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)
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!
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.
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.)
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.
If you don’t already have a membership with Audible, you can get my new book Real Dissent free with their 30-day free trial by clicking here. (If you decide to cancel, you keep the book and pay nothing.)
But what if you do already have a membership with Audible? Well, I can help two dozen of you in that case. I have 24 freebie codes to give away. Send your request, along with your email address, via my Contact page. If you haven’t heard from me by first thing tomorrow, I’m afraid they’re all gone. (But be consoled: you can still get the Kindle edition for a mere four smackers, or automatically as a Supporting Listener of my show.)
Your message should include this: “I already have a membership with Audible, and would like the free audiobook.” Otherwise, get your free copy at this link.
UPDATE: All the codes have been claimed. But everyone else can still use TomWoodsAudio.com.
David Friedman, author of The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, now in a third edition (and yes, he is Milton’s son), joined me to discuss tough questions for libertarians. The YouTube version is below. Have a listen!
A listener writes, “Your podcast with Dan McCarthy on ‘What Do Left and Right Mean?’ was the best succinct contextual background on conservatism and how the neocons have distorted the true meaning over the past few decades that I’ve ever heard. It gave a very clear Orwellian-like doublespeak perspective of how twisted the ‘conservative’ political spectrum has become in 30 minutes.”
I had a great conversation with Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, among many other books, on my show today. The YouTube version is below; for the audio, subscribe to the Tom Woods Show on iTunes or Stitcher, and you won’t miss an episode!
Check out Mark’s blog at MarksDailyApple.com.
Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion, featuring a foreword by Ron Paul, is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. If you’ve enjoyed my replies to our critics over the years, you’ll be pleased with this book.
Please check out RealDissent.com, where you’ll find a link to a free audiobook version (with me reading it!), as well as a short video about the book, and more.
I’d be grateful if you could spread the word — I’ve never done self-publishing before, so promoting a book without a marketing division behind me is something new for me. Enjoy, and thank you!
I spoke to Eric Peters on my show recently and he answered some interesting listener questions. In invited people to submit their questions on my Facebook page (have you ‘liked’ it yet?). Here they are, with the interview at the very end.
“Why did my 30 year old (at the time) 1971 V8 Plymouth get the same gas mileage as ‘modern’ fuel-efficient vehicles? 30ish MPG.”
“I’d ask him about government regulation on fuel efficiency – Does such regulation really help improve efficiency, or would the free market accomplish that on its own without interference?”
“Ask him why he believes the myths and outdated information about Ethanol. Also ask him about Ethanol vapor fuel systems that get 100+ miles per gallon from Ethanol produced from bio waste.”
“I’m interested in small European towns’ experiments in doing without traffic lights, etc.”
“What do you think about self-driving cars?”
“Natural Gas and Propane are both superior fuels to petrol in regard to pollution and price. Why can’t we get a good car on the market that use these fuels?”
“What are your favorite cars and why? (Not ones you’d buy if you had $250,000 to spend.”
“Why is the Volkswagen XL1, which gets 300mpg, not available in the U.S.?”
“You might ask him why he’s so down on Tesla (from what I see at his website) given that the Tesla Model S is deemed the safest car on the road and nobody can touch its technology.”
“I’d ask him about the “black boxes” in cars. How they are there to give info to the car manufacturers and insurance companies to be used against you in case of wrecks. And if there is a way to disable them.”
“What should the ‘rules of the road’ be?”
“Foreign cars, especially Honda and Toyota, are perceived to be better quality than American cars. Is that really the case still?…What what can the government stop doing to revive american auto manufacturing?”
“Can you discuss the Ford Pinto and the suspicion that Ford had been aware of the fire hazard but ignored the safety issue in order to sell more cars?”
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