Jeffrey Tucker

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Jeffrey A. Tucker
Jeffrey Tucker Freedomfest 2013.jpg
Tucker at the 2013 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada
Born Jeffrey Albert Tucker
(1963-12-19) December 19, 1963 (age 50)
Texas, United States
Residence Auburn, Alabama, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Author, CEO, publisher
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website
jeffreytucker.me

Jeffrey Albert Tucker (born December 19, 1963) is CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books.[1][2] Tucker is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education,[3][4] an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy[5] and an Acton University faculty member.[6] He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute's website, Mises.org.

Early life and education[edit]

Tucker's family is from southeastern Texas.[7] In a 2012 interview, he credited his father as having passed along an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, and described his childhood and teenage years as being occupied by a number of odd jobs, including work as a "roofer, well digger, carpet layer, piano mover, organ tuner, department store maintenance man, busboy, box crusher, dish washer, and jazz musician.

He studied economics as an undergraduate at Texas Tech University and Howard Payne University, where he first encountered the literature of the Austrian School. He later enrolled as a graduate student in economics at George Mason University, but developed an interest in journalism and went to work for Ron Paul during a period when Paul was not in public office.[7] Tucker first interacted with the Mises Institute while attending a journalism program in Washington, D.C., where the organization maintained an office at the time.[7]

Writer and editor[edit]

Tucker compiled an annotated bibliography of the works of Henry Hazlitt, entitled Henry Hazlitt: Giant For Liberty, which is now in print. A Foundation for Economic Education review described the book, which "includes citations of a novel, works on literary criticism, treatises on economics and moral philosophy, several edited volumes, some 16 other books and many chapters in books, plus articles, commentaries, and reviews," as "an apt eulogy of Henry Hazlitt."[8]

As a writer, Tucker has contributed scholarly efforts and humorous essays to LewRockwell.com, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and elsewhere. Examples of the latter essays include his defense of morning drinking,[9] his advice on "How to Dress Like a Man",[10] his attack on shaving cream,[11] and his admiration for the speedy-service haircut.[12] He is a critic[13] of the Grameen Bank which, along with its founder Muhammad Yunus, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.[14] Describing himself as a "dedicated anarchist",[15] Tucker has authored numerous articles (many of which published on the aforementioned websites) and three books on topics such as libertarian anarchism, capitalism, Austrian economics, and alternative currencies, especially Bitcoin and its competing variants.[16][17][18]

Tucker was editor of Mises.org from 1997 until late 2011 when he was hired by Addison Wiggin as executive editor of Laissez Faire Books.[2]

He is now CEO of Liberty.me - a subscription-based "social network and online publishing platform for the liberty minded".[1]

Catholicism[edit]

Tucker is a Southern Baptist convert[19] to Roman Catholicism[20] and is managing editor of Sacred Music.[21] He is one of the leading champions of traditional music, such as Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony in the Catholic Church, and a high-profile member of the "Reform of the Reform" movement.[22] In 2010, Tucker spoke to the National Catholic Register about the importance of sacred music.[23]

Alleged role in Ron Paul newsletters[edit]

In an interview with Reason, Timothy Virkkala, former managing editor of the libertarian magazine Liberty, alleged that Tucker played a role in the production of racially charged newsletters written on behalf of Ron Paul. By Virkkala's account, Tucker was an "assistant, [and] probably a writer" who assisted "editor and chief writer" Lew Rockwell in creating the newsletters.[24] Eric Dondero, who served as (election) campaign coordinator and senior aide to Ron Paul in the mid to late 1990s, told the American Spectator that "Lew Rockwell and Jeff Tucker wrote the newsletters."[25] According to reporting by Economist, "numerous veterans" of the libertarian movement said it was an "open secret" throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s that Tucker and Rockwell ghost wrote the newsletters.[26] In response to questions about his role with the newsletters from Reason, Tucker said, "I just really am not going to make a statement, I'm sorry. I'll take all responsibility for being the editor of Mises.org, OK?"[24]

Books[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gillespie, Nick; Swain, Joshua. "Jeffrey Tucker on Liberty.me and How the Internet Undermines the Nation-State". Reason TV. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Addison Wiggin press release at Agora Financial website, owner of Laissez-Faire books, November 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Jeffrey A. Tucker." Foundation for Economic Education
  4. ^ "The Man in the Bow Tie." FEE.org. 2013
  5. ^ "Bio: Mr. Jeffrey Tucker." Mackinac Center for Public Policy. 2008
  6. ^ "Acton University Faculty." Acton Institute. Acton.org
  7. ^ a b c Wile, Anthony. "Jeffrey Albert Tucker on Laissez Faire Books, Intellectual Property Rights and 'Beautiful Anarchy'". The Daily Bell. August 12, 2012. [1]
  8. ^ Anderson, William. "Book Review: Henry Hazlitt: A Giant of Liberty by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Jeffrey A. Tucker, and Murray N. Rothbard." The Freeman. Foundation for Economic Education. November 1995. [2]
  9. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. "Bring Back the Breakfast Drink." LewRockwell.com. July 16, 2005. [3]
  10. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. "How to Dress Like a Man." LewRockwell.com. July 16, 2003. [4]
  11. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. "The Shaving Cream Racket." LewRockwell.com. April 22, 2006. [5]
  12. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. "What Men Want." LewRockwell.com. August 10, 2005. [6]
  13. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. " Microcredit or Macrowelfare: The Myth of Grameen." Mises.org. November 8, 2006. [7]
  14. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2006." Nobelprize.org. October 13, 2006
  15. ^ I AM ANARCHY - Jeffrey Tucker at YouTube.com
  16. ^ Jeffrey Tucker's articles published on Liberty.me.
  17. ^ Jeffrey A. Tucker, contributing writer and editor at Mises.org. https://mises.org/daily/author/205/Jeffrey-A-Tucker
  18. ^ Articles by Jeffrey Tucker at Lewrockwell.com. http://www.lewrockwell.com/author/jeffrey-tucker/
  19. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey. "I Hate Converts (And I Am One)."] Beliefnet.com. [8]
  20. ^ Tucker, Jeffrey A. "Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism." Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics. July 18, 1996. [9]
  21. ^ "Profile: Jeffrey Tucker." Catholic Answers
  22. ^ "The Mystery of the St. Louis Jesuits." Sacred Music. Fall 2006, Volume 133, No. 3, pp. 27–36. [10]
  23. ^ Beattie, Trent. "Singing the Mass." National Catholic Register. December 30, 2010. [11]
  24. ^ a b Julian Sanchez & David Weigel (January 16, 2008). "Who Wrote Ron Paul's Newsletters?". Reason.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  25. ^ http://spectator.org/blog/2011/12/20/ex-ron-paul-aide-disputes-paul
  26. ^ http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2008/01/the_rockwell_files

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