Author Archives: The Escape Artist

How To Build A Compounding Machine

Imagine a black box. Your job is to earn and save as much money as you can. You put the cash saved into the black box…into your compounding machine. Once you put the cash inside the box and close the lid, the magic starts to happen. Inside the black box the most powerful force in […]

Building blocks of a wealthy society: Free Speech (Part 2)

Chloë, our favourite free thinking amateur comedienne, vegan and eco-hippy is back with another guest post: TEA has written before about why we need free speech for a healthy (and wealthy) society but apparently it’s still controversial not to want a government that can control your thoughts and imprison you for disagreeing. So allow me […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Living a More Natural Life (Part 2)

Our ancestors lived for millions of years without money. This explains why spending does not equal happiness.  The things that make us happy are the natural “wins” that we would have experienced over the millennia: being in nature, overcoming obstacles, eating real food, conversation and laughter, good sex, happy children and community. The best things in life […]

Get Rich with Retraining

I’m going to let you into another secret to making it easier to get to financial freedom. And that’s to relax the rather unrealistic assumption that you never do any paid work ever again. Just about everyone I’ve met that achieved early financial independence is still doing some form of paid work.  This is why I don’t […]

Building Blocks of a Wealthy Society: #2 Democracy

In Part 1 of this series I explained that The Escape Artist is not a self-made man. There’s that old saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. A society becomes wealthy when the following building blocks are in place: Free speech Democracy Free markets Free […]

That stuff is money!…selling on Ebay for fun and profits

When we last moved, we looked round a number of houses. We saw many different styles, layouts and interiors. But there was one feature which most had in common: they had a room that you couldn’t go into. It wasn’t a secret: the sellers / agents were happy to show us the room…its just that […]

Translating financial independence from American to British

There are so many great US books and blogs about financial independence that you may want a guide to help you translate American into British. I’ve done 2 versions: the short version and the long version. Here’s the short version: 1. Ignore the healthcare stuff 2. Ignore the travel hacks 3. VTSAX => VRXXB 4. […]