Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo

The bow tie wearing Jeffrey Tucker views the world through a quirky eye. I know this from reading his occasional articles at

Over the years, I have read his pieces on  such topics as shower heads and shaving cream, and have always marveled at the focus he puts on things I generally pass over.  His columns have expanded my world. I have stopped using shaving cream on his advice and I now take a shower with gushing water thanks to the subversive advice he has provided on that subject.

Warren Buffett once remarked, something like, he wouldn't mind being locked up in prison if the right people were locked up with him. If I am ever locked up in the slammer, I want Tucker in the place with me. I just know his observations on the joint would be very unique, things I would never notice, and almost make the place fun, but I also know he'd eventually figure some quirky way to breakout.

Fortunately, none of us needs to get thrown into the slammer to enjoy Tucker's  perspective on things. His writings have now been compiled into a book, Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo

Now, I have a notorious disagreement with Tucker when it comes to Intellectual Property rights and he has an entire chapter on the damn thing, but I am willing to overlook this flaw and highly recommend the book because the rest of the book is simply clever, fascinating  and fun.

If you haven't read much Tucker, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this book and read it in the morning with, yes, a coffee with bourbon. And if you are trying to educate a hardcore interventionist about freedom and libertarianism, get him this book. Tucker will go on and on about shower heads and stop signs and the interventionist won't even know what happened, but he'll start to see small problems with intervention, and he may even use a screw driver to adjust his shower head.


  1. I think chapstick is a racket too.

  2. I have enjoyed the book as few other ones!

  3. It’s a splendid book, but Mr. Tucker is wrong about low-flow toilets. I replaced two old toilets with newer ones earning Lowe’s highest flush rating. The new ones are actually slightly less prone to clog than were the old toilets. That is not to say that I agree with the regulations that led to the low-flow units, but as is so often the case, ingenuity overcame the lame government edict. The millions of Americans with old septic tanks benefit from the reduced stress on our systems from toilets that use less water.