Saturday, June 28, 2014

What Was the American Revolution All About?


Shows You May Have Missed

Here's what we've covered since the last issue of this Letter:

Ten Commandments for Patriots
Iowa radio host Steve Deace talks politics and strategy, and valuable lessons that some portions of the Christian Right have learned in recent years.

Private Defense?
Economist Robert P. Murphy discusses how the free market could provide defense services.

Stockman on War and the Fed
David Stockman, budget director under Reagan, discusses war and the Fed, plus his transition from leftism as a young man, and much more. I made a YouTube out of this show.

Human Scale
Jeff Taylor, author of Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism, fills in some holes in the standard tale of U.S. history.

Forgotten Conservatives and Libertarians
Author Brion McClanahan discusses William Graham Sumner, Grover Cleveland, and M.E. Bradford.

Iraq: The Chickens Come Home to Roost
Scott Horton, host of the Scott Horton Show, explains what's happening in Iraq, and who's to blame. Not to be missed!

I also did an episode on my own this week, critiquing an opponent of the libertarian idea of self-ownership point by point. Click here to listen.

If you haven't already, please subscribe to the Tom Woods Show on iTunes or Stitcher so you don't miss an episode. The show airs for the first time at noon ET every weekday at and then is available in our archive or via iTunes and other podcatchers. And thank you!

Unfashionable Outreach: Libertarians and the Christian Right

Last week on the show I featured Steve Deace of the Steve Deace Show. Steve is associated with the Christian Right in Iowa. I've known him since my appearance on his show in 2010 to discuss my book Nullification was voted best interview of the year by his listeners.

I wound up writing a short piece on my blog about why libertarians should keep the lines of communication open with the Christian Right instead of constanty demonizing them. There is all kind of (unreciprocated) libertarian interest in "reaching out" to the Left, which slams the door in our faces almost always. But there is indeed common ground with the Christian Right -- and this is from someone who, as you know, has beeh sharply critical of them in the past.

The piece generated quite a bit of discussion. Click here to read it.

New Course at Liberty Classroom!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of “The American Revolution: A Constitutional Conflict,” the tenth course at Liberty Classroom. The correct understanding of the Revolution -- that it was a constitutional controversy over the meaning of the British constitution, and fought on behalf of self-government -- is out of fashion in academia. But you'll learn it here. Click here for a list of the topics it covers. Our members are already watching (or listening to) it; every course comes in both audio and video formats.
The course is taught by Professor Kevin Gutzman, whose books include The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, James Madison and the Making of America, and (with me) Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama.

Check out our other courses, all taught by faculty you can trust, and all of which are bundled into your membership.
If you’re not yet a member, now’s a great time to join: we're offering 50% off with coupon code KEVIN (all caps) to celebrate the new course. Check it out!

And of course, homeschoolers should check out
See you next time!