Stefan: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show, Respect The Grind, with Stefan Aarnio. This is the show where we interview people who achieve mastery and freedom through discipline. We interview entrepreneurs, athletes, authors, artists, real estate investors, anyone who has achieved mastery and examined what it took to get there. Today on the show, I have a very special guest out of the norm, Jeff Berwick. He’s a libertarian, anarcho-capitalist. He hosts the biggest conference, Anarchapulco, for anarcho-capitalism. He’s The Dollar Vigilante. Originally from Canada, hailing from Mexico. Jeff, good to have you on the show today. Respect The Grind, my friend.
Jeff: It’s a pleasure. Thank you.
Stefan: Yeah. I really appreciate having a guest like you on the show, because we normally talk about like business and making money, and real estate. A lot of people listening to this show, they want financial freedom for themselves, and they’re trying to make money. They’re trying to invest, whatever that means. It’s cool to have a guy like you on the show. We had a mutual friend of ours, John Sneisen, on the show a little while ago, and I love talking to guys like you, because we end up talking about the money system. We talk about freedom in the free world, free speech, all this kind of stuff. For the people at home who don’t know you, Jeff, can you introduce yourself in your own words? Who are you, and why is this a relevant conversation for us to be speaking?
Jeff: Sure. Yeah. Actually, it’s a totally relevant conversation that’s everything that I talk about. I’ve been doing that for about nine years now, since 2010, with The Dollar Vigilante, which is a anarcho-capitalist financial newsletter talking about how to free yourself. Not just financially, but in every way possible. Of course, for people that don’t understand the word, “anarcho” means anarchy, of course, and that’s a Greek word which means “an,” without, “archy,” ruler. I just believe that no one should have a ruler and no one should be a slave. I don’t know why that’s controversial at all, but that’s the government indoctrination camps that people have had for about 12 years that most people have been forced into.
Jeff: Then the capitalist part, a lot of people actually misunderstand that word, too. They think that what you have in the U.S. today is capitalism. There is a small part of capitalism still remaining, and that’s why the U.S. is still standing, but it’s mostly fascism, and crony capitalism, and what I call crapitalism. Really, when I say “capitalism,” I just mean free market. I’ve been, and completely free market, so no government involvement whatsoever, no taxation, no regulation, no central banks, and no fiat currencies and things like that. I’ve been doing that for about nine years.
Jeff: I also do a podcast called Anarchast. I’ve been doing that for about seven years, and it’s grown quite a bit. It’s nothing too huge, but it’s actually spawned an entire conference now called Anarchapulco, as you mentioned. It’s now the world’s premier liberty and freedom event held in Acapulco, Mexico, every year. It’s coming up in February 14th to 17th. We’re expecting about 3,000 people, because the freedom, the idea of it is actually growing, believe it or not. I’ve been doing all that stuff for about, as I said, about eight or nine years now.
Stefan: That’s tremendous, Jeff. People like you, I really got to salute a guy like you, because it’s not easy. It’s not easy going against the grain. It’s not easy speaking out about this stuff. It’s not a popular table topic at the Thanksgiving table or the Christmas table. I remember when I was telling my family years ago about the money system at like at Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving dinner. Everybody got up and left. The average person doesn’t want to hear about how they are enslaved. They don’t want to hear about the money system. I remember years ago when I was 21, 22, I read a book called Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and that’s the capitalist bible. The communists have Karl Marx, Das Kapital, and then the capitalists have Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. It’s number two most influential book in the United States.
Stefan: Can you explain to the people at home, that’s where I’ve first heard the word “libertarian.” What’s a libertarian? Because people, we’re from Canada, or I’m from Canada, in Winnipeg, today, and people hear “libertarian,” and they think libertarian is liberal, because it’s L-I-B. They don’t know the difference between the two words. What’s a libertarian?
Jeff: That’s interesting you’re up there in Winterpeg. I’m originally from what I call Deadmonton, so up in Canada.
Stefan: Dude, that’s the other Winnipeg. I’m giving that a gong. Bang. Just gonged it up. Deadmonton and Winterpeg.
Jeff: Yeah, so the word “libertarian,” I actually didn’t even really know the word until about 15 years ago. It’s become quite popular. It’s become fairly popular since Ron Paul ran for president in 2008. Really, what the word means is, well, it’s pretty simple word, “libertarianism.” What it means is that if you’re a libertarian, then you hold as one of your highest principles liberty or freedom. If you truly hold that as one of your highest principles, then you should actually be a anarchist, because an anarchist believes in complete freedom. It believes in the freedom of the individual that no one has the right to enslave and say they own another person. Of course, whenever you have a government, you’re just born somewhere, and they go, “Well, you’re ours now,” especially in the U.S., where every baby born today in the U.S. has a quarter of a million U.S. dollars worth of debt and liabilities overhanging it from the government that it’s supposed to pay off.
Stefan: My God.
Jeff: That’s absolutely criminal and absolute tyranny and slavery. That’s what we have in every country today, as well as Canada and every other country. A true libertarian truly believes that no one should be ruled or owned by anyone without their permission. Of course, there’s a lot of people who don’t mind being owned or being slaves. They’re called statists, and if they want to do that, that’s fine. I have no problem. As a libertarian or as an anarchist, do whatever you want. Just don’t aggress against me. The only problem is, when they get these governments going, they always seem to include us and seem to think that, “Well, you are now owned by whichever government in whatever area you’re in.” I just completely disagree with that.
Stefan: Yeah. I saw Jordan Peterson. You’re probably familiar with Jordan Peterson, right?
Stefan: I saw Jordan Peterson speak in the summer. He was speaking here in Winnipeg, Winterpeg, at the Burton Cummings Theatre, and he said something interesting that I thought something that I think people need to hear more often. He said, “The human race for most of history has lived under tyranny. We used to have monarchies. We used to have feudalism. For most, most of the human race, we’ve had tyranny, and for very brief times, we’ve had democracies or republics, but democracy lasts for about 250 years. Then it turns into a tyranny, usually, and then after that, turns back into a monarchy.” Why do you think monarchies and tyrannies have existed throughout history, and why does it always seem to consolidate power like that? Why can’t we just stay as a democracy or republic all the time?
Jeff: Well, first of all, I’m not so sure about human history. I think most things we’re told about history are lies, and so really, anything beyond a couple of hundred years ago, I really have doubts about what really happened. I really don’t know what happened, but I don’t trust anything that we’re told by the media, or the governments, or the schools, which are all sort of the same sort of people running those sort of things, but what I understand happened is, a few hundred years ago, there was things like kings and queens, and they were doing that quite a bit. They were going around doing similar things that governments do today and say, “Hey, you were born here, so now you have to pay us a certain percentage of whatever you make,” and that sort of a thing.
Jeff: Really, a few hundred years ago, and it sort of seems to have happened in France, which is kind of interesting, because there’s a bit of an uprising happening there again right now, is a lot of people said, “This is crazy. Just because you’re born, this whole idea of kings and queens is so insane.” I love the Monty Python, I think it was in the Holy Grail one, where the king’s walking around, and he’s like, “I’m your king.” They’re like, “You’re who?” He’s like, “I was born of this mother,” and everyone’s like, “What?” He’s like, “I found a sword in the lake, and therefore I’m your king.” They’re like, “You’re crazy,” but for whatever reason, people kind of fell in line with that.
Jeff: Of course, a lot of these monarchies were really tyrannical, and they would really, if you didn’t pay them, they would kill you, that sort of a thing. That’s very similar to governments. A few hundred years ago, people kind of woke up from it, and they said, “Well, this is stupid.” The people who were in control at the time really realized they’re going to lose a lot of power, and so they came up with an absolutely ingenious idea. That ingenious idea was democracy, which is a totally heinous, evil system of mob rule. If you have 51% of people decide that legally they can kill the other 49%, then everything’s fine.
Jeff: It’s absolutely insane and just keeps people battling each other, but it’s absolutely ingenious, because they’ve managed, through the government indoctrination camps, and through the media, the mainstream media, television, propaganda programming, to tell people that, “Oh, when you have a democracy, then you are the one who rules yourself, and you get to rule yourself by voting once every four or five years. You get to tick a box,” and then some guy goes somewhere, and he makes decisions about what you’re going to have to give up and how much they’re going to extort you and things like that, but it’s absolutely an ingenious idea. It’s worked now for a few hundred years, and people have really fallen for it, but they’re starting to wake up to it. That’s what we’re starting to see across the world, really.
Jeff: We’re starting to see that in France right now. Again, they’re starting to realize, “This is absolutely insane that we have people ruling us without our permission, and taking our money, and things like that.” Even Donald Trump, in the U.S., was to an extent an awakening of people going, “This system is horrible. We’ve got this total political class that is totally ruling us and just totally enslaving us.”
Jeff: What they thought was, “Well, we have democracy, thank God. We have democracy, so we can elect someone else,” so they elected a kind of a bit of an outsider, Donald Trump, who’s best friends with the Clintons and has been involved with central banks and with the Bush family for decades. His family’s been very involved with the Bush family, so he’s been very involved in the political class, but he came in as sort of an outsider, and you kind of see a lot of people saying, “Oh, he’s an outsider, so he can fix things.” He’s not an outsider whatsoever. It’s another sort of ruse in the whole democracy game, but really, that’s what we’ve got today.
Jeff: Now, what we’ve got at The Dollar Vigilante, I cover how bankrupt all these nation states are, how the central banks are printing money until we’re going to be, hit hyperinflation very soon, so we’re very near the end of this sort of system of these big nation states, of these big welfare states, warfare states, Big Brother nanny states, where everything is controlled, and regulated, and extorted, and taxed, and that sort of a thing. It’s all going bankrupt right now, so even if people didn’t wake up to what I’m talking about, we’re still going to go through a massive amount of change in the next few years as all these systems all go down because they’re all bankrupt.
Stefan: Yeah. Well, there’s a … Man, Jeff, you said a mouthful there, man. I don’t even know where to start, but I’m going to try to weigh in on what you said there at the end. Now, I wrote a book here called Hard Times Create Strong Men. I’m holding it up here for the camera for the people at home, and the cycles of history, as I understand it, goes like this. Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times. That whole cycle takes about 80 years, and every 80 years, there’s a major war, a major crisis, a major reset. 80 years ago was World War II. 80 years before that was American Civil War, and you can trace this back in history. 80 to 100 years, every 80 to 100 years, is a major reset. Now, if you trace that out to the future right now from World War II to now, 2020 is the next “hard times create strong men.”
Stefan: That’s what the book’s about is, the men are becoming weak. When men become weak, the backbone of society falls apart. The family falls apart. The churches and the freedom of that falls apart, and what we end up with is some sort of major crisis. Would you say something like that’s coming up?
Jeff: Oh, absolutely, and I think those cycles are very true. If you just look at anyone who’s like a rich kid, so his father most likely worked really hard his entire life and amassed a fairly large fortune, and then the kid comes along, and he’s just pampered, and he never does anything. He never learns how to do anything. He never has to learn anything about life, and they usually become idiots, and they actually end up usually wasting or losing most of their money. This is a very natural sort of a cycle that can happen if you’re not smart, if, as a father, if you make a lot of money, you don’t just give it to your kids. That’s absolutely ridiculous. Talk about a really great way to destroy your children, but the big problem with that cycle that you just mentioned that’s been going on now for centuries is the government.
Jeff: When you get the government involved, it’s not just people who are destroying themselves through the cycle of people having to have hard times to get better and actually learn skills and work hard, and then they get soft afterwards, and then their kids get really soft and that sort of thing. That happens all normally, but when you add the government into it, it gets way worse, because then what, that’s exactly what we’re seeing today in a place like the U.S., which used to be quite capitalist. It has been fully capitalist, really, since its inception. It hasn’t been, definitely has not been capitalist since 1913 when they first put in the Federal Reserve and the income tax acts in the same year, which is no coincidence whatsoever. It’s been kind of a mix of the socialism, and communism, and fascism since then.
Jeff: About what you’ve seen because of the capitalism, because of the free markets, there was quite a bit of free markets in the U.S. There isn’t any more, but there used to be quite a bit. You build up all this wealth, and when you have a government, it always seems to skew to these people going, “Well, now that we have quite a wealthy place, we should be quite giving.” Yeah, that’s great. Give, but what they’re talking about is, the government should steal money from everyone, extort everybody, and then give some of it to some people, which is absolutely heinous, and evil, and destroys everything.
Jeff: Even the welfare system destroys the people on welfare, but as I was mentioning, like that whole cycle would happen probably quite normally unless people start to wake up and realize what they’re doing, but the fact that we have governments today makes it so much worse, because that’s what we’re seeing in the U.S. You even see communism is really catching on in the U.S., because you’ve got all these pampered little kids. They sit there on their MacBook Pro at Starbucks ranting about how evil capitalism is and saying they want communism, and they don’t even look up the last 100 years of what communism has brought a lot of places, like the Soviet Union, or Cuba, or Venezuela, and places like that.
Jeff: They just, because they’re so soft, and they’ve never really done anything, that’s why they call them little snowflakes and things like that, and they become social justice warriors. Really, they’re just non-player characters, NPCs, but yeah, the big problem with that whole cycle is government. If we can get government out of the way, then you’d have families destroying themselves over time over and over and not realizing the problems that they keep creating for themselves, but they wouldn’t force it all on the rest of us through government.
Stefan: Yeah. Wow. I mean, this is some really good stuff, and the snowflake thing, the snowflakism’s a reason why I wrote Hard Times, because I had some of these snowflakes in my company. I have a company. I got 13 employees, and these little snowflakes were crying, “Oh, you’re mean, and I don’t love this. This isn’t my dream job, and you make me feel like a piece of shit,” and I had people showing up late. Just snowflakism all day, and I said, “Where does this come from? Where does the snowflakism come from?” I started writing this book Hard Times, and it’s interesting, because what you said is absolutely true.
Stefan: We’ve had some communist subversion come in from the Cold War into our schools, into our churches, into our militaries, everything, and we got this virus in our brain that thinks that communism is going to save inequality, but in history, communism has never worked. It has never worked once. It ends in massive, massive killing and massive death. There’s something like 100 million people slaughtered in the last 100 years with communism. It’s something brutal. It’s the biggest cause of unnatural death, and every 80 years, we think it’s going to work somehow. Somebody somewhere’s trying communism.
Stefan: As an extension, I’ve been studying communism, I was watching a show with Stefan Molyneux on Freedomain Radio, and he was talking about how feminism actually spawned out of communism when they started talking about equality, and men and women are equal, and next thing you know, in communist Russia, in 1917, when they switched over to communism, you had all sorts of major problems, where there was one crazy stat was, more babies were aborted than were born. You think about that, it’s just a big, crazy, evil system. Why do we get this idea that we think that communism’s going to save us from our own poverty? Like why does that idea keep coming in every 80 years into different societies around the world?
Jeff: Yeah. That’s a good question. I wish I knew the real answer, because it makes no sense. Obviously, these people don’t look at actual history. As you pointed out, there’s never been one … It’s not like there’s been one that really worked out well, and they’re like, “Oh, we screwed it up a few times.” It’s like every single one turns into disaster. It actually makes total sense why, because of human nature. For someone like yourself who’s read books by Ayn Rand, you kind of understand the individualist sort of a thing, and that people will always do what’s in their best interest. That just makes total and normal sense as human being. When you have this system that comes in and you say, “Okay, the guy at the top decides everything that we’re all going to do,” you don’t keep anything from your work, so that makes it so a lot of people don’t really want to work anymore, because why would you work if all the incentives go away to …
Jeff: I don’t know about you, but when I do work, it’s because I know I’m going to get something from it. I’m not just doing it because for no reason whatsoever. A lot of these people, especially … Well, what’s really happened in the West is that they’ve really pumped it up in the government indoctrination camps. That’s why I say to people, “Get your kids out of the government schools. There’s nothing that can be worse than that than having government actually teaching you … ” Not teaching, actually indoctrinating your child for like 12 of its most important years of its building of its sense of self, of its intelligence, of everything. Even Vladimir Lenin, of all people, said, “Give me your child for four years and the seed I plant will never be uprooted.”
Jeff: It starts a lot there, and then you go home in places like the U.S., or Canada, or a lot of places, and you turn on the television programming, and it’s called programming for a reason. You get pro-cops, and pro-presidents, and, “The government saved us today,” and turn on the news, which is total fake news. It’s just government propaganda, and they’re like, “Well, we saved this today,” and all that sort of stuff. With the cycles that you’re talking about, and we’re in the snowflake cycle now of sort of this millennials that have never seen anything hard their whole life. To them, the hard thing they’ve seen is like when there’s a long line at Starbucks or something like that.
Stefan: No Wi-Fi on the plane. There’s no Wi-Fi on the plane today. Darn.
Jeff: Yeah, like that’s the hardest times they’ve seen. Because they’ve gone through this indoctrination and that they’re really, I actually stay away from colleges and universities, because it freaks me out to hang around, like they’re all zombies, and they’re the stupidest people I’ve ever met in my life. They’re all indoctrinated and programmed. You go there, and half the classes are talking about communism and socialism, so they’ve got them in this sort of thing, and they’re all going out there now. We’ve seen that … What’s that, there’s that U.S. politician, some young girl, is just complete and total moron who’s just got selected or elected into Congress. It’s called Congress because it’s a con game, and it’s called the Constitution because that’s also a con, and all that sort of stuff.
Jeff: You’ve got those people out there pushing this stuff, and these kids just go out, and they think, they don’t know anything better. It’s very unfortunate, but that’s why it’s really important that we continue to push out what we push out, which is more free market stuff. A lot of people do catch on to it. It’s not as bad as it seems. The worst place that it really is in the world today is the U.S. They’ve got everyone … Not everyone, but most people, they’re so indoctrinated, and so brainwashed, and so propagandized, but you go to a lot of other places like Mexico here, and a lot of people are pretty free market. They don’t like government and things like that. That’s why they make Mexico look so bad on the news. That’s on purpose, because it’s a lot more free market down here.
Stefan: It’s amazing. I mean, you moved to Mexico. I have this prediction that Russia right now is a freedom-growing country. They’re getting more freedom over there. It’s like the 1950s U.S. over there, and then over here, it’s like we’re a freedom-losing country in Canada and the U.S. It’s interesting with, you’re talking about the universities being scary. When I get a stack of résumés, and I’m hiring, I throw the ones with degrees in the trash. Yeah, they don’t-
Jeff: Yeah, me too.
Stefan: The people can’t think for themselves. I remember I went out with this 18-year-old girl, and she wanted a job, so we went out for lunch, and I said, “Okay, look. What do you want to do?” She goes, “I want to start a social media company.” I’m like, “Great. Start it.” We’re eating lunch. I said, “Great. Start it.” She says, “Well, I’m in the business school, and I’m going to get my MBA, and I don’t think I can start, because I don’t know how,” and I said, “Well, go google that. Just start.” “Oh, I don’t think I know how. I’m not qualified.” The school system literally disabled her mind from figuring out how she could just start a social media company.
Stefan: I mean, I got some guys running my social media. They’re 18, 19 years old, and I just met them at a restaurant. Boom, they’re banging out my social media like crazy, doing a great job, but this same girl in the government indoctrination camp, as you say, the universities and the schools, can’t think for herself. I also think it’s interesting in the colleges and universities right now, the number one read book on economics is Karl Marx. That’s just like, that just doesn’t make sense. Why don’t you tell me a bit, Jeff, why does Karl Marx as the number one economics book not make sense?
Jeff: Oh, my God. First of all, he knows nothing about economics. He was a homeless guy who had no money, and he wrote a … If I was around when he wrote the book, I would have given it a few minutes, or even maybe a few days, maybe even a month or two, of thought, because it sounds really good. Right? Like what is the communist sort of slogan? It is, “Give to-”
Stefan: Seize the means of production?
Jeff: No, but they have this slogan like, “Someone’s needs … ”
Stefan: Oh, “To every man’s need,” or, “To the best of his ability and every man’s need,” or something like that.
Jeff: Something, but basically what it’s saying is … See, that’s how stupid it is. I don’t even memorize the stupid quote, but basically, it sounds nice. It sounds like, “Yeah, if people can’t do things, then you help them.” It’s like, “Yeah, sounds great,” but the way they’re talking about is, you have this giant government. They come around. They steal things from people, and they decide who gets your money, essentially, and things like that. Yeah, and it’s shocking that … It’s really mostly caught on in the U.S. Like obviously, if you go to the … You brought up Russia. If you go to Russia, no one wants to read Karl Marx. They’d probably burn that book if they saw it, just because they’d be so angry at it.
Jeff: Anyone who’s actually lived through communism, a lot of the old Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc, Poland, and a lot of those places, even Germany to an extent, they still remember a lot of that. That’s all you need to know about communism is live through it, and you realize it. That’s one thing that I always thought that’s funny is, you have all these people like Bernie Sanders and all these people, and they’re so pro-communism and socialism and all these sort of things. It’s like, have you ever even just gone to Venezuela even for a weekend? Because I was there like a year and a half ago, and it was pretty bad.
Jeff: I remember being there about 15 years ago, and it was really nice. In fact, you can look up Venezuela back in the ’60s and ’70s. It looked just as nice as what you see in the videos of the U.S. People got around in nice cars, looking all nice. Everyone’s looking good and happy, and they have lots of food and all that sort of stuff, and now it’s just a complete and total disaster, so … Yeah, you have some people still … It’s mostly in the U.S., though, I have to say [inaudible 00:23:04].
Jeff: I meet a lot of people from the U.S., and they say, “Man, this whole world’s going to hell.” It’s like, actually, it’s not too bad. Most of the world is pretty good. It’s really the U.S. is like, and Canada is almost just as bad now, and when you go to the universities, as you pointed out, and I do the same thing, I have only hired one university graduate ever, and it turned into the biggest disaster I’ve ever had. He was actually a producer at CNBC, I hired him in 1999 to head up a video department of a internet company I had, and he was a total disaster. He was an MBA, and I had all the, all that stuff, and I ended up having to pay him out like two years’ salary to get him to leave, that sort of-
Stefan: Oh, my God.
Jeff: But yeah, so I just stay away from the universities. As you pointed out, if I … I’ve got a number of businesses myself, so if someone’s interested in working with us, I’ll ask them what they do, and if they go, “Well, I just spent the last eight years in university,” I’m like, “Well, you don’t make very good decisions, do you? You [inaudible 00:24:00]-”
Stefan: Bro, I’m going to give you a gong for that. Boom. I want you to instant replay that for the kids at home. “If you’re hanging out in university the last eight years, you don’t make very good decisions, do you?” Tell me why that’s a bad decision in 2019.
Jeff: Well, I’m sure there’s probably a couple courses you could take in college that make some sense somehow. I’ve never seen them, though, but I … There must be a couple, but the reason that it makes no sense in 2018, 2019, is because we have the internet now, and all information is on the internet. You don’t have to pay $100,000 a year to go sit in a room with probably a unionized teacher who’s never done anything his whole life, that’s why he’s a teacher, he doesn’t know anything, and sit there with a bunch of other idiots like you, because you don’t know anything, they don’t know anything, and learn about socialism-type stuff pumped into you. It’s a complete and total waste of time. Really, the best-
Stefan: You mean it’s a virgin sex therapy class, so the guy teaching, it’s a virgin, but he’s teaching sex therapy to everybody?
Jeff: Yeah, that’s one good way to put it, but yeah. It’s just a waste of time. I think trade schools or something, where if you’re going to become a mechanic, so you have to work on cars, so you can’t really do that over the internet, I think that makes some sense, but 90-percent-plus of what you go to college for is just a complete and total waste of time that you could just totally learn much better stuff on the internet. It actually just came out, I don’t know if you heard this, but Google and Facebook just said that they’ve removed university education as one of the requirements to work there. I think they’re really slow and late to do that, but I think they’re starting to realize, it’s like, “Man, the people we’re getting from the schools are just brainwashed idiots, whereas the young guy who’s sitting at home just hacking away, and going on the internet all day, and figuring everything out, those are the kind of guys you want.”
Stefan: Yeah. I got a policy in my office, and when people come to me and ask for stuff, I say, “Google it, or handle it.” Those are the two things, handle it, google it. Google and … I think it was Google, Apple, Facebook, they don’t need degrees anymore. I think that’s been going on for some time, but it’s an official statement now. Right? That’s like super, super official. Jeff, let’s go back to collapse of society and things like that. One thing that’s common in history, and I’ve studied it over and over again when these collapses happen, it’s usually, the people can’t buy bread. The nonsense can keep going on. The …
Stefan: I’ve got the numbers in my book here, Hard Times, about minimum wage, and minimum wage in 1968, indexed to gold, is 103,000 dollars U.S., so you work at McDonald’s, you made one cheeseburger, one hamburger, French fries, Coke, and a milkshake, you made 103 grand in purchasing power back then, indexed to gold. Same guy today making a cheeseburger, hamburger, French fries, well, he has to make 150 items down at McDonald’s. They got a crazy menu.
Stefan: Same guy at McDonald’s makes 13,000 a year, so he’s lost 90% of his purchasing power indexed to gold, and this shenanigan with the money system where the banks and the government rob people through inflation every year, and then suddenly, at some point, it keeps going, going, going, going until the average man can’t buy bread. That’s when the Russian Revolution happens. That’s when the French Revolution happens. Why does that pattern keep happening over and over again?
Jeff: Well, first, let me just mention that the reason that these jobs have gone so far down in value is because of the central bank. It’s because of money printing and inflation, and that’s why you pointed out those numbers in inflation terms. You have a lot of people out there today who are like, “We need to raise the minimum wage,” which is, what you’re saying is, “We need these people who extort us, called the government, to go out with guns and force businesses to pay us more because we can’t afford to live.” Well, the reason you can’t afford to live is because you’ve had most of your stuff stolen from you by the central bank, and the central bank, by the way, is a tenet of communism, and that’s why I say the U.S. is nothing even close to capitalism today.
Jeff: Actual communism has already destroyed most of these people. You ask about revolutions, and yeah, it seems that people, this is one thing you can say about anarchy, a lot of people think about anarchy, “Well, if there was not government, it’d just be chaos, and horrible, and everyone would just kill each other.” It’s actually not true. Your average person, and this relates to your question, your average person just really doesn’t want to do too much. They want to have a nice little life. They want to have a family or whatever, or they don’t, but they want something nice, and that’s about it. They don’t want to go out and rock the boat too much. Your average person just does not want to rock the boat, and that’s what …
Jeff: That’s one of the problems we have today is, we have the statist system, and most people are just too scared to change it, but it appears, at some point, when you finally run out of even just food, and you can’t even eat anymore, that’s when finally people start to wake up, and stand up, and demand some sort of change. When I say demand, the problem is, they’re demanding from the government change. What they should really realize is, the government caused it, the central bank caused it, and just break away from this system and stand up and become their own person and not be a slave to the systems, but yeah, it’s unfortunate that your average person, for whatever reason, will wait until they’re basically starving before they actually face the real problems in the world.
Stefan: It’s interesting in history, I think Putin kicked out the central banks. Is that right?
Jeff: I’m not sure if Putin did, but the ruble basically collapsed. I don’t think they had a central bank, definitely, at the start there.
Stefan: Well, I’ve heard Putin’s kicked out the central banks. I think it’s interesting is, Hitler did that back in the day. I guess Germany was so poor, and they were so messed up, and they couldn’t make their war reparation payments. They just couldn’t pay, and that’s how World War II started is, a bunch of people, super poor, couldn’t pay their payments, boom, world war starts. It’s interesting, because somehow, in the system, the political system, they go right versus left, and the right versus the left, and the left versus the right. Really, it’s the same kind of thing. Nobody points the finger at the central banks.
Stefan: One thing I love about America that still stands is, there’s 300 million guns in the States and 300 million people, and they keep that gun amendment in there because they know that tyranny’s going to come at some point. They left that in there, and if people can’t buy bread, or they’re really hungry, that’s where those 300 million people with guns are going to rise up. Do you think we’re going to see something like that in our lifetimes?
Jeff: Yeah, definitely, because the U.S. is going to collapse in the next few years. It’s not going to be decades, because it’s so bankrupt. We have 22 trillion dollars’ worth of debt now, so we’re basically … I said when I started The Dollar Vigilante that the U.S. dollar will collapse by the end of this decade, so we’ve got about a year left. I think we’re pretty close to on track. That’s how close we are to the end of this system. Yeah, we’re definitely going to see collapses anyway. As far as people in the U.S. having guns, I think all people should have the right to defend themselves, obviously. I don’t think anyone should be able to say, “You can’t have this,” if you’re not hurting anyone else, and that’s what government does, of course. It’s very good. That’s the only thing left in the U.S. that is keeping it from being complete and total carnage is that the people still can protect themselves, so the government has to be very careful about how they enslave everyone, but they’ve done an incredibly good job of enslaving people.
Jeff: When you think about how the U.S. started, it started over the Tea Party, where it was a tax from England on tea, and that was it. It wasn’t a tax on everything else, income tax, and capital gains tax, and smoking tax, and hotel tax, and food tax, and all this sort of stuff. It was just a little tax on tea, and that started the so-called American Revolution. Now you have people in the U.S. today where you have taxes that are over 50%. It’s probably closer to 60 or 70% when you add up all the taxes, because literally every single thing in the U.S. is taxed today, including death. Death has a tax, and so when you die you get taxed. You still don’t have people wanting to revolt. It’s because, again, people are fairly, if they have a decent life, they don’t tend to want to change things too much. You look at the U.S. and your average person, even poor people have a television. They probably even have a car. Even poor people have cars in the U.S.
Jeff: That’s how much free markets, even the poorest people are still ahead of a lot of other people in the world, and so because of that, they don’t really want to have a revolt or anything like that. Plus, they don’t even … Because of all the years of government indoctrination and all the war propaganda about how they’re trying to save the world by spreading freedom by bombing the entire world in the War on Terror, war of terror. It’s absolutely insane, but your average person just doesn’t seem to want to even break out of this system.
Jeff: What’s going to probably happen is, that system’s going to collapse on its own because of all the debt and go into hyperinflation. Then hopefully, and you brought up about how Russia’s become much more free market now. That’s what happens. The same cycles that you mentioned before when you have countries, they usually start off quite small and poor. Even the U.S. was like that when it first started. Because it had a lot of freedom, it becomes quite rich. Then they get soft because of that and because of government and statism, they start doing socialism and all these sort of things which start to destroy everything. They start putting kids into the government schools and all that, and they get worse and worse until they eventually totally collapse, like the Soviet Union. Once it has a total collapse, then you can actually have free markets again. The U.S. actually, once this collapse happens, and after a few weeks or months, and that’s sort of what happened in the Soviet Union as well, it takes a little bit of time, like weeks or months, definitely not years, then you can start to rebuild immediately again with free markets.
Jeff: We’ve seen how the free markets, if you just allow people to be free, you just have to look at places like Hong Kong. That was a fishing village like 200 years ago. Look at it now. I don’t know if you’ve ever been there. It’s amazing to even go there. Singapore, even 100 years ago, was a fishing village. It’s now one of the most luxurious, wealthy places in the world. Dubai was just desert. They just started doing like low-tax, no-tax sort of stuff, and all of a sudden, there you got like indoor ski parks in the hot, 150-degree desert. Once you have like all this tyranny, it will eventually collapse. Then once it collapses, you have freedom again, and then things take off again.
Jeff: Really, that’s the whole point of what I do at The Dollar Vigilante is, that’s our actual tagline, which is, “Helping you to survive and prosper during and after the dollar collapse,” because if you can hold on to some of your assets, and if you can get through this collapse that’s coming, we’re going to go on to amazing, prosperous times again, but if you have no assets, you’ll have to work a lot harder to get back up, but if you have kept some of your assets and things like precious metals or cryptocurrencies, once everyone else gets wiped out, and all the banks close, and the currency becomes worthless, you’ll be one of the richest guys around, and then you can start rebuilding the new free market.
Stefan: Yeah. There’s two cycles that are coming to an end. I wrote about this in my book, Hard Times. One is the 2020, which is that 80-year cycle of war. That’s an important one to watch. Hard Times Create Strong Men. Then the other one is the 250-year cycle of democracy. Democracies only last about 250 years, so if the U.S. was born in 1776, it’s going to be dead by 2026, so somewhere between 2020 and 2026, we know there’s probably going to be an end of democracy, probably usually goes democracy into tyranny, and then tyranny back into monarchy usually is what happens. We’ll see something happen. Do you think it’s going to go back to tyranny and monarchy, or do you think it’s going to go just to open freedom?
Jeff: Yeah. A really good question. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. I could definitely see the tyranny part coming after this. What will likely happen, and probably be Trump will be in, his regime will be in as this collapse happens. As everyone’s gets wiped out, as the banks close, as it’s complete, way worse than 1929, Great Depression, someone like Trump will become sort of like Hitler-like in that sense, in that he will be the strongman who will lead the country out of this. Because of that, we’re going to need more laws, and of course, Trump has been pro-asset, civil forfeitures, having the police just take whatever they want. He even came out recently and said that he’s okay if the cops go and just take everyone’s guns and then figure out if they did the right thing afterwards and go to court in that afterwards, so no due process and things like that. Yeah, I could totally see that we have this collapse in the next couple years.
Jeff: It leads into a very sort of like Nazi Germany like sort of like tyranny type thing, and perhaps war, because the U.S. does have a massive amount of military just sitting there, and of course, if you’re desperate, and if you’re broke, and if your people are all crying out for something to be done, and of course, what do they always say on the news, the television programming? “Well, it’s always Russia. Russia’s always messing with us.” Russia’s not doing anything to the U.S. whatsoever, but they’ve been putting this into place, and they also mention China a lot. Yeah, they’ll probably go into some sort of major war at some point. The key for people like us will be to stay outside of it and let them all go through this, again, if they want to go through this again, which is unbelievable.
Jeff: There’s lots of stories of people surviving through all of these, World War II, World War I, the Great Depression, and coming out way ahead afterwards, and even surviving quite well through it. A lot of them would go to places like Argentina or whatever for a few years, wait till all the craziness dies down with their assets and things like that. That’s really the key, and to me, it’s, we can’t change everyone else. I wish we could, but we can’t.
Jeff: Actually, I don’t wish I could. That’d be a huge responsibility, to change everyone else, but I wish that they would be a bit more able to see what’s going on, but if they can’t, really all that’s left for us to do is to take care of ourselves and to keep spreading this information the ways that we can do it, but if they’re going to go ahead and destroy the whole world with their statism, and their craziness, and their communism, and socialism, and fascism again, then it’s really just up to us to survive and prosper through it and then try to be there to help rebuild once they get through doing it all again.
Stefan: There’s two interesting things that come to mind when you say that. There’s the Hitler-Trump connection, which I think is super interesting. There’s two things I want to allude to. There’s the Hitler-Trump connection, and then there’s another one, an Abraham Lincoln and Trump connection. When you look back in history, so if we go back 80 years to World War II, Germany was one of the most advanced civilizations on the planet, probably actually was the most advanced in science and medicine. They were so broke, they were so poor, they were so hungry, they were so messed up that the Nazis became popular, because Hitler was offering them a better life. He said, “Look, here’s a better life. We can have a better way.” People got behind that, the most sophisticated, probably, society on the planet went into absolute terror at that time.
Stefan: I think there’s a similar thing going on in the U.S. You’ve got a huge amount of people on food stamps. People are poor. People are pissed off, so they elect a strong leader. It’s not … It’s interesting, like if it wasn’t Hitler back in World War II, it probably would have been somebody else leading them, because the people were so poor and so messed up … I like what Jordan Peterson said in the summary. He said, “You don’t have an idea. An idea has you.” That idea had Nazi Germany. I think there’s a similar idea in the Brexit right now. There’s a similar idea in the United States, and then that’s the 80-year cycle.
Stefan: If you go back 80 years before, you got the Civil War, the American Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln got shot. It’s interesting, because Lincoln was a guy that wasn’t totally popular with half the country. He got assassinated, and those things are all kind of floating around. You got a Trump, Trump-Hitler-like ruler there. I mean, I actually like Trump, personally, but at the end of the day, there’s a sentiment in the country and a feeling around that that’s Hitler-like, and then there’s also an Abraham Lincoln kind of feeling where do you think he could get assassinated?
Jeff: Look, I think it’s possible. I think most of those sort of things, they’re all actually orchestrated. JFK, for example, I believe that was Lyndon B. Johnson and the CIA who took him out. Ronald Reagan, that was the first Bush, the one who just died, George W. Bush, or sorry, George Bush, who was behind the assassination attempt, so-called assassination attempt, on Ronald Reagan. It’s usually like an inside sort of a thing. It’s really controlled. It’s really theater. They actually keep all these things, including Putin, including little Kim in North Korea. They’re all controlled by the same people, and it’s just this big theater to keep people just mesmerized and watching their CNN and, “Oh, what did Trump say today,” and all that. It’s just no different than people in North Korea like, “What did little Kim say today? What are we supposed to do today?”
Jeff: That sort of a thing, but anything is possible, but it is pretty tough to assassinate the president, as an outsider, but as an insider, it’s not that hard, but they also seem to have some sort of weird like almost like protection around them. Like even George W. Bush, when he was in Iraq and the guy stood up at the media thing, and he was very mad, because Bush had been destroying his country and killing his family and all that sort of stuff, and he threw one shoe, and Bush just did the little dodge and just missed him, and then threw another shoe, and he just … It’s like, I don’t know what it is with these people. They’re kind of like, I don’t know what it is, but it seems like he can’t really get to them that way, not physically violent sort of thing. I think the only way we get rid of all of this is for people to wake up and realize that these people don’t own you, and start to move away from these systems, and these people just go away and have to get real jobs.
Stefan: I think one of the problems with human nature and people, I mean, you were talking about human nature and communism, where human nature doesn’t work inside of communism, and then there’s also another side of human nature, which is, I think humans have a hero worship, innate hero worship ability where we see someone, we see a leader, and we just want to worship them, and we want them to handle our problems. We want to have a personal Jesus. We want to have somebody we can just give it all to. Somehow, that’s going to be the easy button. It’ll all be solved, and then we don’t have to think or deal with anything. Would you say that’s true?
Jeff: Oh, absolutely. That’s exactly what government, it really is. That’s what government always does. You look at every election. They come up there, and they give all these promises. “I’m going to solve this for you. I’m going to solve that.” They never solve anything. They’re just extorting you and destroying everything in the process, and making everything worse in the process, but yeah. That’s absolutely the case is, your average person just won’t take responsibility for themselves and just say, “I don’t need this person to run this entire country for me. I can run myself,” and that sort of a thing. Of course, it gets a little interesting how that would all, we’ve been in statism now for hundreds of years, so to actually break away from it’s going to be difficult.
Jeff: That’s actually why we’re starting up numerous sort of countries across the world now, so we’ve started Liberland in Europe, which is near Croatia and Serbia, which is a new sort of anarcho-capitalist country that’s just being started, and there’s some few others working on buying some islands, and we’re going to start some totally anarcho-capitalist free sort of places there. We’re also seasteading, so we’re trying to start up in the ocean, start up our own little, what you call countries. None of them are really like countries, because there’s no real government, but it’s a place that we’re going to start up that it’s going to be completely free. Then through that, hopefully we could show the world, because they’ve never really seen it, what life would be like in a true free market.
Jeff: If, all evidence seems to point to when you have a totally free market that it’s incredibly good for most people. It just increases the wealth dramatically, as we’ve seen, as I pointed out, in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai. Whenever you have a lot of freedom, everything gets a lot more prosperous. The only sort of question a lot of people have is, “What if you have total freedom? What would happen?” We don’t really have any good examples for that yet, so we’re hoping to start do that in the next couple of years and try to show the world the light that, really, this governmental sort of statism system with central banks, and all these sort of things, are just absolutely terrible. The best thing for all humanity is to get rid of those sort of things and not have a belief in their authority.
Stefan: Sounds like a page out of Atlas Shrugged right now. You got all the productive smart people wanting to go start their own country or start their own island. This is, it’s just human nature. It’s all written down in the book. It’s all happened before, and here’s a thought, Jeff. I don’t know if you thought about this. At some point, there probably was some nice, true freedom in the Wild West, maybe, Wild West America or some place, and then at some point, the people organized themselves. At some point, there’s a government. At some point, there’s a king. At some point, there’s a good king. He dies, and then you got his son, the bad king.
Stefan: Do you think we’ve had freedom in history at some point, like true freedom, and then it just got consolidated into power? Because it seems to me that whether you look at a market like a real estate market, or you look at a Monopoly board, or you look at anything in life with humans, it seems that there’s like always a consolidation going on. There’s a consolidation at some point where somebody just ends up taking over, and we just end up in that over and over again, and the dominoes fall down at some point. We reset. Do you think we can actually exist as free people, like truly, or do you think someone’s going to seize power at some point?
Jeff: Well, the thing is, if you have enough people who actually believe that freedom is the way to go, and they want to do that, then no one can seize power, because there’s nothing there to seize. You pointed out rightly that over history, it appears that people have always been okay with giving away their power to someone else and hoping this guy takes care of them all, and that never works out for the best, just like communism, it just never works out well.
Jeff: Yeah, that’s actually been the case over time is that people seem to have always sort of gravitated into these sort of things, but at the same time, when you think about life even today, we actually live in a state of complete anarchy right now. It just so happens that there’s a lot of governments on earth which you can just consider to be criminal organizations who are stealing and extorting people, and kidnapping people, and forcing them to do things they don’t want to do, but we actually live in a state of anarchy.
Jeff: Your average person, actually, every single day of their life, pretty much lives in anarchy. When you’re in your home, or you’re talking to your friends, or you go to work, that’s just anarchy. That’s just day-to-day life, and there’s no one there telling you what to do, except for a street cop or whatever, a road pirate who might try to extort you if he thinks you’re going a little too fast over a arbitrary speed limit or things like that, but generally kind of already live in anarchy. Really, the important thing to understand is that the word “government,” what it really means, “govern” is, the word “govern” comes from the Latin [Latin 00:46:24] which means to control, which makes a lot of sense, and the word “ment.”
Jeff: There’s a lot of different sort of where that came from, but I lived here in Mexico, Spanish, [Spanish 00:46:34] is mind, so really, government is mind control. It’s controlling people’s minds to make them believe that this thing has authority over them and that it’s sort of taking care of them as well. This is where we get into Stockholm syndrome and things like that, where people actually begin to really adore their kidnapper, the person who has basically kept them enslaved. I see [inaudible 00:46:56]-
Stefan: I wanted to give a gong. At some point, you got to stop for me to give you a gong. I didn’t know that “government” meant mind control. It’s really interesting, because if you control the information, you control the thoughts, and if you control the thoughts, you control the stories. You control the stories, you control the beliefs. If you control the beliefs, you control reality. It’s almost like … In Hard Times, I talk about we almost live in a 1984 future from George Orwell, and some of it’s like Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, which was Orwell’s mentor. We got half of our stuff is the American Aldous Huxley Brave New World future with orgies, and synthetic music, and all these women with narrow hips that don’t bear children anymore, and we have alphas, and betas, and gammas, and deltas and all that stuff, and epsilons.
Stefan: Then the other part of our world is like the 1984 future where there’s three gigantic powers that are always at war with each other, and it’s like a Stalinist future. What do you think about those two books right now, Jeff, like 1984, Brave New World, and what we got going on right now?
Jeff: Yeah. Both those guys, both, I think they went, both went to Oxford or one of those major schools. They hung out with the same people like the Bush crime family and all those, so they hung out with what you could call the elites, or some people call them the Illuminati or whatever words you want to put to these sort of secret societies that mostly sort of are in these schools like Oxford and stuff like that. They were actually good friends, as you pointed out, and it’s really amazing that that long ago, what is it, like 60, 70, 80 years ago, they wrote-
Stefan: It was 1945-
Jeff: … these books.
Stefan: … I think. It was like right after World War II the books came out.
Jeff: Yeah, so I can’t do the math. I went to government schools, but 70 years ago, whatever it was, and they’ve really just roadmapped the exact both ways that we’re going. Actually, they’re both happening at the same time. The Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, that was a lot of bread and circuses. The people would be too dumbed down, which we’re seeing, through fluoridization in the water, through all the government indoctrination camps, through the television programming, all that sort of stuff. People are just watching the Kardashians and all that.
Jeff: The sports, so the sports ball games, and that sort of thing, so people, that’s what Aldous Huxley was saying is, people would be too dumbed down and too into these things like sports and entertainment to even notice that they’re enslaved. That’s what we have today, especially in the U.S. Then on the other side, there was Orwell went the other way with a bit more it’s like a hard, top-down dictatorship. You can’t say anything. Everything’s the opposite of what it means in political speak, which is what we have today. You brought up about how there’s these certain sectors of the world that always at war. East Oceania’s always at war with whatever the other one was. That’s what we have today. It’s like, who’s at war with who? This War on Terror, it’s a war on a feeling. It’s a war on, it’s like terror is a feeling. It’s like, “I was terrified when I saw that. We need a war against that.” It’s like-
Stefan: Well, we got the-
Jeff: … “Who are you [inaudible 00:49:47]”
Stefan: … War on Drugs which doesn’t work. We got the War on Terror that doesn’t work. You got the War on Cancer that doesn’t work. You got all these wars. They keep just funneling money into a couple dudes’ pockets, and the War on Drugs makes drugs worse. The War on Cancer makes cancer worse. The War on Terror makes terrorism worse. It’s pretty scary how those things just simply don’t work.
Jeff: Yeah, and it’s all by design, like the people who really do these things know this is what’s going to happen. It’s just sad that people keep falling for it, but people are slowly waking up thanks to the internet. Yeah, I even saw like, who’s that blonde, fairly not attractive, woman on U.S. TV who’s like a really mean, nasty sort of … Anyway. She just came out, and she just said all these wars are just stupid. They’re just like, like we shouldn’t be doing them. She was like a total war sort of a person. This just came out.
Jeff: People are starting to wake up, but the biggest issue is, they don’t know what the answer is, and so that’s why they keep going back to what you pointed out, which is this false left-right paradigm, which they tell everyone that’s all there is. There’s left or right or somewhere in the middle and there’s nothing else, but that’s a very narrow range of political spectrum. That’s basically statism right there, and you can have left or right in statism, but there’s a whole other spectrum of just not having governments whatsoever that could really free a lot of people. It’s really growing, actually, like when we first started Anarchast, Anarchapulco, Anarchapulco started five years ago. It was 150 people. We’re now expecting about 3,000 people. It’s doubled every year.
Jeff: My show, Anarchast, a lot of people said no one had ever watched the show, but anarchy, that’s crazy. They think anarchy is throwing bombs and all this sort of stuff, but it’s catching on. People are catching on to a lot of this stuff now, so we’re going to see what happens. We’re at an amazing time in human history, because all these things are coming to a head all at the same time. All these governments are bankrupt. The central banks are about to go into hyperinflation. Then we have people waking up and starting to realize what’s going on, and then you still have all these people in the universities who think that communism’s the way out, so they’ll probably try to push for that.
Jeff: It’s just amazing, incredible time, and there’s going to be so much change in the next 10 years. I don’t think anyone will believe what happens over the next 10 years. I couldn’t even imagine what will happen, but I know it’s going to be mind-blowing what happens. It’s going to be that much change.
Stefan: Yeah. It’s unbelievable. Now, Jeff, I got to wrap up the show, but I want to ask you a couple questions I ask every guest, because I think they’re cool. If you can go back in time to, let’s say, 15-year-old Jeff and give yourself a piece of advice, what’s a piece of advice you’d give yourself?
Jeff: Oh, man. That’s a good question. I would say work on yourself. I really just started working on myself over the last couple of years. I’m like 48 years old now, and it’s changed my life dramatically. I didn’t deal with a lot of my past issues, childhood issues, a lot of the programming that we get from our cult, our culture they call it, but our cult, through our younger years. That still stays in your head. I think if I would have, if I could go back, I’d say, “Buy Bitcoin as soon as you hear about it,” and I’d-
Stefan: [inaudible 00:52:55].
Jeff: … say, “Work on yourself,” like-
Stefan: [inaudible 00:52:57] man.
Jeff: I’d probably also say, “Don’t go to the bars that much. Don’t be having a lot of drunken sex. It’s a total waste of time. Try to find a good girlfriend. Try to fix yourself and work on yourself more than anything.” That’s what I’d tell him.
Stefan: Wow. Great answer. Top three books that changed your life.
Jeff: A good question again. We talked about G. Edward Griffin earlier. The Creature from Jekyll Island was one of the first books that got me looking into all this stuff that I talk about today. That was a really important to my life. I’d say The Lord of the Rings is, I read it when I was very young. I used to love to read. I was probably like 12 or something. This giant book, it’s even bigger than your book there. What I didn’t realize about The Lord of the Rings that is interesting, I love the book, and I loved everything about it, and it wasn’t until a couple years ago I realized that that ring of power was actually a metaphor for government power. I actually looked-
Jeff: … into it a couple years ago, and J. R. R. Tolkien, who wrote the book, called himself an anarchist, so that entire book was an allegory about the problems caused by government. Those two books are pretty good. I guess the third book that I thought was really interesting, and it’s like a pamphlet. You can read it in about two hours. It’s called The Market for Liberty. You can actually find it online for free in PDF format, and it shows what the world could be like without government. When I read that book, it just blew my mind, because I’m sure if you even read it, you’d go, you’d be like me, you’d be like, “Wow, I never thought things could work that way or that … ”
Jeff: They actually thought about how things would work without government, so there’d be like private security companies. Well, how would that work? Well, there’d be insurance as well, so the insurance companies … For example, like people go, “Well, how would you put out fires without the government?” Which is kind of funny, because the government rarely puts out fires [inaudible 00:54:34].
Stefan: Fire insurance.
Jeff: Yeah. Fire insurance, and then the insurance companies have all this insurance money, and they’ll have to pay out a ton if there’s a giant fire, so they actually put out fire stuff, and fire stations, and all that kind of stuff so it can all work in the free market. I think that book really, in just such a small amount of time, can really just show how the free market can handle everything.
Stefan: Yeah. Well, that’s great. I always, people say, “Well, who’s going to pay for the roads?” Well, you just tax cars and gasoline. If you got a car and gas-
Jeff: Not even tax, right, but like the businesses would own the roads. You would never put up … Let’s say you’re Walmart, and you want to put up a Walmart somewhere and there’s no road there. You’re going to build the road, because you want people to get to your thing. Plus, not to mention there’s already all roads. All roads that already exist. I don’t know why people think they’ll just disappear, but obviously like gas stations would have a giant interest to making sure there was roads, so they would probably do something. The gas stations would all work together and say, “Okay, let’s take 10% of all of our money that we make every month and put it into maintaining the roads.” Right? It’s fairly basic sort of stuff.
Stefan: Right. All right. Second last question today, Jeff. What’s the one thing that young people need to succeed these days? Let’s talk to the snowflakes. Let’s talk to the millennials, the guy with the MacBook Pro at Starbucks. What’s something you want to say to him?
Jeff: One thing to succeed. Actually, I was going to mention this earlier when we were talking about this is, forget about school, and I mean even government school, like high school, junior high school. Forget it. Don’t even go. Complete waste of time. You have all the information there on the internet. Always do your best to learn, and follow what your passion is. That’s the biggest problem with these schools is, they’re forcing you to do stuff that I didn’t want to learn. I didn’t care much about math when I was 12 years old, but they forced me to do it, and wasted a lot of my time, and I didn’t really learn it, because I didn’t really want to, but I really cared about computers, and I just went home, and I worked on computers all day by myself. That was actually my best education.
Jeff: One would be, follow your passion, get out of school, and the third thing would be travel. That’s absolutely one of the best educations out there. Once you travel around the world, you start to see how different cultures do different things, and you start to see the good things, and the bad things, and you start to see, actually, tons of opportunities, because that’s one of the best educations you can get is to actually see the world, because what you see on your television programming and the news is not even close to the truth about what’s actually going on in the world. When you get out there and you see the world, you get a massive education, and you see massive amounts of opportunities.
Stefan: Fantastic. Jeff, if people want to know more, how can they get in touch with you?
Jeff: I write The Dollar Vigilante. Just check it out at dollarvigilante.com. If you’re interested in freedom stuff, check out my podcast, Anarchast, on YouTube, and we have our annual conference coming up in February, February 14th to 17th, called Anarchapulco. You can just go to anarchapulco.com. It’s kind of hard to spell, but you can probably just type it into Google, and you’ll find it. Those are the three main things I’m doing right now.
Stefan: Incredible. Jeff, thank you so much for being on the show. Respect The Grind.
Jeff: Thank you.