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Episode-1433- Developing an Online Business

It has been a long time since I have really dug deep into this topic.  Our mission at TSP is to help people become more self sufficient.  The reality is the biggest systemic dependency most people must deal with is economic dependence.

Economic dependence also leads to a required acceptance of many things you don’t want in your life.  Trading time for dollars is what the labor force is based on.  Yet the entire concept of “labor” is actually disdained by most business owners, even those that treat people very good.  In the end a labor force is an massive expense and a massive source of frustration.

Every business, no matter how well they treat employees is always looking to improve efficiency, at least if it is to survive it is.  Every time I improve efficiency I reduce my need for labor relative to my production.  This means quite literally that business is and has been seeking to design out labor to the highest degree possible for a very long time.

So all while we are told about “job creation” the entire system is based on systemic job elimination.  To be brutally honest, if I am employing 500 people and improved efficiency will let me get rid of 50 I will do so.  Why?  Beyond the capital return, it will let me purge the 10% of the lowest performers from my company.  In the end the 450 will actually be a lot happier.

There is nothing wrong with a job and being an employee, just understand the above is the reality of your existence.  You are employed only because you are either necessary or perceived necessary.  That alone should make most people at least consider either building a business or learning to at least market themselves more effectively.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The entrepreneur mindset is for everyone, even employees
  • The entrepreneur mindset is infectious, just warning you
  • Business ownership is easy, successful business dev and operation is hard
  • You are likely to fail, so what, that’s great
  • How the internet should really be seen and what is an online business
  • The two types of products, there are only two, no more
    • Needed
    • Desired
  • There are three primary reasons people buy, only three
    • Entertainment
    • Profit
    • Life Changing
  • Define the market in simple terms
    • Who are they (BE SPECIFIC)
    • What do they want (BE VERY SPECIFIC)
    • How do they want it delivered (BE LASER PRECISE)
  • Thoughts on getting started, why just do it works
  • Remember if you are just starting no one is paying attention
  • Success comes with time, if the work is done and a system is followed
  • Many times it is best to develop a market and make the market develop the product
  • Why I suggest above all, follow your passions

 

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Episode-1432- Why the Current Generation is “Lost”

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

Call a Generation Lost and it May Believe You.

You might think that the most difficult questions I get come from older folks who have been around a while, you would be wrong.  The most difficult questions to answer come from young people, asking “what do I do with my life”, in some sort of way.

The current generation (Millennials) and the one coming next (Generation Z) take a lot of flack.  We hear they are lazy, don’t know the value of hard work and never knew a day without a computer.  Really, well, hey Boomers and Gen X on that last one, few of us knew a day without a TV right?  Sometimes we should think before pointing to the “flaws” of others.  I digress though.

The reality is this generation has been born at what should be one of the most exciting times in history.  There is more opportunity today than ever before.  Businesses are easier to start, educations are easier to obtain and new ways of doing things happen every day.  The truth is right now is one of the greatest expansions of entrepreneurship ever seen  on the planet.

Yet many of our young people feel lost.  TSP is about survival and living a better life.  If we don’t preserve families and if we don’t look out for our next generations, who will look out for us when we are old men and women.  What of any value can we leave behind if we don’t leave behind young men and women who value both their past and their futures?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Why today really is a great time to be alive
  • Why can’t people see how great this time is, what went wrong
  • Why do out children and young adults feel lost
    • They don’t know where they have come from
    • Due to that they don’t know where they are going
    • They don’t have a connection to the earth and innate humanity
    • They believe the hype from both sides of the dichotomy
    • They feel helpless about the hype
    • They are not permitted to fail
    • They are not challenged to excel
    • They are praised for mediocrity and they know it
    • They are presented with a single path to “success”
    • The path is expensive and they know it often doesn’t fit or doesn’t work
    • They are being taught success formulas that are often out dated
    • They see their “parents hell” but are pushed to follow that example
    • They are then blamed for all of the above
    • It is more our fault then theirs and they know it
  • Fixing the problem isn’t really that hard
    • Address the above at least for your family
    • If your family won’t do it, do it for yourself
    • Life really is amazing, just make sure to realize that
    • Take risks, winners fail before they succeed
    • Realize that others will always urge caution to the bold
  • The choice is yours, choose your path wisely and don’t hesitate to change paths

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Episode-1428- Libertas a Virtual Nation

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

What Would a Virtual Nation be Like

In Episode 1421 I discussed both the Estonian E-Citizen Program and Ecuador’s new Digital Currency and asked a simple question, could digital currencies and the concept of E-Citizenry be used to create a virtual nation.

I think this is a valuable thought experiment and I have some ideas I want to share today.  The goal is to get a discussion going about what can be done, vs. what can’t be done.  What might work vs. why nothing can work.

As part of this I created a forum thread to discuss a Virtual Nation’s Constitution would be like.  There has been some interesting discussion and in particular some clear examples of limited thinking demonstrated in it.  Part of this is my fault, for calling it a constitution.  That framed it in the world of Statism vs. Nationalism.  A better term would have been a Technical Specification.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First I don’t want to be in charge, this isn’t my thing it is a thing
  • Why we really should consider this
  • Why we would not need, presidents, senators, etc.
  • What makes a nation accepted by other nations and where VNs have an advantage
    • Land
    • Hard Force
    • Money
    • Population
    • Soft Force
    • Defensive Force
    • Defined Borders
  • What is a nation vs. what is a state
    • Nation – a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent or history.
    • State – an organized community living under one government
  • How the economy might work
    • A set amount of contribution to the national reserve is established
    • A new citizen buys something like bitcoin
    • The bitcoin is exchanged for the nations currency
    • The bitcoin or other currency is held as a reserve
    • The two currencies are pegged to a fixed exchange rate
    • Citizens do business in the virtual nation with the nations currency
    • The reserve is a vault that citizens can buy currency from or convert it to an outside currency
    • The action of buying currency is what creates it
    • Yes Bitcoin already does a lot of this, sort of
  • Why do it?
    • As an example
    • As peaceful revolution and protest
    • To assert individual liberty however we can
  • Replacing roles of the state
    • Conflict resolution (courts)
    • Education
    • Security
    • Privacy
    • Leadership
    • Commerce
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • What Can You Add
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1314- How Most Americans are Little more than Proud Slaves

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

I try to focus on the solutions here 99% of the time, vs. the problems.  The issue though is many listeners are often frustrated by my comments like “politics no longer matter especially at the federal level.

They feel if everyone felt that way there would be no checks left on the system.  To a degree they have a point, I will acknowledge this today and tell you why it still doesn’t matter.

Still others are frustrated by those they love and care about who are not willing to “wake up” and simply become just a little bit self reliant.  They simply have done so themselves, they know how great it feels and they can’t understand why others will not take at least that first step.  It becomes very hard to understand why so many continue to exist as dumbed down cogs in the system and can’t even fix say their own flat tire.

The truth?  We are a nation of slaves!  We are slaves to…

  • Exceptionalism Ideology
  • Debt
  • Taxes
  • Class Structures
  • Racial Bias
  • And Above All Fear

We are a nation of slaves, slaves that have built our own prison walls, our own cells and slaves that even manage our own “work release” programs.  We are slaves who not only have forged and crafted our own chains, we actually are proud of them and polish their shackles to a high shine.

This sounds insane but there are two reasons I felt it was time to do this show.

  1. You will never achieve your freedom unless you first acknowledge your slavery
  2. You will never understand why many cling to ignorance until you understand that they currently fear freedom

What I am saying really is that even though we are delving into the “problem” today we are actually still focused on the solution.  Hold on and strap in this won’t be a feel good episode but in the end it still might make you feel good, I mean freedom feels good.

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Episode-1309- Wake Up the Zombie Apocalypse is Here

Frankly I almost never use the term zombie apocalypse because of the stigma by those that don’t get its generic meaning.  Anything that causes the end of the world as you know it is often referred to as “the zombies” or such by the survivalist community.  Many in this community are waiting for it to happen, they are concerned with peak oil, a pandemic, a EMP, a CME, an economic collapse, the rise of the “Blue Helments” and “agenda 21″ among other scary TEOTWAWKI scenarios.

The truth is all those scenarios are possible, some probable to the point of not if but when and others so improbable you flatly have bigger fish to fry.  The truth though is that we are currently watching the zombies metaphorically walk across the backs of most Americans and feeding on their metaphorical brains.   Those brains are things like future earnings, job security, industrial stability and social class stability.

This isn’t coming, this is now, it is such a slow and insidious process that most won’t ever see it until they personally feel the direct impacts of what is going on.  Many won’t even then, they will blame the ______ party or _____ group just as they do now.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Retail is dying Amazon is just the first big fish of many to come
  • The middle class is eroding from behind, downward class migration
  • Computer programmers will be sliced in half, 50% won’t be necessary soon
  • The entertainment industry is slowing being decentralized
  • Old school news is honestly a zombie a walking corpse that doesn’t know it is dead
  • Even if bitcoin fails it has shown us the fatal flaw of the financial industries illusion of value
  • I don’t care what Harris says, energy will become cheaper, cleaner and more abundant (don’t celebrate just yet)
  • As I have said the education market is going to be sliced and diced
  • The current paradigm of health care is dying, good
  • The population growth of all developed nations is becoming a negative number
  • Even as the State becomes more powerful it is growing weaker
  • The world in 10 years will be drastically different but you won’t recognize it in 20

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Episode-1295- Jeffrey Tucker of Liberty.me

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Jeffrey Tucker is CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books. Tucker is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member.  He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute’s website, Mises.org.

Jeffery joins me today to discuss, bitcoin, digital cities, the bright future of liberty, freedom as a do it yourself project.  Few people I have met are as articulate as Mr. Tucker when it comes to explaining why government should never be trusted with money, the way I heard him put it during one speech was,

“The government should not be trusted with money,…….ever,……., under any circumstances,………at all,………ever,……..as in never.”

I laughed at that but I also agree more and more every day with the premise.  It is funny that two people as different as Jeffery and I have actually walked such a similar ideological path, from conservative, to libertarian to the edge of anarchist simply do to observation of government malice.

We have also both walked a path from financial reformist, to gold standard supporter to abolishing all government currency in favor of private market exchange and embracing the hope represented by digital currencies.

Join us today for a enjoyable discussion on freedom, economics and changing society though individual and voluntary group action.

WARNING – If you support big government solutions of any kind, your head may explode during this episode!

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Episode-1237- Michael Evans on the Rising American Police State

Michael Evans is the founder of America’s Voice Now and a syndicated radio host. The AVN show is a hard hitting no-holds-barred look at the current political events and news where Michael delivers truth and critical thinking while exposing mainstream media propaganda.

The program seeks to Educate, Inform, Motivate & Activate the audience to take grassroots actions to return and restore America to a Constitutional Republic and place Washington in it’s correct role of co-equal government to the States.

Mr. Evans is a sought after guest on numerous radio talk shows around the nation as a political commentator on topics ranging Constitutional issues, Legislative Grassroots Action, Firearms / 2nd Amendment, Financial and Judicial issues.

America’s Voice Now stands for microscopic federal government, miniature state government and the principles of free markets and self regulation for the people. They believe the Constitution is the declared law of the land and any migration from it is a usurpation of power.   Michael Joins us today to discuss the REAL reason behind Obamacare and the Data Hub, NSA spying, and the massive buildup of surveillance on all Americans.

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Episode-1219- John Pugliano on Rules for the Beginning Investor

John Pugliano of InvestableWealth.com

John Pugliano of InvestableWealth.com

John Pugliano is a self taught investor with over 25 years of investment experience. Recently he founded Investable Wealth, LLC to offer independent advice and money management based on his stock trading philosophy and methods.

John has served in the military and worked for several large corporations. He is the father of six. John and his wife Cheryl live happily and debt free in Utah.

John spent 20 years in corporate America as an industrial products business development salesman.  More importantly for past 25+ years he has taught myself to invest in the stock market and today has a net worth in excess of 1 million dollars.

He is now a licensed financial adviser and owner of an investment advisory firm.  Like myself, John has had an extremely low opinion of the financial adviser industry- which is one reason why he has started his own firm.

Join Me As We Discuss John’s Formula for Beginning Investor…

  • 1. First get your preps in order
  • 2. Research & Education
  • 3. Only invest what you’re prepared to lose
  • 4. Open an account at a discount broker
  • 5. Only trade index ETSs- SPY, QQQ, IWM, etc ( if locked into a 401K)
  • 6. Swing trade between cash and index ETFs based on market sentiment
  • 7. Buy a little late into the rally and get out early
  • 8. Never Buy & Hold
  • 9. Learn from your mistakes

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Episode-1180- How Preppers Can Save the Ideals of America

When people follow blind patriotism the worst deeds and ills of mankind become common place.  There is an old saying, “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” made famous by Samuel Johnson and today such patriotism is rampant.

War, poverty, fascism and more are all fine if you wrap it in the American flag.  So please don’t expect such flag waving drum beating in today’s show.  I don’t want to tell you what America is or even was but what it was promised to be.  I won’t lie to you and say that America will last forever, likely it won’t at least in its current form.

Yet there is an America that has tried to exist since she was founded, an America that lives up to the promises our founders made, and even they didn’t keep.  An America we can create if we choose to.  It is also possibly an America we might have to keep alive some day under another name.  We don’t know the future but we know that we alone are responsible to fulfill the promises of the past.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • How exactly are all men created equal and how are they not
  • What are natural rights and why must they be recognized for liberty to exist
  • What might the future of our nation hold, will we be here in 100 years
  • Why is the promise of America, only a promise
  • Why is it important to know our failures and our faults
  • Why only preparedness can fulfill the promise of America
  • Why we must believe that the promise is possible

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Episode-1176- Shawn Hipskind – Libertarian Candidate for Arkansas Governor

Shawn Hipskind and Family

Shawn Hipskind and Family

I am joined today but the first ever political candidate on TSP.  Shawn Hipskind my long time friend is running for Governor of the State of Arkansas as a Libertarian.  Shawn’s real goal isn’t so much winning but to bring awareness to problems in our political system, how votes are bought and paid for and the concept of zero dollar campaigns.

I want to warn some of our audience that today you are likely to hear many things you disagree with.  Specifically on many libertarian issues like the use of force, the war on drugs and gay marriage.  Note that no one is trying to convince you of anything, frankly no one is trying to tell anyone here how to live their lives.  What we are simply asking is that you at least consider some of these concepts in a new light.

Not interfering with another individuals natural rights does not mean your endorsement of their decision as to how to exercise said rights.  If you want to learn more about official positions of the Libertarian Party you can do so at LP.org.

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