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John Allen Pugsley (January 5, 1934 – April 8, 2011) was an American voluntaryist libertarian political and economics commentator, lecturer, and best-selling author.

John Allen Pugsley (January 5, 1934 – April 8, 2011) was an American voluntaryist libertarian political and economics commentator, lecturer,<ref>FreedomFest Speakers List, 2007</ref> and best-selling author.

Early life

Pugsley was born in Minnesota. He attended El Camino Junior College, the University of Florida, and graduated from UCLA. After serving in the U.S. Army, he spent a year cruising on a 38-foot sailboat, and another year living in Mexico with his wife and children. He then returned to the U.S. and spent the next two decades as a businessman.<ref>A brief biography of John A. Pugsley</ref>

Career

In the late 1960s Pugsley entered the investment business, where he founded a publishing company (The Common Sense Press) and wrote his first book, Common Sense Economics. It sold over 150,000 hardcover copies.<ref>John Pugsley Biography at WorldNet Daily</ref> His second book, The Alpha Strategy (1980), was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks in 1981.<ref>Best Sellers - Time Magazine Best Sellers</ref> Pugsley distributed a PDF format edition of the book, free of charge.<ref>book2 preface<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> (as of Jan 2012, the author's domain has expired. A reposting of the PDF has been provided by fans<ref>Reposted PDF of ''The Alpha Strategy''</ref>) Even after 31 years in circulation (as of 2012), The Alpha Strategy is considered a standard reference on stocking up on food and household goods as a hedge against inflation. This has made the book popular with survivalists.<ref>SurvivalBlog.com mention of Pugsley's book</ref><ref>SurvivalBlog.com mention of Pugsley's book</ref>

In Common Sense Economics he cites as influences, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Ludwig von Mises,<ref>Pugsley, John, Common Sense Economics. The Common Sense Press, 1976, p. v-vi</ref> and subsequent works also cite the influence of Andrew J. Galambos. In 1995 he authored an open letter to Harry Browne advising him against running for president; Pugsley's argument against Browne running was based on the principles of voluntaryism and non-voting.<ref>Pugsley, John, “An Open Letter from John Pugsley to Harry Browne: Harry Browne, Please Don't Run For President”, published in The Voluntaryist number 74, June 1995, p. 1-7.</ref>

In 1975 he began a newsletter on economic and political events, Common Sense Viewpoint (1974), which had 30,000 subscribers at its peak.<ref>Sovereign Society web page on John Pugsley</ref> In 1988 he began publication of John Pugsley's Journal, an investment-economic newsletter covering political, economic, and investment topics.<ref name=“biorationalinstitute.com”>A brief biography of John A. Pugsley<!-- Bot generated title --></ref>

In the mid-1970s, after reading E.O. Wilson's book, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Pugsley began to study evolutionary biology. As his study continued over the subsequent 25 years, Pugsley founded The Bio-Rational Institute.<ref name=“biorationalinstitute.com”/> Currently, the Institute's website is not regularly updated.

Pugsley was one of the founding members of The Eris Society.<ref>The Eris Society<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> In 1997, Pugsley helped to found The Sovereign Society, an international organization dedicated to maintaining the privacy and protecting the wealth and liberty of its members. The society is primarily geared toward expatriate relocation and offshore banking and trusts.<ref name=“John Pugsley”>John Pugsley<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> Pugsley was the Chairman of the society at the time of his death <ref name=“John Pugsley”/> and wrote a monthly column for their e-newsletter The Sovereign Individual. In 2006, Pugsley founded “The Stealth Investor”, a weekly e-letter stock advisory letter.<ref>The Stealth Investor</ref> He also wrote for The Daily Reckoning e-newsletter.<ref>John Pugsley's web page at The Sovereign Society web site</ref>

Pugsley had a blog that was infrequently updated.<ref>John Pugsley - The Anarchist<!-- Bot generated title --></ref>

Later years and death

Near the end of his life, Pugsley lived in Carlsbad, California,<ref name=“biorationalinstitute.com”/> and just prior to moving to Carlsbad he lived aboard the 50-foot sloop named Eris Island in the Abacos, Bahamas, along with Kiana Delamare. Delamare has written for EscapeArtist.com <ref name=“escapeartist.com”>Life on Eris Island, part 3, Setting sail at long last: glorious days in the Bahamas<!-- Bot generated title --></ref> and the International Living e-newsletter.<ref>A New Life on the High Seas</ref>

He died at age 77 on April 8, 2011.<ref>Jack Pugsley, RIP, LewRockwell.com (blog), April 8, 2011</ref>

Books authored

  • Common Sense Economics (1974) ISBN 978-0917572005
  • The Metals Investors Handbook (1977) ISBN 978-9998824362
  • The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan of Financial Self-Defense for the Small Investor (1980) ISBN 978-0936906041
  • The Bank Book (1981)
  • The Copper Play (1980)
  • The Interest Rate Strategy (1982)

See also

References

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