The Voluntary Life: March 2012

26 March 2012

Author Interview: Jeffrey Tucker on "It's A Jetsons World"

An interview with Jeffrey Tucker about his latest book "It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes" (available online for free). Jeffrey is the executive editor of Laissez Faire Books. He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute's website, He is also an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member.

"It's a Jetsons World" is about how we are surrounded by miracles created in the private sector, particularly in the digital universe, and yet we don't appreciate them enough. Meanwhile, the public sector is systematically wrecking the physical world in sneaky and petty ways that really do matter.

Jeffrey discusses these themes further in the interview, such as the global communication revolution that we are living through and it's amazing impact on all our lives. He also talks about the destructive role that the State is having during this time of great progress. "We are very fortunate to be living in a social, cultural and economic transition that makes the industrial revolution look like nothing by comparison. The amazing irony is that it is happening exactly at the same time when Leviathan, at least in the developed world, is on the march as never before". Jeffrey Tucker (from the interview)

He discusses some of the ideas from the book in more detail, such as the negative impact of Intellectual Property law and the moral hazard that it creates, as IP corrupts the outlook of entrepreneurs.  The interview is full of Jeffrey's brilliantly optimistic and positive outlook.

"We shouldn't be afraid to read things that are utterly contrary to what think we believe, because it's only going to strengthen us. If we are fearless intellectuals, which we should all be- to the point where we are utterly fearless, then we shouldn't be afraid of any writer, any genre or any political point of view. It just makes us better thinkers." 
Jeffrey Tucker (from the interview)

Show Notes:
The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created
A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World
The Ultimate Resource 2
Steve Jobs: "we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas"

Podcast Episode

19 March 2012

Entrepreneurship Part 6: Getting Things Done

A podcast about freeing your mind to get things done. A big challenge with time management and productivity that I experienced was how to overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed.  How do you free your mind from the nagging thoughts of all the things that you need to do, so that you can get on with actually doing stuff?

In this podcast I discuss my journey through trying many approaches to time management and the value that I found in David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) approach. Unlike traditional personal productivity systems, GTD helps you harnesses the creativity and intuitive power of your unconscious to work with you, rather than interrupt you. I outline what I think are the most helpful concepts in the GTD approach and how it might help you.

Podcast Episode

12 March 2012

Investing In Friendships

When it comes to friendships, are you investing wisely?

Podcast Episode

5 March 2012

Investing in Gold and Silver

Meet the gold bugs! An international discussion among friends who all invest in precious metals. The discussion covers some important questions that all private investors face:
  • Which do you invest in, gold or silver? If you hold both, do you have a strategy as to how much gold vs silver you hold?
  • What percentage of your overall portfolio do precious metals have?
  • How will you know when to sell your precious metals?

In the discussion we refer to the book "Guide to Investing In Gold and Silver" by Michael Maloney.

Podcast Episode