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“Yay, College!” Part 1: The Smiley-Face Super-Villainy of American Higher Education

By Ben Hunt | 41 Comments

The modern American system of higher education – especially its most prominent public and private universities – is less our Superman than our Homelander, a smiley-faced faux superhero who does The Man’s dirty work in exchange for wealth, privilege and … our cheers.

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Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.23.23

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.16.23

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.09.23

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.02.23

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 12.26.22

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



Recent Notes

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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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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The Medium is the Message

By Rusty Guinn

Social media is not just a delivery mechanism for content.

The delivery of content through social media IS the content.

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Defund the World Health Organization

By Ben Hunt

Skipping the Greek letter Xi in naming the latest Covid variant is ridiculous, not dangerous.

What’s dangerous is WHO leadership placing Chinese political interests ahead of global health interests.

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Critical State Theory

By Ben Hunt

This note is about the narrative process that makes it so politically difficult to say that yes, parents are responsible for their children’s education AND yes, our children should be taught the fact of embedded racism in our nation’s history.

And why it’s so important that we do so, anyway.

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Cursed Knowledge #6: F*ck Almonds

By Harper Hunt

Move over Hollywood! Almonds are one of the most lucrative and fastest growing industries in California. Unfortunately they’re not as good for us as you’d think.

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Prime Time in Crypto

By Marc Rubinstein

No one gives a clearer explanation of how financial institutions work than ET contributor Marc Rubinstein, and his primer on prime brokerage services (and its extension into crypto) is no exception.

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The NFL Has a Gambling Problem

By Rusty Guinn

The outcomes of NFL games are inordinately influenced by officials relative to other sports. This is not new. The narrative environment faced by the NFL in 2021, however, IS new.

I’m not sure they’re ready for it.

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The Mandarin Class

By Ben Hunt

I don’t think there’s anything illegal in how Fed governors trade their personal accounts.

No, I think it’s much worse than that.

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When Narrative Takes Flight

By Rusty Guinn

We find ourselves together now at the stage of the Widening Gyre in which your political identity now determines the reality you wish to accept about three days of moderate operational difficulties at the ninth largest global airline, as measured by passenger-miles.

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Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.23.23

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



Why Am I Reading This Now? 01.16.23

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