Cows, Communities, Guns, Books & More – 6 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Uncertain Times: Doomer Optimism With Tucker Max.

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19 March 2022

Tucker Max has written four New York Times Best Selling books (three that hit #1), which have sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide. He’s credited with being the originator of the literary genre, “fratire,” and is only the fourth writer (along with Malcolm Gladwell, Brené Brown, and Michael Lewis) to have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time.

He co-founded Scribe Media, the premier professional publishing company that has helped people like David Goggins, Tiffany Haddish, and Dan Sullivan publish their books, and was also nominated to the Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List in 2009.

Tucker received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently lives on a ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, with his wife Veronica and four children.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-How Tucker developed the skill of writing…07:07

  • Know what you want to say
  • Authenticity and clarity are key

-Tucker's writing process…09:11

  • Deal with the kids, then write in the morning
  • Done by noon most of the time
  • 3 hours of creativity, max
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Need a dedicated space for writing

-Tucker's life post-Scribe Media…13:37

-How chopping wood in the yard led to Tucker's “doomer optimism” philosophy…28:53

-Why tight community is the answer to surviving chaos…46:01

  • Media will coalesce around a common narrative (Jan. 6, Russia/Ukraine, etc.)
  • Americans live in the safest era & country in the history of the world
  • We confuse freedom with sovereignty
  • Sovereignty is freedom with responsibility
  • Community and sovereignty go hand in hand
  • Tight-knit groups are the ones who survive chaos; not lone-wolf existence
  • Awareness of resources
    • Do you own your water source?
    • Do you own your power source?
    • Do you grow your own food?

-Practical tips for surviving a SHTF scenario…53:30

-The importance of raising educated and free-thinking children…1:22:55

  • Children must know where the food comes from
  • How to look for, get, and prepare food
  • Learn how to be a creator, not a passive consumer

-And much more!

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15 thoughts on “Cows, Communities, Guns, Books & More – 6 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Uncertain Times: Doomer Optimism With Tucker Max.

  1. Angie Abbott says:


    Thank you for your podcast! You mentioned a whole house wood burning generator, I believe in this or one of your many podcasts. Could you please tell me where you purchased this? My husband and I had never heard of that before and cannot locate one.


    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      I was referring to this:

  2. Kassandra says:

    Wow I’m so surprised on the pushback to this episode. I personally thought it was a great one and it had lots of insight— how us humans are so not prepared if sh*t REALLY hits the fan. The five main points Tucker covered are so critical. I love the realness of the show and the variety of topics covered. Definitely feeling the Ben Greenfield Life version! I’ve been listening to the podcast for about 6 months now. Every episode is so informative, I always feel I can take something away that I can apply in my daily life. Thanks Ben!

  3. Wes says:

    Ben, superb podcast! I don’t think id like to hang out with the Tucker guy for more than a couple days. His mystic was just a bit arrogant for me, but hey at least he is authentic.

    I think this one will get some push back due to the nature of it being political and a little bit too real for some folks. That being said I loved it and devoured looking into all the show notes. I think this realm needs to be delved into due to it is immediately effecting us on a personal, mental and spiritual level.

    I believe that when I die I will go to heaven and live for eternity with my savior Jesus Christ. Until then though it is my duty to spread his name and further the kingdom. That being said It would be idiotic for me to walk around thinking everything is Mai Tais and yatzhee out here. We need to be thinking of this community concept and the way it could contribute if things go bad with or gov/political system.

    It’ll be really hard to bio hack for optimal health without electricity….

    I digress before I get too into the weeds. But ill finish on a saying that I always heard growing up in the good ole baptist church that resonates with and extra reverb that I have though of, “God is always at work… But so is Satan.” We are living through some crazy times right now and like it or not we need to be thinking through them.

    Prairie Fire by Clay Martin, excellent quick listen!!!!!! get that dude on the podcast!!!

    God Bless! Keep doing the Lords work!!

  4. Van Zyl Spengler says:

    Love your podcast Ben! I only discovered 2 weeks ago! I can’t believe it took me so long but then again things happen for a reason and when one is ready things comes across your path. It was serendipitous. You inspire me on many levels including: spiritually, being a father, being a man, health, fitness, mentally, entrepreneurially and intellectually. I want to thank you from the bottom.

    On a practical point, I would love to listen to all your podcasts as I find them fascinating but I also don’t think that I have enough time! I simply follow too many people and my current appetite for knowledge engulfs my time. I’ve settled on on an emphasis on the latest content as it should reflect your latest thinking based on the latest science and the benefit of your experiences. I’m curious if there is something or many things that you may have once believed to be true but have now revised your thinking on? If so, could that be an interesting podcast (not that your content needs any revision – it’s fantastic!)

    Anyway, loved your podcast with your mum and I’ll be searching for your podcast with your dad next!

  5. Andrew K says:

    Great podcast. Curious about the wood fuelled generators any sources for those?

  6. Tony says:

    Great Podcast!

  7. Peter Michael Kagan says:


    I’m very interested In much of what you share Ben.

    I buy your Kion products regularly. You provoke genuine curiosity about the other products you suggest and discuss. All part of a solid business model.

    I think it’s unfortunate to merge political discussions, highly debatable conspiracy theories, and borderline crackpot opinions with what I’ve come to depend on here are fact/science-based insights. Your author / guest Tucker Max is surely entitled to his opinions, but they diminished your credibility.

  8. Julie says:

    Worst interview guest ever (Tucker Max). Have lost some interest in your site.

      1. GT says:

        I couldn’t get through this interview either.

        The beginning was already bad, with the jokes about vacation homes and other comments revealing how obsessed about perceived success he really is. (Jokes are usually not just 100% jokes – they say a lot about the first thing that the person’s mind goes to, and that’s often quite revealing.) He came out really insecure and somewhat annoying from the start.

        Then he went into an angry rant mode. I prefer listening to intelligent and thoughtful conversation, not whatever this was.

        Finally the part about “whatever happened in the election” was where I stopped listening entirely. Politics is annoying enough as it is, but politics combined with baseless conspiracy theories means I don’t have much interest in what else the guest is about to say regarding the world or his own tendency to “speak the truth”.

        Perhaps the most hated man in the country losing an election isn’t really all that weird.

        This was simply a low quality guest. I’m sure there was at least a little value there, but it just wasn’t worth listening to.

        1. Ben Greenfield says:

          appreciate the honest feedback

  9. Angie says:

    So a privileged man lives on a ranch, has a vacation house and has all the resources to provide for his family and seeks to live by other large ranchers in a place where acreage goes for 100k per acre so they can supplement what he doesn’t have and he wants to preach to “everyone” that this is the way to live now to survive in this time of the impending doom? Talk about out of touch. This interview was cringeworthy. Tucker was haughty, self adulating and took great glee in his weapons, his skill with his weapons, his “crazy” amounts of munitions and the very exclusive town he lives in. Thank God you brought the tone down towards the end of the interview. I think even you knew how he came off. I honestly was embarrassed for him.

    1. Karen says:

      I agree. I was trying to hang in there and keep an open mind, but turned it off halfway due to the arrogance and generalizations.

    2. Wendy says:

      I LOVE Ben but I couldn’t get through this interview. Tucker Max sounded like a drunk person on uppers. Rude.

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