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Bourbon for Breakfast

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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.
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Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo

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 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. He writes about the glories of commerce, the horrors of jail, the joy of private life, and defends a kind of aristocratic radicalism in times of increasingly restricted choices.

The "problem" with Jeffrey Tucker is that he has been flying under the Austro-libertarian radar for all too long. A tireless worker, but mostly a behind-the-scenes man (apart from his magnificent turn as Nathaniel Branden in Murray Rothbard’s play, “Mozart was a Red”), he has in the past made numerous public contributions from time to time. But now with the publication of Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo, a compilation of many and all of them magnificent shorter writings, he will no longer be able to hide his light under the proverbial bushel.

This book makes a very important contribution to both of his twin loves, libertarian political philosophy and Austrian economics. What he has to say about the economics of water, commerce, technology, police, and jails, are alone worth way more than the price of admission (the book, in keeping with his principles, is available for free on the web, but I urge you to buy as many copies as you can and give them to your friends and family members).

But perhaps his unique contribution to our freedom movement is that he combines these insights of his written in the tradition of Mises, Rothbard and Hazlitt with some very important thoughts on health, manners, food and other such cultural matters. All too many of us (I am as guilty of this as anyone) write and speak as if all there were to life is economics and politics. Not Jeff Tucker, not by a long shot. So, do read him, and carefully, on these two subjects, the core of our philosophy. But, also, study what he has to say about culture. In some ways, these insights of his are just as important. - Walter Block, Loyola University, New Orleans

From federalized showerheads to the libertarian Jetsons, Jeffrey Tucker has written a funny and important book about state meddling, and the possibility of pure freedom. Read Bourbon for Breakfast, and give a copy to everyone you know. It’s a smart, subversive, and devastatingly effective case for liberty. - Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Chairman of the Mises Institute and editor of


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by Christian
on 8/31/2011
A great collection
I fully enjoyed the book, the articles are insightful and very witty. The only thing I would complain about is that the text should have been more closely edited for spelling and typos before being sent for print.
by Bill Millikin
on 6/27/2011
Thoughts from a Free Market Mind..
Jeffrey Tucker is the fellow you wonder about when you wonder if there are people who think as a Free Market Citizen - automatically and naturally, without apparently being messed up by statist and protectionist ideas in his thinking.. This book is a thrilling read and just reopens my mind to what could be and actually is. I'm very glad to be one of the fortunate folks who have discovered Mr Tuckers thoughts and words. Highly, Highly Recommended reading
by CJM
on 1/5/2011
This book has a stop sign that torments and then disappears, an overflowing toilet in a Chinese restaurant, and other wildly fantastic stuff. I've already started shaving without shaving cream and have upgraded my business attire thanks to this book. I will definitely be sharing it with others.
by Michael
on 12/14/2010
One of the best I've read
Bourbon for Breakfast is an excellent book with dozens of tips on how to live a better life simply by ignoring or working around the many barriers on our lives that the State imposes on us all. I casually read the first few chapters of this book on my computer after downloading the free PDF from the website, and promptly purchased a hard copy of the book for deeper reading and study. I found many of the chapters provided real life tips and methods for making your life easier, from making your home more comfortable by ignoring federal regulation, to knowing how to identify and buy better products in spite of State protectionism, to understanding rights you never knew you had and how to exercise them. Such simple things you never knew that can make your life noticeably better! I can't recommend this book enough; there are so many practical tips on living outside the "statist" quo that everyone will get something, and many will get lots of things, out of reading this book.
by Deanne
on 6/22/2010
Very enjoyable to read - I find myself laughing and learning.
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ISBN 9781933550893
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 6/7/2010
Binding PB
Page Length 362
Dimensions 6x9

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