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Tom Woods guest today is Bob Murphy


So for instance, this email that will I hope be a blog post, Brendan O'Neill was writing in The Spectator. And Brendan O'Neill, as anybody knows, is not a Trump supporter. But his point is: I don't get why people are so willing to let others whitewash themselves by comparing themselves to Trump. So for example, Madeleine Albright, this is the woman who famously said — she was told half a million children seem to have perished because of the Iraqi sanctions, and we have all seen the 60 Minutes clip where she says, We believe the price has been worth it. We've all seen that. Bill Richardson also doubled down on that as well. And now Madeleine Albright is saying, I may register as a Muslim to protest what Donald Trump is doing, and everybody's jumping on the bandwagon saying what a wonderful woman this is. So you forgot that she thought half a million deaths was okay? That's what Brendan O'Neill is saying, that, Look, in the warped moral universe of antiTrump hysteria, in the historically illiterate world that has been fashioned by the protestors against him, what happens is Albright seems good, or at least better, because Trump is abnormal. And therefore the rest of them are normal. By portraying him this way, you are implicitly whitewashing everybody else. That's just a fact. If you're going to say this guy is just so abnormal, as Brendan O'Neill says, "The out-ofcontrol hatred for Trump doubles up as an uncritical, conformist apology for preTrump, for the rot that came before him. It redeems barbarism."


About the Guest

Robert P. Murphy, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University, is a Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is the author of numerous books, including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015), as well as study guides to Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action  and The Theory of Money and Credit , and Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State.

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