About Contra Krugman

16 February 2015     |     Tom Woods     |     17

Contra Krugman is a weekly podcast, available on iTunes and Stitcher, that critiques the New York Times column of economist Paul Krugman. Hosts Bob Murphy and Tom Woods belong to the Austrian School of economics, which includes such luminaries as Ludwig von Mises, Nobel Prize winner F.A. Hayek, and Murray N. Rothbard. (Learn more about the Austrian School at our special resource page.) Become more knowledgeable about economics in just 30 minutes a week by listening to Contra Krugman!

murphyRobert Murphy is a Research Assistant Professor at the Free Market Institute (FMI) at Texas Tech University. He is also Senior Economist with the Institute for Energy Research, a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, an Associated Scholar with the Mises Institute, and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute in Canada.

Bob earned his B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College and his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and energy policy studies, over 100 popular publications for lay audiences, and multiple books. His most recent book is Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015). His current research focuses on the economics of climate change as well as the impact of minimum wages.

Bob’s other books include The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (Regnery 2007) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal (Regnery 2009). He has also written a textbook for junior high students titled Lessons for the Young Economist (Mises Institute 2010), which is available for free.

11824951_10153115537235197_1735738332075933668_nTom Woods is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, a libertarian podcast that releases a new episode every weekday. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show.

Tom is the author of twelve books, most recently Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable OpinionHis other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown (on the financial crisis; read Ron Paul’s foreword) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

Tom’s books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. His articles have appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals.

Tom’s book The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy won the $50,000 first prize in the Templeton Enterprise Awards.

Tom also created courses for the Ron Paul Curriculum, a K-12 homeschool curriculum. He gives away $140 in free bonuses when you sign up through his special link, RonPaulHomeschool.com.

17 thoughts on “About Contra Krugman

  1. Super shoutout from Japan! Awesome show, its so cool what you guys are doing! And as this show gains popularity it will be impossible for Krugman to continue to ignore Austrians! Keep on keepin’ on!

  2. Could you please change the podcast mp3 naming convention so that the episodes sort properly? 2015-11-14 sorts better than 11-14-2016 (after we get to the new year). Thanks!

  3. I love the show, but your podcast intro sells Dr. Krugman short. Your intro describes the esteemed Dr. Krugman as a “destroyer of nations”, but that does him a severe disservice. Dr. Krugman is the chief proponent of ideas that easily justifies the title “Destroyer of Worlds”.

  4. The latest podcast about more debt is fantastic but misses a key point: the moral dimension. Krugman is asking that the taxpayer fund gov projects and assume debt and liability without explicit consent. This is a basic mora problem. It violates my rights to have a coercive bureacracy or anybody or institution incur debt on my behalf without my express consent. The gov actions are akin to someone stealing my identity and opening a credit card in my name and then say charging purchases that this criminal then maybe gives to needy people and claiming his actions were for a good cause. The act is still a crime.

  5. “Hey, Tom, let’s set up a cruise for all our fans and admirers. They will pay big bucks to hobnob with us and hear our opinions.” “Har, har, har, Bob, oh so very funny. But I think I have another way of going about it that just might work . . .”