TL;DR: Jeffrey Tucker rewires brains. Seriously. You’re never quite the same after either hearing or reading him, regardless if you ultimately agree. There isn’t anyone quite like Tucker, and the title of his new book, The Market Loves You: Why You Should Love It Back instantly provokes. We delve into it all, and it’s a pretty great conversation. This episode is available embedded in the article below, and on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, PocketCasts, PodBean, and Overcast.
The Market Loves You
The change has already happened out at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). Tucker’s stamp is all over it, from the snappy web layout to its fresh, daily content covering controversies and even things cryptocurrency.
Tucker is best known for looking at the world decidedly different from anyone else. He can almost come across at first as uncomfortably cheery, upbeat — like a Disneyland employee, forcing it a bit. But take him in fully, and you’ll find that his is a personality of genuine awe. He really is in love with life from the standpoint of economics.
Freer markets have undoubtedly made human civilization better, and there are plenty of pundits around who will say so. But they’re often filled with a kind of regret. They’ll frame economic life in the free market context as a war against all, Darwinian in the most cartoonish sense — the figment of some too-much-product in his hair Hollywood movie evil businessman.
It’s tired, cliché, warn out. Combine those with modern youth penchant (if polls and media are to be believed) for kinds of socialism, and it might be easy to be that kind of bleak. Tucker comes along, however, and collects a bunch of his own essays to break the discussion wide open. Market forces are derived from human choice, a kind of love often not spoken of — a love for humanity. He works through inventions, things we take for granted, and winds up showing us how much markets really do operate out of love.
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