Bill Bonner Calls in from the Ranch

Hi, Greg Canavan here. I hope you’re enjoying some downtime somewhere. It’s exactly what I’ve advised my fellow editors to do…rest and relax. It’s been a long year, especially for those of us who had to endure Victoria’s lockdown and curfew rules. So a good unwind is required before we get back into it in 2021.

So for the next week, you’ll get something different from us here at The Rum Rebellion. You’re probably familiar with the work of Dan Denning, who is a regular contributor to this publication. Dan works closely with Bill Bonner and writes for The Bonner-Denning Letter, with which you might also be familiar.

Bill is one of the founders of Agora, which is the parent company of Port Phillip Publishing, the publisher of The Rum Rebellion. Bill has quite the network to draw upon. One of the recent projects they’ve been working on is the Bonner Private Research Podcast, hosted by Aussie expat Joel Bowman.

Over to you, Joel…

Bill Bonner Calls in from the Ranch

Joel Bowman

In an era of unwavering certainty and ideological dogmatism, where the prevailing consensus is so utterly self-assured that its obsequious acolytes remain ever at the ready to ‘Cancel’ anyone who dares deviate from the accepted wisdom, Bill Bonner brings to the conversation the most offensive, intolerable punctuation sign of them all: The question mark.

Where others sharpen their exclamation points, preparing to engage in ALL CAPS battle royals in anonymous online comment sections, Bill scratches his head and wonders, aloud… ‘Hmm…’

He remains, in accordance with one of his own, oft-cited dictums, ‘Sometimes right. Sometimes wrong. And always in doubt.

When it comes to slaying sacred cows — on both the left and the right — Bill operates what might be called an equal opportunity abattoir, taking aim at unsound money, phony bailouts, make-work boondoggles, would-be world improvers, the welfare-warfare state, inner-beltway grifters and anyone claiming to know what they cannot possibly comprehend, something Hayek once called the ‘presence of knowledge’.

I caught up with Bill recently, when he called in from his ranch, located in the remotest mountain ranges in far northern Argentina…

Bill shared his thoughts on everything from life in the time of COVID-19, the problem with spending other people’s money, and lessons to be learned from a century of unflinching commitment to bonehead ideas as applied down here on the Pampas…

Catch our entire conversation here.


Joel Bowman,
Contributor, The Rum Rebellion

The Rum Rebellion