Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker

I'm executive editor of Laissez Faire Books and the proprietor of the Laissez Faire Club. I'm the author of two books in the field of economics and one on early music. My main professional work between 1985 and 2011 was with the MIses Institute but I've also worked with the Acton Institute and Mackinac Institute, as well as written thousands of published articles. My personal twitter account @jeffreyatucker FB is @jeffrey.albert.tucker Plain old email is tucker@lfb.org

Jeffrey Tucker's Recent Articles

Laissez FaireThe Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return

Jeffrey Tucker

The government will do whatever it takes to fund itself. On the surface you might think that means enduring a grueling tax audit. But the IRS is more than willing to ignore your privacy in the cold relentless pursuit of the money they think they deserve. As they get bigger and bigger every year. Jeffrey Tucker explains...


Cheap Wine and Expensive Health Care

Jeffrey Tucker

The current U.S. health care system is a racket. In the way it's currently set up, the system rewards specialists to an extraordinary extent, passing the often outrageous expense on to the consumer. But how does this happen and why? As usual, the New York Times avoids the topic altogether. Luckily Jeffrey Tucker is there to pick up the slack...


The Basement Beneath the Wage Floor

Jeffrey Tucker

A minimum wage floor of any sort traps people in the basement. The higher the floor, the larger the basement. Today, millions are rattling around down there, unable to find their way out. And now the U.S. president, in the name of creating jobs, wants to make more of the unemployed more permanently unemployed. Jeffrey Tucker explains...


The Only Way to Get U.S. Health Care Off Life Support

Jeffrey Tucker

The so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- the showpiece of democratic welfarism in the 21st century -- has made history as the largest, fastest failure in the history of state-provided welfare programs. And, as is the case with most of these schemes, it's going to get worse before it gets better. Read on...


The Cure for the Broken Monetary System

Jeffrey Tucker

Before the housing market collapsed and the government pumped billions into the economy to save it, there was a programmer named Satoshi Nakamoto. And without much fanfare, he created an idea that’s in the process of changing the world. Jeffrey Tucker explains this idea and why it's not going away...


A Currency the Fed Can’t Figure Out

Jeffrey Tucker

With so much buzz about Bitcoin recently, it's only natural that the Fed would have to acknowledge it. Of course it dismisses Bitcoin as a valid currency. But their reasoning is surprisingly familiar. Jeffrey Tucker explains why the world's favorite cyber-crypto currency is a logical thorn in the side of the U.S. Federal Reserve.


Obamacare is the Epitome of Mises’ “Planned Chaos”

Jeffrey Tucker

The failure of central planning has a name, and that name is "Healthcare.gov." And thanks recently released documents, we can actually get a clear picture of some of these failures up close. But for all its pitfalls and procedural disasters, Jeffrey Tucker explains why it won't ever matter if the ACA's website gets up and running. Read on...


Why Obamacare’s Failure Has Been Fast and Furious

Jeffrey Tucker

Whether you're in favor of Obamacare or not, one thing is certain: the launch has been a colossal failure. So much so that it may have done irreparable damage to the president's legacy. And as Jeffrey Tucker points out, this is probably a good thing for the future of the U.S. health care system. Read on...


Busy Signals on the Health Care Hotline

Jeffrey Tucker

When was the last time you heard a busy signal? Well, if you were one of the people who dialed the government's health care hotline, the answer was probably Monday. Just one more example of how the Affordable Care Act is redefining the word "boondoggle." Jeffrey Tucker explains...


A Ban on Common Sense

Jeffrey Tucker

The presumption throughout Common Sense is that tyranny should never again be tolerated. Despotism was for the old world. Reflecting on Thomas Paine's epochal work, Jeffrey Tucker argues that a government shutdown is precisely what the US needs to reassess its need and love of the State. Read on...