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Is This Why The Status Quo Disdains Bitcoin? – The “Wrong People Are Getting Rich”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The wrong people–rebels, outsiders, nerds and techies– got on the cryptocurrency boat while their insider/rentier "betters" blew it and are now raging bitterly onshore. The psychology of money, wealth and speculative manias is endlessly fascinating. Most of what's written on these subjects focus on the process of […]


“Wealth Effect” = Widening Wealth Inequality

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Note that widening wealth and income inequality is a non-partisan trend. One of the core goals of the Federal Reserve's monetary policies of the past 9 years is to generate the "wealth effect": by pushing the valuations of stocks and bonds higher, American households will feel wealthier, […]


The Endlessness Of A Temporary Tax

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, Governments regularly claim that they favour tax reform. When this claim has been repeated so many times that virtually no one believes them anymore, they announce a tax reform, to show that they really mean it. They then reshuffle the existing taxes to give the appearance that taxation will […]


Un-Merry Christmas: The Perverse Incentives To Over-Consume And Over-Spend

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Isn't it obvious that if we set out to design the most perverse, toxic and doomed system possible, we'd end up with the Keynesian Cargo Cult's insane permanent growth/Landfill Economy? Few topics are off-limits nowadays: the personal and private are now splashed everywhere for all to see. […]


Charles Hugh Smith Explains “Why I’m Hopeful”

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, A more human world lies just beyond the edge of the Status Quo. Readers often ask me to post something hopeful, and I understand why: doom-and-gloom gets tiresome. Human beings need hope just as they need oxygen, and the destruction of the Status Quo via over-reach and […]


Santa’s Stock Market Rally: Tears Of Joy, Or Just Tears?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Everyone who believes risk has disappeared has fallen for the con. Judging by this year's version of Santa Claus's reliable year-end stock market rally, risk has vanished, not just in stocks but in bonds, junk bonds, housing, commercial real estate, collectible art–just about the entire spectrum of […]


Jedi Mind Trick: The Disturbing, Destabilizing Abnormal Is Now Normal

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America. Forgive me for wondering if the populace of America hasn't fallen for a Jedi mind trick: Disturbing, destabilizing abnormalities are now accepted as normal life in America: 1. Sprawling tent camps of homeless sprout like flowers […]


Regulating Cryptocurrencies… And Why It Matters

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Nations that attempt to limit cryptocurrencies' ability to solve these problems will find that protecting high costs and systemic friction will grind their economies into dust. There's a great deal of confusion right now about the regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Many observers seem to confuse […]


Doug Casey On What Happens After The Next 9/11

Authored by Doug Casey via InternationalMan.com, Is a police state in the US possible? Absolutely. That’s because people are essentially the same the world over, regardless of their culture, religion, race, or what-have-you. A certain percentage of them are sociopaths. There is a standard distribution of sociopaths across time and space. It’s a function of […]


Have We Reached Peak NFL?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, How will the owners and managers of the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire handle the league's decline phase? OK, I get it: pro football is so popular because it's one of the last refuges of modern life that hasn't been ruined by politics. Oops, scratch that. But we shouldn't […]


Could Central Banks Dump Gold In Favor Of Bitcoin?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, All of which brings us to the "crazy" idea of backing fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies, an idea I first floated back in 2013, long before the current crypto-craze emerged. Exhibit One: here's your typical central bank, creating trillions of units of currency every year, backed by nothing […]


Three Bubbles/Strikes And You’re Out

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Those betting on a fourth bubble of even greater extremes will find their time at bat has come to an end. The conventional investment wisdom holds that central banks will never let markets decline. This is an interesting belief, given that two previous asset bubbles based on […]


The Fed’s “Magic Trick” Exposed

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, In 1791, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the US, Alexander Hamilton, convinced then-new president George Washington to create a central bank for the country. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea, as he felt that it would lead to speculation, financial manipulation, and corruption. He was […]


Bitcoin Vs Fiat Currency: Which Fails First?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, What if bitcoin is a reflection of trust in the future value of fiat currencies? I am struck by the mainstream confidence that bitcoin is a fraud/fad that will soon collapse, while central bank fiat currencies are presumed to be rock-solid and without risk. Those with supreme […]


Blue Vs Red Slice – American Politics Explained Using Pizza

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, Over the years, I’ve often been asked to explain the political party system in a simple, easy-to-grasp way. Several years ago, I came up with the following explanation, and, for some people, it’s helped to remove the complexity and smoke and mirrors created by the political world. Let’s see […]