October 21st, 2022 | By Tom Woods
Last night I decided to show my wife an episode of the 1950s Superman TV show, featuring George Reeves (whom I absolutely loved as a boy).
I didn’t feel like buying a whole season, so I checked to see what was available on YouTube. It turns out there is precisely one episode in the public domain: “Stamp Day for Superman.”
I thought something was off when in the opening credits we heard, “The United States Treasury Department presents…The Adventures of Superman.”
This episode, it turns out, is all about why you should buy U.S. savings bonds, and it was meant to encourage schools to get in the habit of having kids save by lending to the U.S. government.
After all, Jimmy Olsen is able to buy a brand new portable typewriter with the interest he earned on his bonds!
More importantly, it was with that very typewriter, borrowed from Jimmy, that Lois is able to type the note that saves her from captivity.
Not all the episodes are like this, I assured my flabbergasted wife.
Now it’s easy to figure out what kind of thing the Treasury Department wants: Treasury Department propaganda, which would go on to be shown in schools across America. No challenge there.
But you, filled with self-doubt, unsure of what you have to offer the world in terms of a good or service, have to think a bit.
The great Jeff Walker has been helping people answer this very question for 15 years. He’s so good at helping people go from inertia and self-doubt to action and success that people line up for his training all year, and he makes it available for only one week out of 52.
Take a gander at his system, used by thousands of successful entrepreneurs and businesses (you’ll start seeing his model in action everywhere once you know what it is), and start thinking about how it can apply to you by glancing at his free guide:
June 26th, 2022 | By Tom Woods
I’m doing something wild today. Stay with me to find out what.
Early this year, I launched the most important project of my life.
Until this year, I’ve spent my time writing books, creating podcast episodes, and educating people on topics like economics and American history.
This year, I realized that as important as those topics are, people don’t lie awake at night worrying that they don’t know enough U.S. history.
What do you worry about?
I’ll bet it’s much more likely to be:
Managing your money. Getting your kids educated in a world that hates you. Finding a place to live that won’t suddenly make arbitrary health demands of you. Enjoying good physical health. Running a business that no Fauci can shut down. And plenty of other issues like that.
So in February I launched the Tom Woods School of Life, in which I bring the cream of the crop to teach us how to master all these things, and a limitless supply of other things, too.
After our live sessions with them, we then do AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions with our presenters, to make sure everyone’s questions get answered.
For our businessmen, entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs we have weekly small group sessions in which everyone gets a chance to speak, describe his current situation, get feedback from other members and our professional facilitator, and set goals for the next week.
Instead of failing alone, we succeed together.
We’ll be adding small-group accountability sessions for personal finance as well as health and fitness in the coming months.
No more are we going to struggle alone against a world that hates us. We’re going to grab the bull by the horns and every single month lead happier and more prosperous lives.
We’re just about done with our first six-month session, and it’s been great.
When the doors open to add more members again on August 1, the price will be $997 for the year — an absolute steal, when you see what you’re getting.
Now here’s what I’m doing.
As some of you know, yesterday was a rather momentous day for me, so I am in a cheerful mood.
As the doors close tonight on Ryan Levesque’s Quiz Funnel Masterclass, which we’ve been discussing for a couple of weeks now on my entrepreneurship list, I’ve decided at the very last minute to sweeten the deal.
If you join through the link below before the doors close at midnight, I’ll give you a free year of membership to the Tom Woods School of Life.
That means you get a $997 product for $0.
I’ll also promote your quiz to my entire audience: podcast, newsletter, and social media, to get you some immediate free traffic.
For much too long, you and I have taken for granted that the world is against us and we just have to sit and take it.
Let’s band together to generate for ourselves as much freedom and happiness in the here and now as we possibly can.
Join Ryan’s program by tonight and be part of something that exists nowhere else in the libertarian world: the Tom Woods School of Life. Just forward your receipt to email@example.com.
March 4th, 2021 | By Tom Woods
In May of 2020, you could have been forgiven for thinking that the virus and the lockdowns would continue to dominate the news uninterrupted.
That’s certainly what I thought when I wrote my free eBook Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown: A Non-Hysteric’s Guide to COVID-19.
And then came a major interruption.
All of a sudden, the world was shaken again — this time by the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots that followed.
The “#defundthepolice” movement that emerged from that was all confused. “Defund the police doesn’t mean we won’t be funding the police,” some of them say. Mmkay.
I thought: might be nice to have a clear voice on this subject, free of doubletalk.
I released another eBook in a matter of days, on the police and the best way to solve the problems we face.
Whatever the big issue is, I want to make sure the libertarian perspective gets a hearing. Hence my eBooks — on topics like health care, guns, financial deregulation, and now the lockdowns and the police.
I create these eBooks also to build my email list, which I in turn use to make my living by offering things that will improve my followers’ lives.
I’ve been doing this stuff for a long time, so it comes naturally to me.
Had I just been getting started, the idea of releasing two eBooks in under a month would have made me crazy.
So here is your secret weapon for creating professional eBooks, reports, guides, white papers, whatever you need, simply and in record time.
A neat little software package called Sqribble.
Among other things, it offers you features like these:
— Automatic table of contents
— Automatic headers and footers
— Automatic pagination
— Drag and drop design
— Add or delete pages
— Add your own media
— 300+ Google Fonts
— 50 eBook templates (covering 15 different niches)
— 10 different eBook themes (one click changes color scheme of book)
— Import content from a URL
— Manually add content
Generating eBooks and papers like this is the lifeblood of my business, and of many, many online businesses. Not knowing how to do it is a great excuse not to get started.
But now you can.
With limited-time coupon code NY2021 you can get it for by far the lowest price I’ve ever seen, and you will certainly thank me:
January 21st, 2021 | By Tom Woods
Since building my new house I’ve had members of the Supporting Listeners program for my podcast over for fairly large parties.
The most recent one, in October 2020, was particularly meaningful, because so many attendees were coming from states where they’d barely been able to do anything, much less socialize and meet new friends, for most of the year.
The sign that greeted them on my name tag table read: “Welcome to the Old Normal.”
People were just so delighted to be there. Yes, I had really good food, and yes, I had great speakers (including Eric July!), but they were just happy to live like human beings again.
(I’m doing another one in the spring, probably May 15. This time I’ll feature Doc Dixon, the magician and Tom Woods Show listener who fooled Penn & Teller on their TV show, who will do an hour-long performance for us. Plus the usual stuffing your face and socializing.)
I did this because it was fun, but I also did it because we all needed it.
Incidentally, I got plenty of “What a lovely house you have!” Which was nice.
Thankfully for these good folks, they didn’t have to live through the building process.
That shudder you’re feeling is the correct response.
It took four months just to close on it.
Nothing but roadblocks and headaches, not to mention my kids wondering: “Um, where’s the house?”
Unfortunately, there’s no way to click a mouse and build an eHouse, with no banks and no months of waiting.
You can, however, build an eCommerce store with the push of a button and no money borrowed from a bank.
This is one of the most popular ways people make a living — or just a side income — online.
Far and away the best way to learn is with Tom Woods Show guests Aidan Booth and Steve Clayton, who have taken stone-cold newbies from my audience and made success stories out of them.
I know you want to do something like this, but in order for that to happen you need to take the first step.
The first step: joining us for a live online presentation on it.
These guys, whom I’ve known for four years, are the real thing. So much would I like you to hear them that I’m going to be giving out $100 to each of 10 attendees chosen at random, and I’m giving my (really darn good) Email Domination Program (worth $97) to everyone who stays with us for the whole thing.
Plus other goodies.
Take that first step:
October 7th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
Time for a fireside chat with ol’ Woods.
I have no idea what is going to happen in the world even in the near future, much less ten years from now.
Imagine being at a point where you positively long for Bill Clinton, and that’s where we are now.
We turn on the TV (mistake #1) and a reporter is seriously telling us that protests are “mostly peaceful” while buildings burn directly behind him, on camera.
If you and I protested something and one of our signs had a misplaced semicolon, the news would breathlessly report on the rise of fascism in America.
Just the other day the President Tweeted something clearly true: we don’t shut the country down for the flu. We learn to live with it, in exactly the same way that we will obviously have to learn to live with COVID. We can’t shut down all of society in a monomaniacal battle against one thing. There will be horrific consequences.
At the very least, that’s an eminently defensible view, and one held by some of the best scientific minds in the world.
Twitter attached a statement saying that this is ordinarily the kind of Tweet they’d remove, but that in the public interest they’re keeping it up.
Today a senior writer with the Washington Post tried to debunk the claim that for some groups the flu is more deadly than COVID — but in order to do so he had to use CFR figures for one and IFR figures for the other. This is a top person at one of our top newspapers.
NPR just ran an item on how dangerous schools are, even though every bit of data we have, from all over the world, tells us the exact opposite.
Three months ago, Washington, D.C., reached numbers indicating that it should have been at phase 3 of reopening, but it’s still in lockdown limbo, indefinitely.
They told us 15 days to slow the spread. It’s day 205. They said we could have our lives back when we got a vaccine — as if that were a guarantee. Now they’re saying we can’t have our lives back even with a vaccine.
Joe Biden — the man leading in the polls — promises more of the same. Lockdown forever.
Your countrymen are begging to have their life savings depleted and be confined to their homes — or at least that’s what the poll numbers seem to suggest.
To call this insanity wouldn’t come close to the scope of what’s happening here.
If you’re not disoriented, concerned, even frightened, well, you’re very much an outlier.
Chances are, you’re all three of those things.
Rationally speaking, when it comes to protecting your life and livelihood from the anti-life cultists you realize that it isn’t if but when. You have to do something at some point.
But this, too, likely has you frightened. And understandably so: anything involving finances and the unknown can be frightening.
Even more frightening, though, is staying in that holding pattern forever.
At some point you will have to step out of your comfort zone if you’re going to survive, much less thrive, in this uncertain century. You know it and I know it.
The question is when.
The sooner you take your fate into your own hands and start figuring all this stuff out, the better off you’ll be.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Now, from my own life:
When I got my job as a professor, my salary was $37,800 per year.
It’s not impossible to raise five children on that salary, but it’s not exactly ideal, either.
Even though I wasn’t facing the Biden/Fauci Axis of Evil, I knew I had to do better if I wanted to give my family the life they should have.
Nobody physically grabbed me and told me to do the various things I’ve done to make my living online since then.
And nobody is going to do that for you.
Only you can move you.
I became determined to figure it out and make it happen.
Today I have a life in which I can look even to this wildly uncertain future without dread or fear.
The sooner you start, the sooner you can get there as well.
This is what I want for the folks who follow me: we should all be protected against whatever could come at us down the road.
It wasn’t for nothing that I had the brilliant Donald Wilson on my show.
He has what you want.
If you saw his presentation yesterday you know what I’m talking about. No fluff, just a crash course in how to build a little online store that doesn’t involve holding inventory or anything like that; this isn’t 1957, after all.
A replay is now available.
Today I was even thinking: I’ll give everyone a valuable bonus if, on the honor system, they just tell me they watched it.
Then I thought: nah. That’s patronizing.
I’ll tell you this: carve out a little time to watch and you’ll learn something valuable. A new world of possibilities will be opened for you, because you’ll say to yourself: this is doable.
And of course it’s doable. Many thousands of people do it every day.
Will you have Don’s results? Probably not, because you haven’t been doing it full-time for years.
Would you be extremely pleased if you got only one-tenth of his results? Surely.
I can’t grab your hand and make you click this link.
This step has to come from you.
Time to choose:
October 5th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
If ever the expression “get bent” were called for, it’s now.
Apparently Dr. Fauci is now saying: if we all get vaccinated, the crisis might be over by 2022.
Meanwhile, a group of top scientists just signed something called the Great Barrington Declaration, which calls for lockdowns to be ended and everything — education, business, culture, music, and the arts — to resume.
We can hope that it gains traction and that sensible people start to outnumber crazed, anti-life people.
But we can’t be sure.
Hence my broken-record refrain:
Be ready for whatever the lunatics may have in store, and that includes how you generate income. By now my badgering about creating a side business seems a lot more important and relevant, does it not?
This is why I strongly urge you to watch one of the experts walk you through print on demand, a low-intensity, even fun kind of side business.
And in this particular case, since the expert in question, Don Wilson, happens to be the CEO of a print-on-demand platform, he has a particular interest in seeing you succeed. In case it isn’t obvious: if you don’t sell anything, then his company fails.
So the chances are pretty good that he’ll be giving you the inside scoop.
Go sign up to watch (costs nothing):
October 4th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
All right, I can’t prove that we’re ruled by lizard people, but if we were…
…how would we be able to tell the difference?
I am contemplating such questions after just having spent some time in Jackson, Wyoming (I could explain the distinction between Jackson and Jackson Hole, but it doesn’t really matter). This is a place where plenty of the elites come to vacation or have a second home. (Recall James A. Baker III receiving foreign dignitaries at Jackson Hole.)
Then this coming weekend I’ll be at a conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where the elites gathered over 100 years ago to draft what would become the legislation creating the Federal Reserve System.
You have to hand it to the lizard people: they know how to choose beautiful places for plotting their schemes.
Another thing about the lizard people: they don’t seem terribly bothered by lockdowns. In fact, that’s one thing most of them can agree on.
Partly it’s that they enjoy lording it over others, and partly it’s that they themselves can generally “work from home,” so they’re not terribly inconvenienced by the lockdown voodoo.
Not everybody has that luxury.
My daughter Veronica just opened her own Etsy store, which no Osceola County bureaucrat can shut down and no “peaceful protester” can set on fire.
Opening the kind of store Veronica just did, where she actually makes the merchandise herself, is more involved and difficult than what I’m recommending you do, but the overall concept of an online, unshutdownable store isn’t much different.
Veronica is 15, and she did this with no prompting from me.
Is she not better prepared for an unknown future by having done this, not to mention getting to learn all the things the experience will teach her?
The same is true for you, dear reader, and/or your own children.
A click on this link is sand thrown in the face of the lizard people:
March 28th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
I realize that even talking about money right now is supposed to mean you want your grandmother to die, but I am proceeding all the same.
When the you-know-what hits the fan, people panic.
As they are right now.
Massive layoffs, government and central bank interventions without precedent, no clear date as to when normal life can be resumed — everything is up in the air.
What will happen to the dollar after interventions on a scale like this?
So people are panicking, and selling, but is cash a safe place right now?
Who the heck knows what to think or do.
All of us with a little financial ambition — which is why you’re on this journey with me, after all — are concerned, and want to know what the best approach is.
That’s why I recommend signing up for the forthcoming Crisis Investing docu-series. These are the same people who created the Money Revealed documentary (the one that featured Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Rich Dad, Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki) we all loved.
If you sign up in advance, you can watch all nine episodes for free.
We’re going to be fine as long as we keep our eye on the ball.
Here’s the ball:
January 27th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
I hate the way much of the public treats the people who serve them.
Yesterday I was at KFC. (Necessary instruction to socially awkward libertarians: do not lecture me about the evils of fast food; this misses the point of my story completely.) The poor cashier was running around like a madman, with one person after another demanding this or that, and half of them not even fully understanding what they had ordered.
In my case, my order got mixed up with someone else’s, so I placed it on the counter and asked if I could please have the correct one.
The cashier told an older man waiting for his food that this was actually his order.
The man’s response was to bellow: “Oh, no it isn’t! That was already given out! I want a fresh one!”
Now to some extent, fair enough. (Although I recall being in a restaurant in Spain, seeing the waiter take uneaten bread from one table and place it on another, and nobody batting an eye.)
But this guy was just downright nasty. Would it have killed him to say, “I would prefer a freshly prepared one, please”?
An any rate, the man turned to me and said, “No offense to you, but you see my point!”
I replied, “I did not urinate on it, I assure you.”
For some reason, that was immensely satisfying.
Dealing face-to-face with an unjustifiably angry public day after day has to beat anyone down. That’s one reason I don’t do it.
The beauty of what we’re teaching in our webinar tomorrow is that your eCommerce store is run from the comfort of your laptop, and without having to deal with nasty people in your face.
You’ve heard our teacher, Aidan Booth, twice on the Tom Woods Show. He’s been responsible for a boatload of success stories among my listeners who’d like to build something on the side or perhaps even escape a life of angry chicken buyers.
Just for showing up and watching the whole presentation, I’m giving away my $97 product for $0, and handing out cash prizes to 20 random people.
Go sign up now, and I’ll see you there: