The Tom Woods Show

The Tom Woods Show

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Join New York Times bestselling author Tom Woods for your daily serving of liberty education! Guests include Ron Paul, Judge Andrew Napolitano, David Stockman, and hundreds more, with topics like war, the Federal Reserve, net neutrality, the FDA, Austrian economics, and many other subjects of interest to libertarians. Join us!

Episodes

Ep. 877 Why the Health Care Bill Failed, and What It Means for the Future  

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.

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Ep. 876 The Inequality Hucksters  

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.

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Ep. 875 Taxation Isn't Theft Because It's Not Your Money  

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.

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Ep. 874 Snappy Answers to anti-Libertarian Questions  

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.

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Ep. 873 Why the Greenbackers Are All Wrong About the Fed  

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 pay all the principal and interest of all the loans in the economy, etc. They want the Fed to be abolished so the U.S. government can issue the money directly. Not exactly a fundamental disagreement with the Fed! I take them on in this episode.

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Ep. 872 Obamacare, Trumpcare, and Rand Paul: A Closer Look  

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.

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Ep. 871 How to Keep the Spooks from Snooping Through Your Email  

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 today to discuss why privacy matters, and how regular people can reclaim their email and file-sharing privacy.

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Ep. 870 Am I "Fake News"?  

Harvard University's library system just released a guide to "fake news" and propaganda websites. Guess who's on there? So's LewRockwell.com, Antiwar.com, and even Wikileaks. Lew Rockwell joins me to discuss what we should make of this.

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Ep. 869 Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent  

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 observed this trend firsthand over the course of his long career in the law, and he joins me to discuss how bad it is, and what we can do.

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Ep. 868 Science Fiction, Liberty, and Dystopia  

Hillsdale College's Brad Birzer discusses libertarian themes in some of the great works of science fiction.

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Ep. 867 The Trump Win and the Hillary Loss: Presidential Historian Doug Wead Breaks It All Down  

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 conversation.

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Ep. 866 The Truth About Fat, and the Corruption of Nutrition Science  

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 conclusions the empirical evidence pointed to -- became politicized, and how dissenting voices were silenced.

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Ep. 865 Taxation Isn't Theft, Because of the Social Contract  

I critique an article trying to disprove the libertarian claim that taxation is theft. The social contract makes it all right, the author says....

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Ep. 864 The Bogus Public Goods Rationale for Government  

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 claim under a microscope.

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Ep. 863 Trump and the Budget -- More of the Same?  

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.

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Ep. 862 The Alt Right  

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."

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Ep. 861 The Anti-Imperialist League and the Struggle Against Empire  

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 story, which most Americans know little about.

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Ep. 860 Skeptics of Capitalism, and How to Persuade Them  

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 opponents, and more.

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Ep. 859 The Bureaucrat Kings: The Origins and Underpinnings of America's Bureaucratic State  

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.

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Ep. 858 How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World  

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!

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