What is Permissible

By Rusty Guinn | June 24, 2020 | 6

The slow wave that has moved America’s largest asset owners from direct positions in American companies to indirect pools of passive ownership has been a good thing for costs and diversification. It has, however, contributed to our present breakdown in corporate governance.

The past revolutions to fix this have failed for predictable reasons. Future revolutions don’t have to.

It is time to take back your ownership.

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Self Assured Destruction

By Ben Hunt | May 30, 2020 | 31

Our leaders have botched the Covid-19 war, and we are defenseless against a now endemic disease.

15,000 to 20,000 Americans officially sick. 500 to 1,000 Americans officially dead.

Every day.

The free world does not easily survive a globally endemic Covid-19.

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A New Gilded Age

By Rusty Guinn | May 24, 2020 | 22

A Gilded Age isn’t an age of prosperity. It is an age of the narrative of prosperity, and narratives of prosperity are always top-down political narratives.

There is but one way to tear down top-down political narratives: action.

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ET In Full

7 Quick Points on Europe

By Ben Hunt | January 26, 2015 | 0

#1) Here are the most relevant recent notes for an Epsilon Theory perspective on the underlying political and market risks in Europe: “The Red King” (July 14, 2014) and “Now There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day, Chauncey” (Dec. 16, 2014). #2) Markets reacted positively to last Thursday’s announcement because Draghi doubled the amount of QE that he …

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Ghost in the Machine, Part 1

By Ben Hunt | January 20, 2015 | 0

  The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? ― Confucius (551 – 479 BC) Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and …

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Catch – 22

By Ben Hunt | January 12, 2015 | 0

Four times during the first six days they were assembled and briefed and then sent back. Once, they took off and were flying in formation when the control tower summoned them down. The more it rained, the worse they suffered. The worse they suffered, the more they prayed that it would continue raining. All through …

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The Clash of Civilizations

By Ben Hunt | December 29, 2014 | 0

Thomas Cole, “The Course of Empire: Destruction” (1836) In the emerging world of ethnic conflict and civilizational clash, Western belief in the universality of Western culture suffers three problems: it is false; it is immoral; and it is dangerous. – Samuel P. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” (1996) The …

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Now There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day, Chauncey

By Ben Hunt | December 16, 2014 | 0

Narrator: Well, today we find our heroes flying along smoothly… Rocket J. Squirrel: Flying along smoothly? Bullwinkle J. Moose: You’re just looking at the picture sideways! Rocket J. Squirrel: Actually it’s like this! Narrator: Oh… OH GOOD HEAVENS! Today we find our heroes plunging straight down toward disaster at supersonic speed! Bullwinkle J. Moose: That’s …

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Narrative Uber Alles

By Ben Hunt | December 11, 2014 | 0

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal ran a front page story titled “OPEC Sees Less Demand for Its Oil in 2015”, as well as another article with the following quote: “OPEC’s output exceeded its quota by 50,000 barrels a day in November, the group said.” That’s all true, and all supportive of today’s dominant Narrative that …

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Virtue Signaling, or … Why Clinton is in Trouble

September 29, 2016

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thoroughly despondent about the calcification, mendacity, and venal corruption that I think four years of Clinton™ will impose. Trump, on the other hand … I think he breaks us. Maybe he already has. He breaks us because he transforms every game we play as a country — from our domestic social games to our international security games — from a Coordination Game to a Competition Game.

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ET Live! – 6.30.2020

June 30, 2020

It’s the June 30th edition of ET Live!, an interactive livestream in which Ben and Rusty discuss all things narrative in the world today.

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