Jeffrey A. Tucker is Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of many thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press and eight books in 5 languages. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture. He is available for speaking and interviews via his email. Tw | FB | LinkedIn
Jeffrey A. Tucker
Articles from Jeffrey A. Tucker
"I tried to think of anything in nature that could compare. I thought of huge animals on safaris, of glorious birds, or gigantic sea animals. I thought of huge mountains, great canyons, and terrifying bodies of water. Nothing compares. Then it dawned on me: humankind has created something truly astonishing here." ~ Jeffrey Tucker
"Without entirely knowing what we were doing, that in the course of a few decades, we replaced a view of the human project that was inspired by choice, personal ambition, and individual achievement with a completely different view that insists that aspiration is utterly pointless and probably even dangerous." ~ Jeffrey Tucker
"It is not so much economic as political and philosophical: history must drive toward centralized power under great men and their intellectual advisors. Economic forces must be restricted to the bounds of the nation-state, because those bounds are the limits of the jurisdiction of the powers that be. Trade outside the borders, in this case, represents a kind of treason against state power." ~ Jeffrey Tucker
"The much-heralded 'postwar consensus' created this problem, out of misguided dreams of a caretaker state that managed the whole of life for everyone in who manages to fit within its inflated geographic orbit. The dream was too big, too expansive, too expensive, and it used the wrong means (force over choice). Something has to give – and this explains the politics over much of the Western world today, with Sweden as the latest example." ~ Jeffrey Tucker
A number one fallacy in the history of economics is the labor theory of value. The idea here is that things and actions are made valuable by how much work we put into making them. Sounds intuitively right. It’s completely wrong. Things have value because you and I value them, regardless of labor inputs.
Fans will be fans. Peanut galleries will always be with us. It’s entertainment, and a major reason why we actually like sports, music, and books. Everyone is a critic. That’s all fine. But let’s not forget the profound difference between those who do and those who pretend to do, nor the difference between those whose wealth rests on creativity and human volition and those who bully others to get their way.
It is not serious thought to go around simply demanding that everything be free. That demand solves no problem that has occupied the world of economics for a thousand years. Try to implement it and someone, everyone, is going to pay – long lines, impossible high taxes, hyperinflation, material deprivation – and not through choice.
The allegorical lesson here is that we are all captive of an elaborate game of Fantasy Citizen. In this game, the political parties pick their teams, foment conflict, reward points for infractions and altercations, and walk away with the spoils. What if instead we suddenly realized that sociology of conflict has all been orchestrated by our overlords?