Thomas E. Woods, Jr.,
is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Meltdown (on the financial crisis, featuring a foreword by Ron Paul), 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, and Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. Click here to read more
Kevin R.C. Gutzman
is the New York Times bestselling author of James Madison and the Making of America, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Who Killed the Constitution? (with Thomas Woods), and Virginia's American Revolution. He is chairman of the department of history at Western Connecticut State University.
is a Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University, and, along with Tom Woods, co-host of the weekly podcast, Contra Krugman.
is the author of The Founding Fathers' Guide to the Constitution and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers.
is chairman of the department of humanities at Faulkner University.
Jeffrey M. Herbener
is chairman of the department of economics at Grove City College, associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, and editor of The Meaning of Ludwig von Mises.
is Professor Emeritus in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. His books include Natural Reason, Murray Rothbard, and Libertarian Anarchy.
is a professor of economics in the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University and a member of the University's Manuel H. Johnson Center of Political Economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Suffolk University.
is Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He specializes in Modern European History and is the author of Western Front: Battleground and Home Front in the First World War and National Identity and Weimar Germany.
is a professor of history at Southern Illinois University and a research fellow of the Independent Institute. He is the author of Beyond the Broker State: Federal Policies Toward Small Business, 1936-1961 and Big Government and Affirmative Action: The Scandalous History of the Small Business Administration, and editor of Race and History in America: The Essential Reader.
is a professor of history and the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies at Hillsdale College. His books include Russell Kirk: American Conservative, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll, and J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle Earth.
is a lecturer in history at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan. She is currently under contract for a book on Rose Wilder Lane and her cohort of public intellectual women. She has written entries for a number of specialized encyclopedias in print and online, including The Black Past, the New Catholic Encyclopedia, and Dictionary of American Biography.
Dear Libertarian Friend:
Decades ago, when I was young and in college, and just starting my journey into the world of libertarian thought in earnest, I ate most of my meals in the campus cafeteria.
Every night after dinner, I’d walk out the front door smack into a crowd of radical students distributing a communist newspaper. I'm not kidding: hammer and sickle and everything.
When they tried to talk me into taking a copy, I refused and explained I was a free-marketeer, which invariably started a heated argument.
I have to confess that I didn’t always cover myself with glory when defending free market thinking.
You see, I was pretty sure the free market was the best way for society to be arranged. But I didn’t always have the facts, figures, and logical arguments to back it up.
Today, that’s all different.
For instance, at a cocktail party, a leftist and I got into a verbal dust-up when he insisted that socialism was the moral approach to government because it helps the poor, while capitalism helps only the rich.
Instead of trying to frame my argument on the fly, I defended the free market with well-thought-out rationales I have acquired through decades of studying and writing about libertarian thought and capitalism.
“In a market economy, producers earn and keep profits, which they use to buy equipment and hire workers, enabling them to produce in much greater quantities at lower cost,” I explained to my leftist opponent.
“People’s real incomes rise, and they become better off, because the economy becomes physically capable of producing in greater and greater abundance at ever lower costs, and the benefit of this greater abundance is lower prices, increasing consumer buying power.”
By the way, this is precisely what happened during the 19th and 20th centuries: People at the end of the last century had to work far less than those at the beginning of the 1900s to earn the necessary purchasing power to buy a wide range of important consumer goods. And this is why the poorest suffer the fewest deprivations in the world’s most market-friendly societies.
With his leftist worldview dismantled in about 120 seconds, my verbal sparring partner left without a comeback and walked off in a huff. That always gives me tremendous satisfaction.
I’m Tom Woods. I am the best-selling author of 12 books on libertarianism and free-market economics, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. See my bio at left for more details.
I have spent literally tens of thousands of dollars and more than a decade acquiring degrees in history, including a bachelor's from Harvard and Ph.D. from Columbia, and have dedicated my life to defending free-market thought and teaching it to others.
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—Ron Paul, former U.S. congressman
“The smartest guy in the room.”
—Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, FOX News
“Tom Woods is one of my dearest allies in the struggle against wrong-headed and dangerous economic policy.”
“You’ve written some great stuff over the years, and you’ve contributed to the education of a lot of people, including myself.”
—David Stockman, former director of Ronald Reagan’s Office of Management and Budget
“A marvelous read. Every chapter taught me something new and unexpected.”
—Tom Bethell, senior editor, The American Spectator
“Well written, well researched, and the thesis put forth is well argued…. Woods has opened up an area of historical analysis that should invite further study.”
—Journal of American History
“Woods appeals to both left and right in this constitutionalist jeremiad…. The author’s exegeses of the Constitution and court decisions, heavy on original intent arguments, are lucid and telling.”
“During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods.”
—Barry Goldwater Jr., former Member of Congress
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