Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm Joining Forces with Ron Paul

My Opening Talk at Mises University

The Mises Institute's week-long Mises University program, an exciting introduction to the Austrian School of economics, and which I first attended as a student myself in 1993, wraps up today. I spoke several times, and in fact opened the whole event. The topic I was given: "The Role of Austrian Economics in the Liberty Movement."

The Role of Austrian Economics in the Liberty Movement | Tom Woods
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Shows You May Have Missed

Here's what we've covered on the Tom Woods Show since the last issue of this Letter:

"Social Justice" and Christianity
Jason Jewell discusses the libertarian case he makes in an edited volume called Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views.

Is Administrative Law Unlawful?
Philip Hamburger of Columbia Law School discusses his new book, Is Administrative Law Unlawful?

Ralph Nader on Left and Right
Ralph Nader joins Tom to discuss his new book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. I made a YouTube of this interview.

How Government Can Grab Your Stuff
Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform talks about asset forfeiture.

A Judge Against the Drug War?
Judge Jim Gray talks about how his professional experience turned him against the drug war.

Spreading Liberty
John Papola of on his multimedia approach to spreading Austrian economics and liberty.

Austrian Potpourri
Joseph Salerno, director of the graduate program in economics at Pace University, academic vice president of the Mises Institute, and author of Money: Sound and Unsound, joins Tom to cover a wide variety of Austrian ground.

Organized Crime
Tom DiLorenzo discusses his book Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.

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Neocons Take Break from Spreading Radical Islam to Criticize Rand Paul

The neoconservatives over at the Free Beacon, a thought-monitoring website in the mold of ThinkProgress on the left, took time out of their customary schedule of spreading Islamic radicalism around the world to criticize Rand Paul for recommending a few books on foreign policy whose conclusions are not “USA! USA!” and “they hate us for our awesomeness.” (I understand the senator has taken the reading list down, but the Free Beacon kept a screenshot.)

It is “anti-Israel,” we are told, to believe that something other than American awesomeness could account for why the United States went from being deeply respected throughout the Middle East — so much so that Syrians wanted to be governed by the U.S. as a League of Nations mandate after World War I — to being denounced and despised just about everywhere. Yes, I have read books about Islamic violence over the centuries, too, but if that were the whole story, the jihadists wouldn’t make recruitment tapes filled with gruesome evidence of the fruits of Western intervention. They’d just cite the Koran and be done with it.

As usual, the article reads like something out of communist East Germany, solemnly unbosoming the forbidden thoughts to be found in these books as if simply to list them is refutation enough. These men have committed thoughtcrime, citizen. Is that not all you need to know?

Since you’ll probably never, ever guess what has the Free Beacon so upset, I’ll tell you: it’s the suggestion that Israel might — might, I say — have a little bit of influence in the making of U.S. foreign policy. Where could anyone get an idea like that? Who could think such a thing? Why, only a crazy person who hates people, of course.

They’re also upset that Ron Paul thinks a Christian ought to have a hard time endorsing some recent U.S. wars.
These people are filled with hate, citizen! We must silence them! We the silencers, on the other hand, who write Stasi-style editorials, are deeply committed to the brotherhood of man.

I've Joined Ron Paul's Voices of Liberty!

I’m glad to announce that I’m part of Ron Paul’s new venture, Voices of Liberty. Here’s the brief video I made to give some background. Ron emailed me later that day:


Fantastic introductory message. Thanks. At least I know the message of Liberty will be carried on. And hopefully this is just a taste of things to come.


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See you next time!