192: Tom Woods – Liberty Classroom


Topic: Today I am joined by Tom Woods - historian, economist, political analyst, and author. Tom wrote the 2004 New York Times bestseller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask. His latest book is Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse

Tom survived Harvard and Columbia
How did he come to be a libertarian?

There's a lot of people today who haven't learned from history
telling us about the importance of learning from history

Last week we had the inauguration
In 2009 with the economic "crisis," the popular theme for the mainstream media was FDR and Great Depression

As Obama's first term was coming to an end the media and Hollywood, who provide talking points and set agendas, began encouraging the masses to make associations between Lincoln and Obama, or at least get people thinking about the "heroics" of Lincoln
-Burton's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer
-Spielberg's even more ridiculous film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
-media starts using the term Civil War for the gun issue
-then Obama is sworn in on Lincoln's Bible
-then Obama's speech is compared to Lincoln's second inaugural address



Lincoln - both parties want to claim him because the lesson is that there is no abuse or overreach of presidential power that could not be justified for a greater good

-why we need accurate history and sensible economics education now more than ever

-these stories are absent from the government school narrative

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Tom's Website

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  1. Great show. I just wish you two had more time to talk. It seems as though you barely scratched the surface on some really cool topics. Maybe next time.

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