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John Allen Pugsley was an American voluntaryist libertarian political and economics commentator, lecturer,and author.

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.

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. His second book, The Alpha Strategy (1980), was on the New York Times bestseller list for nine weeks in 1981.[4] Pugsley distributed a PDF format edition of the book, free of charge. Even after 28 years in circulation (as of 2008), 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.

In Common Sense Economics he cites as influences, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Ludwig von Mises[8], 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.

In 1975 he began a newsletter on economic and political events, Common Sense Viewpoint (1974), which had 30,000 subscribers at its peak. In 1988 he began publication of John Pugsley's Journal, an investment-economic newsletter covering political, economic, and investment topics.

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.Currently, the Institute's website is not regularly updated.

Pugsley was one of the founding members of The Eris Society. 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. Pugsley was the Chairman of the society at the time of his death 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.He also wrote for The Daily Reckoning e-newsletter.

Pugsley lived in Carlsbad, California, 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  and the International Living e-newsletter.

Pugsley had a blog.

Pugsley died at 77 on April 8, 2011.



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30.04.2011 16:55 Vahram G. Diehl

To traverse the storm and come out the other side still being able to think for oneself is the greatest lesson I will take from my encounters with Jack. His writings have inspired me to seek what influence I can have upon the world through similar outlets, and I have been overtaken by his ever present out pouring of rationally tempered optimism. The universe is a machine, and during his life Jack contributed many original intellectual thought seeds which have sprouted in me and surely many others as a part of this machine. As these ideas bloom into their logical conclusions, Jack's "ideological offspring" will continue to contribute to the changing of this machine in ways they could not have without his guidance. I can only hope to have accomplished something of similar quality and importance during my time in the machine, and when I do I will know that such a great amount of my contributions have stemmed from Jack's original thought seeds that were planted within me.

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