I’m subscribed to more than a hundred podcasts, but only three or four are explicitly libertarian ones. Most of the ones I’ve sampled are simply too unfocused, sloppily produced or even juvenile for my tastes.
The Tom Woods Show is a happy exception to the general run of such podcasts.
A historian by training and a best-selling author, Woods eschewed academia in favor of carving out a free lance career that successfully (by all appearances) combines writing, podcasting and online marketing. He is on record as hating the word “eschew,” by the way, and says one should never use it.
I heard Tom speak in person a few years ago at a nullification conference in Raleigh. Most of the attendees appeared to me to be conservative Tea Party types rather than libertarians. He displayed a gift, I thought, for connecting with such an audience and then nudging them a bit more in a radical direction.
His podcast episodes, which frequently have top-notch thinkers and writers as guests, explore perennial subjects of political and economic interest as well as current events. They tend to be both lively and focused, a great combination in any podcast (or radio or TV show). I always learn from them.
Besides the Tom Woods Show, he co-hosts with Robert Murphy a podcast called Contra Krugman, which uses the New York Times columns of Keynesian economist Paul Krugman as a take-off point for exposing the errors of establishment economic thinking.
I once heard the great Doug Casey say, “You libertarians are the greatest defenders of capitalism there are, yet most of you are as poor as church mice.” That really stung. It’s also why I find Woods’ embrace of online entrepreneurship inspiring. He’s made a successful go of it and he preaches that others can and should do the same. His main pulpit for this is his Happy Earner website.
One of his standing offers is to give a mention on his show to anyone who purchases web hosting through one of his links and then starts a blog or other site. As an example, listen to this episode and toward the end you will hear him make some really nice remarks about a blog called Pifflesnoot. Thanks, Tom!