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Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  294 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
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 intellectual adapt rather than fight. Tucker proposes another path: see how the state has distorted daily life, ret ...more
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Published June 11th 2010 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published 2010)
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Huma Rashid
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I could write a big, long, fancy review, but it's easier to just rely on three words instead: Classic libertarian horseshit.

Rick Davis
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"This man's spiritual power has been precisely this, that he has distinguished between custom and creed. He has broken the conventions, but he has kept the commandments." -from Manalive by G.K. Chesterton

Bourbon for Breakfast is all about breaking the conventions and keeping the commandments. Jeffrey Tucker discusses hacking your showerhead to outwit the federal government's tampering with water pressure, using higher flush toilets than can legally be bought, rolling stop signs in quiet neighbor
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

What a great book. It covers a wide range of topics from government to shaving to intellectual property.


You might say that water needs to be conserved. Yes, and so does every other scarce good. The peaceful way to do this is through the price system. But because municipal water systems have created artificial shortages, other means become necessary.

Make a visit to your local grocery and the bottled water section in particular. There are vast numbers of choices, with each supplier begging
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Such a strange but insightful little book. It's a collection of essays grouped by topic, so I'll split my review into sections to follow the book.

Section 1: Water and Life. 2/5 stars.

While some of the essays make sense in light of the rest of the book, this was not a good way to begin. By immediately decrying government regulation over something that seems trivial to most people, he immediately causes anyone who is not a libertarian to lose interest in what he has to say. This is the book's grea
Anthony Papillion
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wondering how to live free in a world full of arbitrary rules and restrictions? This book will show you how. A collection of essays by a great thinker from the Mises Institute, this book will inspire, challenge, and maybe even make you laugh. A definite read for anyone interested in freedom and liberty.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Three and a half stars. This is a collection of essays and blog-posts which really isn't my style. Please take that into account in my rating. Tucker has an interesting history tied in with the Ludwig von Misses Institute and with Libertarian thought.

Over all Tucker has a style that is much to pleased with himself, I believe that he laughs at all his own jokes... a lot! This is not a terrible condition if you are actually funny; and sometimes Tucker is, but just sometimes. There is a great deal
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Jeffrey Tucker is eccentric and oddly charming. He finds beauty and wisdom where few others think to look. I like that about him.

I don't share Jeffrey's social values of dinner table manners and etiquette and proper clothing and so-forth, but even those chapters I found interesting if for no other reason than to appreciate his consistency in applying the libertarian worldview. I read those chapters as him saying, "I neither can nor would force this upon you, but I have every right to think of yo
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
a delightful collection of tucker's essays on a wide range of topics, including etiquette, mark twain, child labor, the shift toward militarism in the mainstream political right wing, morning indulgences, men's wardrobes, intellectual property, cooperation, getting fired, wastrels and spider-man. He is the modern-day, bowtie-wearing gentleman anarchist whose optimistic, creative thinking can serve as a primer to market anarchism, the antidote to social movements embracing violence and destructio ...more
Zachary Moore
Fun collection of essays dealing with conventional libertarian themes as applied to aspects of our daily lives (cough medicine, stop signs, etc) as well as the essays that make Tucker perhaps the first libertarian lifestyle columnist. Makes for wonderful light reading with suggestions for further study-- I finished the whole book in less than three days.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: liberty-library
Great book of whynots. You will think you're reading about a shower head or a sprinkler system, but then you find yourself pondering some of the great social and economic issues of human civilization. Not every chapter is equally intriguing, but most are.
An amazing book! I've known of this book for a couple of years, but the title did not inspire me. Tucker relates some of the most important lessons on liberty and Austrian economics in easy to read language, using modern illustrations.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
A well-written collection of articles by Jeffrey Tucker on growing bureaucracy, free market economics, intellectual property, the jail system, as well as culture and the arts.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Very entertaining with lots of good advice.
Robert Case
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
There not much constructive I can say about this derisive book. The humor was flat, the writing predictable, and the content, unmemorable.
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
The book brought to light many points I had never thought of. However, the style was at times "forced". i do recommend it though.
Michael Kaz
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A collection of essays by the eternal optimist Jeffrey Tucker ( Well-written and profound, yet easy to read with wit and energy.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
joyful book with practical living tips. really fun read.
Frank Marcopolos
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent essays on the confinement of convention on human freedom.
Abdulaziz Hasan
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ok, i haven't read the whole thing but I was soooo bored when I have reached page 22. This book is a set of articles that criticizes almost everything in the US which i am not part of.
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Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain appl ...more
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“Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need rules in society. But the question of who makes the rules and on what basis becomes supremely important. Will the rule-making flow from the matrix of voluntary exchange based on the ethic of serving others through private enterprise? Or will the rules be made and enforced by people wearing guns and bulletproof vests with a license to shock or kill based on minor annoyances?” 7 likes
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