Monday, October 6, 2014

My public-speaking guide? Plus: how to survive a college econ text!

A Woods Guide to Public Speaking?

I am considering writing a short e-book on public speaking. I've had a lot of requests to do such a thing. I'm giving it serious thought, though I'm still trying to figure out if it's something I can truly teach. I myself obey none of the stiff rules one often encounters in public-speaking courses -- gesture this way! maintain eye contact! Etc.

Anyway, if that's something you think might be worthwhile, please let me know. It will help me decide whether to do it or not.

Eventually, I also plan to prepare a free guide for starting your own podcast.

New Woods Book on Verge of Release!

My book Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion is slated for release on October 14Click here to pre-order the Kindle edition; order pages for the paperback and the audiobook will follow soon. It features a foreword by Ron Paul.

If you enjoy my replies to some of our nastier critics, you'll enjoy this book.

A Mainstream Econ Text Dismantled, Chapter by Chapter -- One of My Best Ideas Ever

I consider the newest course at to be among the ten best ideas I have ever had.
Until now, there has been no systematic Austrian response to a mainstream economics text. The major Austrian treatises do not touch upon many of the concepts that students will encounter in their classroom texts. We need a resource that sifts out what is correct from what is incorrect or confused in the mainstream text. And now we have it.

Professor Jeffrey Herbener has taken the highly popular Samuelson/Nordhaus Economics textbook and subjected it to a chapter-by-chapter critique. (See the topics below.) It is the tool we Austrians have been waiting for.

Save yourself lots of trouble and agony by hearing the Austrian reply to what is routinely presented to students. Learn how to respond to typical claims by non-Austrians. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of Austrian economics.

Not to mention: ask the professor all the questions you like, in our discussion forums. And for this month’s live Q&A session we’ll bring on Professor Herbener and you can ask your questions live!

Of course, we have ten other courses, too, in both video and audio, for easy listening on the go.
Lecture topics (each lecture corresponds to the same chapter number in Samuelson’s book):

1. Is there a distinctive economic way of thinking?
2. What is the proper role of the state in the economy?
3. How do prices coordinate social interaction?
4. How useful is demand and supply analysis?
5. Homo Economicus or homo agens?
6. Is the business firm merely a production function?
7. Is cost merely the monetization of a production function?
8. Need competition be perfect?
9. Is competition everywhere imperfect?
10. Is regulation necessary?
11. Is risk distinct from uncertainty?
12. Are income and wealth equitably distributed?
13. Are wages deserved?
14. Do we exploit the environment?
15. Are interest and profit really necessary?
16. Where do we draw the line between the state and the market?
17. How do we help the poor?
18. How should we treat foreigners?
19. What is macroeconomics?
20. Are there any useful macroeconomic statistics?
21. Which is more important, consumption or investment?
22. What causes business cycles?
23. How does money affect production?
24. Is monetary policy stabilizing or destabilizing?
25. What causes economic growth?
26. Why is economic growth uneven?
27. What determines the pattern of international trade?
28. How does an open-economy operate?
29. What causes unemployment?
30. What causes inflation?
31. What are the consequences of government debt?

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Shows You May Have Missed

Here's what we've covered on the Tom Woods Show since I last wrote to you:

The Truth About the Fast Food Protests
Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute's Economics21 discusses the economics of the fast-food protests and the minimum wage, as well as who was really behind all the demonstrations.

Making Economics Funny
Emmy nominee David Angelo joins Tom to discuss his hilarious, and free-market, eEconomics YouTube series. Check out the videos on Financial Regulation and Trickle-Down Economics.

What's Wrong with Healthcare
Documentary filmmaker Colin Gunn discusses his outstanding new documentary Wait Till It's Free.

Chicago vs. Austria, Bitcoin, and More
Economist Robert Murphy returns to the show to answer listener questions. Check out Bob's book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal. See also the Friedman/Murphy debate.

FEE: A Slice of Libertarian History
Larry Reed, president of the iconic Foundation for Economic Education, recalls some libertarian history and discusses the challenges ahead.

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Next time I write to you I'll have a new book! Thanks for reading,