Don't trust the Headlines?
Then Don't trust The History

The left-wing version of events leaves you unconvinced? You’re in the right place

Dear Freedom Lover:

Tom Woods here.

I hold degrees in history from two of the world's greatest universities: Harvard (where I graduated with high honors) and Columbia (where I earned my PhD).

And I can say with certainty that there is no place on Earth where you are less likely to learn true history – or indeed many other subjects – than at an American university.

For one of my Harvard courses we had to buy our books at a godforsaken place called Revolution Books. Portraits of the 20th century’s great mass murderers adorned the walls there.

I refused to spend a dime in that store.

That was what I was up against. My courses were of two kinds: left-wing craziness or establishment fairy tales.

But that means I know the other side’s arguments inside and out – all the better to give them a good, old-fashioned thrashing

There was one other good thing about Harvard: it had an enormous library. Greats like Murray Rothbard advised me on what books I should study if I wanted to learn the truth. Those books were always sitting right there on the shelf, because (of course) nobody was assigning them.

So I read and studied and learned on my own.

In fact, when I went back to the Harvard library not long ago I flipped through an enormously significant conservative/libertarian book and realized that nobody had taken it out in about 30 years – and then realized that the person who had taken it out 30 years ago was me!

Since then I’ve gone on to write 13 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and win high-profile debates in defense of freedom.

The problem in the universities, though, goes well beyond history. The university system nowadays is truly a disaster area all around.

Psychology and other fields recently went through something called the "replication crisis," where it was discovered that one peer-reviewed paper after another was bogus. Researchers couldn't replicate the results under identical conditions.

Whoops! Sorry we made all that stuff up!

Economics, as you probably know, is in atrocious shape. That once-noble discipline has degenerated into pseudoscience whose purpose is to lend intellectual cover to the various ways the political class pillages the public.

Even medicine has become a joke: Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, said that the problem of medical research fraud "is huge, the system encourages fraud, and we have no adequate way to respond. It may be time to move from assuming that research has been honestly conducted and reported to assuming it to be untrustworthy until there is some evidence to the contrary."

How, dear friend, are you or your children expected to learn the truth, when what we laughingly call our institutions of higher learning are pathetic jokes?

Well, I have the answer.

But first:

Who am I?

In addition to holding those fancy degrees, I’m the New York Times bestselling author of 13 books on history and liberty, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Diary of a Psychosis: How Public Health Disgraced Itself During COVID Mania.

I’ve lectured all over the world, and my prize-winning books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

I starred with Michael Malice in the Politically Incorrect Guide cartoon series.

And at the age of 47 I was the recipient of the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award, given in Vienna by the Hayek Institute and the Austrian Economics Center.

In short, I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve dedicated my life to studying and defending the economics, history, and philosophy of freedom, and teaching it to others.

But I realize most people don’t have the time, funds, or inclination to devote such a substantial portion of their lives to school and study like I did. And so I found the perfect solution: an online resource that can give you the equivalent of a doctoral degree in the philosophy, politics, and economics of freedom in months or even weeks instead of years.

Introducing Liberty Classroom: the premiere online university of pro-freedom thought that you can learn from at your leisure while sitting at your PC or driving in your car.

Liberty Classroom, my dashboard university that I opened in 2012, teaches the history and economics they kept from you, any time of day or night, while you're in your car or doing chores or whenever else you can listen. Wherever you have an Internet connection, you can be de-propagandizing yourself with Liberty Classroom.

With this new knowledge, you can master the facts and arguments behind the ideas you hold dear, so you can persuade all those folks out there who are still reachable that your position is correct. And you can get this education online, without leaving your home, for as little as 24 cents a day!

It’s true: there may be nothing you and I can do about the history department at Yale University. But now we can go around it.

The Issues

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The free market and monopolies.

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Was the Great Depression a case of the free market run wild?

That’s what we learned in school, but it’s not true at all. At Liberty Classroom we teach you about the Federal Reserve System – ignored in nearly all classroom discussions of the coming of the Depression – and explain what really caused the crash.

Has the free market led to exploitation of the environment?

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The Presidents

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The problems with “liberal” interpretations of the Constitution.

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The standard version of US history is the story of the gradual victory of progressivism and centralized power, which are supposed to have brought justice and prosperity to all.

In that version of the story – the version every schoolboy learns while sitting in a classroom with all the presidents’ portraits hung around the room – the people who rule over us are the heroes, doing their very best to make our lives better.

In our version, they’re the villains.

Meanwhile, what’s going on in the professional historical associations? Every last one of their conferences – the Organization of American Historians, the number-one such association, is a prime example – is a worthless, ideologically driven echo chamber, obsessed with race, gender, and (when they occasionally comment on current events) nonexistent "white supremacy.”

That’s what professional historians think you and your kids should be learning.

We have a different view, to say the least.

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Murray Rothbard

…Why Murray Rothbard says every government service should be privatized like all other goods and free-market analysis applied across the board.

Ludwig von Mises

…Ludwig von Mises on why recessions aren’t just causeless, spontaneous occurrences and are not the result of so-called “contradictions of capitalism.” They’re caused by tinkering with the free market, and particularly by pushing interest rates lower than the market wants to set them – like they are right now.

Frederic Bastiat

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Tom Woods

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Dedra McDonald Birzer

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Many Americans, and I suspect you are among them, are deeply unhappy about the direction of our country and the world.

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—Tom Bethell, senior editor, The American Spectator

“You’ve written some great stuff over the years, and you’ve contributed to the education of a lot of people, including myself.”
—David Stockman, former director of Ronald Reagan’s Office of Management and Budget

“Well written, well researched, and the thesis put forth is well argued…. Woods has opened up an area of historical analysis that should invite further study.”
—Journal of American History

“Woods appeals to both left and right in this constitutionalist jeremiad…. The author’s exegeses of the Constitution and court decisions, heavy on original intent arguments, are lucid and telling.”
—Publishers Weekly

“During these times that challenge our freedoms there is no one more qualified to make U.S. history relevant to the fight against big government than Thomas Woods.”
—Barry Goldwater Jr., former Member of Congress

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