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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. 2179 The Crimes of Communism

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 29:19

    Jason Jewell of Faulkner University joins us to discuss communism (theory and history) and the realities of life under Lenin and Stalin. Sponsor: Liquid IV - Take 15% off your entire order at

    Ep. 2178 How Not to Fight Our Wicked Elites

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 26:34

    In this episode I discuss the damages of COVID fanaticism that can't be captured in statistics, and the insistence that only violent revolution can solve our problems.

    Ep. 2177 Poverty, Inequality, and Government Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 51:50

    The prolific Germinal G. Van joins us to discuss his latest book, a study of poverty, inequality, and economic policy. Special Offer: Happily date box: Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 2176 Food Supply Problems Coming? What to Do

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 37:38

    The founder of the Beef Initiative joins me to discuss what ranchers and consumers alike can do to ensure the uninterrupted consumption of nourishing food.

    Ep. 2175 Taxes and How to Minimize Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 29:23

    Matthew Sercely is a tax advisor who shares your values, so he's part of an exclusive elite. Today we discuss all manner of tax questions. Matthew began his business in 2020, under the pressure of the lockdowns. Another interesting note: it was one of the legendary accountability groups in my School of Life program -- -- that pushed him to get himself on the show, and it worked!

    Ep. 2174 How Should Man Live?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 30:08

    People have been debating that question for thousands of years. In this episode we explore Hellenistic philosophy, and what it means for man to live according to his nature -- a subject that forms the foundation, whether we realize it or not, of so many modern debates. You will impress your friends if you know this stuff.

    Ep. 2173 Equality -- Good vs. Evil Definitions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 27:53

    The word "equality" sure sounds nice, but it's been used on behalf of plenty of evil causes. Is there any sense in which it is unambiguously good? Tom Mullen joins me to discuss the issue, with emphasis on Thomas Jefferson's views.

    Ep. 2172 The True Story of Children's Wartime Experiences

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 36:53

    The great jack-of-all-trades Dominic Frisby joins me to compare lunacies between the UK and the US these days, and then discusses his latest project: a dramatic production based on the actual stories of children separated from their parents during the horrors of World War II.

    Ep. 2171 What We Can Learn from Progressives, and Other Issues with Richard Hanania

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 26:35

    Richard Hanania joins us for a potpourri episode: Ukraine/Russia, wokeism, what non-progressives can learn from progressives, and more.

    Ep. 2170 January 6, Dobbs, Trump, and November

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 39:16

    Dan McCarthy, editor of Modern Age, joins me to discuss the political implications of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe and of the January 6 hearings, what it means for November elections and a possible Trump run.

    Ep. 2169 The Great Reset and Woke Capitalism, with Michael Rectenwald

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 39:40

    The great ex-Marxist Michael Rectenwald joins us to discuss what our elites are up to, and what steps we can take to insulate ourselves against their schemes. Special Offer: Happily date box: Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 2168 Time to Unplug from the Machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 40:01

    David Moore, who recently sold his healthcare business and has been leading entrepreneur groups and masterminds to help people escape the machine, joins me to discuss an approach that's been helping a lot of people break free from the petty tyrants and obtuse ideologues who employ them.

    Ep. 2167 A Career that Gets You Out of the Machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 39:18

    Henry Bingaman is a master with words: his words have sold $300 million in goods and services for his clients (of whom I am one). He's also a libertarian and a Supporting Listener of the Tom Woods Show, and he made a stunning presentation to my in-person event for my School of Life program. Today we talk about an excellent profession for libertarians, and about Henry's own shift away from his previous work and into specifically helping libertarians, at a time when the rest of the world seems to be against us. Sponsor: Liquid IV - Take 15% off your entire order at

    Ep. 2166 What You Can't Say

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 28:39

    Michael Malice says the Paul Graham essay "What You Can't Say" is one of the most important things he's read, so I'm discussing it in today's episode.

    Ep. 2165 How Insane Does Academia Have to Get Before We Say No

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 30:54

    It used to be that you could just grin and bear it through the college-industrial complex. But academia has become so farcical and absurd that it probably needs to be avoided in as many cases as possible. The COVID hysteria and the mandates were the icing on the cake. Cameron Sorsby describes a plausible alternative to this soul-crushing machine.

    Ep. 2164 The Media Left Out Some Teensy-Weensy Details This Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 28:29

    In my review of the news today I notice some odd details left out of major headlines: like the latest BLM celebrity who (the headline doesn't mention) was shooting at a mother and her children, or a weird poll about confidence in Kamala Harris that leaves out the opinion of a rather important country. Fun!

    Ep. 2163 The Problem of (and Solution to) Woke HR Departments

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 41:27

    Kevin Dolan of Exit joins us to discuss the bizarre workplace situation most people face, and why it is that there appear to be no non-woke corporations. We also discuss how to cope in this world.

    Ep. 2162 Emergency Health Care, Ruined by Socialism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 40:55

    Nick Paproski, Chief Operating Officer for a large EMS staffing company and a licensed paramedic, joins me to discuss how crazed regulation has ruined ambulance services, too.

    Ep. 2161 Communism: The Bad and the Ugly, in Both History and Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 45:18

    The title says it all.

    Ep. 2160 Propaganda: The Classic Example from History

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 43:31

    CJ Killmer of the Dangerous History Podcast joins me to discuss British and American propaganda during world War I.

    Ep. 2159 Uprising Against the Anti-Human World Economic Forum

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 31:43

    Dutch farmers have been vigorously protesting restrictions that would devastate both them and the food supply, and the Western media either ignores or misrepresents them. Keean Bexte has been reporting from the ground there and he joins us for a thorough briefing.

    Ep. 2158 If This Doesn't Convince You (of Libertarianism), Nothing Will

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 36:53

    Keith Knight of the Libertarian Institute and I discuss the contributions of some of the most persuasive and original thinkers in our tradition. Book Discussed: The Voluntaryist Handbook or

    Ep. 2157 Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 37:27

    Scott Horton talks arms reduction, Hiroshima, whether reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons is naive/unrealistic, and more. Book Discussed:

    Ep. 2156 How the Fed Ruins Ordinary People

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 27:59

    You may have heard about the Austrian School's free-market explanation of why the economy moves in a boom-bust cycle, but in this episode I walk you through it step by step. Conclusion: End the Fed!

    Ep. 2155 You Won't Learn US History in School (Duh)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 31:12

    We have long deplored how American history is taught in classrooms, at all levels. But most people have done more griping than doing. Connor Boyack just did something we've obviously needed for the past 50 years, but which nobody -- not even extremely well funded libertarian or conservative think tanks -- had bothered to do. It's great news.

    Ep. 2154 Roe Overturned: Historians Discuss the Decision

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 46:59

    James Madison biographer Kevin Gutzman joins me, along with historian Brion McClanahan, to discuss the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade.

    Ep. 2153 Dumb Excuses for the Fed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 24:59

    Hard money is stupid and backward, they say, and the Federal Reserve is necessary to protect us against the wild excesses of a free economy. Oh, and falling prices would be terrible! We're going to smash this today. Special Offer: Happily date box: Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 2152 Tom Woods Show Guest and Philanthropist Shot Dead

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 22:31

    Listeners of the Tom Woods Show will recognize the name Gret Glyer, the young man who spent three years living in Malawi, the world's poorest country at the time, in order to help the most vulnerable and who, at age 26, launched the outstanding DonorSee app, which allows givers to see video footage of the actual effects of their donations. Gret was shot to death in his Fairfax, Virginia, home on June 24, 2022. This episode is in remembrance of him. Support Gret's Family Via Via   Article Mentioned: "," by Gret Glyer

    Ep. 2151 Scott Horton Wins Another Debate, and Discusses Worst Thing in the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 41:26

    The great foreign-policy hero Scott Horton returns first to discuss his recent debate at Porcfest with Cathy Young, and secondly to talk about the ongoing atrocity in Yemen and how we might actually be able to stop it.

    Ep. 2150 The Unknown Villainy of the Fed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 36:45

    With the Federal Reserve once again under scrutiny, it's time to stick the knife in.

    Ep. 2149 Covid Panickers Make Bogus Claims About Risk to Children

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 32:38

    Both the White House and the CDC have made claims in recent days and weeks that Covid is one of the top killers of children, or that for children it's significantly worse than the flu. There is nothing to these claims, and our guest Kelley Krohnert, who discovered the flaw behind the numbers, walks us through the real story.

    Ep. 2148 A (Literal) Student of Rothbard and Hoppe Just Launched Something Massive

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 31:29

    The Mises Institute's Joe Becker, who studied economics at UNLV under Murray Rothbard and Hans Hoppe and worked in numerous capacities for Ron Paul, discusses a major new project from the Mises Institute that people have been wanting for a long time.

    Ep. 2147 What Is Happening With Bitcoin?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 40:25

    Bitcoin has been taking a beating lately. Its critics have been having a field day. What's really going on? Stephan Livera and Guy Swann join us to discuss.

    Ep. 2146 The Regime's Obsession with January 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 40:04

    The great documentary filmmaker Jason Rink joins me to discuss the January 6 hearings and the real story of that day.

    Ep. 2145 Does Intellectual Property Exist?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 68:38

    Is it possible that we've been snookered into believing in a nonsensical concept? Is it possible to "own" an idea? Stephan Kinsella walks us through copyright, patent, trademarks, and trade secrets from a libertarian perspective, and also considers the utilitarian arguments for intellectual property. Sponsor: CrowdHealth - - Enter promo code WOODS.

    Ep. 2144 The Romantic Movement: Lessons for Libertarians? (Woods Singing Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 39:30

    I talk about the ideas behind the nineteenth-century Romantic movement, as well as particular examples in music, architecture, and literature (.e.g., Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the Gothic revival, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, for starters), and then draw a sad conclusion about what it all means for libertarians who argue the way I often do.

    Ep. 2143 Open Source: Voluntaryism in Action (Non-Depressing Episode)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 35:54

    What does it mean when coders tell you something is "open source"? My guess is that most people have no idea. But we should, because we could use a little positive news right about now, and the open source phenomenon is a powerful illustration of our ideas in action. Sponsors: Omaha Steaks: Type WOODS in the search bar at and order the Dads Want Steaks package.

    Ep. 2142 The Money Masters Are Screwing You

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 33:18

    Tho Bishop discusses how he introduces the awful truth about money and the Federal Reserve to potentially sympathetic audiences that have never heard about it before.

    Ep. 2141 News Flash: Libertarians Find Some Backbone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 28:35

    A week after the Mises Caucus came to dominate the Libertarian Party, the messaging is already moving in the right direction. Sponsor: Get your father what he actually wants this Father's Day: steaks. Omaha Steaks has a delicious $99 Dads Want Steaks package that includes 16 entrees he'll love, including bacon-wrapped filet mignons, gourmet jumbo franks, and their air-chilled boneless chicken breasts. Plus caramel apple tartlets for dessert. Plus, as a Tom Woods Show listener, you'll get eight juicy and delicious Omaha Steaks burgers for free. Just type WOODS in the search bar at and order the Dads Want Steaks package.

    Ep. 2140 The State (and Culture) Against Blacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 33:38

    Germinal G. Van returns to discuss the welfare state, cultural attitudes, and other factors undermining the living standards of American blacks.

    Ep. 2139 Aristotle on How to Live a Good Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 32:16

    Is there such a thing as a good life? If so, what does it consist of? Aristotle wrote about this all the way back in the fourth century B.C., and I'm giving you an overview of his conclusions in this episode for all you wonderful nerds out there. Sponsor: Gold River Trading Co. - Take 10% off your order with code WOODS at

    Ep. 2138 Black Culture and Generational Poverty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 29:05

    Germinal G. Van immigrated to the United States from the Ivory Coast in 2010, and at age 32 he is the author of an astonishing 23 books. From this unique vantage point he explores in his new book the various problems facing the black community, the sources of those problems, and what might be done about them.

    Ep. 2137 Libertarians Take Control of Libertarian Party

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 47:52

    Michael Heise of the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus joins me today to discuss the clean sweep his libertarian caucus made at the recent Libertarian National Convention. Sponsor: Get your father what he actually wants this Father's Day: steaks. Omaha Steaks has a delicious $99 Dads Want Steaks package that includes 16 entrees he'll love, including bacon-wrapped filet mignons, gourmet jumbo franks, and their air-chilled boneless chicken breasts. Plus caramel apple tartlets for dessert. Plus, as a Tom Woods Show listener, you'll get eight juicy and delicious Omaha Steaks burgers for free. Just type WOODS in the search bar at and order the Dads Want Steaks package.

    Ep. 2136 Can Capitalism Work in an Age of Digital Privacy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 35:05

    Bestselling author Ryan Levesque returns to discuss the challenges posed by Web 3.0, a world in which privacy-oriented consumers are less likely to make their private information available to advertisers and businesses. Yes, everyone, capitalism can work in an age of digital privacy! Guest's Web 3.0 Workshop:

    Ep. 2135 How to Introduce Our Ideas to a New Audience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 119:06

    This is one of my favorite interviews of all time: I had a chance to appear on the Viva & Barnes podcast, hosted by attorneys Viva Frei and Robert Barnes, and I introduced their audience to the Mises Institute's brand of plumb-line libertarianism. The response was fantastic. Sponsor: Get your father what he actually wants this Father's Day: steaks. Omaha Steaks has a delicious $99 Dads Want Steaks package that includes 16 entrees he'll love, including bacon-wrapped filet mignons, gourmet jumbo franks, and their air-chilled boneless chicken breasts. Plus caramel apple tartlets for dessert. Plus, as a Tom Woods Show listener, you'll get eight juicy and delicious Omaha Steaks burgers for free. Just type WOODS in the search bar at and order the Dads Want Steaks package.

    Ep. 2134 Dr. Peter McCullough on Covid Treatments and Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 44:49

    Dr. Peter McCullough and his co-author John Leake join me to discuss their new book, .

    Ep. 2133 What I Did After Fleeing Facebook

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 33:51

    Mark Weinstein is the founder of MeWe, a Facebook alternative that allows adults to have conversations. I've hosted my Tom Woods Show Elite there for years and we haven't run into a single problem. Mark and I talk social media, suppression of dissident views, and the promise and challenges of new platforms. Sponsor: Gold River Trading Co. - Take 10% off your order with code WOODS at

    Ep. 2132 The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 37:28

    John Mueller of The Ohio State University joins us to discuss why our default posture shouldn't be Munich 1938, in a discussion of his book, .

    Ep. 2131 We Need More Fossil Fuels

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 41:53

    The heroic Alex Epstein joins us to discuss why human flourishing requires more fossil fuels, not less. Book Discussed: Special Offer: Happily date box: Take 50% off your first date at

    Ep. 2130 Dissident Voices and Free Speech

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 35:32

    Allan Stevo, author of Face Masks in One Lesson and Face Masks Hurt Kids, reports on his recent speaking event alongside Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Naomi Wolf against the suppression of dissident voices.

    Ep. 2129 The WHO's Pandemic Treaty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2022 22:42

    There's a lot of concern about a forthcoming "pandemic treaty" from the World Health Organization. In this episode I discuss what it would likely include, as well as whether an international agreement overrides the Constitution.

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