ABOUT TOM WOODS

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis.) A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)



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This Guy Led Tax Strikes, and Stopped 400 Tax Hikes

29th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Very nice chat today with Jim Tobin, founder of Taxpayers United of America, who was chronicled by an admiring Murray Rothbard in 1977. He’d just finished reading volume three of Rothbard’s Conceived in Liberty (a four-volume set now available in a single volume), on the colonial period and the American Revolution, and felt inspired.

I suspected the D.C.-connected Tea Party groups would have shunned him, since he actually wants to cut taxes and has even led tax strikes. I was correct, as Tobin explains in our discussion. Have a listen!

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(And check out my new book, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. I narrate the audiobook myself, which you can get for free via TomWoodsAudio.com.)

Carla Gericke Defeats Police in Court; Plus, Life in South Africa

29th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Carla Gericke, president of the Free State Project, joined me to discuss her recent victory over the police in court, plus what it was like to grow up in apartheid South Africa.

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(And of course, check out my new book, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. I narrate the audiobook myself, which you can get for free via TomWoodsAudio.com.)

The Crushing Case Against Antitrust: Tom DiLorenzo on the Tom Woods Show

28th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Tom DiLorenzo, whose books include The Real Lincoln and How Capitalism Saved America, reviews the fallacies behind antitrust law, which is normally described as necessary and benign.

We also mentioned the books Concentration, Mergers, and Public Policy, by Yale Brozen, and Antitrust and Monopoly, by Dominick Armentano.

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(And of course, check out my new book, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. I narrate the audiobook myself, which you can get for free via TomWoodsAudio.com.)

No, You’re Not a Dummy for Believing in God

27th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Among libertarians one finds quite a spectrum with regard to belief in God. Among the atheists, some (though by no means all) seem to have a bit of superiority complex — why, they’re just too darn sophisticated to believe in God, unlike these weaklings who need a crutch, etc.

On my show today I explained why it is not at all unreasonable or “irrational” to believe in God. I went through one of Thomas Aquinas’ “five ways.” The chances that an undergraduate will be exposed at any length to Thomism is about on par with his chances of encountering Austrian economics. It is surprising and disappointing to see libertarians acting like Paul Krugman, who can’t be bothered even to state Austrian business cycle theory correctly before laughing it off. We must demand more of ourselves. Even if you don’t ultimately agree with theists, at least find out what they’re saying before launching into ridicule.

I also address the ridiculous “Flying Spaghetti Monster” thing — that hey, these religious believers may as well revere the Flying Spaghetti Monster while they’re at it! If you have a background in Thomism, it takes precisely 20 seconds to refute this. What’s both sad and funny is that people who throw the Flying Spaghetti Monster around as a way of insulting the intelligence of theists really think they’re sticking it to their opponents, when in fact they are simply making fools of themselves in front of anyone who has actually read the works of classical Western theism.

We owe each other respect and intellectual honesty, in other words, not this kind of gratuitous abuse.

If the material in today’s episode interests you, I recommend these books by Edward Feser: The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism and Aquinas. (Even though Aquinas is part of a “Beginner’s Guide” series, I caution you that it is challenging reading.)

Check out the YouTube version of today’s episode below, and get a commute-sized portion of liberty education Monday through Friday by subscribing to the Tom Woods Show on iTunes or Stitcher!

Feedback from Ron Paul Homeschool Students

26th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

I’m in the middle of producing my third course for the Ron Paul homeschool program. I’ve already done Western Civilization to 1492 and Government (click the links to see the list of lesson topics). Each full-year course is 180 videos: 36 weeks, five lessons per week.

Here’s some feedback I got just last week, about my Western Civilization from 1493 course.

Mr. Woods, I just want to tell you that your method of teaching is really good! For example, in the lesson on the French Wars of Religion, you pieced together a VERY complicated series of events, and I know that I certainly couldn’t do that. Thanks for all the great information you’re giving me!
Ashley

I agree! I hated history, it was my least favorite class and since leaving public school and taking classes online, it is now my favorite subject! You break everything down in a sensible timeline and give thorough backgrounds on the people we are introduced to. It’s easy to understand despite how much information we receive in a class :) Thank you!
Camillie

Yes, thank you. You lead us through boring and dry topics very easily. It’s easy to follow.
Thanks, Myriam

You can get my Western Civilization to 1492 course and my Government course directly from me, if you’d rather not join the Ron Paul program. By next spring you’ll also be able to get Western Civilization from 1493, the course these students are taking, from me also. Here’s the site where I offer my courses a la carte, and here’s the Ron Paul site.

Does Ebola Justify the State?

25th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Could a stateless society deal with a disease like Ebola? If so, how? Economist Bob Murphy joins me for a provocative discussion. Have a listen!

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End the Fed — Then What?

22nd October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

The brilliant Jeffrey Herbener, whose courses in Austrian economics can be downloaded at my Liberty Classroom, joined me today to discuss how the free market can provide money, and that government intervention, either directly or via government-privileged central banks, is unnecessary. Here’s the mp3, and the YouTube is below. Have a listen!

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Ron Paul’s Foreword to My New Book, Real Dissent

22nd October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

Ron Paul was generous enough to write the foreword to my latest book, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. Supporters of my show receive the Kindle edition as a thank you; here’s a link to the paperback edition. And you can get the audiobook for free via the Audible offer at TomWoodsAudio.com.

His foreword follows:

I’ve been delighted to endorse the work of Tom Woods over the years, beginning with The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History in 2004, and continuing with Tom’s books Rollback, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, and Meltdown. I actually wrote the foreword to Meltdown, Tom’s book on the financial crisis. If you had told me even ten years ago that a book written from the point of view of the Austrian School of economics, and which showed that economic downturns are caused not by the free market but by the Federal Reserve’s interventions into the free market, would spend ten weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, I wouldn’t have believed it.

During my presidential campaigns, Tom wrote some of the most effective replies to some of my unkindest critics. Whenever a popular Internet site would run an article with a title like “Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions,” I knew Tom was on the case. His responses, both on his YouTube channel and in writing, were always informed, funny, and devastating.

Tom and I have worked together closely over the years. I asked him to write the Mission Statement and Statement of Principles for Campaign for Liberty, the organization I founded after the 2008 campaign. I invited him to testify before Congress about auditing the Federal Reserve. I’ve invited him to be the opening speaker for me on many occasions, and he spoke at our great Rally for the Republic in 2008. Today, Tom is doing some of his most important work of all, because of the lasting impact it will surely have: he’s designing courses for the Ron Paul Curriculum, my K-12 homeschool program.

The book you hold in your hands is great fun to read, but it’s also filled with useful debating points that will come in handy as you make the case for the free society with friends and family. In endorsing one of Tom’s previous books I called him one of the libertarian movement’s brightest and most prolific scholars, and I am delighted to commend his new book to you. You will enjoy it, and profit from it.

A Six-Figure Monthly Income — From Podcasting?

21st October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

I talked to the extremely impressive John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur on Fire and creator of Podcasters’ Paradise (among other things), on my show today. Here’s the mp3, and the YouTube is below. Trust me, you want to listen to this.

(Disclaimer: the link to Podcasters’ Paradise is an affiliate link, which means I earn a commission if you join. I am recommending it because I am myself a member and have seen its tremendous benefits firsthand, and I think you will find it valuable as well.)

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My Favorite Book

20th October 2014      by: Tom Woods     

On my show last week I discussed themes in my new book Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion, which I think is my favorite among my books. Everything you and I love to talk about: war, the Fed, capitalism, Ron Paul, and more. People have asked me to do more shows without a guest, so here’s another one. I hope you’ll have a listen.

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