I remember taking a couple economic courses back in high school. Our textbook for the class was written by none other than Mr. Paul Krugman.
If you’re not familiar with him, he is the darling economist of the liberal media and academia. While I don’t doubt his understanding of economics, it is clear that he skews his knowledge in order to support liberal economic policies, especially those espoused by the likes of John Maynard Keynes.
That’s public education for ya.
And it doesn’t stop there. The way economics, monetary policy and finances are taught, if they even are taught, is done so in order to promote those ideas.
This has misled an entire generation to where young people are promoting these economic policies that not only inevitably fail, but do irreparable damage to their own well-being. The underemployment rate has risen, and the labor-participation rate has dropped because we are living in a society that encourages people to get degrees they don’t need and has numerous entitlement programs that gives no incentive to work hard.
I’ll spare you the economics lecture, and let Mr. Clarey do that.
Why I Bought this Book
For the first time in my life I find myself with the potential to make a decent amount of money. While I’m not going to be swimming in money anytime soon, I want to best know how to make the most of my the money going in to my bank account, and what to do with it once there.
I suspect I’m not alone in this; who wouldn’t want to maximize the money they make?
Because of the lies and bullshit that is the world of internet guru’s I didn’t know who could offer me good advice on financial principles. While I wasn’t too familiar with Aaron’s work, he is a well-known figure in the Manosphere. His books are highly touted with great reviews and because Bachelor Pad Economics seemed to be one of the most comprehensive books on this subject I thought I’d give it a read.
What’s It All About?
According to the book’s description:
“Bachelor Pad Economics is THE financial advice bible for men…whether you’re 14 and just trying to figure out life, or 70 and starting to think about estate planning, “Bachelor Pad Economics” addresses every major (and minor) economic and financial issue the average man will face in his ENTIRE life. From dating, to what to major in, to purchasing a home, to starting a business, to children and “wife training.”
Essentially it’s a ‘How-To’ guide that approaches life from a non-traditional, financial perspective. By non-traditional I’m referring to the fact that Aaron repeatedly rejects and ridicules the common wisdom that we are taught starting in Kindergarten: Go to college, buy a fancy car, get a job you hate ‘just because’ etc.
Aaron’s philosophy centers around the morbid, yet abundantly clear fact that “You are going to die” which is often repeated throughout the book for good measure. He does this because by:
“Realizing you are finite will force you to put every aspect of your life under a microscope and ask, “How can I achieve what I want in this particular aspect of my life?”
Bachelor Pad Economics is incredibly comprehensive and covers everything a man young or old could possibly want to know about finances and economics: Housing, cars, taxes, retirement plans, dating advice, estate planning, college advice, careers, entrepreneurship and more.
As a 23 year old, there is a lot in this book that doesn’t apply to me right now. However, these concepts are important to know regardless of age, and I can refer back to this book at any point down the road.
I’d say the only drawback of this book is that Aaron recommends an extremely frugal approach to living. Being frugal is essential to staying out of financial trouble, but there is a point where if someone’s income is too low it prevents them from experiencing certain pleasures in life. I think it’s important to find a healthy medium where materialism can be outright rejected, but you have enough money to not overthink certain spending decisions.
What People Are Saying
Take a look at the Amazon reviews of this book (see link below). Out of the 66 reviews, there are only four 1 or 2 star reviews (all 1 star), all of which were made by bitter trolls. This means that there is not a single meaningful negative review of this book on Amazon; I can’t say I’m surprised.
The book was exactly what I was looking for; and then some. The philosophies espoused in this book make it worth the purchase alone.
This book is an absolute must read for all men; the sooner in life you read it the better. And at only $9.99 on kindle it’s almost impossible not to get a positive return on investment.
Click here to purchase Bachelor Pad Economics on Amazon.