Addison Wiggin, executive publisher of Agora Financial, announced that effective immediately, Jeffrey Tucker has joined the company and will serve as executive editor of recently-acquired Laissez Faire Books.
Jeffrey Tucker is the author of several books including Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo (2010), and It’s a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes, published earlier this year. He joins Agora Financial after serving as the editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. While there, he worked with Agora Financial in co-publishing the second edition of Ron Paul’s The Case for Gold: A Minority Report of the U.S. Gold Commission.
“Jeffrey is an innovative thinker and a recognized leader in the libertarian community,” said Wiggin. “We’ve already received a boost by the enthusiasm, ideas and relationships he brings to the project. We expect Jeffrey will help Laissez Faire Books evolve in the digital age and build upon the firm’s legacy of publishing fresh ideas and introducing new influential thinkers during, this, an increasingly critical time.”
“It was an historic event that Agora Financial acquired Laissez Faire Books,” said Tucker. “Laissez Faire has always been about promoting commerce. Now the institution itself has become a commercial venture. This gives us a great incentive to do the best possible job, the incentive to find authors who write great books and publish them in a way that gives maximum exposure. This aspect of things I am very excited about.”
“With 1972 and the founding of Laissez Faire Books, suddenly ideas could reach a multitude of people,” said Tucker. “Now ideas can be universalized. Anybody can learn from the great thinkers. That wasn’t true before. LFB played a very important role both as a publisher and as a distributor of big ideas.”
He added: “You could almost date the founding of what we call the Libertarian Movement with the founding of Laissez Faire Books.”
Laissez Faire Books was founded in New York’s Greenwich Village, and quickly earned the reputation as a leading voice in the libertarian community, often cited as carrying more printed materials on classical economics and individual liberty than any other bookstore. By the mid-1990s, the company had an established customer list and revenues exceeded a million dollars. However, the rise of the internet made profitability difficult and the bookstore’s ownership and location changed multiple times.
Agora Financial announced the acquisition of Laissez Faire Books in early 2011 and will re-launch under Tucker’s direction in time for the holidays. Tucker filmed an introductory video for Agora Financial’s subscribers, giving a picture of Laissez Faire Books’ future.
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