Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses Ron Paul as an economic prophet of sorts (revered by devout followers, scorned by the majority); Woods’s personal transformation from party-line Republican to peace and liberty advocate; Paul’s paradigm shifting moment, where he stood up to Rudy Giuliani’s ignorant tirade about 9/11 in the 2008 Republican primaries; and how the college kids who are reading Mises instead of Keynes – thanks to Ron Paul – could change academia for a generation.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses the Ron Paul revolution and why there are very few popular American uprisings specifically against foreign policy and empire; the “26 Things Non-Paul Voters Are Basically Saying;” the left-right political realignment, putting aside jingoistic nationalism and uniting around a moral foreign policy; and why Ron Paul’s campaign staff should get him into more town hall meetings, where his message really resonates.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses Ron Paul’s preference for a joint police action to arrest and try Osama bin Laden, rather than a covert military operation/execution; Paul’s unhesitating subversion of the popular propaganda line, even though support for the rule of law is a political liability right now; why this may be Paul’s “Giuliani moment” for the 2012 presidential campaign; the conservatives who think civil liberties are touchy-feely Leftist artifacts and don’t see the connection to the Constitution; corporate America’s generous political contributions to Republicans and Democrats but not to the libertarian Paul (meaning they prefer the status quo of corporate welfare and regulatory capture instead of real free markets); the economics of prohibition and the futile War on Drugs; and the May 28 NullifyNow! event in Los Angeles with Woods, Anthony Gregory, Scott Horton and others.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses the pivotal events (Quebec Act, the “shot heard ’round the world“) preceding the Revolutionary War; the persistent myths surrounding the Civil War, southern secession and slavery; how the Union victory transformed the country into a “nation” with a strong central government and budding imperialist ambitions; and the antiwar case for a gold standard monetary system.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses the actual constitutional war-making powers of the president; why UN mandates do not override the sovereignty of national governments; the “imminent attack” exception to a congressional authorization of war (though somehow FDR found the time after Pearl Harbor to ask for and receive a formal declaration); why the US Constitution is better off in the junk yard than the repair shop; and the cynical American priorities responsible for shutting off the streetlights on Main Street before taking away a dime from the empire.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse, discusses why the trillion dollar military budget is the most deserving candidate for federal spending cuts; why the militaryâ€™s aging weapons and vehicles, and the shrunken Air Force and Navy, should make us wonder where all the money is going; how an increase in interest rates would end the charade that US debt levels are sustainable; and some creative ideas on reducing the rolls of social security.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, discusses the few Leftists and many libertarians working to shift the balance of power away from Washington and toward local control; why itâ€™s still hard to shake the nearly 150-year old misconception that secessionists are slavery sympathizers; why an ignorant population is much more likely to inherit an authoritarian state than a libertarian paradise following a government and economic collapse; and polls that show a large majority of Americans prefer unchecked government secrecy and have no interest in maintaining a free press.
Thomas E. Woods and Charles Goyette, authors of Meltdown and The Dollar Meltdown (respectively), discuss Washington Post writer David Broderâ€™s assertion that a war with Iran would save Obamaâ€™s legacy and the economy, why itâ€™s still important to fight against the myth that WWII caused the end of the Great Depression, how surging commodity prices and a falling dollar signal serious consumer price inflation by next year, the post-9/11 economic sugar high engineered by Alan â€śMaestroâ€ť Greenspanâ€™s interest rate cuts, the insignificant spending cuts in the GOPâ€™s â€śPledge to Americaâ€ť and why Ron Paulâ€™s 2012 presidential campaign will be a barn-burner.
Thomas E. Woods Jr., scholar at the Mises Institute and author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, discusses the constitutional power of the U.S. government to raise armies and declare wars, the modern nullification represented by the Bring the Guard Home movement, the evolution of the constitutional system from union to nation, Tom’s idea of reviving the principles of 1798 â€“ nullification and interposition of unconstitutional laws by the states against the U.S. government â€“ to try to force a rollback of the modern authoritarian state, why the national government is a greater danger to Americans’ life and liberty than the state governments, the possibility of the states nullifying the recruitment of their sons and daughters into fighting unconstitutional wars, the members of the ratifying conventions’ understanding at the time of the constitution’s adoption, various examples of modern nullification from guns to pot and historical examples including the sedition act and fugitive slave act.
Thomas E. Woods, coauthor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses Daniel Websterâ€™s stirring speech against the War of 1812, the slaughter of retreating Iraqi soldiers in the 1991 Gulf War and how the institution of war has become the US civic religion.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown and senior fellow at the Mises Institute, discusses “The Birth and Death of the Fed” Mises Institute conference at infamous Jekyll Island, GA, the Fed’s failure to stop the financial panics that were the impetus for its creation in the first place, the gathering of the world’s powerbrokers at the original 1910 Jekyll Island meeting that laid the groundwork for the Fed’s creation in 1913 and the article “The Fed’s Dismal Record” that rebuts the typical pro-central banking arguments.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, discusses the debt some progressive causes owe to statesâ€™ rights, vintage 1812 war propaganda that sounds alarmingly like the run-up to the war in Iraq, state nullification of unconstitutional federal laws and the undue respect given to the Supremacy Clause.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, discusses Seymour Melmanâ€™s [.pdf] research into the societal repercussions of a military economy, the diversion of research scientists from the private sector to Cold War military programs, the transformation of the U.S. university system into a DOD jobs program and the corruption of defense contractors into companies that canâ€™t compete in a free market.