The state makes a mess of everything it touches, argues Jeffrey Tucker in Bourbon for Breakfast. Perhaps the biggest mess it makes is in our minds. Its pervasive interventions in every sector affect the functioning of society in so many ways, we are likely to intellectually adapt rather than fight. Tucker proposes another path: See how the state has distorted daily life, rethink how things would work without the state, and fight against the intervention in every way that is permitted.
Whether that means hacking your showerhead, rejecting prohibitionism, searching for large-tank toilets, declining to use government courts, homeschooling, embracing alternative micro-cultures, watching pro-freedom movies, baking at home, maintaining manners and standards of dress, publishing without copyright, and just living outside what he calls the "statist quo", we should not lose touch with what freedom means, even in these times.
The essays in Bourbon for Breakfast cover commercial life, digital media, culture, food, literature, religion, music, and a host of other issues - all from the perspective of a Misesian-Rothbardian struggling to get by in a world in which the walls of the state have been closing in. Tucker writes about the glories of commerce, the horrors of jail, and the joy of private life - and he defends a kind of aristocratic radicalism in times of increasingly restricted choices.
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This book is energetic and fascinating from beginning to end. It covers many topics and offers actionable items that you can apply in your own life. This book really shines as a book for young libertarian professionals who embrace their youth and seek to maximize their impact on the world. The book is saturated with a rebellious undertone that is characteristic of Tucker and I would argue is key to the advancement of Liberty in the millennial generation. This book is great for those who are familiar with libertarian ideas BUT It can serve as an introductory read to the libertarian schools of thought for new comers.
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