The Voluntary Life

20 July 2018

345 Emotional Challenges in Investing



Investing brings emotional and psychological challenges. These challenges can lead to poor investment decisions, but they can also make you unhappy even if you do end up making a good return. This episode is about strategies for dealing with the emotional challenges of investing.

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8 July 2018

344 Voluntary Servitude



One of the most radical ideas I've come across is this: People are not free ultimately because they voluntarily consent to their servitude. Etienne de La Boetie wrote "A Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" during the Renaissance period. His book had a huge influence on many philosophers and inspired the civil disobedience movement. But, is it relevant to your personal life as well?

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28 June 2018

343 Listener Feedback on Questioning Education



I've had some interesting listener feedback from the recent episodes about questioning education. In this episode I respond to some of the points raised by listeners.

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339 Questioning Education
340 Review of The Case Against Education



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21 June 2018

342 Review of The Paradox of Choice



The Paradox of Choice, by psychologist Barry Schwarz, is a book that has influenced many people interested in minimalism. Schwarz argues that the extensive freedom of choice in affluent societies has become detrimental to psychological and emotional well-being. This episode provides a critical review of Barry Schwarz's arguments.

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14 June 2018

341 Peaceful Parenting, Unschooling, and Self-Directed Education



A interview with James and Taylor Davis from the One Free Family podcast. James and Taylor explain their approach to peaceful parenting and unschooling. We had a great discussion about questioning the concept of self-directed learning, and many other interesting topics.

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8 June 2018

340 Review of The Case Against Education



Most of what you learn in school and college is practically useless, yet education is (often) a very good investment. How can this be? This episode is a review of Bryan Caplan's book, The Case Against Education.

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3 June 2018

339 Questioning Education



This episode is the first in a series questioning key life choices around the topic of education. How valuable is education? How much education does it make a sense to get? Does education lead to greater freedom and fulfilment in life? I introduce different views on education that I will be exploring: the traditional view, the rebel view, and the realist view. I talk about why I think it is valuable to question education, even though getting a good education worked very well for me.

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17 May 2018

337 Tracking Your Investments



This episode is about managing and tracking investments, as part of your journey towards financial independence. I explain the calculations that I find useful to track my portfolio. I'm not a financial advisor and I've had to teach myself about money, so I'm explaining what I've learned as food for thought for other independent investors working towards FI.

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9 May 2018

336 A Review Of Jordan Peterson’s Parenting Principles



This episode is a review of Jordan Peterson's suggested principles for parenting, which he put forward in a chapter of his book "12 Rules For Life". In the episode, I explain why I disagree with Peterson's ideas and recommendations regarding parenting. Listen to the episode to find out more.

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3 May 2018

335 Freedom from Pretence



Harry Browne's book, "How I Found Freedom in an Unfree world" had a huge influence on me. This episode examines the subject of one chapter in that book: freedom from pretence. I explore Harry's suggestions about finding freedom from pretence, and then provide my own thoughts on the topic.

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26 April 2018

19 April 2018

333 Residency in Portugal And Spain



This episode is about some interesting opportunities that I am currently exploring for living in Portugal and Spain as an expat. I outline some of the potential benefits of Portugal's Non-Habitual Resident Scheme and Spain's Non-Lucrative Visa scheme. These residency options are particularly relevant for digital nomads. Depending on where you are from, one of these two countries could be a good option for you. I'm still learning about this and I may not know all the relevant issues yet, so if you are interested in pursuing these options you will still need to look into the details and get professional advice.

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13 April 2018

332 Nietzsche’s Idea of Individual Freedom



This episode is about the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and whether or not there is anything useful in his work for those interested in finding individual freedom. I've read some great Nietzsche quotes about finding freedom in life. At the same time, he has a reputation for being very authoritarian and anti-individualistic, and he is known to have been a major philosophical influence on Nazism. So what did he really think about individual freedom?

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5 April 2018

331: Review of Think and Grow Rich



"Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill is a well-known and influential book about wealth and personal development. The topics covered by this book are very relevant to The Voluntary Life, so I wanted to read this book to see why it is so famous. I share my thoughts about the book in this review.

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22 March 2018

329 Punished By Rewards Part 2: Incentives in Business



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This is the second part of a review of Alfie Kohn's book, Punished by Rewards. This episode addresses the idea of incentive schemes in business and evaluates Kohn's claims in his book.

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15 March 2018

328 Punished By Rewards Part 1



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I found Alfie Kohn's book, Punished by Rewards, both interesting and frustrating to read. Some ideas in the book are great, and I also have some significant criticisms.
Part 1 of the review, in this episode, discusses the topic of rewards and punishment in parenting and schooling. Part 2 will tackle incentives in business in the next episode.

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8 March 2018

327 What Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Venture Capital



This episode is an interview with someone who's been involved in financing many famous Silicon Valley startups. Warren Hogarth was a partner at Sequoia Capital and now runs his own finance business, Empower. In this interview he gives an insider take on the pros and cons of venture capital for entrepreneurs.

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28 February 2018

326 Jim Rohn's Philosophy for Successful Living



Jim Rohn was an influential figure in the fields of personal development and financial independence. This episode is a discussion of his ideas including his book, My Philosophy For Successful Living.

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7 February 2018

323 A Review Of Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner



Sebastian Haffner’s memoirs of his time in Berlin between 1914 and 1933 give a fascinating account of everyday life during the rise of a totalitarian regime. This episode explores the most interesting aspects of his book. I talk about what this extreme situation shows us about the effect that politics has on civil society.



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