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)
I talked to Larken Rose on my program the other day about his book The Most Dangerous Superstition. Larken has been wanting to debate an informed statist, so I did my best to play that role in the second half of our discussion.
I’ve had a couple of my books translated into Chinese, but I was still pleased to see this photo of a Principles of Economics class at China’s University of Science and Technology from just the other night. They’re watching my opening remarks to Mises University 2013: “The Attractiveness of Austrian Economics.”
How would private law function? Bob Murphy joined me this week to discuss his provocative book Chaos Theory: Two Essays in Market Anarchy. Bob is strikingly original on this topic, and well worth listening to. Click here for the audio file, and see below for the YouTube.
Yuri Maltsev, an adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev’s government, tells the story of his defection to the U.S., and relates stories from his life in the Soviet Union.
While at Moscow State University, he received special permission to read forbidden, anti-communist books. He was told to take his permission letter, get in the elevator, and press the button that had no number on it. This took him to a floor with two armed librarians, who had him sign still more forms, swearing never to reveal the contents of the books he was about to read.
My whole conversation with Yuri is like this. Have a listen! Of course, to make me happy, you should also subscribe to the Tom Woods Show, which brings you programs like this every day, on iTunes or Stitcher!
Today is “Equal Pay Day,” the day that represents how far into 2014 the average American woman would have to keep working in order to earn what the average American man had earned in the previous year. Women earn 77 percent of what men do, we’re told. This must be caused by — I’ll give you three guesses — discrimination!
Of course, there is no 23% premium that men earn over women; the statistic is preposterous on its face — what firm wouldn’t instantly fire all its male employees and replace them with women in order to earn that kind of return?
It turns out that the alleged pay gap vanishes into thin air when we disaggregate the data and compare apples to apples. I talked about this on my podcast today, with Professor Mark Perry of the University of Michigan. Here’s the link to the audio, if you prefer that, and there’s a YouTube below.
How you can tell Alexander Hamilton was a bad guy: he is revered by the mainstream Left, the mainstream Right, and the so-called moderates. I talked to Tom DiLorenzo, author of Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution — And What It Means for Americans Today, on the Tom Woods Show this week. Here’s a link to the audio, and below you’ll find the YouTube.
As most of you know, I’m preparing courses for RonPaulHomeschool.com; students are already taking two of them: Government 1B and Western Civilization I. Western Civilization II and American Constitutionalism will be available this fall.
My LibertyClassroom.com, whose nine on-the-go courses will be 12 by the end of the year, is having a big promotion to celebrate our two-year anniversary: 50% off a year’s subscription with coupon code DISCOUNT (all caps). Click here to check it out!
Gary Chartier (Ph.D., Cambridge) has written another important new book, this one exploring the work of John Rawls: Radicalizing Rawls: Global Justice and the Foundations of International Law. He explores a major problem with the Rawlsian framework, as you’ll hear in our conversation, and without doing violence to the Rawlsian approach, argues that market anarchism satisfies the demands Rawls makes of a system of justice.
Chartier’s work is a careful study, not a polemic, and he is generous with his subject rather than dismissive or condescending. As a result, he has a top publisher (Palgrave Macmillan), a slate of admiring blurbs from top scholars, and the satisfaction of having made a significant contribution to political philosophy.
I hope you’ll listen to our conversation — which, if you’d rather hear it as an audio file, you can get by clicking here. Otherwise, the YouTube is below.
Today I talked to David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, about a bunch of things, among them the problem with Republicans whose analysis (not to mention their advisers) is Keynesian, warnings from Paul Krugman about “austerity,” and more. Here’s the audio link, if you prefer that to a YouTube. (In the YouTube below I cut out some of my post-show banter, but you can hear the full show in its pristine goodness at the audio link.) And of course, read David’s indispensable book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.
I am a heretic on the “old movies are awesome” question. I find old movies unwatchable.
(1) Plot twists are exceedingly rare. It’ll be a courtroom drama, and the defendant looks clearly guilty. Oh, you think, there’ll be some twist and he’ll turn out to be innocent! Nope. He’s guilty.
(2) The acting is wooden. I am supposed to like Humphrey Bogart, but did he ever utter a line the way a real human being in that situation would have?
(3) Turn off that racket while people are speaking! I don’t need violins playing through the whole movie.
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