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The Fifteen Faces of Fiat News

By Rusty Guinn | 29 Comments

We’re building a Narrative Early Warning System (NEWS) as our first major research project in a larger effort to inoculate ourselves against the weaponized narratives of Big Tech, Big Media and Big Politics.

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Why Am I Reading This Now?

Pack member Rob H. brought this up at last week’s Office Hours, and it deserves its own thread (as well as some attention from the Narrative Machine).

I think the most interesting part of the burgeoning UFO/UAP narrative is that it is clearly being driven by the Defense Dept.

I also think the only things DOD truly cares about today are China and budgets.

Why am I reading this NOW?

— Ben Hunt | May 23, 2021 | 9:12am

Homeschooling Resources on ET Forum?

I think a homeschooling VMPT is a natural for the ET Forum!

On last week’s Office Hours conversation, ET Pack member Dan W. brought this up:

I would love to have a conversation about the state of public education in the US right now. My wife taught in public schools for ~10 years before deciding she wanted to stay home with our children (and homeschool them, something ET deserves a lot of credit for). Over the past year, several friends have reached out to us because they’re suddenly contemplating either homeschooling or… something different. It’s kind of heartbreaking – people in our circle are desperately looking for some kind of option that doesn’t seem to exist at present. I am not that interested in the politics of public education, but very interested in pack-sourcing some solutions for people that have had their confidence in public education shaken over the last year. Thanks!

— Ben Hunt | May 23, 2021 | 8:41 am

Hollow Men, Hollow Markets, Hollow World

By Ben Hunt | 78 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 | 37 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

Before You Fly The Nest: Advice for kids heading to college

By Brent Donnelly

ET contributor Brent Donnelly went out and asked some people he respects what advice they would give kids heading off to college. Here’s what he found.

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The Most Important Sector in the Universe

By Marc Rubinstein

The total value of the Chinese residential property sector is approximately $60 trillion – twice the size of the US residential market and bigger than the entire US bond market. Bigger than the entire US stock market, too.

It is … ummm … having a moment.

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The Fifteen Faces of Fiat News

By Rusty Guinn

We’re building a Narrative Early Warning System (NEWS) as our first major research project in a larger effort to inoculate ourselves against the weaponized narratives of Big Tech, Big Media and Big Politics.

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Cursed Knowledge #11: Locks of Love

By Harper Hunt

Locks of Love is one of the most well known and well regarded charities in America. But things aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes the smokescreen of common knowledge can obscure what’s really going on. So join me in a look behind the curtain at America’s most beloved charity.

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Mailbag! Hollow Men Edition

By Ben Hunt

The Epsilon Theory commentariat is the best thing on the Internet today. Watch from a distance if you like, but when you’re ready … join us!

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Hollow Men, Hollow Markets, Hollow World

By Ben Hunt

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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How to Succeed as a Sell Side Trader

By Brent Donnelly

ET contributor Brent Donnelly has some advice that’s ostensibly for sell-side traders, but is actually for everyone in markets. And everyone who isn’t.

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Being Human in a LARPing World

By Ben Hunt

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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The MacGuffin, Part 1

By Ben Hunt

If you don’t see that the crypto “industry” has become just as blindingly corrupt, just as oozingly fatuous, just as profoundly captured by the Nudging Oligarchy as the traditional financial services industry it was supposed to replace … well, you’re just not paying attention.

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The Most Important Trading Decision

By Brent Donnelly

Trading is hard. Your odds of success are heavily influenced by the seat you choose. Retail trader or bank trader or PM, here are metrics to evaluate that seat.

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Cursed Knowledge #10: This Podcast Never Happened

By Harper Hunt

We’ve all fallen victim to a bad retcon at some point in our lives. It’s Sherlock Holmes coming back from the dead. It’s the reveal that an entire season of Dallas was only a dream. It’s the author changing their mind and trying to convince you that it’s all part of the plan. I don’t buy it. And neither should you.

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NGMI

By Ben Hunt

The Fed’s rate hikes to curb inflation?

Not gonna make it.

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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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Why Am I Reading This Now? 08.08.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 08.01.22

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