I’ve read and reviewed Aaron Clarey’s Worthless book, and recommend that for those parents or kids that need to start getting their hand around college or post-high school options. His Bachelor Pad Economics is also recommended, at least for young men from late high school through early-mid 20’s. Though he advertises it as a “financial advice bible for men” it is really a life guide to men with a heavy slant of making sound financial decisions so you can free up your life to not be enslaved in a job, or by a woman, and free to pursue your own passions and goals.
Even as a plugged in man, I learned a few things about taxes and corporations, and thought he had good advice regarding partnerships (in most cases, it’s not a great idea since often the distribution of labor and or financial backing is not equal – this reminds me of the Mr. Money Mustache story of his partnership in flipping/building a house or two that went bad, good read for those with time and a word of warning for those on partnerships). He touches briefly again on choosing a college and major, provides an interesting perspective on finding a prosperous job, the reality of the housing market and what that means to most people when deciding to buy or rent. He talks about retirement, life planning, investing, and big picture economics – which are concerning. He also gets into self improvement along with the topic of women (including about 30 pages straight out of the Manosphere ripping feminism and its adverse impact on society – I liked the RoK post on Feminism Meme [American Girls Be Like..] from yesterday). He talks about marriage, divorce, prenups, and briefly on parenting. Though his perspective on marriage and parenting is from a single man’s perspective, they fall pretty much in line with my own (and others’ like Athol Kay’s) thoughts on the topic.
Overall, it’s a great resource for the man just starting out, and may even have a few nuggets for older folks in better understanding some economic factors of our life’s decisions. At a minimum, his contrarian viewpoints compared to most so-called experts makes you at least think about the decisions you’ve made or will make on some of these topics, instead of just swallowing the company line with no thought.
In reading the reviews at Amazon, nearly all agree this is a great book to put on your shelf for those looking to unplug from the standard conventional wisdom that often adversely impacts our financial lives as well as our love lives. There’s a few white knights and women who will always say these thoughts are mysoginist and sets us back 70 years when women’s rights weren’t given due consideration. That just simply isn’t the case – what Aaron and me and most others who write here in the ‘sphere are simply trying to note is that some feminist central thinking that has seeped into our culture has gone too far, and individually, we can do certain things and take certain actions to improve our situations. We can’t expect to change society as a whole, but on a micro-level, making sound financial and masculine decisions can make a positive impact on men and families, and set both up for life success instead of grinding on the dreadmill of an enslaved work/family life with no end in sight and for no reason but to consume. That is the essence of what Bachelor Pad Economics is about. A tool box of good tips to bring those goals to light.