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)
Today’s episode of my podcast is on Bitcoin. I made a YouTube out of it.
That’s what we covered on today’s Tom Woods Show (click here to listen), with guest Erik Voorhees. Check out Erik’s article “Bitcoin: The Libertarian Introduction.” (For my basic overview of the subject with Erik, check out the interview I did with him on the Peter Schiff Show.)
Every January the Mises Institute holds an event in Houston that sells out. Many hundreds of people attend. This year you can hear Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Yuri Maltsev, incoming Mises Institute president Jeff Deist, and me. But do not wait to buy your tickets. Even though the venue is huge, it fills up. Trust me. So if you’re interested, click here and reserve your spot! (This year it’s January 18.)
Left to right: Veronica, Elizabeth, Amy, and Regina. (Too impatient to wait until Monday, when I could scan the photos in my office, so these are actually pictures of pictures, that my wife took with her phone.)
Higgs, a great scholar in many areas, writes today about his 2006 article on Pearl Harbor:
Here’s a little something for all of you red-blooded, Pearl Harbor patriots. Not that you will take it seriously, of course, when you will be so much more comfortable to rest in the lap of the Establishment propaganda you’ve been fed for your entire life. BTW, this little article rests on a tremendous amount of serious historical scholarship (not by me), but as the author of an 1,100-word column in a magazine, I could not do much more than emphasize a few main points.
If you’re going to react to this article by lecturing me about the brutality of the Japanese Empire and so forth, don’t bother. I know about those things. But they are not immediately relevant to the point I’m making here. Besides, the fact that some government somewhere on earth is attacking some other government is never in itself a sufficient excuse for the U.S. government to trick, maneuver, and drag the American people into the fight.
I talked about the economic passages of Evangelii Gaudium on my podcast today. I’ve discussed issues like this at great length before, particularly in my 2005 book The Church and the Market. But I devoted an episode to this because I have been receiving quite a few messages via Facebook and this site from people who were interested in my thoughts.
When I noted on Facebook that I was going to discuss the Pope’s attacks on markets, I was told by at least one person that this was the media’s misleading spin on the Pope’s views. But read the document for yourself. He is indeed criticizing markets. I did not make this up.
There is an unfortunate, if understandable, tendency on the part of some conservative Catholics to pretend, when the scandalous statement of the month emerges from the Vatican, that the popes are being misinterpreted by the media, that they didn’t mean what they clearly did mean, etc. These Catholics attribute thoughts to the post-Vatican II popes that those men did not have.
Another interesting item: there are some conservative Catholics who cannot abide any criticism whatever of any pope, including the implied criticism that accompanies the decision to attend the traditional Latin Mass. (These people had to tie themselves in knots to deal with Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of the way the liturgical reform had been instituted; why, these were arguments that they had spent their lives criticizing liturgical traditionalists for making, and now a pope was echoing them!) Pope Francis himself dealt with these people just weeks ago when he personally telephoned traditional Catholic journalist Mario Palmaro, who had been fired from Catholic broadcaster Radio Maria for criticizing him, to explain that it was “important” for him to hear criticism.
I’ll be hosting the Peter Schiff Show tomorrow (Thursday); the show runs from 10am-12pm at SchiffRadio.com. I’ll be taking calls. Hope you can tune in!