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The Widening Gyre

By Ben Hunt | 29 Comments

The widening gyre is eating America alive. It is the instrument of the Beast, a three-headed hydra of Big Politics, Big Media and Big Tech.

A third political party can be our weapon to slay the Beast, but not in the way you think.

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Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.26.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.19.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.12.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.06.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Why Am I Reading This Now? 08.29.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Hollow Men, Hollow Markets, Hollow World

By Ben Hunt | 91 Comments

Over the past 25 years, our leaders have intentionally constructed an Apocalypse Now world of proclamation and fiat, where our wealth has grown much faster than our economy.

The bill is due for their hubris, and inflation is here to collect it.

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Being Human in a LARPing World

By Ben Hunt | 38 Comments

The cure for the cancer of gun culture and police culture is not to be found in reform laws around guns and police, but in reform ideas around culture, ideas that create a new dimension of American society that rejects LARPing and LARPers alike.

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In Praise of Bitcoin

By Ben Hunt | 58 Comments

What made Bitcoin special is nearly lost, and what remains is a false and constructed narrative that exists in service to Wall Street and Washington rather than in resistance.

The Bitcoin narrative must be renewed. And that will change everything.

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Recent Notes

Money Can Buy Happiness (in variable and diminishing quantities)

By Brent Donnelly

What does your money/happiness curve look like? Is it curved or linear? Does it flatline somewhere? If so, where?

There’s the game of trading and the metagame of life. To win the latter, you have to Know Thyself.

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Winner’s Tilt

By Brent Donnelly

The most damaging stories and narratives are not those that others tell us, but those that we tell ourselves.

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Waiting for the Dog to Bark

By Marc Rubinstein

In the days leading up to their invasion of Ukraine, Russia successfully mounted a largescale cyberattack on Ukrainian banks, utilities and government agencies. Since then … crickets.

What are the vulnerabilities of Western financial systems to a new and wider attack?

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Narrative and Metaverse, Pt. 3: The Luther Protocol

By Ben Hunt

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – MLK

Does it? Does it really?

Today we take a stand to defend the arc of the moral universe in its long path towards liberty and justice for all. Today we begin the Luther Protocol.

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They’re Not Sending Their Best

By Ben Hunt

The Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act is an abomination. It won’t lower gas prices, it will raise them. And the sponsors of the bill know it.

This bill was not written to become a good law. It was written to tell a good story.

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Cursed Knowledge #9: Cat Eyes, Full Ass, Can’t Smile

By Harper Hunt

We’ve all felt insecure about our looks at one point or another. Especially in our chronically online world where how you look can be your whole brand. So with plastic surgery rates on the rise, let’s peel back the layers of this industry and see how information (and lies) about procedures spread and examine the real price of beauty.

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Tough Guys

By Ben Hunt

Using NATO to escalate a shooting war with Russia – either directly through a no-fly zone or indirectly through a Polish cut-out and NATO “backfill” – is exactly what Putin wants. It’s the only thing that can save him. It’s how we ALL lose.

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ChaChaCha!

By Ben Hunt

Tired: Pump and Dump

Wired: ChaChaCha!

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The Reckless Driver! TM Narrative

By Charles Marohn

Reckless Drivers! is the dominant narrative for increased traffic deaths in the US. It’s dominant not because it’s true (it’s not), but because it serves the interests of the Nudging State to blame and the Nudging Oligarchy to spend.

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Quitters

By Brent Donnelly

in the spirit of the question we are always asking ourselves at Epsilon Theory – WHY AM I READING THIS NOW? – Brent asks a slightly different question about announcements of senior management departures. DOES WHAT I’M READING NOW MATTER?

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Cursed Knowledge #8: Bad Publicity

By Harper Hunt

Someone once said there’s no such thing as bad publicity. With all due respect, this person is an idiot. Publicity, both good and bad, can have major ramifications. Even if you don’t play a part in creating it.

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Narrative and Metaverse, Pt. 2: Gain of Function

By Ben Hunt

Big Tech, Big Media and Big Politics are engaged in a widespread program of gain-of-function research on the linguistic entities of the metaverse.

It’s more dangerous than any virus.

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Getting to War

By Ben Hunt

The international “negotiations” over Ukraine are 100% designed for domestic Russian consumption. They are as necessary a part of successfully invading Ukraine as mobilizing troops and tanks.

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Narrative and Metaverse, Pt. 1: The Living Word

By Ben Hunt

The past, present and future of human freedom is not determined in the macroverse but in the metaverse, and it is here where we must make our stand. First we will write the words to see the metaverse. Then we will write the songs to change it.

Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

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That Funny Feeling

By Brent Donnelly

The AI censors at YouTube banned a video by ET contributor Brent Donnelly for all the wrong reasons.

Meanwhile, the AI censors at Twitter won’t ban an impersonator for any reason.

Kinda gives you that funny feeling that we’re being played. Again.

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Cursed Knowledge #7: Birkin Bags

By Harper Hunt

Birkin bags are one of the ultimate symbols of status. But how did that happen? And are they worth the hype?

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Image of the WWI Christmas Truce, as envisioned by an artist decades later

An Inconvenient Truce

By Rusty Guinn

Polarization often isn’t an accident. It is the result of intentional narrative construction – constructions designed to make us believe that we are sane and unfairly judged, and that our opponents are insane and hypocritical.

Understanding how to recognize and respond to these constructions in the wild is now an indispensable skill of the citizen.

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RIP, Expertise

By Ben Hunt

This is an unedited thread from the ET Forum that I’ve republished in close to its entirety and put outside the paywall. It’s just one example of why the ET Forum is the best thing on the Internet today … thousands of posts across hundreds of threads, written by truth-seekers from all over the world and all walks of life, speaking to each other with respect and curiosity. If this is your Pack, join us!

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25 Anti-Mimetic Tactics for Living a Counter-Cultural Life

By Luke Burgis

The social rewards that come from imitating others feel good, but they come at a high price.

Here are 25 Anti-Mimetic ideas that can help us craft a life that is a little more free from the herd, and a bit more open to the spontaneity and wonder of new things.

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Inflation and the Common Knowledge Game

By Ben Hunt

At whatever point in time you think inflation will start to fade, you are being too optimistic.

Why? Because common knowledge.

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Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.26.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.



Why Am I Reading This Now? 09.19.22

Recent major media stories that feel to us like they’re part of a larger narrative campaign.