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July 15, 2016

If you follow my show, you know I’m in the process of moving from Kansas to Florida. Choosing a mover is always tricky, so I’m going to share some valuable advice.


Avoid North American Van Lines.


It’s now eight days since the truck was loaded, and the best they could do is tell me they will “try to” deliver our stuff tomorrow.


I knew “try to” was weasel language for “won’t possibly,” so it turns out they’re shooting for Monday now: ten full days after the trailer was loaded.


It turns out the trailer had mechanical problems that kept it in Kansas for four days. Were we notified of this problem, to assist in our planning (given that we’re dealing with hotel accommodations for seven people)? Of course not. We had to dig this information out of them.


Today was the last day of the delivery window they promised us. Given how unhappy we were with their poor communication, you’d think we’d hear from them first thing in the morning.


Nothing.


Meanwhile, Mrs. Woods’s fibromyalgia gets substantially worse every day she is unable to sleep in her own bed. I would have taken her to the ER in the middle of the night last night, but I couldn’t leave my five kids alone in the hotel.


Also, in our consultation with the person who drew up our estimate, we made clear that they would need to pack up TVs and (far more importantly) several extremely valuable works of art. We have this in writing.


The movers arrived, and…they hadn’t heard anything about this. “Maybe we can go buy some bubble wrap,” one of them said.


Bottom line: we’re stranded, thanks to North American Van Lines.


Stay away. Stay far, far away.

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Published on July 15, 2016 11:03 • 3 views

July 12, 2016

Michael Malice discusses his recent Observer article in support of the secession of American states. I throw some common objections at him, and the result is our usual festival of knowledge and fun.


About the Guest

Michael Malice is an author and celebrity ghostwriter. He is also a frequent guest on Kennedy on the FOX Business Network.


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Article Discussed

The Case for American Secession,” by Michael Malice


Guest’s Book

Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il


Guest’s Website

MichaelMalice.com


Guest’s Twitter

@MichaelMalice


Related Episodes

Ep. 326 What I Told the Washington Post About Secession

Ep. 196 Secession, the South, and the Modern State (Donald Livingston)


Previous Appearances

Ep. 679 Voting: Yes or No?

Ep. 659 Afraid of President Trump? How About Presidents in General

Ep. 570 How to Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Bluster

Ep. 552 The Post-Debate Analysis: Tom and Michael Malice Discuss the Hamilton Debate, and What They Might Debate Next

Ep. 551 Michael Malice and Tom Debate Hamilton in NYC

Ep. 432 Debate: Tom Woods and Michael Malice on Alexander Hamilton

Ep. 400 Ayn Rand: The Good and the Bad

Ep. 393 How to Persuade People: Tom and Michael Malice Discuss

Ep. 324 The Real North Korea Interview

Ep. 306 The Cops: Is It a Case of Bad Apples?

Ep. 281 Guest Says Libertarians Should Favor a Hillary Presidency

Ep. 236 The Totalitarian Mind


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Published on July 12, 2016 07:25 • 1 view

July 10, 2016

Robin Koerner joins me to discuss how we can most effectively bring people over to our side. And it’s not how you may think.


About the Guest

Robin Koerner is best known for coining the term “Blue Republican” to describe people who switched to the Republican Party to support Ron Paul. He is also an expert in the art of political persuasion.


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Book Discussed

If You Can Keep It: How We Nearly Lost It & How We Get It Back


Guest’s Website

RobinKoerner.com


Guest’s Twitter

@rkoerner


Related Episode

Ep. 429 Is Reason Enough? Why Your Opponents Won’t Listen (Jonathan Haidt)


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2) Free publicity for your blog. As a special thanks if you get your hosting through one of my affiliate links (this one for Bluehost, or this one for WP Engine), I’ll boost your blog. Click here for details.


3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on July 10, 2016 18:42 • 2 views

July 6, 2016

Brian McGlinchey, creator of 28Pages.org, joins me to discuss the much-discussed, but entirely redacted “28 pages” of an important intelligence report on 9/11.


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28pages.org


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ChrisWilliamsAudio.com


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3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on July 06, 2016 21:07 • 6 views

July 4, 2016

Yes, I know: Hillary Clinton regrets her support for the war in Iraq.


Big freaking deal.


Has she rethought the knee-jerk interventionism behind her decision? Of course not.


Will she support the next seven wars, pushed on us with even flimsier rationales? The question answers itself.


So I understand people’s skepticism, or even outright lack of interest, when a war supporter claims to have changed his mind.


But there are exceptions: people who have really changed their minds. Not only on this particular war, but on the whole mentality that culminates in support for wars like Iraq.


Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina is a good example of this. He’s the guy who urged us to call French fries “freedom fries” in protest of inadequate support from France over Iraq.


Today, Congressman Jones misses no opportunity to denounce the warmongers, and sits on the Board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.


But I’ve got another one for you.


Jim Hale was media relations director for the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. Bill Kristol, John McCain, and similar characters were involved in it. It was big.


Not only has Jim repudiated his support for the Iraq war, but he’s also come out in favor of strict nonintervention, in the tradition of Ron Paul.


How do I know? Because he wrote to tell me he’d been listening to the show for a couple months and learning a great deal from it. I invited him on, and the result is the astonishing episode 691.


As we recorded the interview (several days before it appeared), I asked him if he’d gone public yet with his change of heart.


He hadn’t. I was the first one he told. That was a thrill.


Here’s what else he said, on the air:


I’ve been a big fan of yours now for the last couple of months, when I first discovered you. I never miss a podcast….


I started listening to your podcast, going back and reading the rationale for Ron Paul’s foreign policy. I read his book The RevolutionI’ve got a big stack of books that I took right off your website right in front of me here….


I owe you a big debt, everything I hear on your podcast, and in what you write — I’m almost through right now with The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, which is outstanding…. God has blessed you with extraordinary communication abilities, and I thank you, sir, for everything you’re doing.


That just blew me away.


This is one you’d be nuts to miss:


http://www.tomwoods.com/691


P.S. We’re down to just 9 cabins we can guarantee at current pricing for the Contra Cruise, so if you’d like to go on vacation with me, jump on board now: http://www.ContraCruise.com


P.P.S. Happy Independence Day. Hope you enjoyed my email a couple days ago on the three reasons they don’t dare tell you the true meaning of July 4th….

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Published on July 04, 2016 08:43 • 3 views

July 3, 2016

Jim Hale served as media relations director for the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a key pro-war organization that boasted such members as John McCain, George Shultz, and Bob Kerrey (senator from Nebraska). He is now a Tom Woods Show listener and a convert to noninterventionist foreign policy.


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Related Episodes

Ep. 668 An Economist’s Case for a Noninterventionist Foreign Policy (David Henderson)

Ep. 622 From the Air Force to Rothbard: Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski’s Journey (Karen Kwiatkowski)

Ep. 606 She Saw the Liars Up Close: Lt. Col Karen Kwiatkowski on the Iraq War Propaganda (Karen Kwiatkowski)

Ep. 517 Two Conscientious Objectors from the Air Force Tell Their Story (Justin and Jessica Pavoni)

Ep. 455 Does Noninterventionism Make You a Leftist?

Ep. 343 What I Told Conservatives About Foreign Policy

Ep. 6 Why Nonintervention? (Daniel McAdams)


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1) Free eBook on how to start your blog or website. Click here to get it. Plus, check out my step-by-step video taking you from no blog to a blog in about five minutes!


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3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on July 03, 2016 07:38 • 9 views

July 2, 2016

Environmental protection is one of those hard subjects for libertarianism. Ryan Yonk, co-author of a new book on the subject, joins us to discuss non-bureaucratic ways to think about it.


About the Guest

Ryan M. Yonk is a Research Fellow of the Independent Institute, Assistant Research Professor of Economics and Finance at Utah State University, and Executive Director of Strata Policy.


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Book Discussed

Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment, by Randy T. Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk, and Kenneth J. Sim


Related Episode

Ep. 119 The Environment and the Market (Walter Block)


Listener Website Mentioned

The Essentially Healthy Child (sleep coach!)


Other Podcast

Enjoy the Tom Woods Show? You’ll love my once-a-week podcast with Bob Murphy, Contra Krugman!


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1) Free eBook on how to start your blog or website. Click here to get it. Plus, check out my step-by-step video taking you from no blog to a blog in about five minutes!


2) Free publicity for your blog. As a special thanks if you get your hosting through one of my affiliate links (this one for Bluehost, or this one for WP Engine), I’ll boost your blog. Click here for details.


3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on July 02, 2016 05:57 • 3 views

June 30, 2016

What’s the worst thing in the world, you ask?


Moving.


In less than two weeks we’ll be moving from Topeka, Kansas, to central Florida. And all the stuff I have to do between now and then is overwhelming.


So I’m afraid for the next few weeks, it’ll be around three episodes of the Tom Woods Show a week instead of the usual five. (Also, since Paul Krugman took this week off, Bob and I are also taking a break from the Contra Krugman podcast.)


If you happen to live in central Florida, please save the date: on December 1 I’ll be speaking in Orlando alongside Jeff Deist, president of the Mises Institute. That’ll be my first event in the area after settling in.


And if you happen to live in the Topeka area, I have an absolutely beautiful set of office furniture: two desks, a hutch, two file cabinets, and more, that’s worth thousands of dollars. It’s yours for a pittance if you can move it out yourself.


Here’s how you can tell preparing the move has been an ordeal for us: my friend Brad Birzer just prepared a fantastic lecture series, half of which is on J.R.R. Tolkien, and I didn’t even tell you about it.


The stories we tell ourselves matter, and they matter even to the cause of liberty. They form a major part of who we are, and they explore some of the most important human questions. That’s why Brad created a course for us on mythology and Western civilization.


Here’s Brad’s course:


Lecture 1: Why Mythology Matters

Lecture 2: Logos and Mythos

Lecture 3: Heraclitus and Stoicism

Lecture 4: Zeno and Stoicism

Lecture 5: Virgil and George Washington

Lecture 6: Virgil and Livy

Lecture 7: Cicero and the Natural Law

Lecture 8: Cicero and the Natural Law, Part II

Lecture 9: Sanctifying the Pagan

Lecture 10: The City of God and the Divine Comedy

Lecture 11: Why Tolkien Despised Democracy

Lecture 12: Tolkien and Imagination

Lecture 13: Tolkien and World War I

Lecture 14: Tolkien and Mythology I

Lecture 15: Tolkien and Mythology II

Lecture 16: Tolkien and Free Will

Lecture 17: Tolkien and Heroism


It’s really a mini-course in the great ideas of Western civilization, in its ancient, medieval, and modern variants. Dr. Birzer takes you through the thoughts of the first Greek philosophers, Socrates, Homer, Cicero, Virgil, Sts. John, Paul, and Augustine, and Dante in lectures 1-10, and examines the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien in lectures 11-17.


For the next 24 hours, use coupon code TOLKIEN (all caps) to take 30 smackers off one of our annual plans, and JRR (all caps) to take 110 smackers off our lifetime plan.


So now we have 17 courses at LibertyClassroom.com, all of which can be listened to in the car, at your convenience. And ask Brad all the questions you like in our discussion forums.


Yes, you want to learn all this to be an educated person, but no, you don’t have the time and you’re not so sure which professors would be worth your time. I’ve taken care of both for you. The rest is up to you.


The all-important link, where the cool people congregate:


http://www.LibertyClassroom.com


But these neat coupons go away soon. Would this nice clock lie?


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Published on June 30, 2016 14:30 • 8 views

June 29, 2016

When Salon.com attacks libertarianism, it’s always the same old arguments. Here’s how I answer them.


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Resource Page

Dismantling Salon’s Attack on Ron Paul


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Free Resources!

1) Free eBook on how to start your blog or website. Click here to get it. Plus, check out my step-by-step video taking you from no blog to a blog in about five minutes!


2) Free publicity for your blog. As a special thanks if you get your hosting through one of my affiliate links (this one for Bluehost, or this one for WP Engine), I’ll boost your blog. Click here for details.


3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on June 29, 2016 22:04 • 11 views

June 24, 2016

Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin discusses successes, failures, and what he’s learned from both, on the occasion of the center’s tenth anniversary. This one guy has had a greater impact than entire think-tanks, so we should learn from him. (And since Michael started off as a leftist, we get a good conversion story, too.)


About the Guest

Michael Boldin is executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center.


Special Offer

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Guest’s Websites

TenthAmendmentCenter.com

Legislative Tracking Page: tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com

Model legislation page


Guest’s Twitters

@TenthAmendment

@MichaelBoldin


Guest’s Facebook

Tenth Amendment Center


Related Book

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, by Tom Woods


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Ep. 579 Amazing: ACLU and Tenth Amendment Center Unite Against Surveillance

Ep. 525 States Defy Federal Government in a Dozen Areas, Crickets from the Media

Ep. 327 Nullify! The Agenda for 2015

Ep. 279 Tenth Amendment Initiatives Succeed

Ep. 229 Practical Ways to Defy the NSA

Ep. 190 State of the Nullification Movement

Ep. 161 Five Nullification Bills in One Week

Ep. 109 Nullification Picks Up Steam

Ep. 69 Nullification in 2014

Ep. 1 The Heroic TAC


Listener Website Mentioned

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Free Resources!

1) Free eBook on how to start your blog or website. Click here to get it. Plus, check out my step-by-step video taking you from no blog to a blog in about five minutes!


2) Free publicity for your blog. As a special thanks if you get your hosting through one of my affiliate links (this one for Bluehost, or this one for WP Engine), I’ll boost your blog. Click here for details.


3) Free History Course: The U.S. Presidents — Politically Incorrect Edition. Get access to this 22-lesson course: 22 videos, 22 mp3 files for listening on the go, and a bibliography of reliable books on the presidents. Click here!.


4) $160 in Free Bonuses. Free signed copy of my New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, plus a free 10-lesson bonus course on the foundations of liberty, plus a free year’s subscription to LibertyClassroom.com, when you subscribe to the Ron Paul Curriculum site through RonPaulHomeschool.com.


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Published on June 24, 2016 12:49 • 3 views

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