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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!

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    Ep. 1978 Reagan Admin's David Stockman Lays Out a Program for Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 43:37


    You and I complain a lot, and rightly so, but we do of course have a positive program. I asked David Stockman, who was director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan Administration, to outline what specifically we should do if the political winds ever shifted seriously in our direction.


    Ep. 1977 Michael Malice on How to Use Social Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 38:50


    Michael Malice, King of Twitter, has built a large audience in part through his astute use of social media. Sponsor: With Egnyte, your small to medium-size business can share files securely, safe from ransomware, and with a user-friendly interface your team will love. Start your free trial today at .


    Ep. 1976 Is AOC the Best Libertarian in Congress? That's What Left-Leaning Libertarians Say

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 36:10

    Left-leaning libertarians have actually been claiming, if you can believe this, that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose worldview is altogether confused and state-centered, is actually the best libertarian in Congress. She is certainly better, they say, than Thomas Massie. Since this is insane, I decided to smash it. Sponsor: Getting clobbered by your competitors? Invisible in the search engines? Your leads at a trickle -- or nonexistent? Persist SEO can turn that all around for your business. Check them out at

    Ep. 1975 Entrepreneur Sells Breathable Mask, Big Tech Pounces

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 29:25

    Chet Peters, who operates Fake Mask USA, has had to reckon with Big Tech in all its various manifestations while selling to the public an actually breathable mask. Sponsor: Cheeky Maiden Soap is a family-run business operated by libertarian fans of the Tom Woods Show that makes all-natural soaps and other cleansers that you'll surely love. Take 25% off your order with code WOODS at

    Ep. 1974 Jay Bhattacharya on Herd Immunity, Seasonal Spikes, and the Return of Rationality

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 43:35

    Stanford University's Jay Bhattacharya returns to the show to discuss the recent southern spike, the prospects for herd immunity, and his grounds for optimism, among much else.

    Ep. 1973 Warning from Israel: Pfizer, COVID, and Passports

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 36:55

    Israel has been in the news around the world for its vaccination rates and hospitalization rates, and for its "green pass" vaccine passport system. Rafi Farber reports from Israel in today's episode about what's happening. Sponsor: Hey, libertarians stuck in the miserable dating scene: here's what you've been waiting for. Dröm is a free, new, values-based dating app. You pick dealbreakers and dealmakers such as politics, religion and any other values. As soon as someone matches your dealbreakers and dealmakers, and you match theirs, you get a notification. Sign up for free at , and use code woods.

    Ep. 1972 Australian Prison State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 42:10

    David Limbrick, an elected official in Victoria, joins us for an inside look at the nightmare that has descended upon once-free Australia.

    Ep. 1971 The American One Party State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 44:23

    Paul Gottfried joins me to discuss the emerging one-party state in America. This isn't the kind of conversation we might have had in the old days, lamenting the lack of difference between the two parties. This time the emergence of a one-party state is taking a different form: the demonization and isolation of dissidents by the Democrats in particular.

    Ep. 1970 September 11 Remembered, Minus the Propaganda

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 43:03

    Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and foreign-policy adviser to then-Congressman Paul from 2001 to 2012, joins me to reflect on the events and significance of September 11, 2001, twenty years on. Sponsor: Getting clobbered by your competitors? Invisible in the search engines? Your leads at a trickle -- or nonexistent? Persist SEO can turn that all around for your business. Check them out at

    Ep. 1969 Congressman Thomas Massie: Resist the Biden Mandates

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 47:39

    Opposed by midwits everywhere but cheered by lovers of freedom and science, Congressman Thomas Massie has been a voice of reason over the past year and a half. Today I was able to reach him in a remote part of Georgia he was passing through to get his thoughts on the Biden vaccine mandates and what people can do.

    Ep. 1968 The Latest Media Falsehood, Exposed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 27:59

    I cover several topics in this potpourri episode: what life is like in a COVID-normal country, an idiotic and phony story the media jumped on because it made normal people look bad, and the insider who's writing the tell-all book about COVID -- and Fauci and Birx -- in 2020.

    Ep. 1967 Is This Where Secession Begins?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 42:27


    Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement discusses opportunities for an obstacles to Texan secession, and notes that the apparent obstacles are not as insuperable as many people may have thought.


    Ep. 1966 How to Not Suck at Life: Here Are the Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 41:22


    In this day and age it's more important than ever to stand out -- and easier than ever, since more and more people are crazy. In this episode Connor Boyack and I review some of the rules that will serve you (and your teenage children) well.


    Ep. 1965 When Crazy People Conspire Against You, Here's the Mindset You Need

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 53:13


    The lunatics really took things up a notch in 2020 and 2021, such that normal people feel more on the defensive than ever before. Ben Settle, who taught me email marketing, has advice for the world's contrarians in an age when every official channel demands conformity or else. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at


    Ep. 1964 Twenty Years of the Patriot Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 35:48

    Stephen Presser, legal affairs editor for Chronicles magazine and professor of legal history emeritus at Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, joins me for a review of the surveillance state and other issues of current importance.

    Ep. 1963 Secession: Not When or Why But How?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 33:17

    It's more and more obvious that the differences within the United States are irreconcilable. Some form of peaceful separation is clearly the only humane solution. Historian Brion McClanahan joins me to discuss what that would look like in practical terms. Special Offer:

    Ep. 1962 One Country's Struggle Against the New Segregation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 31:22

    The use of vaccination status to divide society into two classes is spreading around the world, more intensely in some places than others. Today we take a look at what's happening in Lithuania, and whether the potential exists for enough noncompliance to bring the system down. Emilia Mituziene joins me.

    Ep. 1961 Who Are the Bad Guys, and What Should We Do About Them?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 42:33

    Once you read Murray Rothbard, you can never look at the world the same way again. In 1992 he delivered the best libertarian speech I have ever heard, so full of insight that I had to devote an entire episode to it. The key questions: who are the bad guys, and what should we do about them?

    Ep. 1960 How to Opt Out from the Technocratic State

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 42:02

    Derrick Broze joins us to discuss agorism and our present situation, and living as free a life as possible even under difficult constraints.

    Ep. 1959 The Evil "Paleo Strategy," Which Isn't and Wasn't Evil at All, and Made Perfect Sense

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 33:54


    We hear from libertarian critics of Ron Paul and Murray Rothbard (yes, such people exist, believe it or not) that they pursued something called "the paleo strategy," which today is ridiculed and dismissed without actually being addressed or refuted. Tho Bishop of the Mises Institute joins me to discuss who the paleos were and, to the extent they had a strategy, what it was. Hint: it did not involve tripping over themselves to adopt whatever crazy cultural demand the left was making on a given day. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at


    Ep. 1958 The Books You Must Read, Plus Stories, Smackdowns, and Fun

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 56:14


    I had a great time talking to Joshua Smith of the Libertarian National Committee (and who hosts Break the Cycle) on a huge variety of topics, including lots of stuff I've never mentioned before. Enjoy!


    Ep. 1957 Politics: the New Religion

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 28:48

    Ever since 1789 and the French Revolution, politics in the West has come to resemble a religion with its dogmas, heretics, and messianic language. In our own day, this is especially evident among the "woke" crowd, but the phenomenon itself is an old one. Special Offer: We love our monthly Happily date box — it's full of games, recipes, and activities that bring us closer together. With a different theme each month, it's something we're always thrilled to receive. Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 1956 The World Is Closing to the Unvaccinated; Can We Reverse It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 32:06

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    Ep. 1955 Medical Freedom and All Your Freedoms: Anthony Welti Goes Cross Country to Defy the Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 36:26

    Liberty activist Anthony Welti has taken to the road to go cross country spreading what he's learned about winning votes, raising money, and persuading people of our ideas. He's been excellent and outspoken on the vaccine passport nonsense and indeed the entire COVID regime. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at

    Ep. 1954 American Indians, Slavery, and Freedom: An Untold Chapter of American History

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 36:53

    Joseph Cotto joins us to discuss his study of the Seminoles (and slavery) in American history, in a story few Americans know.

    Ep. 1953 What American Health Care Needs: More Capitalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 36:11

    Murray Sabrin, who taught finance at Ramapo College for many years, joins us to explain how we take the dysfunctional American health care system and transform it into one that produces excellent care at affordable prices. The main ingredient in this transformation: capitalism.

    Ep. 1952 Scott Horton on What Just Happened in Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 44:07

    Scott Horton joins us to discuss the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, the specifics of how it was done, and the content of Joe Biden's speech to the nation.

    Ep. 1951 Who Is Shaping Your Kids' Brains?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 36:53

    Not people who despise everything you stand for, I hope. Laura Swain joins me to discuss the importance of homeschooling, why it's not overwhelming, and how you can make it work.

    Ep. 1950 Fossil Fuels and Human Flourishing: Alex Epstein vs. AOC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 34:35

    Alex Epstein of the Center for Industrial Progress joins me to discuss his recent congressional testimony regarding the energy situation in impoverished Puerto Rico, where progressives would make an already dire situation much worse. Sponsor:

    Ep. 1949 Mark Sisson on Staying Healthy During COVID and Beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 34:13


    Mark Sisson, creator of the Primal Blueprint, discusses how to maintain optimal health, including a healthy weight, by making sensible choices about how we treat our bodies.


    Ep. 1948 My Covid Experience Didn't Change My Mind a Bit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 22:31

    I talk about my recent illness and why, despite being harsher than I expected, it doesn't change my mind about lockdowns and craziness in the slightest.

    Ep. 1947 "Lefty Lockdown Skeptic" on the Politics and Madness of COVID

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 36:22

    Civil liberties attorney Jenin Younes, who goes by (@Leftylockdowns1), lost most of her left-liberal friends over her stance on COVID and lockdowns, so of course she's an ideal Tom Woods Show guest. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at

    Ep. 1946 The Real January 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2021 32:02

    Dan McCarthy joins me to discuss the real significance of January 6 and the elite response to it.

    Ep. 1945 Tom Returns with Right Said Fred ("I'm Too Sexy") on COVID, the Arts, and the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 46:29

    I'm back behind the microphone after taking it easy during a battle with pneumonia that still isn't quite over, but thrilled to talk to Fred and Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred, who have had #1 hits in over 70 countries and have been outstanding during the COVID fiasco. Sponsor: Save yourself the time and hassle of going to the Post Office, and get discounts on postage, with Stamps.com. Get a four-week free trial plus free postage and a digital scale when you go to , click on the microphone at the top right of the screen, and type code WOODS.

    Ep. 1944 Defend the Guard Against the Feds, with Scott Horton and Dan McKnight

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 37:13

    The great Scott Horton, filling in for a recovering Tom, talks to Dan McKnight about the end of the Afghan War and his organization's work to pass Defend the Guard legislation in the states.

    Ep. 1943 Dave Smith and Jeff Deist on Where Libertarianism Goes Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 51:21

    Guest host Dave Smith talks to the Mises Institute's Jeff Deist about libertarian opportunities in a post-Trump, post-COVID world.

    Ep. 1942 Investing Tips from a Financial Wiz: How to Survive the Inevitable Demise of Fiat Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 44:20


    I got to know the brilliant financial mind Larry Lepard during the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaigns, when at great personal expense he took out full-page ads for Dr. Paul in USA Today and the New York Times. Discussed today: the inevitable inflation and collapse of fiat that is coming, why not to invest in bonds, the relative merits of gold, silver, and Bitcoin. PlanB's "stock to flow ratio" and Bitcoin, Michael Saylor/Microstrategy's Bitcoin-holding "corporate treasury" strategy. When a Bitcoin ETF is coming. How Harry Browne's "permanent portfolio" approach might be adjusted in view of the looming problems with cash and bonds and the emergence of Bitcoin. Guest host Stephan Kinsella fills in for me.


    Ep. 1941 Shane Hazel on the Marines, Liberty and Being a Political "Spoiler"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 27:16

    Guest host Stephan Kinsella talks to Shane Hazel about his growing awareness of liberty and Austrian economics while in the Marines in Iraq, his run for Senate on the Libertarian ticket in 2020 in Georgia and his role as "spoiler," his future plans to run for Governor of Georgia, and his proposals to fix the broken criminal justice system.

    Ep. 1940 Helping the Poor Without the State

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 29:55

    The outstanding Gret Glyer, creator of the DonorSee philanthropy app, has made it possible for donors to see the results of their donations -- you can help fund someone's eye surgery, and you'll receive a video of the person seeing for the first time. Gret has some excellent news for us today and I know you'll all be excited to hear it.

    Ep. 1939 Surviving a Cancel Attempt After a Hate Hoax

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 33:20

    As a philosophy Ph.D. student at Yale University, Sarah Braasch found herself accused of a "hate crime" that a vicious and uninformed social media mob tried to destroy her over.

    Ep. 1938 The War in Afghanistan Comes to an End

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 36:04

    Scott Horton, author of Fool's Errand, a study of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, joins us to discuss the end of the war, and what the U.S. can claim to have accomplished.

    Ep. 1937 Patrick Moore on Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 53:12

    Patrick Moore helped found Greenpeace but left the organization when he thought it had drifted into anti-science hysteria. In his new book Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom, he reviews case after case of scare stories that turned out to have nothing behind them. Special Offer: We love our monthly Happily date box — it's full of games, recipes, and activities that bring us closer together. With a different theme each month, it's something we're always thrilled to receive. Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 1936 Los Angeles is Also a Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 33:50

    The great libertarian comedian Andrew Heaton joins me for, well, a rather unusual but eminently worth-listening-to episode about the horrors of Los Angeles, with a little bit of libertarianism thrown in as well.

    Ep. 1935 Should Libertarians Be Optimistic? Yes, Says Eric Brakey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 26:19

    Former Maine state senator Eric Brakey, who's now with Young Americans for Liberty, makes the case for why libertarians should be optimistic rather than pessimistic. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at

    Ep. 1934 Federal Raids on Crypto Activity in New Hampshire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 29:54

    Back in March a series of raids were carried out on various properties throughout New Hampshire, with six people arrested on charges connected with cryptocurrency activity. The legal outcome could help to establish whether Bitcoin is a currency or an asset, a question that has implications for IRS taxing power vis-a-vis Bitcoin. Aria DiMezzo, one of the six under indictment, joins me to discuss.

    Ep. 1933 The Truth About Antifa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 40:04

    "Antifa is an idea, not an organization," we're told. Well, that "idea" sure seems to burn down a lot of buildings, doesn't it? Jack Posobiec joins me to discuss the violent movement that the media makes excuses for or ignores. Sponsor: Save yourself the time and hassle of going to the Post Office, and get discounts on postage, with Stamps.com. Get a four-week free trial plus free postage and a digital scale when you go to , click on the microphone at the top right of the screen, and type code WOODS.

    Ep. 1932 Does the National Debt Matter?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 45:22

    The national debt grows larger and larger, and yet the average person doesn't perceive any negative consequences. Does it really matter? Gene Epstein joins us to review precisely why it does.

    Ep. 1931 The Economic Condition of Black America in the 20th Century

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 44:22

    Author Germinal G. Van, who emigrated to the United States from the Ivory Coast in 2010, joins me to discuss significant episodes in the recent economic history of black America.

    Ep. 1930 The Enemy of the People, Covington Catholic Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2021 33:29

    Documentary filmmaker Steve Oldfield joins me to discuss his new film on how the media and its celebrity accomplices joined forces to try to destroy an innocent kid. Sponsor: Happily -

    Ep. 1929 Recollections from the Ron Paul Days: The Remnant Awakened, and the Bad Guys Did Their Worst

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 38:52


    A member of my Supporting Listeners group suggested that I revisit the old Ron Paul days (the 2008 campaign in particular) for the sake of the young folks who weren't around for them and don't understand how significant they were. I've got some pretty detailed recollections here that I'm sure you'll enjoy. And since next month at the Young Americans for Liberty event I'll be on a panel commenting on the great For Liberty documentary about the 2008 campaign, the time seemed right to do this. Extraordinary things happened in those days. Enjoy.


    Ep. 1928 Will the U.S. Help the World Reopen?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 25:31

    A journalist in the UK, heartened by the US reopening, hopes it will spur his countrymen into opposition and in favor of freedom. Sponsor: Press House Coffee: Take 20% off your first order when you use promo code WOODS at

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