Doug Casey – The International Man Interview – We Discuss His Best and Worst Speculations, Dinner With Dictators, International Investing In War Zones and More


Doug Casey is a world-class thinker, speculator, traveler, and in my opinion the most interesting guy in the world. Think about it. Who do you know who has had dinner with third-world dictators, has tried to take a country public… and almost succeeded, written multiple best-selling books, made and lost millions in his speculations, and he is still looking to try new things.

This week we learn about Doug Casey. We discuss some of the secrets to his success, some of the most interesting places to invest at a time when everything is overpriced, how to become an international man, and why dictators are more interesting than anybody you know.

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Doug Casey Bio:

Best-selling author, world-renowned speculator, and libertarian philosopher Doug Casey has garnered a well-earned reputation for his erudite (and often controversial) insights into politics, economics, and investment markets.

Doug is widely respected as one of the preeminent authorities on “rational speculation,” especially in the high-potential natural resource sector.

Doug literally wrote the book on profiting from periods of economic turmoil: his book Crisis Investing spent multiple weeks as #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and became the best-selling financial book of 1980 with 438,640 copies sold; surpassing big-caliber names, like Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, The Real War by Richard Nixon, and Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

Then Doug broke the record with his next book, Strategic Investing, by receiving the largest advance ever paid for a financial book at the time. Interestingly enough, Doug’s book The International Man was the most sold book in the history of Rhodesia. And his most recent releases Totally Incorrect (2012) and Right on the Money (2013) continue the tradition of challenging statism and advocating liberty and free markets.

He has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including David Letterman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Maury Povich, NBC News, and CNN; has been the topic of numerous features in periodicals such as Time, Forbes, People, and the Washington Post; and is a regular keynote speaker at FreedomFest, the world’s largest gathering of free minds.
Doug has lived in 10 countries and visited over 175.
You can find Doug at

Topics we cover in this episode:

  • International investing
  • Dinner with dictators
  • Bringing a country (government) public
  • Becoming wealthy in 3rd world countries
  • Buying artwork for pennies on the dollar
  • Doug’s first entrepreneurial venture
  • His thoughts on Ayn Rand’s Virtue of Selfishness
  • Why Doug prefers writing fiction
  • His successful debate with Phil Donahue
  • Why science fiction is a better predictor of the future that any think tank
  • Will Ray Kurzweil’s singularity concept allow us to live as long as we want in peak form?
  • Top minds think we living in a simulation, what do you think?
  • Doug’s opinion of speculating vs investing
  • Why the worst sector in the world is the one he favors most.
  • The outcome of the greater depression
  • Should you invest in commodities
  • How you know when a trend is coming to an end.
  • Investing in bitcoin, pot stocks, and investments with extreme risk.

…and more.

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  1. Steven Scott says:

    Doug Casey mentioned being interviewed by Phil Donahue so I viewed some of that 1980 program on Youtube. Mr. Casey predicted that the United States would soon go into a depression that would dwarf the Great Depression. Well, that never happened. Gold was at about $640 an ounce when the show was taped and Me. Casey said it would go to $3400 in 5 years. Well, gold was under $300 5 years later and would not rise above $640 for another 27 years. Donahue defended government regulation by bringing up the disastrous effects of thalidomide use. Casey said that thalidomide was FDA approved. In fact, the FDA kept thalidomide from being marketed and distributed in the USA. I had to stop watching after that. I know virtually nothing about Doug Casey. However, this interview, along with him being an apologist for Pinochet, makes me skeptical of him.

    • The point of having Doug on the show is to help expand your thinking into areas that are uncomfortable. Not to mindlessly follow his every word. If you think anyone is going to be successful at predicting the future you will continually be disappointed. If you are looking for reasons he is wrong and your thinking is correct… you are normal. That is normal human behavior, called confirmation bias. We all do it. Instead of trying to find out why he is wrong, try to figure out what you can learn from him. Use him as a way to poke holes in your reality to make you better. That is the point.

    • Yeah, don’t look at his countless success record… concentrate on his failures dumbass

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