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Charles Hugh Smith founded his blog, Of Two Minds, in 2005 after 17 years of free-lance journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of Two Minds has grown to thousands of posts that have logged tens of millions of page views on his site and many others such as Zero Hedge and Peak Prosperity. He is the author of eight novels and fourteen non-fiction books on socio-economic-political dynamics. He lives by Winston Churchill’s dictum that “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

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    Excellent discussion. I also accepted DT as a disruptive force, if not within the civil service swamp, bureaucratic leviathan, or MIC, or whatever one wants to call it, within the 2 party gangland of our broken political apparatus.

    I also don’t believe Covid is some globalist plot to usher in a new order (can you imagine that fireside chat at Bohemian Grove? “OK, we kick this off in.. let’s see… China!” Wang Jianlin, “Seriously.. here we go! This going to be a very tough sell”)

    But I digress

    I do believe it is a welcomed opportunity as a scapegoat for a disastrous financial system, a perfectly opportunity to let air out of the bubble, to introduce (more) government intervention into the “free market”. That old cliche about not letting a perfectly good disaster go to waste is making the rounds again and for good reason. Again, it’s always the banality of control rather than some nefarious plot to make people get vaccines or antibody papers or an app that tracks their Covid era interactions. Bill Gates may not be seeking more money, but he may be seeking a return on his enormous investments

    “The craving for material goods (power) is not so much due to the direct pleasures of wealth, as none can be seated on more than one chair or eat himself more than sated. Rather, the value of a fortune to life consists in the rich opportunities for anchoring and distraction offered to the owner.”

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