Liberty Classroom Review 2017 – Is it Worth It?

Liberty Classroom Review 2017 – Is it Worth It?

Liberty Classroom is Tom Woods’ signature product.  But what do people have to say about it?  If you’re interested in finding out what it’s like once you actually buy the program, then this review of Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom is for you.

When I first looked into the course, it was only to see if it would be a good fit as a gift for my more libertarian friends.  I didn’t expect to buy the product myself, since I already listened to the Tom Woods Show.  I figured I had already heard most of the course already.  What else was there to know?  As it turns out, there was a lot I didn’t know:

Liberty Classroom Courses

And here are even more of the courses Liberty Classroom has to offer:

Liberty Classroom Courses 2

I saw that there were a lot more subjects than what is talked about on the show.  “Western Civilization” and “History of Political Thought” soon became my two favorite courses.

But when I first saw them, I thought, “How would I ever make time to listen to these courses?  I already listen to a lot of podcasts, I just won’t have the time!”

As it turns out, once I started listening, I liked the Liberty Classroom lectures more than my other podcasts.  This includes the Tom Woods Show itself (Sorry, Tom).  I never thought I would miss an episode from my other podcasts, but now I had a new favorite thing to listen to.  Try it for yourself.

The structured, episodic format of the Liberty Classroom courses kept me hungry for the next lecture.  It was like an addictive television show, with cliffhangers and all.  And the best thing is that Liberty Classroom is constantly coming out with new courses.

If You’re Looking for More Engagement, the Forums are the Best

It took me a while to discover the Liberty Classroom forums.  At first, I didn’t think I had much to contribute.  But sometimes, I needed questions answered, so I thought I might as well post in the forum.  As it turns out, the professors themselves also hang out in the forums, and are quick to respond to any question thrown their way.

Here’s a question asked by another Liberty Classroom user, and within 24 hours he received a response from Author and Professor Jeffery Herbener:

Jeffery Herbener's Response

The forums are a great place to talk about the Liberty Classroom courses or general topics, and the forums are organized neatly with subforums each class and lecture.

Still Not Sure About It?

Liberty Classroom has some of its course lectures online for free.  Unfortunately, the free lectures are only in YouTube format, and I much prefer the mp3 files to listen while I drive.  If you’re interested in trying out a lecture, check out the free ones here.  When you become a member, you get them in .mp3 format.

You even get half of course (U.S. Constitutional History) for free!

Liberty Classroom's Constitution Course

Liberty Classroom: The Price

There are three tiers of Liberty Classroom: Basic, Basic Plus, and Master.

Basic

Basic gets you one year of the courses online, and any new courses that are added during your yearly subscription.  However, you don’t get access to the forums.  The “normal price” is less than $10 per month ($119 for the year), but Tom is always having discounts so I would look out for that (it’s currently on sale for less than $8 per month or $89).  There’s also a not-so-secret way to get the price discounted even more.  We’ll get to that at the end.

Basic Plus

Basic Plus gets you a year of everything: the courses, the future courses, the forums, and the live Q&As with the professors.  This is a great package at the “normal price” of less than $13 per month ($149) but again, it’s on sale right now for less than $10 per month or $119.

Master

Master gets you a lifetime subscription to everything: the courses, the future courses, the forums, and the live Q&As with the professors.  Also, Tom throws in the added bonus of his 435 audio/video lessons from his Government and History Courses at the Ron Paul Curriculum.  These lessons are good for adults as well as students, and it would be a great thing to share with any highschool/middle school-aged children you think might be interested.

This is a ton of content, and it’s for life.  The “normal” price is $597, but as of right now, it’s on sale for $497, and for what you’re getting, it’s an incredible value.  Considering all the stuff Tom releases for free (his Podcasts and many of his books), I don’t think my money could go to a better guy.

But Here’s The (Not-So) Secret

Tom has a page dedicated to giving you coupon codes for buying Liberty classroom.  The coupons are always changing (as well as the discounts), so if you are interested in joining the thousands in Liberty Classroom, definitely save yourself some money by buying it with the coupon codes.

If you’re looking for a legitimate alternative to the “free courses online” of Coursera and the like, who often regurgitate the government-approved opinions on History, Economics, and Political Thought, then Liberty Classroom is the best thing for you.

I truly believe that the course has made me much more knowledgeable and well-prepared to debate major topics.  It is completely worth my money and time, and I’m happy to call myself a Liberty Classroom member.

Pull the trigger today, and you’ll thank yourself for it later!

Very Truly Yours,

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Tom Woods’ Publicity Bonus

Tom Woods has been in the blogosphere for a while, tackling popular issues in history, economics, and politics.  He does the same thing with his podcast today, but before that, Tom was a frequent blogger. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that he started encourages others to get in on the fun.

He shows you how to make a website in minutes, and then he offers you a very special bonus when you sign up for web hosting through his affiliate link.

What’s the bonus?  He promotes your website on his podcast.  After an episode, he usually gives about a 30-second spot to talking about the new website and why people should go to it.  A lot of the blogs he would promote dealt with economics, politics, homeschooling, or religion, and nearly all of them were started by amateurs.

You’re probably wondering: does this publicity make a difference?

I can only speak from my own experience, when I started a blog about economics in the summer of 2015, when Tom first launched his free publicity bonus.  My blog was only a few weeks old, and I wasn’t getting any hits until he promoted my site.  Here’s what happened:

Tom Woods Hit Spike

Do you see that spike that took my site from receiving 0 hits per month to over 2,000?  That was because of Tom’s publicity.  And as you can see, the traffic kept coming, and with it, loyal fans!  I actually had people comment and email me personally to say that they check my site frequently and love every post.  It was a great feeling to think that I am providing real value to people with a simple blog on economics that I updated only once per week.

Sometimes your site needs a little push.  With Tom’s publicity, my site finally got off the ground and I was able to reach people and entertain them.

I’ve since stopped posting to the blog, but it continues to get over 1,000 hits per month, most of which are from organic Google searches.  The site continues to be on the front page of Google for a number of economics keywords, which is how most people find out about the site.

I’ve heard similar stories from other bloggers.  Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to keep up with a blog, especially if you aren’t making any money from it.  Most sites aren’t profitable ever, and certainly not in the first few months.  A lot of people who get started with Tom’s publicity end up abandoning their site (even when it’s getting traffic!), but if you stick with it, the people will come.

Tom’s products and special bonuses are always worth it.  That’s why I highly encourage you to check out Liberty Classroom, the best real education you can get for your money.

Liberty Classroom Now Has an App! Here’s My Review

I didn’t realize this until recently (Tom emailed about it the other week), but Liberty Classroom now has an app for iOS and Android.

The app was unveiled without much press, and it’s only recently that Tom is telling people that it’s out there.  And boy, am I glad he did; I would have never gone looking for it myself.

Of course, in the pre-app days of Liberty Classroom, using your browser would have worked fine, but it was a little annoying.  Personally, I would download the mp3s to my phone and listen to the lectures on my VLC app.  It was an extra step, but I didn’t mind it too much.

Everything that is available online is right there in the app.  This includes the forum, even though the forum page seems to be just a mini browser within the app that directs to the forum’s page.

Critiques

The first thing I noticed was that when you are looking at the list of courses, the thumbnails for each course were cut off at the bottom, and the full names of each course were not displayed.  Fortunately, I’ve come to recognize each course by the picture, so it was not a big deal for me, but I can see how that might bother some people who aren’t familiar with the names of each course.

Liberty Classroom Snapshot

This can be corrected by clicking on the course picture, which take you to the course page where the full title is shown, along with the title of each lecture.

By clicking on each lecture, you are given the option of watching the video, streaming the audio, or downloading either one.

While I like having these options, I wish that I could choose the speed at which I can listen to the lecture.  On my podcasting app, I listen to the Tom Woods Show (among other podcasts) at 1.5x speed, and I wish I had the same option when listening on the Liberty Classroom app.

Final Thoughts

The Liberty Classroom app is a much needed addition to the Liberty Classroom program.  With most consumers demanding an app for every product, you either have to succumb to the will of the masses or be considered a dinosaur.  And since we all know Tom is ardent capitalist, he will usually adapt his products to meet consumer demand.