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Tom Woods: Rothbard Changed my Mind about War

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05/27/2016Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

It's Memorial Day weekend, a time when we (hopefully) reflect on war rather than celebrate it. So, it's the perfect opportunity to revisit an inspiring antiwar talk from our own Senior Fellow Tom Woods.

You may not know it, but Tom was once a neocon who considered the libertarian position of noninterventionism unrealistic and naive. But, his mind was changed by none other than the late Murray Rothbard, who convinced Tom that peace and liberty cannot be severed, that empire abroad leads to socialism at home, and that foreign policy should be front and center in a libertarian worldview.

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Tom Woods, a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, is the author of a dozen books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion. Tom's articles have appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, and his books have been translated into a dozen languages. Tom hosts the Tom Woods Show, a libertarian podcast that releases a new episode every weekday. With Bob Murphy, he co-hosts Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast that refutes Paul Krugman's New York Times column.

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