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Woods in February 2011
Born
Thomas Ernest Woods Jr.

(1972-08-01) August 1, 1972 (age 47)
Melrose, Massachusetts, United States
School or
tradition
Austrian School
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B., 1994)
Columbia University (M.Phil., Ph.D.)
Influences Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Ralph Raico, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Stefan Molyneux, H.L. Mencken, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Walter Block, Robert Nisbet, Thomas Sowell, Scott Horton, Gene Epstein, Andrew Napolitano, Michael Malice
Website tomwoods.com

Thomas Ernest Woods Jr. (born August 1, 1972) is an American historian, political commentator, author, and podcaster. [1] [2] Woods is a New York Times Best-Selling author and has published twelve books. [1] He has written extensively on subjects including the history of the United States, Catholicism, contemporary politics, and economics. Although not an economist himself, Woods is a proponent of the Austrian School of economics. [3] He hosts two podcasts, The Tom Woods Show and Contra Krugman . [2] [4]

Historian scientist who deals with the exploration and presentation of history

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History of the United States Occurrences and people in the USA throughout history

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Education and affiliations

Woods holds a B.A. from Harvard University, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, all in history. He is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama and a member of the editorial board for the Institute's Libertarian Papers . [5]

Harvard University Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 13,100 postgraduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning. Its history, influence, wealth, and academic reputation have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is cited as the world's top university by many publishers.

Columbia University Private Ivy League research university in New York City

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Established in 1754 near the Upper West Side region of Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. It is one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence, seven of which belong to the Ivy League. It has been ranked by numerous major education publications as among the top ten universities in the world.

Auburn, Alabama City in Alabama, United States

Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2018 population of 65,738. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. The Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA with a population of 158,991, along with the Columbus, GA-AL MSA and Tuskegee, Alabama, comprises the greater Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, GA-AL CSA, a region home to 501,649 residents.

Woods was an ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellow in 1995 and 1996. [6] He received the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute organization

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes conservative thought on college campuses. It lists the following six as its core beliefs: limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, free-market economics, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.

Independent Institute non-profit organisation in the USA

The Independent Institute is an American think tank based in Oakland, California. Its stated mission is "to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies, grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity." Founded in 1986 by David J. Theroux, the Institute focuses on political, social, economic, legal, environmental and foreign policy issues. It has more than 140 research fellows. The Institute was originally established in San Francisco, was re-located in 1989 to Oakland, and since 2006, has had an office in Washington, D.C. The Institute is organized into seven centers addressing a range of issues. According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the Institute is ranked number 54 in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".

He has additionally been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. [7] His 2005 book, The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, won the $50,000 first prize in the 2006 Templeton Enterprise Awards. [8]

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is a libertarian non-profit organization that engages with students and professors throughout the United States. IHS offers educational and career programs, holds seminars and on-campus programs for university students, awards scholarships, provides mentoring and research grants for aspiring professors, and sponsors a collection of online videos.

Woods was a founding member [9] of the League of the South, which aims to "advance the cultural, social, economic, and political well being and independence of the southern people by all honorable means". Woods was previously an early contributor to the League's journal, The Southern Patriot. [10] [11] [12] His association has generated criticism. [13] [14] Woods said his involvement with the group was limited and that the group has changed since his departure. [15] [16]

League of the South White supremacist organization

The League of the South (LS) is a white nationalist, Neo-Confederate, white supremacist organization, headquartered in Killen, Alabama, which states that its ultimate goal is "a free and independent Southern republic". The group defines the Southern United States as the states that made up the former Confederacy. It claims to also be a religious and social movement, advocating a return to a more traditionally conservative, Christian-oriented Southern culture.

Publications

Woods is the author of twelve books. His book The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History was on The New York Times Best Seller list for paperbacks in 2005. [17] The book has been criticized by journalist Cathy Young as being inaccurate, [18] as well as by Ronald Radosh [19] and Max Boot. [20]

<i>The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History</i> book by Thomas Woods

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History is a work of paleoconservative literature covering various issues in U.S. history by Thomas E. Woods, published in December 2004. This book was the first in the Politically Incorrect Guide series published by Regnery Publishing, who view the series as covering topics without consideration for political correctness. The book was present on The New York Times best-seller list for many weeks.

Cathy Young Russian-American writer

Catherine Alicia Young is a Russian-born American journalist. Young is primarily known for her writing about rape and feminism. She is the author of two books, a frequent contributor to the libertarian monthly Reason, and a regular columnist for Newsday and RealClearPolitics.

Ronald Radosh is an American writer, professor, historian and former Marxist. As described in his memoirs, Radosh was—like his parents—a member of the Communist Party of the United States of America until the Khrushchev thaw. Subsequently, he became a New Left and anti-Vietnam War activist.

His 2009 book Meltdown also made the bestseller list in 2009. [21] His writing has been published in numerous popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review , the Christian Science Monitor , Investor's Business Daily , Modern Age , American Studies, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, The Freeman , Independent Review , Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, AD2000, Crisis, Human Rights Review, Catholic Historical Review, the Catholic Social Science Review and The American Conservative . [22]

Views

On libertarianism

Woods is a Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist and paleolibertarian. [23]

On Catholicism

Woods was received into the Roman Catholic Church from Lutheranism. [24] He wrote How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. For eleven years, he was associate editor of The Latin Mass Magazine , which advocates traditional Catholicism. As a traditionalist Catholic, [25] Woods is also recognized for his books attacking the post-Vatican II church. [26] [27] Woods advocates what he calls the Old Latin Mass [28] and cultural conservatism. [29] [30]

On conservatism

Tom Woods at CPAC in February 2010. Tom Woods by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Tom Woods at CPAC in February 2010.

Woods is a former neoconservative and has been critical of neoconservative support for an aggressive and interventionist foreign policy; in place of this he has advocated non-intervention. [31]

Woods makes a sharp distinction between paleoconservative thinkers, with whom he sympathizes, [1] [32] and neoconservative thinkers. In articles, lectures and interviews Woods traces the intellectual and political distinction between the older conservative, or paleoconservative, school of thought and the neoconservative school of thought.

These views have provoked a strong response from some conservatives. On the release of Woods' Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, the book was scathingly reviewed by Max Boot [13] of The Weekly Standard . Boot accused Woods of being overly sympathetic with Southerners such as John C. Calhoun while exaggerating the militarism of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Bill Clinton. [13] James Haley's Weekly Standard review of the book, in contrast, stated that it "provides a compelling rebuttal to the liberal sentiment encrusted upon current history texts..." the book is "ultimately about truth" and "[t]his is a book everyone interested in American history should have in his library". [33] Woods concluded his reply to Boot's review by saying "[s]ince in my judgment Max Boot embodies everything that is wrong with modern conservatism, his opposition is about the best endorsement I could have asked for". [34]

Podcasts

The Tom Woods Show

Since September 2013, Woods has delivered a daily podcast, The Tom Woods Show, originally hosted on investment broker Peter Schiff's website. On the podcasts, which are now archived on Woods' own website, Woods conducts interviews on economic topics, foreign policy, and history. [4]

Contra Krugman

In September 2015, Woods began Contra Krugman, a weekly podcast, with economist Robert P. Murphy that critiques The New York Times columns of economist Paul Krugman. The podcast seeks to teach economics "by uncovering and dissecting the errors of Krugman." [4]

Bibliography

As author

As editor

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Naji Filali, Interview with Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Harvard Political Review, August 16, 2011.
  2. 1 2 Woods, Tom. "About Tom Woods" . Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  3. Liberty Classroom
  4. 1 2 3 "Profile: Thomas E. Woods, Jr". www.mises.org. Mises Institute . Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  5. "Editorial Board at Libertarian Papers". Libertarianpapers.org. Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  6. "First Principles – Banana Republic, U.S.A". Firstprinciplesjournal.com. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  7. Inferno New Media. "About Tom Woods | Tom Woods". Thomasewoods.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  8. "ISI Announces 2006 Templeton Enterprise Award Winners".
  9. See:
    • Applebome, Peter (7 March 1998). "Could the Old South Be Resurrected?; Cherished Ideas of the Confederacy (Not Slavery) Find New Backers". nytimes.com. The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 28 September 2016. ...Mr. Woods, one of the founding members of the League of the South.
    • Euan Hague. Heidi Beirich. Edward H. Sebesta. (2008). Neo-Confederacy – A Critical Introduction – University of Texas Press, p. 36
    • Muller, Eric (January 30, 2005). "Thomas Woods' Southern Comfort". American Constitution Society. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. ...the League of the South, a Southern nationalist organization of which Dr. Woods boasts he is a founding member. (The organization was formed in 1994; Dr. Woods was present at the founding and became a member of the League's Membership Committee, which was headed by the League's President, Michael Hill.) Dr. Woods has been a frequent contributor to the League's journal, The Southern Patriot, and has spoken at its conventions. (He has also spoken at similar meetings of other organizations, like the Southern Historical Conference and Bonnie Blue Ball, where he shared the lectern with speakers on the "Myths and Realities of American Slavery" and "Why Slaves Fought for Their South.")
  10. Young, Cathy (February 21, 2005). "Last of the Confederates". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-09-14. The author's official bio leaves out the fact that Woods is a co-founder and member of pro-secession League of the South.
  11. Young, Cathy (2005-06-01). "Behind the Jeffersonian Veneer". Reason. Retrieved 2016-09-14. Born and raised in the North, Woods is a co-founder of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group, and has written frequently for its magazine The Southern Patriot.
  12. Articles written by Woods for the League of the South's journal include:
    Woods, Thomas (1995). "Copperheads". Southern Patriot. 2 No. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1995): pp. 3–5.
    Woods, Thomas (1995). "The Abolitionists". Southern Patriot. 2 No. 5 (Sept. – Oct. 1995): pp. 36–37.
  13. 1 2 3 Boot, Max (Feb 14, 2005). "Incorrect History". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  14. "Review Essay of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr". 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  15. "LRC Blog LewRockwell.com" . Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  16. Woods, Thomas (10 May 2018). "What's the Deal With Woods and the 'League of the South?'". The Tom Woods Show. Retrieved 30 June 2018. Here [I] express admission of what was already obvious ...: this is not the League Jeffrey Tucker and I joined in 1994.
  17. New York Times "Bestseller List" (Paperback non-fiction), January 9, 2005
  18. http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/02/21/last_of_the_confederates/
  19. http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/10493
  20. http://www.weeklystandard.com/article/6456
  21. New York Times "Bestseller List" (Paperback non-fiction), March 08, 2009
  22. tomwoods.com bio
  23. "Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State". 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  24. Woods, Thomas E. (Presenter) (2008). The Catholic Church: Builder of Civilization (Television production). Episode 8: "Catholic Charity". Eternal Word Television Network. ASIN   B00C30D3NG . Retrieved 2013-05-21. My personal favorite in this list is Martin Luther because I, myself, am a former Lutheran.
  25. "A Profound Philosophical Commonality by Anthony Flood". Lewrockwell.com. 1987-11-22. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  26. Beirich, Heidi. "Two Treatises: A pair of recent books attack the Vatican and its current policies form the core of radical traditionalist teachings". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  27. Woods, Thomas E.; Ferrara, Christopher A. (2002). The Great Façade: Vatican II and the Regime of Novelty in the Catholic Church. The Remnant Press. ISBN   978-1890740108.
  28. "Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass". BooksForCatholics.com. 2007-09-14. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  29. "History and Truth: An Interview With Thomas E. Woods, Jr. by Bernard Chapin". Lewrockwell.com. 2005-07-23. Archived from the original on 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  30. "Up From Conservatism – Mises Media". Mises.org. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JxdDxqtyk0
  32. E. Woods, Thomas. "The Split on the Right". LewRockwell.com. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  33. "Haley, James W., The Standard Reader, Weekly Standard 01/31/2005".
  34. "Woods, Thomas, A Factually Correct Guide for Max Boot, The American Conservative, 03/28/2005".
  35. On Woods' association with Ferrara, see "On Chris Ferrara"
  36. Also on audio book Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine , as read by the author Thomas Woods.
  37. Woods, Thomas E. "Beyond Distributism" Archived 2008-12-11 at the Wayback Machine . Acton Institute. October 2008.

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