Arabia in a savage war that is leaving a humanitarian catastrophe in its wake, with (according to recent estimates) some 462,000 in danger of starvation. Where is the moral
889 The Biases of Historians, Beneath a Magnifying Glass
Apr 12 • 39 min
Paul Gottfried takes delight in skewering the historical profession and the biases that lurk beneath their pretensions to impartiality. We cover Otto von Bismarck, World War I, Germanophobia, and a lot more in this punchy episode.
888 Trump New Jersey Campaign Chair Says Neocons Got to Him
Apr 11 • 30 min
New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty, who was co-chairman of the Donald Trump for President campaign in New Jersey, has condemned the strike on Syria and wants to know what happened to the “forget all these wars, we have to rebuild our own country” rh
887 Eric July Returns: Rothbardian Band Hits Billboard Charts
Apr 10 • 32 min
Eric July, the frontman of Backwordz, a rap/metal band, returns to discuss Veracity, the band’s debut album, which debuted on the Billboard charts at #5 for hard rock (not to mention #2 on the Heat Seekers chart and #1 on the Alternative New Artist chart
886 Trump Launches Strike on Syria
Apr 7 • 40 min
As if his warnings to Barack Obama about intervention in Syria had never been uttered, Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria yesterday. Scott Horton joins me to discuss this horrific mess.
885 After Communism, Liberty: Discussion With the Heroic Josef Sima
Apr 6 • 29 min
At age 42, Josef Sima already has a record of accomplishment in promoting Austrian economics in Europe that can rival that of almost anyone else. We talk communism, post-communist ideological opportunities, how successful politics is in bringing about pos
884 The U.S. Enters World War I: Wilson’s Folly Revisited, a Century Later
Apr 5 • 33 min
It’s been exactly 100 years since the United States officially declared war on Germany and entered World War I. I review the momentous significance of that decision with Hunt Tooley, my favorite historian of the war.
883 Trump, the House Freedom Caucus, and Where Things Stand
Apr 4 • 38 min
Scott Horton and I discuss Trump, the House Freedom Caucus, Russia, and other topics drawn from the headlines.
882 Tatiana Moroz on Cryptocurrency, Causes Worth Supporting, Being an Independent (and Pro-Liberty) Musician, and Creepy People in the Liberty Movement
Apr 3 • 35 min
Tatiana Moroz, a liberty movement veteran, joins me to discuss a wide variety of topics, including how she uses cryptocurrency to support her work; being an independent musician in the Internet age; creeps in the liberty movement (shocking, right?); Ross
881 Ron Paul and Connor Boyack on How to Teach the Nonaggression Principle
Mar 31 • 30 min
Ron Paul returns to the show to discuss the foundations of libertarianism — along with Connor Boyack, author of a new children’s book that features a character based on Dr. Paul. We also get a glimpse into the Paul household. Lots of fun!
880 My Responses to the Social Justice Warriors
Mar 30 • 36 min
I joined Marc Clair on his Lions of Liberty podcast to discuss common objections to the market, plus the plague of the Social Justice Warrior. I defend myself against a drama queen on Facebook, too.
879 Is There a Case for Bearishness? (Are We Always Bearish?)
Mar 29 • 33 min
Some economic numbers today look pretty good, so is there a case for bearishness? At the same time, aren’t Austrian-influenced investors always bearish? We sort it all out in today’s episode.
878 Anarchism in Ireland: The History Nobody Knows
Mar 28 • 35 min
The legal system that prevailed in Ireland for thousands of years was radically different from what we are familiar with today, with our monopoly judges and emphasis on retribution over restitution. But if you were to ask the average American about any o
877 Why the Health Care Bill Failed, and What It Means for the Future
Mar 27 • 28 min
Donald Trump suffered a setback last week when the American Health Care Act lacked the votes to pass. Here’s a great discussion of why it failed and what its failure means for the future.
876 The Inequality Hucksters
Mar 25 • 38 min
Inequality is the battering ram the left is using these days to justify all kinds of programs of intervention. In this episode we drive a stake through its heart.
875 Taxation Isn’t Theft Because It’s Not Your Money
Mar 23 • 36 min
Philosopher Philip Goff argues that you have no moral claim to the money you earn on the market, because its distribution of money is arbitrary. We hit back.
874 Snappy Answers to anti-Libertarian Questions
Mar 22 • 32 min
Zack Rofer (the pen name of the author of the book being discussed today) joins me to deal with a bunch of the most common questions libertarians are asked. This episode will lift a weight from your shoulders.
873 Why the Greenbackers Are All Wrong About the Fed
Mar 21 • 37 min
Some people — known popularly these days as Greenbackers — oppose the Federal Reserve for all the wrong reasons: it doesn’t inflate enough (!), the bankers will wind up with all the money thanks to compound interest, there isn’t enough money created to
872 Obamacare, Trumpcare, and Rand Paul: A Closer Look
Mar 20 • 31 min
With several options on the table on a complicated issue full of technical details, I thought it was a good time to bring on an expert who could explain them all to us — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
871 How to Keep the Spooks from Snooping Through Your Email
Mar 17 • 31 min
We know the government snoops on email and other electronic communications, and yet most of us do nothing about it: we figure we’d have to be full-time techies even to begin to figure out how to protect ourselves. DigitalSafe CEO Alain Ghiai joins me tod
870 Am I “Fake News”?
Mar 16 • 27 min
Harvard University’s library system just released a guide to “fake news” and propaganda websites. Guess who’s on there? So’s,, and even Wikileaks. Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss what we should make of this.
869 Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
Mar 15 • 29 min
The federal government has extended its authority into so many areas, and employed statutory language so vague, that ordinary people have found themselves criminals without having done anything they believed to be unlawful. Harvey Silverglate has observe
868 Science Fiction, Liberty, and Dystopia
Mar 14 • 45 min
Hillsdale College’s Brad Birzer discusses libertarian themes in some of the great works of science fiction.
867 The Trump Win and the Hillary Loss: Presidential Historian Doug Wead Breaks It All Down
Mar 12 • 32 min
Historians will be discussing and debating the election of 2016 for a long time to come. Doug Wead’s new book takes us through the history of the Clintons and the Trumps, all the way through the election season and its unlikely outcome. You’ll enjoy this
866 The Truth About Fat, and the Corruption of Nutrition Science
Mar 10 • 32 min
How did the low-fat, high-carb diet become entrenched within nutrition science, to the point that dissenters virtually disappeared? The answer gives us a fascinating glimpse into how nutrition science — far from being dispassionately devoted to whatever
865 Taxation Isn’t Theft, Because of the Social Contract
Mar 9 • 23 min
I critique an article trying to disprove the libertarian claim that taxation is theft. The social contract makes it all right, the author says….
864 The Bogus Public Goods Rationale for Government
Mar 7 • 42 min
We’re told we need government because only the public sector can give us “public goods,” which are either impossible to produce privately or are produced in the wrong quantities. In this lesson from my Ron Paul Curriculum course on government I put this
863 Trump and the Budget — More of the Same?
Mar 6 • 14 min
Today I review Donald Trump’s recent speech to Congress — a speech the media loved, I’m sorry to report — in terms of what it’s going to mean for federal spending and the budget.
862 The Alt Right
Mar 3 • 37 min
Paul Gottfried, longtime veteran of the American Right and foe of the yawn-inducing “conservative movement,” discusses the significance of what has become known as the “alt right.”
861 The Anti-Imperialist League and the Struggle Against Empire
Mar 2 • 31 min
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, an ideologically diverse group of people joined together to fight against the drift of the United States into imperialism, particularly in the repression of the independence movement in the Philippines. It’s a great stor
860 Skeptics of Capitalism, and How to Persuade Them
Mar 1 • 32 min
Today I talk to libertarian writer Antony Sammeroff of the Scottish Liberty Podcast, who recently gave a talk against the “basic income guarantee” idea to a crowd that liked the idea, and at the end was cheered. So we discuss capitalism, persuading oppone
859 The Bureaucrat Kings: The Origins and Underpinnings of America’s Bureaucratic State
Mar 1 • 32 min
How did federal agencies become unaccountable fiefdoms? The story goes back over 100 years, and I discuss it with the author of a brand new study of this most unfortunate development.
858 How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
Feb 27 • 32 min
Basing myself on the Harry Browne book of the same name, I discuss how in my own life I’ve found freedom: from neoconservatism, from academia, and from povertarianism. Fun!
857 Trump and the Deep State
Feb 24 • 24 min
We hear a lot about the opposition of the “deep state” to Trump, and that there’s an effort at work to undermine him from within. What is the deep state, and is there anything to this?
856 The Thomas Jefferson Nobody Knows
Feb 23 • 30 min
Kevin Gutzman returns to explain where historians have gone wrong on Jefferson, why Jefferson was no conservative, the ups and downs of his presidency, and more.
855 Student Disagrees with Me: Libertarians Should Speak Out in Class
Feb 22 • 23 min
I favor speaking up in all kinds of situations, but a college classroom isn’t a good one, in my opinion. The other kids don’t care what you have to say and resent you for speaking, and the professor can make your life miserable. Marcelo Guadiana, a senior
854 Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
Feb 21 • 33 min
The debates and policies that gave rise to American empire occurred at the very end of the nineteenth century, in conflicts that found Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain at odds. Author Stephen Kinzer joins me to discuss the transformation of America away
853 A Crummy Ranking of the Crummy Presidents
Feb 20 • 32 min
C-SPAN recently posted the results of a survey of presidential historians, where they were asked to rank the presidents. Good grief, folks. I discuss some of the results.
BONUS Ep. 852 Entrepreneur Leaves High-Salary Job He Hates, Becomes Master of eCommerce
Feb 20 • 36 min
Steve Clayton has guts. He held a top position at Labcorp, where you’ve likely gone if you needed blood work done. Hundreds and hundreds of people reported to him, and he earned a fortune. But one day he decided: I hate everything about this job, and I re
851 Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America
Feb 17 • 43 min
Thomas Jefferson, says biographer Kevin Gutzman, is the most significant statesman in American history. We discuss Jefferson’s views on federalism, education, the University of Virginia, slavery, colonization, American Indians, and freedom of conscience.
850 How Federal Bureaucrats Are Making Criminals Out of Ordinary People
Feb 16 • 37 min
Sheriff Richard Mack joins me to discuss the plague of federal bureaucracies charging people with inane offenses and ruining their lives.
849 The Perils of a National History Curriculum
Feb 15 • 31 min
Dedra and Brad Birzer, who teach at Hillsdale College, join Tom to discuss the various guidelines issued to teachers of Advanced Placement history, in order to help students prepare for the Advanced Placement exam. It’s the usual controversy: two options,
848 I Shouldn’t Write Off the Left Altogether?
Feb 14 • 37 min
Comedian, podcaster and television personality Dave Smith offers another perspective on my “leftists are hopeless” position.
847 A Conflict of Visions: Michael Malice and Tom Talk Thomas Sowell
Feb 14 • 31 min
Of all the books Thomas Sowell wrote, A Conflict of Visions was his favorite. There he discusses the fundamental ideas, the competing visions of man and the world that constitute the roots of where our political debates come from. Michael Malice and I dis
BONUS Ep. 846 How a Guy on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List Took His Company to Massive Success
Feb 12 • 34 min
Nathan Bond, co-founder and CEO of Rifle Paper Company, made the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015, and has had explosive success since the company’s opening in late 2009. How’d he do it?
845 Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education: Are There Positive Things to Hope For?
Feb 10 • 32 min
There are a bunch of unambiguously good things a secretary of education can do (including, of course, setting her agency up for abolition). We discuss a bunch of them today.
844 After 2016, Where Is the Libertarian Party Today, and Where Is It Going?
Feb 9 • 36 min
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I thought it might be worthwhile to discuss the present (and future?) state of the Libertarian Party with a member of the Party’s Radical Caucus, Caryn Ann Harlos.
843 The Roots of Political Correctness, with Angelo Codevilla
Feb 8 • 30 min
This one’s a must-listen, both for the topic and also for the guest: the brilliant Angelo Codevilla. What are the true origins of political correctness? Codevilla traces them to sources you’ll find chilling — but when you hear his explanation, everything
842 Should We Play Nice and Pretend Leftists Aren’t Hypocrites When They’re Suddenly Outraged by Government?
Feb 7 • 42 min
Is there anything to be gained by pointing out leftist hypocrisy — that suddenly they favor limited government, or that they’re outraged by Trump Action A, and said nothing in the face of Obama Action B? Shouldn’t we just be conciliatory and let bygones
841 Libertarian Robert Ringer on Success from Nothing, and on Gurus Who Are Full of It
Feb 6 • 32 min
#1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Ringer discusses going from zero to having the best-selling book in the country, plus the hackneyed success advice from the “experts,” tips for advertising and for life, and more.
840 Disagree with Me? I’ll Chase You Away and Smash a Starbucks
Feb 3 • 32 min
In the wake of the violent protests at (and cancellation of) the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California at Berkeley, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer joins me to assess what’s gone wrong in the universities and what might be done.
839 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Horrors of the Soviet System
Feb 2 • 41 min
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn suffered tremendously at the hands of the Soviet regime, and suffered exile twice after his release from the gulag. How many people in the rising generation know about him? A new book seeks to fix that.
838 What the Obama-to-Trump Transition Could Mean for Our Cars
Feb 1 • 26 min
Eric Peters, the heroic libertarian car expert, joins me to discuss the usual potpourri of car items in the news, including what the new administration may do in the face of the previous administration’s regulatory regime for cars (including the classific
837 Peace Corps Declares War on Philanthropy App Built by My Guest
Jan 31 • 23 min
Gret Glyer, creator of the extraordinary charitable app DonorSee, updates us on its progress — as well as the bizarre opposition of the Peace Corps, which is refusing to allow any of its people to cooperate with DonorSee. End the charity monopoly!
836 A Gun Lawyer’s Briefing on Where Gun Law Is and Where It’s Going
Jan 30 • 36 min
Firearms lawyer Dick Clark discusses current issues in gun law: national reciprocity for concealed carry, why black rifles are nothing to be afraid of, the Hearing Protection Act and the difficulty in obtaining silencers, trends at the state and federal l
835 Entrepreneur Starts Network of Private Schools; Outperforms, Underspends Public Schools
Jan 27 • 28 min
Entrepreneur and Mises Institute benefactor Bob Luddy grew frustrated trying to work within the system, and eventually established a series of private schools whose results have been outstanding. We get the details in today’s episode.
834 Medical Marijuana Is Allowed Only in Some Places, Right? Not If This Company Has Anything to Say About It
Jan 26 • 29 min
Plenty of folks have reported good results against a variety of ailments by availing themselves of medical cannabis options. Some American states have begun allowing the use of such options, though even some of those states limit the permission to patien
833 Libertarians in a World Gone Mad: Trump’s Early Days and the Leftist Response
Jan 25 • 35 min
I just had to discuss current events with someone, so I decided to talk to Jeff Deist, whose judgment I always value. We looked at the left, the right, and libertarianism at the present moment, as unknown four years begin to unfold.
832 Do Men Really Have All the Power? Paul Elam on the Men’s Movement
Jan 24 • 39 min
Paul Elam, the controversial founder of A Voice for Men, joins me to discuss family courts, no-fault divorce, feminism, and the state.
831 Why Christians (and Everyone Else) Should Be Capitalists
Jan 23 • 37 min
Jay Richards responds to arguments we’ve all had to answer at one time or another as we discuss his book Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem.
830 Should We Revere Academia, and Disparage Independent Scholars?
Jan 20 • 28 min
Steve Patterson, an independent scholar, recently released a self-published book on logic. A couple of established academics (both libertarians, by the way) scoffed: why, if this book were any good, it would have been submitted to the peer-review process!
829 You Shouldn’t Care About Oxfam’s Warning on Inequality
Jan 19 • 23 min
Oxfam released a report this week warning about global inequality, and proposing the usual wealth-destroying solutions. Here’s why the report ought to be ignored.
828 Would Imposing Rules on the Fed Solve Our Problems?
Jan 18 • 31 min
There’s talk these days about subjecting the Federal Reserve System to certain rules in order to make monetary policy less erratic and opqaue, and to remove much of the discretion that the Fed has enjoyed over the years. Should we get behind this kind of
827 Laughter Is Better Than Communism
Jan 17 • 34 min
Libertarian comedian Andrew Heaton joins me to discuss topics ranging from licensing to taxation, as only a comedian can.
826 What to Watch Out for in a Trump Presidency
Jan 16 • 34 min
Murray Sabrin joins me to discuss the likely features of a Trump presidency, including the best outcomes libertarians might be able to hope for.
BONUS Ep. 825 Ben Settle, the Iconoclast to Whom I Owe Half My Success Online, Makes His Triumphant Return
Jan 15 • 43 min
It’s not just that I’ve learned more about email marketing from Ben Settle than from anyone else, though I have. (I subscribe to his monthly Email Players newsletter.) I’ve learned a ton about all kinds of things that have helped me become successful onli
824 Do Those 7 Charts Prove Obamacare Has Been a Success?
Jan 13 • 40 min
Obamacare is back in the news as the prospect of its repeal is discussed in the media. The Los Angeles Times ran seven charts that are supposed to show Obamacare has not been a failure, as Republicans contend, but a great success. Bob Murphy joins me to g
823 Major Milestone: Libertarian Walter Block Looks Back on 500 Peer-Reviewed Articles
Jan 12 • 53 min
Prolific libertarian scholar Walter Block recently reached an almost unheard-of milestone: 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals. We look back on the debates he’s had and the topics he’s covered, and he offers advice about writing and publication based o
822 The Work of Thomas Sowell: An Appreciation
Jan 11 • 50 min
Thomas Sowell, a prolific scholar who has had a great influence on me, ended his syndicated column a couple of weeks ago. Gene Epstein of Barron’s joins me for an overview of Sowell’s work on race, economics, and more.
821 Learn Economics from the Master — Painlessly
Jan 10 • 39 min
Shawn Ritenour, a professor of economics at Grove City College, has just filled a very important gap: until now, it’s been hard to find a really good book for people to get started reading Ludwig von Mises, the great economist. I personally felt his intro
820 Speculators Aren’t Evil, and Neither Is Cinnabon: Common Fallacies Refuted
Jan 9 • 33 min
Don Boudreaux, professor of economics at George Mason University, joins me to review some of the more common complaints against markets, as reflected in recent books by well-known authors.
819 The Campus Crazies: What They’re Up to, and What We Should Do
Jan 6 • 43 min
I’ve spoken to numerous professors who have confronted the campus left, so I thought I’d talk to a current college student who writes about these subjects to find out what’s really up and what if anything we can do about it.
818 Rothbard v. Rand? Michael Malice and Tom Discuss
Jan 5 • 37 min
Michael Malice comes to libertarianism more from a Randian perspective, and Tom from a Rothbardian one. Michael recently read The Betrayal of the American Right, Rothbard’s part-history, part-autobiography. The resulting conversation is really excellent -
817 Death by HR: How Affirmative Action Cripples Organizations
Jan 4 • 38 min
Human Resources departments have for practical purposes become wings of the federal regime. Instead of seeking out the best employees who also happen to fit the company’s internal culture, HR departments have adopted a social work philosophy aimed at boos
816 Liberty Lost a Great Historian in 2016 — Plus, Nullification and Listener Questions Answered
Jan 3 • 32 min
We lost Ralph Raico, a great libertarian historian, in December 2016. I spent the first part of this episode discussing his work; see also the link to one of his books below. I also answer several interesting listener questions, then offer to do an escap
815 Are We Like Rome?
Dec 30, 2016 • 41 min
Does the American system bear any resemblances to Rome during its imperial period? Paul Krugman, who has cheered virtually every step toward empire (we’re not talking foreign policy here; we mean empire as in a system dominated by a single man or a single
814 A Feminist Takes a Second Look at the Men’s Rights Movement
Dec 29, 2016 • 39 min
Documentary filmmaker Cassie Jaye began her project on the men’s rights movement as an unsympathetic, almost uncomprehending observer. After letting representatives of that movement tell their story, she had the honesty to admit there was merit in their p
813 Second Amendment Women
Dec 28, 2016 • 26 min
Shari Spivack, president of the Second Amendment Women Shooting Club, discusses gun rights from the point of view of someone who trains people in firearms usage rather than engages in political activism. Some people should probably stuff envelopes, I gues
812 The Truth About Chile’s Augusto Pinochet
Dec 27, 2016 • 40 min
The subject of Augusto Pinochet divides Chileans even today: should he be honored for making Chile more prosperous and desirable than its neighbors, or should he be condemned for human rights abuses?
811 Lew Rockwell on Current Events: Trump, Cabinet, and Russia
Dec 26, 2016 • 29 min
Libertarian titan Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss some names in the Trump cabinet, the alleged “Russian hacking,” and the overall creepiness of the American ruling class.
810 VidAngel Filters Movies for Families — So They’re Being Sued
Dec 23, 2016 • 21 min
Neal Harmon is CEO of, which offers streaming movies filtered according to the viewer’s preference. Should VidAngel be allowed to do this?
809 How Gun Laws Cost Him His Son and His Freedom
Dec 22, 2016 • 36 min
Brian Aitken was sentenced to seven years in prison — later commuted by Chris Christie — on bogus weapons charges. We discuss his case and its larger implications.
808 Deplorable NYU Professor Wins Victory Over SJWs
Dec 21, 2016 • 29 min
Michael Rectenwald, a professor of liberal studies at New York University who describes himself as a lifelong left-liberal, took to Twitter not long ago to express his disgust with political correctness, safe spaces, and SJW intimidation. You can imagine
807 The Thick vs. Thin Libertarianism Debate: Have I Been Wrong All This Time?
Dec 20, 2016 • 35 min
Is libertarianism all about the Nonaggression Principle, or are there supplementary ideas a libertarian must also hold because they uphold the free society? I used to criticize left-libertarians who believed true libertarians had to be feminists, egalita
806 Homeschooling Shouldn’t Intimidate You
Dec 19, 2016 • 29 min
Laura Blodgett, a homeschooling mom of 7, addresses the fears and misconceptions of homeschooling shared by friends and foes alike.
805 Should California Be Split Up?
Dec 16, 2016 • 21 min
The State of Jefferson movement wants to create the 51st state out of northern California, citing total domination of state politics by southern California. We discuss the idea and its progress.
804 Revisiting the Depression You’ve Never Heard Of
Dec 15, 2016 • 22 min
For a long time, nobody wanted to discuss the Depression of 1920-21, since it reversed itself without fiscal or monetary stimulus. But after a few other scholars and I started making hay with this example, Keynesian critics crawled out of the woodwork. My
803 Peter Schiff on Trump, the Trade Deficit, the Fed, and More
Dec 14, 2016 • 39 min
Peter Schiff joins me today to take listener questions. We discuss his impressions of Trump, why he thinks the trade deficit matters, where people should put their money, and a lot more.
802 Way Beyond the Roads: Libertarian Solutions for Other Parts of the Built Environment
Dec 13, 2016 • 36 min
The hosts of the Anarchitecture podcast join me to discuss the differences between libertarian and conventional statist solutions to everything from roads to city planning and garbage collection.
801 Making Poor Countries Rich: Austrian School Insights
Dec 12, 2016 • 33 min
G.P. Manish discusses what the Austrian School of economics can contribute to the debate over what the developing world should do to become wealthy. We also discuss India’s recent demonetization of its 500 and 1000-rupee notes.
800 Albert Jay Nock Said the One Person in the World You Can Improve Is Yourself: or, Here’s What anti-PC Professor Jordan Peterson Does When Thought Controllers Aren’t Harassing Him
Dec 9, 2016 • 38 min
On a previous episode I spoke to Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, about what he endured after refusing to use strange new pronouns to accommodate new “gender identities.” So I thought: why not discuss the guy’s act
799 Trump’s Carrier Policy: How Should Libertarians React?
Dec 8, 2016 • 38 min
How should libertarians respond to Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier to help it keep jobs in the United States?
798 How the Disasters of Venezuelan Socialism Have Been a Boon for Bitcoin
Dec 7, 2016 • 29 min
The perverse outcomes of Venezuelan socialism have had an interesting and perhaps unexpected side effect: they’ve given a shot in the arm to Bitcoin, the nonstate currency and payment system. Jim Epstein tells us the surprising story.
797 The Real Fidel Castro, Not the Cutesy One Who Made Everyone Literate
Dec 6, 2016 • 37 min
The version of Fidel Castro’s life we get from Hollywood and the media is cartoonish and laughable. Here’s the real story of Cuba and Castro, with every progressive talking point answered.
796 Secession Is for Morons, Says Ben Stein
Dec 5, 2016 • 24 min
Actor and presidential speechwriter Ben Stein thinks secession talk is “silly,” and then proceeds to repeat the usual non-arguments against it. I’m by myself in this episode, responding to what Ben had to say.
795 Liberty, Guns, and 3D Printing: Discussion with Cody Wilson
Dec 2, 2016 • 31 min
Cody Wilson created intense controversy in 2013 when his company published plans online for the Liberator, a functioning pistol that could be produced with a 3D printer. By popular demand, he joins me to talk about his experiences and his outlook.
794 The State vs. Parents
Dec 1, 2016 • 28 min
We keep reading of horror stories involving parents being harassed and punished by the state for reasons that seem ridiculous to normal people. My guest today, who heads the National Association of Parents, is fighting back.
793 What Should Libertarians Think of the Dakota Access Pipeline?
Nov 29, 2016 • 28 min
The Dakota Access Pipeline has elicited much protest and controversy. What are the rights and wrongs of the matter? Whose property is involved? Rob Port joins me to find some answers.
792 Old Left, New Left, Frankfurt School, and Today
Nov 28, 2016 • 32 min
The left’s goals and strategies have changed over the years. Nikos Sotirakopoulos helps us make sense of all these terms — New Left, Old Left, etc. — and discusses the shift in emphasis from economics to culture.
791 War Is a Racket: The Life and Thought of Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler
Nov 25, 2016 • 33 min
CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.
790 The Evils of Dodd-Frank
Nov 24, 2016 • 28 min
Peter Wallison joins me to discuss the horrifying face of financial reform, and why it should be completely repealed.
789 Whether the Left Can Be Reached, and How Libertarians Should Proceed
Nov 23, 2016 • 33 min
Jason Stapleton and I review a recent article of mine on how easy — or difficult — it will be to use the election of Donald Trump as an opportunity to persuade leftists that they should favor smaller government.
788 More Perverse Consequences of Regulation: Automobile Edition
Nov 22, 2016 • 27 min
The great Eric Peters, who runs, joins me to discuss the perverse results of automobile regulation, how a Trump administration might affect the car market in the US, and standouts for the 2017 model year.
787 The Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and “Limited Government”
Nov 21, 2016 • 34 min
Are your progressive friends correct to say the US Constitution is not a limited government document after all? Bill Watkins joins me to discuss both the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, and what the light of history can tell us about each.
786 Why the Electoral College Is Great, and No One Should Even Think About Abolishing It
Nov 18, 2016 • 34 min
Ever since the election of Donald Trump, the electoral college has been in the left’s crosshairs. Why, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote! She should be the winner! Kevin Gutzman, Brion McClanahan, and I discuss what’s so dreadfully wrong with this conv
785 Trump: His Election and His Direction, with Lew Rockwell
Nov 17, 2016 • 36 min
Lew Rockwell returns to the show to discuss the election of Trump, the left’s reaction, early indications of where he might go, and dangers to watch out for.
784 The Road to Serfdom — What Kids and Adults Can Learn from It
Nov 16, 2016 • 28 min
Connor Boyack, creator of the Tuttle Twins children’s books series, has just today released the latest title in the series, based on F.A. Hayek’s classic book The Road to Serfdom. We discuss themes from that book — themes most adults could stand to hear
783 Did Crazy Financial Instruments Bring Down the Economy?
Nov 15, 2016 • 39 min
The conventional wisdom holds that mortgage-backed securities, credit-default swaps, and the like were responsible for the fragility, uncertainty, and ultimate collapse of 2008. Is that true? Professor Ed Stringham offers a revisionist account.
782 Another Professor Refuses to Surrender to the Campus Snowflakes
Nov 14, 2016 • 47 min
Professor Anthony Esolen, author of many books and acclaimed translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy, unexpectedly ran afoul of the campus thought police in recent weeks. He suggested in print that the kind of superficial, bean-counting “diversity” with which
781 What Trump Needs to Hear About Foreign Policy
Nov 11, 2016 • 58 min
Some of Trump’s instincts are noninterventionist. Since there’s a good chance he’ll surround himself with interventionists anyway, here’s what he ought to hear about various hotspots around the world, and why nonintervention is the way to go every time.
780 A Gallop Through the History of Economic Thought
Nov 10, 2016 • 43 min
Economist Bob Murphy, who co-hosts the Contra Krugman podcast with me, gives us an overview of the errors and brilliancies of the 19th century.
779 What the Trump Victory Means: Michael Malice and Tom Discuss
Nov 9, 2016 • 37 min
Donald Trump was elected president last night against all odds. Michael Malice joins me to discuss what it all means.
778 That Guy T: Black Libertarian Talks Anarcho-Capitalism, BLM, and Killing It on Social Media
Nov 8, 2016 • 42 min
Taleed Brown, known to his social media fans as That Guy T, discusses anarcho-capitalism, Black Lives Matter, being a black libertarian, and building up a large social media audience.
777 Three Scams: Higher Education, “More Technology in the Classroom,” and Leftist Comedians
Nov 7, 2016 • 36 min
Brett Veinotte and I discuss the higher ed scam, the “we need more technology in the classroom” scam, and the leftist comedian scam.
Bonus Ep. 776 Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business
Nov 6, 2016 • 41 min
John Chisholm joins me to discuss how to come up with the idea for a successful business, how to test ideas, scale your business, and more. Plus: how entrepreneurs make the world a better place.
775 Minimalism: Liberate Yourself and Live a More Meaningful Life with Less Stuff?
Nov 4, 2016 • 37 min
Joshua Fields Millburn, half of the duo known as The Minimalists and himself a libertarian, discusses how the pursuit of consumption may add to rather than fill a spiritual void, and how withdrawing from the consumption frenzy can be liberating.
774 What Have We Learned from Wikileaks?
Nov 3, 2016 • 31 min
Wikileaks has released so many emails to the public that it can be hard to get a handle on it all. Tracy Diaz, an old hand in the liberty movement who’s been following Wikileaks closely, joins me to discuss the bombshells in those emails.
773 Psychology Professor Resists “Gender Identity” Crowd, Gets Attacked
Nov 2, 2016 • 29 min
The University of Toronto’s Jordan Peterson became notorious practically overnight for refusing to buckle under pressure to use “gender-neutral” pronouns with people of different “gender identities.” Professor Peterson argues that claims of the existence
772 NSA Surveillance: Founder of Software Engineers for Liberty Speaks Out
Nov 1, 2016 • 40 min
Brandon Navom, creator of Software Engineers for Liberty and a Ron Paul delegate in 2012, tells the truth about the NSA’s surveillance activities.
771 Inequality Makes You Die Sooner, and Other Anti-Capitalist Doozies
Oct 31, 2016 • 26 min
If you’re like me, you bash your head against the wall at all the crazy anti-libertarian memes and talking points you run into on social media. We answer a whole bunch of them today.
770 Doug Casey: International Speculator, Take No Prisoners Libertarian
Oct 28, 2016 • 27 min
Doug Casey, author of the best-selling investment book of all time (Crisis Investing), returns to discuss his defense of a non-p.c. occupation: speculator. We also discuss how young people can get an advantage in the world today, where the great opportuni
769 Science, the Environment, Climate, and the Market
Oct 27, 2016 • 30 min
Marc Morano joins me to talk about market solutions to environmental issues — plus, claims about renewable energy, hurricanes caused by climate change, and more.
768 Syria, Russia, and the American Candidates: Scott Horton Gives Us the Scoop
Oct 26, 2016 • 47 min
The situation in Syria is dangerous and volatile, with the potential for an American conflict with Russia very real. Scott Horton helps us evaluate what the two major candidates have had to say about this critically important subject.
767 Romans 13: Does It Mean Christians Can’t Be Libertarians?
Oct 25, 2016 • 37 min
Romans 13 has generated an overwhelming amount of discussion and debate regarding Christian belief and political obligation. Pastor Larry Beane joins me to get to the bottom of what it really means. While we’re at it, we discuss Christian libertarians, p.
766 By Popular Demand: How I Podcast, Self-Publish, Blog, and More
Oct 25, 2016 • 31 min
People have been asking: can you do an episode on how to podcast? Or how to self-publish a book? And so on. Even if you’re not interested in starting a podcast, I think you’ll enjoy this behind-the-scenes episode, which also introduces my new free eBook,
BONUS Ep. 765 How My Mom Started Earning an Online Income as an Affiliate Marketer
Oct 23, 2016 • 31 min
This year my mother learned how to earn dough by promoting products as an affiliate. She created a great affiliate site and began to rank very highly on Google for various keywords. How did she do it? By following the guidance of Andrew Hansen, the Intern
764 The US Government’s War on Poker
Oct 21, 2016 • 43 min
The US government all but shut down Internet poker several years ago, leading one of my friends to move out of the US so he could continue playing. Adam Haman, a player with 25 years of experience, joins us to discuss the war on gambling as well as offer
763 The Final Rockwell-Woods Debate Analysis Episode of 2016
Oct 20, 2016 • 36 min
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the last presidential debate of this election season, and Lew Rockwell and Tom are here with the most sought-after analysis in the libertarian world!
762 Don’t Believe the Propaganda About Central Banks, and Much More Advice from Tom
Oct 19, 2016 • 34 min
Here’s an interview I did on the Kennedy Financial podcast, covering all kinds of topics: 19th-century bank panics, what kind of gold and silver coins you should have, how to work online without a boss, and much more.
761 The Real Reason Libertarians Don’t Matter in Politics?
Oct 18, 2016 • 29 min
Some say libertarian views aren’t heard in politics because libertarians don’t vote, so there’s no point in courting them. The real reason tells us much more about politics, voting, and the state.