10 Books That Changed My Life

The Journey of a Restless Mind

For as long as I can remember, books have played a major role in my life, and a recent move between apartments revealed little has changed. Thank God, and a competitive market, for e-readers and digital versions from here on in.

My mother used to laugh about the story of The Brave Little Tailor, which apparently I couldn’t get enough of as a child. If you’ve not read it, it is strange as far as fairytales go. My best summation of the moral of the story is “shoot your mouth off, and maybe it’ll happen.”

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Freedom in the 50 States Ranking Out! Seasteading as the New Frontier for Expatriation

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The latest Freedom in the 50 States ranking is out from the Mercatus Center. One of the authors, Jason Sorens, joins me to discuss his findings. Most importantly, these findings affirm a hunger for freedom. People are migrating to the freer states, so “the proof is in the pudding,” Sorens says.

Sorens also founded the Free State Project of New Hampshire, and we reflect on its success after ten years. Although New Hampshire dropped its top place in the ranking, Sorens is confident it will rise again. In 2011, residents there elected what he describes as “the most libertarian state legislature in 100 years.”

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Greenville to Santiago: Why I Left the United States for Chile

Should You Do It Too?

Should You Do It Too?

On May 31 to June 1, 2012, I moved from Greenville, South Carolina, to Santiago, Chile. My belongings, loaded onto a container a few days before, were already on their way.

I’d left a part-time teaching position as an adjunct at a public university. The job was as stable as such jobs ever are, with at least three courses per semester for very low pay. I’d asked for a salary increase since I’d been there seven years, and was turned down. I chose to walk away.

“Why did I do it?” is a common question I receive—and “Why Chile?”

While an appearance on the show was not possible, given scheduling conflicts, Steven Yates accepted a Skype interview to expand on this article.

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Retirement Cronyism; Careers for Liberty; Censorship in Australia; Border Control Within Borders

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Paul Sippil, an independent financial advisor, explains why the retirement industry diverts resources away from clients along with practical solutions. He wrote this week’s feature article, “The Retirement Plan Racket.”

Turning your passion into your vocation has been a recurring theme on the show, but what if your passion is the promotion of liberty? Can that be a vocation? Of course!

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Exclusive Ron Paul Interview! Overcoming Fear; European Students for Liberty; Human Trafficking

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Ron Paul, the man who has perhaps opened more people’s eyes to liberty than anyone, was live for an exclusive interview with The Stateless Man. We discussed competitive currencies and the merits of engaging in the political life. Paul also accepted questions submitted by listeners and those who participated in a Reddit.com AMA. The Ron Paul segment alone is within the YouTube clip:

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