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Two Scottish Libertarians Discuss Current Affairs. Scottish Liberty Podcast brought to you by Antony Sammeroff and Tom Laird will deconstruct the news and current events from a 3rd wing, libertarian, perspective. Everything in Scotland seems to be left-vs-right but we are more interested in freedom than partisanship. Subscribe!
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The anarcho Agenda is a weekly podcast where news and politics are discussed from a liberty-oriented perspective, adding a dram of Scottish culture. This podcast is covered by the BipCot NoGov license. This allows use and re-use by anyone except governments and government agents. Learn more at http://bipcot.org
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Bob continues his feud with George Selgin, explaining why the alleged free banking period in Scotland doesn't show that free-market banks would carry low reserve ratios. Reason Debate Between Bob and George Selgin: Mises.org/HAP453a George Selgin Interview on Free Banking: Mises.org/HAP453b Selgin's Response to Bob on Twitter: Mises.org/HAP453c Rot…
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In a new YouTube series, former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich promises to explode ten "economic myths." Jonathan Newman joins Bob to respond to the first two episodes in the series, regarding whether economics is an objective science, and whether government intervention interferes with a free market. Robert Reich's 'Debunking Economic Myths' S…
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Economics researcher Joakim Book joins Bob to discuss his recent article on the dollar's international dominance at the American Institute for Economic Research. US Sanctions incentivize foreign governments to find alternatives to the dollar, but none have successfully escaped Washington's grip. Joakim argues that alternative payment systems are in…
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Jonathan Newman returns to help Bob dissect a Twitter thread melting down about Rep. Massie's new bill to End the Fed. The X thread discussing the "End the Fed Bill": Mises.org/HAP450a Selgin, Lastrapes, and White, "Has the Fed Been a Failure?": Mises.org/HAP450b Bob's Article, "Putting the Country Back on Gold": Mises.org/HAP450c The Mises Institu…
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Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He joins Bob to discuss his book, detailing the impact that immigrants' culture has on the institutions of their new home. Professor Jones' New Book, The Culture Transplant: Mises.org/HAP449a The Mises Institute is giving away 100,000 copies of Murra…
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Mateusz "Matt" Machaj holds a PhD in economics and is a Fellow with the Mises Institute, who has also won both the Douglas E. French and the Lawrence Fertig prizes in Austrian economics. He joins Bob to discuss his new booklet from Routledge, which explains how mainstream economists have responded to the recent bout of price inflation. Dr. Machaj's…
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Stephanie Kelton is the star of a new documentary film touting the alleged brilliance of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Murphy gives a comprehensive critique of the film, covering the flaws in its theory, history, and policy recommendations. Finding the Money Documentary: Mises.org/HAP447a Bob's Book on MMT, Understanding Money Mechanics: Mises.org/…
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The Mises Institute's Connor O'Keeffe recently wrote an article detailing the campus protests over the happenings in Gaza. Connor joins Bob to discuss his article, the recent antisemitism bill, and why we should be defunding universities. Connor's Article on the Campus Protests: Mises.org/HAP446a Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy o…
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Recently on Twitter, as a reaction to an FT post worrying about the growing debts of various governments, fans of MMT were posting screenshots from a May 2020 FT debate involving Stephanie Kelton. The implication was that Kelton had correctly predicted that government debt would be benign. Bob and guest Jonathan Newman dissent. Stephanie Kelton and…
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Historian David Beito has a new book from the Independent Institute titled, "The New Deal's War on the Bill of Rights." He joins Bob to discuss issues such as the Japanese concentration camps and the government's mass surveillance of telegrams. David's new book, The New Deal's War on the Bill of Rights: Mises.org/HAP444a Human Action Podcast listen…
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Simon Guenzl joins Bob to push back on Dave Smith's recent appearance, where Dave had made the case against open borders. Guenzl has published a libertarian critique of the Hoppean framework. The debate revolves around the status of government property. Bob plays devil's advocate, especially with a lightning round of "hard cases" for Guenzl at the …
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Nick Gillespie, editor-at-large for Reason, recently got into a friendly dispute with Bob over whether American libertarians were being too pessimistic. He joins Bob to make the case for optimism, while Bob demurs. Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Guido Hülsmann's How Inflation Destroys Civilization: Mises.org/HAPodFree…
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On March 26 Bob gave this talk at Oklahoma State, where he was invited by the Free Enterprise Society. He assumed the students had no prior knowledge of the topic and made the case, from scratch, for a voluntary society with privately provided legal and defense services. Bob's article, "Libertarian Law and Military Defense" in Libertarian Papers: M…
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Ryan McMaken recently gave a talk at Oklahoma State outlining the history of secessions and making the case that they promote liberty and peace. He joins Bob to discuss his major themes and to address common objections. Ryan's Talk at Oklahoma State: Mises.org/HAP440a Breaking Away: The Case for Secession: Mises.org/HAP440b Human Action Podcast lis…
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Christian Sandström is a Swedish economist who joins Bob to discuss his new (co-edited) book, which makes the case that massive government funding projects aren't necessary to promote science or industrial growth. Dr. Sandströmm's Moonshots and the New Industrial Policy: Mises.org/HAP439a Human Action Podcast listeners can get a free copy of Dr. Gu…
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Tom DiLorenzo spent a long and productive career in academia before assuming his current position as president of the Mises Institute. He joins Bob to discuss his early days getting into economics, and some of his important work on antitrust policy. He also discusses his popular books on Abraham Lincoln. Though it all, Tom stresses the importance o…
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Brent Johnson of Santiago Capital created the "dollar milkshake" theory, which says that in a global sovereign debt crisis, the USD, gold, and US stock market will all rise. He joins Bob for a friendly disagreement over the dynamics of a decline in foreign demand to hold USD. The ZeroHedge Debate: Mises.org/HAP437a Bob's Post-Game Analysis of the D…
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Dave Smith makes the Rothbardian/Hoppean case for government restriction on immigration, arguing that it's a second-best solution given the undeniable fact of government control of "public" property. Bob plays devil's advocate to raise possible objections to Dave's framework. Rothbard, "Nations by Consent": Mises.org/HAP436a Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "On…
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On February 13, 2024, Bob participated (with Jim Rickards, Brent Johnson, and Michael Every) in a ZeroHedge debate on the fate of the USD. In this episode of the Human Action podcast, Bob highlights some of the key issues and explains why he thinks his side won. The ZeroHedge Debate: Mises.org/HAP435a Brent Johnson's Milkshake Theory: Mises.org/HAP…
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Bob goes solo to give a point-by-point rebuttal to James Lindsay's recent essay arguing that "national divorce means national suicide." Bob argues that James employs inconsistent claims and ignores the tremendous economic boon to an independent Texas. James Lindsay's Article "National Divorce is National Suicide": Mises.org/HAP434a Bob's Book "Comm…
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Academic VP of the Mises Institute, Joe Salerno, joins Bob to discuss his talk at the Supporters Summit, centering on the mainstream's focus on "rules vs. discretion" in monetary policy. Salerno explains how President Eisenhower's administration marked a pivot away from the ideology of inflation. Dr. Salerno's Talk at the 2023 Supporters Summit: Mi…
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Economist Peter St. Onge summarizes some of the major financial and government news stories of the day. Bob's Mises University Talk 'Price Inflation: Corona vs. QE': Mises.org/HAP432a Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and Patrick Newman in Tampa on February 17: Mises.org/Tampa2024Use code "Action24" for 15% off admission. Human Action Podcast listen…
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New Hampshire has an independence movement, plus, do libertarians hate poor people? Subscribe via this link: This podcast is covered by the BipCot NoGov license. This allows use and re-use by anyone except governments and government agents. Learn more at https://bipcot.org Support me on Patreon: Send Bitcoin: 1MnoYoPirXQHfhknDxbDHhLsF9u7kUggKy Send…
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Bob goes solo to discuss a recent Twitter controversy, in which opponents of a proposed tax argued that unrealized capital gains couldn't possibly be a form of income. Bob cites both Austrian theory and corporate accounting practice to respond that all capital gains are income, which is not to say that they ought to be taxed. The dispute is importa…
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Economic giant Robert Solow died in December 2023. He was a Nobel laureate, and four of his PhD students went on to also receive the Nobel. He is known for the growth model named in his honor. Garett Jones of GMU joins Bob to discuss the work of Solow, focusing on the possible tension between the Solow model's conclusions about capital accumulation…
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Murray Sabrin joins Bob to discuss his upcoming online course on the economics of the US healthcare system, including practical solutions. The course begins in mid-January 2024. Dr. Sabrin's New Online Course: Mises.org/HAP429a IPAK-EDU.org is offering the following discounts: 50% off until Jan 6th with code: COUNTMEIN 25% off after January 6th wit…
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On episode 117, I talk about my New Hampshire adventures. This podcast is covered by the BipCot NoGov license. This allows use and re-use by anyone except governments and government agents. Learn more at https://bipcot.org Subscribe via this link: Or, where ever you listen to podcasts. Support me on Patreon: Send Bitcoin: 1MnoYoPirXQHfhknDxbDHhLsF9…
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Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics and chairman of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With Alex Tabarrok, he runs the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. Tyler joins Bob to discuss his latest book. Tyler's New Book for Free: Mises.org/HAP428aTyler's Blog: Mises.org/HAP428b Join Tom DiLorenzo, Joe Salerno, and P…
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On a recent installment of the Pynx debate series, Bob had a friendly debate with Dean Baker on a soft or hard landing in 2024. In this episode of the Human Action Podcast, Bob comments on the key disputes, underlying the differences between the Austrian and Keynesian frameworks. Bob's Debate with Dean Baker: Mises.org/HAP427a Bob's Paper on the In…
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Daniel Miller, founder and president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, joins Bob to discuss the exciting developments in the push for a referendum on Texas secession. Daniel explains the prospects and then answers common objections to the idea. Daniel Miller's Website: Mises.org/HAP426a Bob's Pamphlet on Texas Independence: Mises.org/HAP426b Human…
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The US Government will face another round of federal debt expansion in 2024, but will there be enough creditors to allow their continued spending? Investors are not buying Treasury Debt at forecasted rates, foreign investors are exiting federal debt, and even the Federal Reserve is reducing its treasury holdings. Dr. Jonathan Newman recently wrote …
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Nicolás Cachanosky was a co-author on the dollarization proposal for Argentina that Javier Milei publicly endorsed. Nicolás explains to Bob the outlines of the proposal, which involves replacing pesos with USD for bank deposits, currency in circulation, and central bank liabilities. How to Dollarize Argentina: Mises.org/HAP423a Rear More from Nicol…
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Murray Sabrin has a long history with the Austrian movement and is one of two people who had Murray Rothbard on his PhD committee. He talks with Bob about his memoir, From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story. Murray Sabrin's Substack: Mises.org/HAP422a From Immigrant to Public Intellectual: An American Story: Mises.org/HAP422b Rothb…
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Mises' work explains how laissez-faire economies have incentives to be peaceful with each other, and how, inversely, tariffs and protectionism create isolation, instability, and war. His words are especially prescient today as conflicts rage and tensions between superpowers continue to rise—mirroring the rise in state power across the globe. Dr. Jo…
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"Econ Bro" (who wishes to remain anonymous) is a Nigerian scholar who realized the limits of his conventional economics training and then discovered the work of Murray Rothbard and other Austrians. He now seeks to help his country and the world by spreading the truth. Econ Bro's Article on The State as a Rejection of God Part 1: Mises.org/HAP420a E…
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On episode 116 I discuss Ian Freeman's sentencing, plus, did Tim Ballard rustle Russell? This podcast is covered by the BipCot NoGov license. This allows use and re-use by anyone except governments and government agents. Learn more at https://bipcot.org Support me on Patreon: Send Bitcoin: 1MnoYoPirXQHfhknDxbDHhLsF9u7kUggKy Send Bitcoin cash: qpp62…
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Recently Yaron Brook and Bryan Caplan debated the merits of anarchism at the Soho Forum. Bob critiques Brook's opening statement. The Soho Forum Debate: Mises.org/HAP419a Bob's Book on Market Anarchy, Chaos Theory: Mises.org/HAP419b Rothbard's Book on Natural Rights and the State, For a New Liberty: Mises.org/HAP419c Hans-Herman Hoppe's Book on Pri…
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Brian Albrecht joins Bob to discuss the work of this year's Nobel (Memorial) Prize Winner Claudia Goldin, with an emphasis on the male-female wage gap. Claudia Golden and Tyler Cowan Discuss The Gender Earnings Gap: Mises.org/HAP418a Claudia Golden's Paper on The Pill: Mises.org/HAP418b More Content from Brian: Mises.org/HAP418c Join us in Fort Mye…
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Jonathan Newman rejoins Bob to explore more of the mechanics and political implications of the Fed's current state of insolvency. The Mercatus Article on Quantitative Easing: Mises.org/HAP417a Furman's Op-Ed in the WSJ: Mises.org/HAP417b Join us in Fort Myers on November 4 to cut through the campaign talking points and offer an uncompromising look …
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Andreas Granath is a recovering socialist who discovered the truth and beauty of Austrian economics and libertarianism. He joins Bob to discuss his recent article explaining the different definitions of "inflation" and why it matters. Andreas' Mises Wire Article on CPI: Mises.org/HAP416a The Silly IMF Tutorial on Inflation: Mises.org/HAP416b Bob's …
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Alex Pollock has decades of experience in financial markets, including a position as President of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He explains to Bob the mechanics of the Fed's current insolvency and its implications for ordinary Americans. Join us in Fort Myers on November 4 to cut through the campaign talking points and offer an uncompromis…
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Dr. Jonathan Newman joins Bob to break down the data used in a popular productivity vs. pay graph. They show why you should be wary of charts coming from agenda-driven institutions and how you can spot manipulated data. The charts mentioned during this episode are available at: Mises.org/HAP414Charts Gene Epstein on the Bob Murphy Show: Mises.org/H…
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Lawyers for two of the Proud Boys convicted for their role in the January 6 assault on the Capitol are filing appeals claiming that they are being subject to a "trial tax," being punished for rejecting a plea deal offer. Bob uses the occasion to explain his long-standing objection to plea deals. Article on the 'Trail Tax' Imposed on the Proud Boys:…
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Ryan McMaken joins Bob to discuss the surprisingly negative reaction (from a Reason writer and Tyler Cowen) to Oliver Anthony's hit song, "Rich Men North of Richmond." Ryan and Bob defend the lyrics, arguing that Anthony doesn't say anything objectionable from either a libertarian or economic perspective. Listen to Oliver Anthony's "Rich Men North …
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Peter Lewin joins Bob to discuss his work with Nicolás Cachanosky on uniting Austrian capital theory with mainstream finance. Peter's New Book on Capital and Finance: Mises.org/LewinBook Join us in Nashville on September 23rd for a no-holds-barred discussion against the regime. Use Code "HA23" for $45 off admission: Mises.org/Nashville23…
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Peter St. Onge joins Bob to discuss his latest piece at Mises.org on "China's Doom Loop." They cover a wide range of topics, including the contrast in leadership between Xi Jinping and Deng Xiaoping, the dollar as global reserve currency, the Belt and Road Initiative, and Jim Rogers' prediction that the 21st century would belong to the Chinese empi…
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Coming up on Anarcho Agenda 115, I talk about why moving is important. This podcast is covered by the BipCot NoGov license. This allows use and re-use by anyone except governments and government agents. Learn more at https://bipcot.org Subscribe via this link: Or, search for Anarcho Agenda where ever you listen to podcasts. Support me on Patreon: S…
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Jonathan Newman joins Bob to discuss the argument being put forth by Alan Blinder, James Galbraith, and other progressive economists, who claim that the Federal Reserve's rate hikes couldn't possibly be responsible for the quelling of consumer price inflation. Jonathan and Bob stress the important role of expectations as a "transmission mechanism" …
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Ryan McMaken joins Bob to discuss the recent US Women's World Cup elimination, and to dispel the myth that markets are discriminatory. After defending Megan Rapinoe's failed penalty kick, they dismantle her outspoken views on "equal pay" in sports, and examine the left's claim that law is required to fix prejudice in the labor market. Join us in Na…
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