Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey A. Tucker is Editorial Director for the American Institute for Economic Research.

Recent blog posts by this author

It's Light Bulb Liberation Day

The Department of Energy is putting down its guns and withdrawing troops in the war on the incandescent bulb that began in 2007. It’s pretty late in the day; the last factory to make them in the U.S. shut down in 2010. It’s hard to find them in a...

'Do Something' Is a Dangerous Demand to Make of Politicians

Do Something, goes the suddenly popular chant. In response to the wave of mass killings this year, it’s being shouted at any available political figure. Be careful what you ask for.  It’s hard to imagine anything good can come of this slogan...

Global Capitalism Makes Your Hipster Minimalism Possible

The family-owned barbecue truck at Porcfest was doing a bang-up business. I stood in line and finally ordered my plate of meat.  In years past, most vendors at this event processed Bitcoin for purchases, even as far back as 2011,...

Design Regulations Helped Ruin American Cars

Your car looks like a box. So does every other car. It’s boring, even shocking when you consider how awesome cars used to look. What’s gone wrong? And to what extent has the design mess contributed to the decline of American auto manufacturing? A...

That Poll on Socialism Is Not as Alarming as It Seems

Every poll needs a headline takeaway. This one was a heck of a thing to wake up to: “Four in 10 Americans Embrace Some Form of Socialism.” The poll comes from Gallup. It compares attitudes toward socialism today in the U.S. with a similar poll in...

What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Know About Her Garbage Disposal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is from New York, where garbage disposals are not very common in apartments because they were only legalized in the 1990s, as incredible as that seems. But now she lives in D.C., and she has discovered that there is one in...

What Happened to Manners and What to Do About It

There was that guy in high school who went on an overseas trip. He came back and regaled everyone with the glorious things over there that are so much better than they are here. We all hated that guy. I’m that guy today. Life in Seoul I...

Venezuela Should Shock and Teach this Generation

You are sick so you go to the hospital. There is no medicine. Diagnostic machines don’t work because the power is out. The lights aren’t on either. After nightfall, the whole place is pitch black. You can’t wander the halls. Too dangerous. Small...

'They Shall Not Grow Old' and the Rise of Moral Nihilism

They Shall Not Grow Old is an extremely painful film to watch. I’ve seen most of the major war films but I can’t recall one that is more powerful overall – powerful in the sense that it shakes you to your spiritual core. This film puts you right...

Mistakes People Make When They Are Fired

The labor contract in a market economy should be based on mutual benefit. The freedom to quit and the freedom to fire are the mechanisms that keep that exchange relationship working. Getting fired is not always a tragedy. Ideally, we live...

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