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Join Bob Murphy and Tom Woods in this weekly libertarian podcast as they teach economics by refuting Paul Krugman's New York Times column. Plus, expect special guests like Ron Paul, David Stockman, and more!

Contra Krugman Bob Murphy and Tom Woods

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Join Bob Murphy and Tom Woods in this weekly libertarian podcast as they teach economics by refuting Paul Krugman's New York Times column. Plus, expect special guests like Ron Paul, David Stockman, and more!

    Ep. 215 Don't Worry About the Deficit!

    Ep. 215 Don't Worry About the Deficit!

    That's Krugman's message now. Interestingly, back in 2003 the very indicators he's now using to tell us not to worry were actually less pronounced, and yet back then he was warning of a "fiscal train wreck." In any case, today we discuss what the genuine problems with the deficit are, and why it makes perfect sense to be concerned about it.

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    • 36 min
    Ep. 214 Austerity Is Just What the World's Economies Needed

    Ep. 214 Austerity Is Just What the World's Economies Needed

    Krugman blames the "austerity" that began a decade ago for ensuing economic ills and political instability. This is a fashionable enough view, but the evidence against it is more or less overwhelming. Enjoy!

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    • 35 min
    Ep. 213 Trump's Tariff War a Flop?

    Ep. 213 Trump's Tariff War a Flop?

    Although details are still emerging, a deal has evidently been reached between China and the United States regarding trade. Did Trump accomplish anything (from his standpoint)? Was the whole thing a waste of time and resources? Did it create uncertainty in the business world? What should we think about trade deficits? It's all in here, folks.

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    • 34 min
    Ep. 212 Trump, Crony Capitalism, and Impeachment

    Ep. 212 Trump, Crony Capitalism, and Impeachment

    We discuss the impeachment, Krugman's selective praise for whistleblowers, and what the correct approach to the problem of "crony capitalism" should be.

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    • 35 min
    Ep. 211 LIVE FROM VIENNA: Is Europe an Example for the U.S.?

    Ep. 211 LIVE FROM VIENNA: Is Europe an Example for the U.S.?

    We recorded this episode before a live audience at -- of all places -- the Austrian central bank in Vienna, where the Austrian Economics Center held a two-day academic conference. We respond to Krugman's key claim: namely, that Eurosclerosis is long over, and that Europe can no longer be cited with any plausibility as evidence that significant social spending and regulation retard employment.

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    • 42 min
    Ep. 210 Elizabeth Warren's Fiscal Fantasies

    Ep. 210 Elizabeth Warren's Fiscal Fantasies

    Krugman is impressed by the detail and alleged seriousness of Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All plan and how it will be paid for. Bob and Tom, by contrast, are not so impressed.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Jcarrett ,

Great Podcast

I noticed that there were no comments here, so I thought I'd break the ice lol. Great show, great personalities, great topics. It's quite specialized, so I don't think it'll get much recognition (unfortunately). I live in Europe currently and there is a growing libertarian movement. I'd suggest some offshoot episodes (maybe not in this podcast) regarding various countries in Europe (Poland, Germany, etc.) Thanks for the show, though!

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