October 7th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
Time for a fireside chat with ol’ Woods.
I have no idea what is going to happen in the world even in the near future, much less ten years from now.
Imagine being at a point where you positively long for Bill Clinton, and that’s where we are now.
We turn on the TV (mistake #1) and a reporter is seriously telling us that protests are “mostly peaceful” while buildings burn directly behind him, on camera.
If you and I protested something and one of our signs had a misplaced semicolon, the news would breathlessly report on the rise of fascism in America.
Just the other day the President Tweeted something clearly true: we don’t shut the country down for the flu. We learn to live with it, in exactly the same way that we will obviously have to learn to live with COVID. We can’t shut down all of society in a monomaniacal battle against one thing. There will be horrific consequences.
At the very least, that’s an eminently defensible view, and one held by some of the best scientific minds in the world.
Twitter attached a statement saying that this is ordinarily the kind of Tweet they’d remove, but that in the public interest they’re keeping it up.
Today a senior writer with the Washington Post tried to debunk the claim that for some groups the flu is more deadly than COVID — but in order to do so he had to use CFR figures for one and IFR figures for the other. This is a top person at one of our top newspapers.
NPR just ran an item on how dangerous schools are, even though every bit of data we have, from all over the world, tells us the exact opposite.
Three months ago, Washington, D.C., reached numbers indicating that it should have been at phase 3 of reopening, but it’s still in lockdown limbo, indefinitely.
They told us 15 days to slow the spread. It’s day 205. They said we could have our lives back when we got a vaccine — as if that were a guarantee. Now they’re saying we can’t have our lives back even with a vaccine.
Joe Biden — the man leading in the polls — promises more of the same. Lockdown forever.
Your countrymen are begging to have their life savings depleted and be confined to their homes — or at least that’s what the poll numbers seem to suggest.
To call this insanity wouldn’t come close to the scope of what’s happening here.
If you’re not disoriented, concerned, even frightened, well, you’re very much an outlier.
Chances are, you’re all three of those things.
Rationally speaking, when it comes to protecting your life and livelihood from the anti-life cultists you realize that it isn’t if but when. You have to do something at some point.
But this, too, likely has you frightened. And understandably so: anything involving finances and the unknown can be frightening.
Even more frightening, though, is staying in that holding pattern forever.
At some point you will have to step out of your comfort zone if you’re going to survive, much less thrive, in this uncertain century. You know it and I know it.
The question is when.
The sooner you take your fate into your own hands and start figuring all this stuff out, the better off you’ll be.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
Now, from my own life:
When I got my job as a professor, my salary was $37,800 per year.
It’s not impossible to raise five children on that salary, but it’s not exactly ideal, either.
Even though I wasn’t facing the Biden/Fauci Axis of Evil, I knew I had to do better if I wanted to give my family the life they should have.
Nobody physically grabbed me and told me to do the various things I’ve done to make my living online since then.
And nobody is going to do that for you.
Only you can move you.
I became determined to figure it out and make it happen.
Today I have a life in which I can look even to this wildly uncertain future without dread or fear.
The sooner you start, the sooner you can get there as well.
This is what I want for the folks who follow me: we should all be protected against whatever could come at us down the road.
It wasn’t for nothing that I had the brilliant Donald Wilson on my show.
He has what you want.
If you saw his presentation yesterday you know what I’m talking about. No fluff, just a crash course in how to build a little online store that doesn’t involve holding inventory or anything like that; this isn’t 1957, after all.
A replay is now available.
Today I was even thinking: I’ll give everyone a valuable bonus if, on the honor system, they just tell me they watched it.
Then I thought: nah. That’s patronizing.
I’ll tell you this: carve out a little time to watch and you’ll learn something valuable. A new world of possibilities will be opened for you, because you’ll say to yourself: this is doable.
And of course it’s doable. Many thousands of people do it every day.
Will you have Don’s results? Probably not, because you haven’t been doing it full-time for years.
Would you be extremely pleased if you got only one-tenth of his results? Surely.
I can’t grab your hand and make you click this link.
This step has to come from you.
Time to choose:
October 5th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
If ever the expression “get bent” were called for, it’s now.
Apparently Dr. Fauci is now saying: if we all get vaccinated, the crisis might be over by 2022.
Meanwhile, a group of top scientists just signed something called the Great Barrington Declaration, which calls for lockdowns to be ended and everything — education, business, culture, music, and the arts — to resume.
We can hope that it gains traction and that sensible people start to outnumber crazed, anti-life people.
But we can’t be sure.
Hence my broken-record refrain:
Be ready for whatever the lunatics may have in store, and that includes how you generate income. By now my badgering about creating a side business seems a lot more important and relevant, does it not?
This is why I strongly urge you to watch one of the experts walk you through print on demand, a low-intensity, even fun kind of side business.
And in this particular case, since the expert in question, Don Wilson, happens to be the CEO of a print-on-demand platform, he has a particular interest in seeing you succeed. In case it isn’t obvious: if you don’t sell anything, then his company fails.
So the chances are pretty good that he’ll be giving you the inside scoop.
Go sign up to watch (costs nothing):
October 4th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
All right, I can’t prove that we’re ruled by lizard people, but if we were…
…how would we be able to tell the difference?
I am contemplating such questions after just having spent some time in Jackson, Wyoming (I could explain the distinction between Jackson and Jackson Hole, but it doesn’t really matter). This is a place where plenty of the elites come to vacation or have a second home. (Recall James A. Baker III receiving foreign dignitaries at Jackson Hole.)
Then this coming weekend I’ll be at a conference on Jekyll Island, Georgia, where the elites gathered over 100 years ago to draft what would become the legislation creating the Federal Reserve System.
You have to hand it to the lizard people: they know how to choose beautiful places for plotting their schemes.
Another thing about the lizard people: they don’t seem terribly bothered by lockdowns. In fact, that’s one thing most of them can agree on.
Partly it’s that they enjoy lording it over others, and partly it’s that they themselves can generally “work from home,” so they’re not terribly inconvenienced by the lockdown voodoo.
Not everybody has that luxury.
My daughter Veronica just opened her own Etsy store, which no Osceola County bureaucrat can shut down and no “peaceful protester” can set on fire.
Opening the kind of store Veronica just did, where she actually makes the merchandise herself, is more involved and difficult than what I’m recommending you do, but the overall concept of an online, unshutdownable store isn’t much different.
Veronica is 15, and she did this with no prompting from me.
Is she not better prepared for an unknown future by having done this, not to mention getting to learn all the things the experience will teach her?
The same is true for you, dear reader, and/or your own children.
A click on this link is sand thrown in the face of the lizard people:
March 28th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
I realize that even talking about money right now is supposed to mean you want your grandmother to die, but I am proceeding all the same.
When the you-know-what hits the fan, people panic.
As they are right now.
Massive layoffs, government and central bank interventions without precedent, no clear date as to when normal life can be resumed — everything is up in the air.
What will happen to the dollar after interventions on a scale like this?
So people are panicking, and selling, but is cash a safe place right now?
Who the heck knows what to think or do.
All of us with a little financial ambition — which is why you’re on this journey with me, after all — are concerned, and want to know what the best approach is.
That’s why I recommend signing up for the forthcoming Crisis Investing docu-series. These are the same people who created the Money Revealed documentary (the one that featured Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Rich Dad, Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki) we all loved.
If you sign up in advance, you can watch all nine episodes for free.
We’re going to be fine as long as we keep our eye on the ball.
Here’s the ball:
January 27th, 2020 | By Tom Woods
I hate the way much of the public treats the people who serve them.
Yesterday I was at KFC. (Necessary instruction to socially awkward libertarians: do not lecture me about the evils of fast food; this misses the point of my story completely.) The poor cashier was running around like a madman, with one person after another demanding this or that, and half of them not even fully understanding what they had ordered.
In my case, my order got mixed up with someone else’s, so I placed it on the counter and asked if I could please have the correct one.
The cashier told an older man waiting for his food that this was actually his order.
The man’s response was to bellow: “Oh, no it isn’t! That was already given out! I want a fresh one!”
Now to some extent, fair enough. (Although I recall being in a restaurant in Spain, seeing the waiter take uneaten bread from one table and place it on another, and nobody batting an eye.)
But this guy was just downright nasty. Would it have killed him to say, “I would prefer a freshly prepared one, please”?
An any rate, the man turned to me and said, “No offense to you, but you see my point!”
I replied, “I did not urinate on it, I assure you.”
For some reason, that was immensely satisfying.
Dealing face-to-face with an unjustifiably angry public day after day has to beat anyone down. That’s one reason I don’t do it.
The beauty of what we’re teaching in our webinar tomorrow is that your eCommerce store is run from the comfort of your laptop, and without having to deal with nasty people in your face.
You’ve heard our teacher, Aidan Booth, twice on the Tom Woods Show. He’s been responsible for a boatload of success stories among my listeners who’d like to build something on the side or perhaps even escape a life of angry chicken buyers.
Just for showing up and watching the whole presentation, I’m giving away my $97 product for $0, and handing out cash prizes to 20 random people.
Go sign up now, and I’ll see you there: