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Being Human in a LARPing World

By Ben Hunt | 35 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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Why Am I Reading This Now? 03.14.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 03.07.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 02.28.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 02.21.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 02.14.22

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



Proof of Plant: A New Vision for Crypto, Pt 1

By Ben Hunt | 39 Comments

I want to change the language of crypto from mining to growing. I do not mean this in a metaphorical sense. I mean a proof-of-plant method for literally growing cryptocurrency tokens as a representation of the value stored in the human cultivation of plants.

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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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What Do We Need To Be True?

By Rusty Guinn | 44 Comments

Modeling common knowledge by analyzing missionary statements and their reverberations works. Except when it doesn’t.

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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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Office Hours Recap: 06/24/2022

By Harper Hunt

These are the major topics and ideas we discussed during the 06/24/2022 Office Hours as well as some of the biggest takeaways. If you have something you want to add to the conversation, let us know in the comments and join us next time.

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Office Hours Recap: 06/10/2022

By Harper Hunt

These are the major topics and ideas we discussed during the 06/10/2022 Office Hours as well as some of the biggest takeaways. If you have something you want to add to the conversation, let us know in the comments and join us next time.

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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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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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Why Am I Reading This Now? 06.27.22

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 06.20.22

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