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Is the Psychedelia Enlightenment Train Just Another Corporate Control Mechanism?

The global economy mirrors an acid trip. With the ongoing labor shortage, the persistence of meme stocks, and simultaneous emerging markets (including one for psychedelics), a collective euphoria is underway in what has been dubbed...

Afghanistan Frontlines: Inside China and Russia’s Geopolitical Mine Frenzy

NURISTAN, Afghanistan – Deep inside the voluptuous valleys of Afghanistan’s isolated and least populated province, Nuristan, young locals – their eyelashes caked in debris – blast dynamite through a cave wall in a desperate...

Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker Believes Humanity Is Entering a Post-Scarcity Period 

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker is siding with contrarian optimists: Humanity is entering a post-scarcity economy, rather than a pre-scarcity paradigm.  “If I was forced to come down on one side or the other, I would...

How the Catholic Church and McDonald’s Transform Genius Into Real Estate Empires

Underneath Michelangelo’s the “Creation of Adam” fresco in the Sistine Chapel, an African cardinal in a COVID-era mask beckons dozens of tourists passing through the country of God. “Silence,” says the religious figure. Europeans in American...

Florida’s Fake Media Boom Imploded. Locals Are Cackling In the Aftermath   

A car blew up outside a semi-abandoned mall in South Florida. Other Florida locals and I smiled as we drove past the scene. We had good reason for relief. For one, the driver seemed okay....

Afghanistan Frontlines: How America’s Cash Boom Fueled Corruption and the Taliban’s Rise

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan – Soon after the morning prayers and the first hints of daylight on Monday, a statement rang out through the speakers of the dramatically altered northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, which fell to...

BlackRock’s Gobbling of Homes Is Fueling Neo-Feudalism. Why Does Only the Populist Right Understand...

The dystopian nightmare of billions of propertyless workers serving a minority of landowning elites is already here. But many Americans awoke to this reality following a Wall Street Journal report outlining how BlackRock and...

Did Bitcoin Maximalism Become Fanaticism at the Miami Conference?

God may be dead, but religion isn’t.  The “Bitcoin 2021” conference brought together a ten-thousand-plus legion of devoted believers. Founders, investors, developers, day traders, and retail hodlers swarmed the modern-day Vatican of the Bitcoin movement:...