S*** is going to get CRAZY | Tucker Max on The James Altucher Show

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Key Takeaways

  • The US is having a national mental breakdown now: A lot of America’s problems (loneliness, depression, sucidices, opioid addictions, inequality) have been pushed off but now we will pay the price for them
    • “The fires of mental health, identity, and fear, are now feeding each other” – Tucker Max
  • “There’s no way to explain anything to anyone when they’re afraid or when their identity is being threatened. That is when humans retreat into primal selves.”  – Tucker Max
  • “Police reform is desperately necessary in this country”  – Tucker Max
    • “The militarization of police is a horrible thing that should be changed”
  • The religion of the Left used to be climate change but now it’s to BLM and ‘Defund The Police’. Tucker calls this religion Wokeism.
    • “It is guilt and shame without the possibility of repentance” – Tucker Max
  • Tucker Max predicts that in 7 years or less, America will no longer be a singular nation
    • “Occupy Wall Street was the canary in the coal mine and now we have Chaz in Seattle, these are going to keep going” – Tucker Max
      • “It would not shock me if California was the first to go” 
  • “Right fundamentalism is authoritarianism, left fundamentalism is mass murder. That’s communism, that’s Marxism, we played that experiment in the 20th century and we see what happens with that. Tens of millions of people die.” – Tucker Max
    • “The enemy is now us, it’s people in America.”
  • “This country is going to break up man, I’m telling you, in some shape or form.” – Tucker Max
  • Why isn’t the government taking any meaningful change?
    • “The government is filled with power-hungry, broken, toxic sociopaths, for the most part..they are utterly unreliable and they have sold out your future” – Tucker Max 

Intro

  • Tucker Max (@TuckerMax) is the co-founder of Scribe Media, a company that helps you write, publish, and market your book.
  • He’s written four New York Times Best Sellers (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide
  • Host:  James Altucher (@jaltucher)

Books Mentioned

  •  White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 
    • “That book is so bad, it’s funny. If I’ve written a parody, I couldn’t have made it worse.” – Tucker Max
  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb 
    • There are some things in life that the more you try to break them, the stronger they become

Problems In The US

  • The US is having a national mental breakdown now: A lot of America’s problems (loneliness, depression, sucidices, opioid addictions, inequality) have been pushed off but now we will pay the price for them
    • “The fires of mental health, identity, and fear, are now feeding each other” – Tucker Max
      • You can contain one forest fire, but you can’t contain multiple ones that all come at once
  • Cops have been mistreating minorities for decades; it was only a matter of time until people started to fight back
    • “If you set a match to that tinder, shit is going to blow” – Tucker Max
  • Tucker isn’t a fan of epidemiologists:
    • “I would highly doubt that any epidemiologist is worth anything…epidemiologists remind me of macroeconomists, they are complete bullshitters” – Tucker Max
  • “There’s no way to explain anything to anyone when they’re afraid or when their identity is being threatened. That is when humans retreat into primal selves.”  – Tucker Max
  • “Police reform is desperately necessary in this country”  – Tucker Max
    • “The militarization of police is a horrible thing that should be changed”
  • Why isn’t the government taking any meaningful change?
    • “The government is filled with power-hungry, broken, toxic sociopaths, for the most part..they are utterly unreliable and they have sold out your future” – Tucker Max 

Wokeism: A New Religion

  • The religion of the Left used to be climate change but now it’s to BLM and ‘Defund The Police’. Tucker calls this religion Wokeism.
    • “It is guilt and shame without the possibility of repentance” – Tucker Max
      • Today, it seems like someone is getting canceled every week
  • Signs of a cult:
    • Specialized vocabulary: like wokeism
    • Levels of achievement: how strong your voice is
    • Sacred text: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 
      • “That book is so bad, it’s funny. If I’ve written a parody, I couldn’t have made it worse.” – Tucker Max
    • A charismatic leader
    • Expulsion of apostates
    • Aggression against near believers
    • Arcane ritual: like feet washing
      • “It is a leftism fundamentalism that has replaced communism” – Tucker Max
  • Tucker would like to see cancel culture speed up so that society builds up an immune system to it
    • The way to win is by canceling people who try to cancel others 
      • “Once everybody is canceled, nobody is canceled” – Tucker Max
  • “It’s not that wokeism is compelling, it is only compelling to people who are either useful idiots or sociopaths. Or people who have deep emotional issues.” – Tucker Max
    • Tucker says that most people in Antifa are skinny, white young kids who had terrible childhoods 

People Are Moving & America Is Breaking Up

  • Tucker Max predicts that in 7 years or less, America will no longer be a singular nation
    • “Occupy Wall Street was the canary in the coal mine and now we have Chaz in Seattle, these are going to keep going” – Tucker Max
      • “It would not shock me if California was the first to go” 
  • Tucker and James have a ton of friends who have moved out of big states like California and New York, and are moving to two-tier states
  • Tucker says moving companies have seen a ten-fold increase in business in big cities like New York City
    • James recently signed a year-long lease in Florida without even visiting the house because properties were being taken so quickly he had to act fast
  • “The American story is broken and nothing has yet replaced it” – Tucker Max
  • “Right fundamentalism is authoritarianism, left fundamentalism is mass murder. That’s communism, that’s Marxism, we played that experiment in the 20th century and we see what happens with that. Tens of millions of people die.” – Tucker Max
    • “The enemy is now us, it’s people in America.”
  • “This country is going to break up man, I’m telling you, in some shape or form.” – Tucker Max
    • “The only antidote are better stories” 
      • The American story will change based on who wins the 2020 election

Getting Ready For When SHTF

  • There’s a reason Tucker lives in Texas:
    • You’re allowed to carry guns
    • Texas has its own power grid
    • He’s buying a ranch of 70-80 acres so he can sustain himself and his family
    • He’s selling off 1-2 acres of land to friends so they can build their own house and form a small community

Additional Notes

  • Today it’s hard to find a news site that doesn’t have a political agenda
  • Tucker believes Hilary Clinton will swoop in and take the 2020 Democratic nomination
  • “America is going to shift fundamentally and we’re going to have to pick sides” – Tucker Max
  • If Tucker was a young person, he would solely focus on developing skills and avoid the culture war
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