Hour 3 - Tom Woods (Mises Inst) on the direction of the Libertarian Party
Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which releases a new episode every weekday. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his master's, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.
Tom is the author of twelve books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion, Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.
His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse (read Ron Paul's foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimedbook The Church Confronts Modernity was released in paperback by Columbia University Press in 2007. A collection of Tom's essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007.
Tom's books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Tom edited and wrote the introduction to five additional books: Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard's The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson's 1875 classic The American Republic. He contributed the preface to Choosing the Right College and the foreword both to Ludwig von Mises' Liberalism and to Abel Upshur's A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of Our Federal Government. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism, part of the Acton Institute's Christian Social Thought Series.
Tom's writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor's Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.
Tom won the $50,000 first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
For eleven years Tom served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine; he is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Tom is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia.
Tom also co-hosts Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast with economist Bob Murphy that provides a free-market response to Paul Krugman's New York Times column.
Tom created 400 videos on history and government for the Ron Paul Curriculum, a K-12 homeschool curriculum.
Finally, Tom operates The Happy Earner, an online entrepreneurship website.
LP Chairman Takes a Swipe at Your Host
14th August 2017 Tom Woods
Today's Tom Woods Letter, which all the influential people receive every weekday. Be one of them.
If I didn't know for a fact you all were lying when you said you weren't interested in libertarian gossip, I wouldn't periodically share some with you.
First (I'll get to the gossip in a second), today I had jury duty. I could have kept quiet about my views on jury nullification, but in practice that was easier said than done.
The judge asked the 56 of us something like, "Are there any of you who, no matter how silly or stupid what I tell you may sound when giving you [legal] instructions, would have any hesitation in following those instructions?"
I couldn't just sit there.
So I raised my hand — the only person to do so.
The judge was not confrontational or unfriendly, but when he asked me about this, I explained that I believed juries had the right to judge both the law and the facts.
As we went into recess, I was approached and told I had been dismissed.
No matter how silly or stupid, will you obey? Yes.
We have lots of work yet to do.
OK, here's the gossip.
I kicked off the Mises Institute's Mises University program this year with a talk called "What I Learned From Murray Rothbard."
I talked about all the history and economics I've learned from him, what his specific contributions were, and his willingness to look all over for the truth — even to people with whom he otherwise disagreed.
Nicholas Sarwark, the chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, didn't bother to listen to the speech before retweeting it with a little lecture:
Of course, I uttered not a single word about political strategy in the speech. Those of you who have listened to it know that.
I gave a speech celebrating everything about Rothbard that no libertarian worth the name could deny.
After all, why would somebody, given the chance to discuss the brilliant Murray Rothbard, want to waste time on anything other than his areas of specialty: economics, history, philosophy?
You think Sarwark, who tweets out safe, boring, chic-libertarian crap all day long, has read any of that?
And why should we take advice on political strategy from — of all people! — the chairman of the Libertarian National Committee?
Now Woods, why the infighting? you say.
Well, when someone misrepresents me to the point of saying up is down, I respond.
Plus, it's fun.
Sarwark takes no position on anything that isn't at least tacitly approved by the New York Times.
Any libertarian who falls outside the libertarianism-is-all-about-pot axis he attacks and ridicules.
"Please, Mr. Good Newspaper Editor, sir, understand that I'm a good and safe libertarian who keeps safely on the 3×5 card of allowable opinion that you have so wisely laid out for us!"
For what it's worth, our friend Michael Malice gave the LP National Twitter account a severe beatdown the other day when it celebrated North Korea for its marijuana laws.
Nobody emerges from a fight with Malice unscathed, so the LP withdrew the Tweet.
(Well, I escaped unscathed when I debated Michael on Alexander Hamilton in an Oxford-style debate before a live audience in New York, and beat the daylights out of him, but….)
Incidentally, I spoke at the Libertarian National Convention last year, and I've spoken at numerous state conventions. So the people seem to like me even if daddy-o doesn't.
Anyway, if these virtue-signaling ninnies are making you lose heart about libertarianism, join me in my private Facebook group when you become a Supporting Listener of the Tom Woods Show, and you'll have great discussions and form wonderful friendships with some truly outstanding folks.
But I warn you: we don't spend time announcing that we're against slavery, or cancer, or whatever. And we don't ask you to, either. We don't assume you're guilty until proven innocent.