Frost was kind enough to send me an advance copy of his book, which comes out today.
Frost is 4 years younger than me. We started our lives in similar circumstances (though he apparently had a much more turbulent home life (divorce)). We both even ended up working for our respective national governments (he’s Canadian).
More surprisingly, we both encountered the same sorts of strange ideas that at first appear to be largely unrelated.
At this point in our lives our paths diverged. I got married and started a family. He quit his job to travel the world and be entrepreneurial. Despite these divergences, we both put the same sort of ideas into practice in different ways.
The book is divided into five sections: 1) health; 2) wealth; 3) sex; 4) wisdom; and 5) purpose.
It may be oversimplifying a bit to say that the broader alt-right-o-sphere can also be divided into these categories and that Frost’s book may be the best (and perhaps only one-stop) brief introduction to all five of these topics.
Let’s take each in turn.
Frost’s health section is a brief introduction to the Paleo diet and to minimalist work-out routines like those covered by Tim Ferriss. Actually there’s a lot in Ferriss’s book that isn’t particularly helpful to people who aren’t into hardcore lifestyle changes. Frost distills the essence of the Paleo diet/exercise regimes into a few pages. I’ve following a half-assed Paleo diet for a while now (with some strong emphasis on the half-assed). I’ve lost about 12 pounds and I really wasn’t trying to lose weight. I was happy to see that Frost is not a fanatic about his diet and health (or any of the other topics he covers).
Frost’ wealth section basically covers three topics: 1) spend less money (and avoid debt); 2) make more money (entrepreneurship – again drawing from Ferriss); and 3) putting your money to work (basically a Random Walk-type investment strategy plus gold). I entirely agree with this strategy, though I’m a little more favorably inclined to prudent real estate investment than Frost.
Frost’s sex section covers game. His analysis is neutral with respect to the question of whether or not you should pursue a long-term relationship, though it seems like he would eventually like one. This section contains the only couple of sentences in the book with which I disagree. Frost seems to suggest that he wants kids, but doesn’t want to marry – let’s call this African-American family arrangement. How’s that working out for them?
Frost’s chapter on wisdom is an indictment of our generation’s educational system and pop culture – I’d put these together into the broader category of mainstream propaganda. His basic advice is to find a way to put down the propaganda and focus on the good stuff – mostly written by dead, white dudes (he specifically mentions Carlyle, Plate and Cicero).
Frost’s chapter on purpose continues many of the same themes as the chapter on wisdom. Those who agree with Frost are implicitly or explicitly "rebelling against a culture of laziness, mediocrity and spiritual poverty." Frost’s advice is to "become excellent." We all must pursue excellence in our own ways, so here’s to wishing us both success.