Dr. Ron Paul, MD, is a former Congressman from the state of Texas, three-time presidential candidate, and the foremost voice of liberty in the United States. Dr. Paul represented the 22nd District of Texas from 1976-1977 and 1979-1985, and the 14th District of Texas from 1997-2013.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1968. He subsequently practiced medicine in Texas as an obstetrician-gynecologist, delivering more than 4,000 babies.
Dr. Paul’s interest in Austrian economics and his involvement in politics was spurred both by President Richard Nixon’s decision in 1971 to sever the connection between the dollar and gold, and through the efforts of private individuals to legalize the private ownership of gold in the United States. During his first stint in Congress, Dr. Paul was a member of the United States Gold Commission, a commission established by law in 1980 to study, assess, and make recommendations concerning the role of gold in the domestic and international monetary systems. The Commission’s minority report, authored by Dr. Paul and Lewis Lehrman, was published in 1982 as The Case for Gold.
Dr. Paul is the author of several additional books, including A Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007), Pillars of Prosperity (2008), The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), End the Fed (2009), and Liberty Defined (2011).
Since his retirement from Congress, Dr. Paul remains active in the liberty movement through the Ron Paul Liberty Report, the Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (FREE), and the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.
Dr. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and host of The Tom Woods Show, which broadcasts every weekday. 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. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.
Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to Barack Obama (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman), Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, 33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, 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 released in paperback by Columbia University Press. Woods’ books have been translated into Italian, Spanish, Polish, French, German, Czech, Portuguese, Croatian, Slovak, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Catholic Historical Review, Modern Age, American Studies, Intercollegiate Review, Catholic Social Science Review, Economic Affairs (U.K.), Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Inside the Vatican, Human Events, University Bookman, Journal of Markets & Morality, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, Independent Review, Religion & Liberty, Journal of Libertarian Studies, Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, AD2000 (Australia), Christian Order (U.K.), and Human Rights Review.
Woods won first prize in the prestigious Templeton Enterprise Awards for 2006, given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Templeton Foundation, for his book The Church and the Market. He was the recipient of the 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship and of an Olive W. Garvey Fellowship from the Independent Institute in 2003. He has also been awarded two Humane Studies Fellowships and a Claude R. Lambe Fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University and a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
For eleven years Woods served as associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine; he is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine. A contributor to six encyclopedias, Woods is co-editor of Exploring American History: From Colonial Times to 1877, an eleven-volume encyclopedia.
Dr. Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.