Scott Horton Interviews Thomas Woods

Scott Horton, September 19, 2008

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Thomas E. Woods, senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and co-author of Who Killed the Constitution? and We Who Dared Say No to War, discusses America’s turn from republic to empire in the late 19th century, the conquest of Hawaii, the bogus propaganda of the War Party then and now, Grover Cleveland’s refusal to steal Cuba, the neoconservatives’ pretended reading of Article II which they say grants the president “plenary” war powers, the leading role of war in setting the precedents which render the constitution irrelevant, the horrible competing doctrines of “the living constitution” and “the president has more authority than God” held by liberals and conservatives, Christian support for the torture state and the Democrats’ complete failure to oppose John McCain and the GOP with any credibility.

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Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. His most recent book is Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman). His others include Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. His critically acclaimed 2004 book The Church Confronts Modernity was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press. A collection of Woods’ essays, called W obronie zdrowego rozsadku, was released exclusively in Polish in 2007. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, German, Portuguese, Croatian, Korean, and Chinese.

Woods edited and wrote the introduction to four additional books: We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now (with Murray Polner), Murray N. Rothbard’s The Betrayal of the American Right, The Political Writings of Rufus Choate, and Orestes Brownson’s 1875 classic The American Republic. He is also the author of Beyond Distributism For eleven years Woods served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine; he is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia, part of the Acton Institute’s Christian Social Thought Series.

Woods is the editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies and a contributing editor of The American Conservative. For eleven years he served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an 11-volume encyclopedia.

7 Responses to “Thomas Woods”

  1. Tom Woods is the MAN! When are you gonna get Ron Paul on the program again. It’s been a while now.

  2. Great Interview! Thanks to both of you.

  3. I would appreciate if you would put the Artist and title of the songs you use for bumper music underneath the interviewee’s bio.

  4. More Thomas Woods please, and is there any way you can get Ralph Raico on your program?

  5. It’s interesting that religious neocons support the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars even though neither conflict fulfills any of the requirements outlined in the Just War Doctrine of Christianity. If Jesus was alive and asked to speak at the Republican National Convention in order to promote his message of peace, then Bush, Cheney, Huckabee, and McCain would order their security goons to drag Jesus out of the arena, physically attack him, nail him to the cross, and leave him to die.

  6. For sure, Tommy.

  7. Interesting interview with Thomas E. Woods. (I read his book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.” Woods, like Thomas DiLorenzo, isn’t afraid to kick sacred asses!)

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