The Zeitgeist

Why Am I Reading This Now?

By Ben Hunt | September 25, 2020

Brave New World

By Peter Cecchini | September 23, 2020

The UNITED States of America

By Ben Hunt | September 19, 2020

Many People Say

By Ben Hunt | September 16, 2020

Invisible Threads: Matrix Edition

By Ben Hunt | September 9, 2020

A Society of Tinkerers

By Luis Perez-Breva | September 4, 2020

The Game of Tesla

By Ben Hunt | September 3, 2020

The Cartoon Put

By Rusty Guinn | September 1, 2020

Cheesing

By Rusty Guinn | August 26, 2020

Sacrifice for Thee, Vast Wealth for Me

By Ben Hunt | August 25, 2020

The Fujiwhara Effect

By Rusty Guinn | August 22, 2020

Carny Barkers

By Ben Hunt | August 13, 2020

Can’t Fight This Feeling

By Rusty Guinn | August 12, 2020

Get Me Tools and a Beer!

By Rusty Guinn | August 10, 2020

Deep Sociopathy

By Ben Hunt | August 6, 2020

The Projection Racket, Pt. 2

By Rusty Guinn | September 28, 2020 | 14

The Projection Rackets will say that the solution to two-party dominance and the erosion of political self-determination is, like everything else, is to vote. Express yourself! Don’t you believe in democracy?

They are wrong. We, the people, CAN fix this. And if we want it enough, we will.

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The Projection Racket, Pt. 1

By Rusty Guinn | September 14, 2020 | 23

Some of us are uncomfortable with BITFD, and that’s OK. Small-c conservatives should be uncomfortable. Small-l liberals should be uncomfortable.

They should also get on board.

This is a series about why.

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The Welding Shut of the American Mind

By Ben Hunt | September 21, 2020 | 29 Comments

The closing of the American mind is evolving into its next stage: the welding shut of the American mind.

What’s the difference between closing and welding shut? A closed door can be opened. A welded shut door cannot. We can’t save the minds already lost. We can only prevent our OWN minds from being welded shut.

And we can. Together.

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Mailbag – Lucifer’s Hammer Edition

By Ben Hunt | September 11, 2020 | 8

It’s been a full year since I wrote my last Mailbag note, which is kinda pathetic.

Well, better late than never. Reader comments and emails following our publication of Lucifer’s Hammer have been amazing, and it would be a disservice to the Pack if I didn’t collect some of them here. Enjoy!

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Lucifer’s Hammer

By Ben Hunt | August 31, 2020 | 40

There’s a comet speeding our way, a comet of endemic urban violence.

And for so many people – especially young men with the voice of Ego now shouting in their heads as the whispers are turned up to 11 by the amps of political party and social media – they think that post-apocalyptic world sounds just dandy.

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Facebook Delenda Est

By Ben Hunt | August 20, 2020 | 43

More than any other company, Facebook is undermining our democracy and our most integral political rights.

More than any other company, Facebook has bought and paid for political cover at the highest levels of American, Indian and European government, political cover that prevents any of the actions we might take as a society to rid ourselves of this cancer.

Facebook delenda est.

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“Rebalance Timing Luck: The Dumb (Timing) Luck of Smart Beta” by Hoffstein, Faber and Braun

By Academic Research Author | August 17, 2020 | 0

Hoffstein, Faber and Braun construct long-only indices that provide exposures to popular U.S. equity factors (value, size, momentum, quality, and low volatility) and vary their rebalance schedules to isolate the effects of “rebalance timing luck.”

Their results suggest substantial problems for analyzing any investment when the strategy, its peer group, or its benchmark is susceptible to performance impacts driven by the choice of rebalance schedule.

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The Grifters, Chapter 2 – N95 Masks

By Ben Hunt | August 11, 2020 | 10

I don’t think I have the words to communicate just how screwed up our PPE distribution system is in this country, or what a profound betrayal it is for our government to support this perverse system of personal greed and corporate ambivalence in exchange for campaign soundbites and photo ops.

But I’m gonna try.

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The Grifters, chapter 1 – Kodak

By Ben Hunt | July 30, 2020 | 15

We’ve been assaulted by three brutal grifts in just the past week … three smacks from Bobo and his bag of oranges … each deserving of an Epsilon Theory note.

Here’s chapter 1 – the ludicrous crony capitalism of the US government giving Kodak $765 million for “pharmaceutical supply production”.

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The Conan Doyle Estate is suing Netflix over the film Enola Holmes. Apparently Henry Cavill's take on Sherlock Holmes had the detective showing emotions and that's not allowed.

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Even When I Lie

November 28, 2018

The way I see it, there are three reasons a person becomes a liar: he believes that he must, he believes that he may, or he believes it serves a Greater Truth.

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ET Live! – 9.15.2020

September 15, 2020

In today’s episode, it’s all about BITFD and the almost hilarious extremes to which the Long Now has infected our financial world. Don’t forget to refresh your browser if your video doesn’t start promptly after 2:00 PM ET.