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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!

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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. 217 Do Deficits Help Depressed Economies?

    Ep. 217 Do Deficits Help Depressed Economies?

    Krugman complains that during the Obama years, when deficit spending was desperately needed, obstructionist Republicans opposed it out of what they claimed was principle, but was mere spite. Now, he says, with a Republican in the White House, they couldn't care less about deficits. What's really going on here? That's our topic for this episode.
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 216 Krugman Hearts Greta Thunberg

    Ep. 216 Krugman Hearts Greta Thunberg

    Krugman says Greta Thunberg is closer the economics mainstream than are her critics. Quite a few whoppers to deal with in this one, as you can surely imagine.
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    • 38 min
    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

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