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Is the $5 Bill the New $1 Bill?

From Charles Hugh Smith’s Of Two Minds blog: It’s starting to feel like a $5 bill is the new $1 bill: everything that could be purchased with one or two dollars not that long ago is now $5 or even $10. A few days ago I was enjoying the Butte County Fair in California’s farm […]

The Great Economic Shoe Waiting To Fall: Loss Of Faith In The Cult Of Central Banking - Charles Hugh Smith

``... much of the supposedly godlike power of central banks is participants' faith in their powers to control not just finance but the real world that can be leveraged by finance. Once this belief fades, so will the powers of central banks... "Don't think it won't happen just because it hasn't happened yet."''

Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Market Is?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Market Is? Everyone who feels forced to play along plans to exit before the whole rotten structure implodes, but that's not how collapses work. Identifying the erosion of authenticity is intrinsically difficult for two reasons: 1. Show More Summary

Charles Hugh Smith: Here's Why Wages Might Rise Despite Millions of Unemployed Being Available for Work

``... we have a diminishing number of jobs that can be outsourced and a diminishing number of qualified people who can do the work.'' -- We think CHS highlights a number of important issues here, but he does over-emphasize sociological reasons for structural unemployment at the expense of economic ones. Show More Summary

Escaping The Rat-Race

Submitted by Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity, authored by Charles Hugh Smith Escaping the Rat-Race The changing nature of work doesn’t just matter to new graduates seeking their first career-track job—it’s equally important to experienced workers seeking to escape the corporate rat-race or build a new career after a layoff. Show More Summary

Are We Addicted to Failure?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Are We Addicted to Failure? Like all addicts, Central Planners are confident they can manage the monkey on their back. But this is a self-serving illusion. Addiction is many things, but beneath its complexities it is a self-destructive expression of the desire to avoid or suppress pain. Show More Summary

Guest Post: How To Find Shelter From The Coming Storms?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds A Reader Asks: How to Find Shelter from the Coming Storms? Some basic suggestions for those who are seeking shelter from the coming storms of global financial crisis and recession. Reader...Show More Summary

The Generational Short: Banks, Wall Street, Housing And Luxury Retail Are Doomed

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Generational Short: Banks, Wall Street, Housing And Luxury Retail Are Doomed If Gen-Y cannot afford to buy Boomers' houses at bubble-level prices, then what will keep housing prices...Show More Summary

The Essential Role Of Volatility, Stress And Dissent

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Essential Role of Volatility, Stress and Dissent The individual or system that never experiences dissent, volatility or stress is systemically unhealthy and increasingly prone to sudden "gosh, I didn't see this coming" collapse. Show More Summary

Charles Hugh Smith: A Critique of Piketty's Solution to Widening Wealth Inequality

``The real problem with Piketty's taxation/social welfare solution to wealth inequality is that it does nothing to change the source of systemic inequality, debt-based neofeudalism and neocolonialism.''

Why The Periphery Is Crumbling: The Spoils System Is Cracking

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Why the Periphery Is Crumbling: The Spoils System Is Cracking Instability starts on the periphery and moves into the core. While it is clear that the instability in periphery nationsShow More Summary

Ukraine: A Deep State Analysis

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Ukraine: A Deep State Analysis Some preliminary thoughts on a complex situation. It doesn't take any special insight into the situation in Ukraine to conclude that no one narrative illuminates all the dynamics. Show More Summary

We Can Be Certain Of This

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds We Can Be Certain of This Just as the addict feels "I can't live any other way," so we continue clinging to a way of living that is equally self-destructive because we too see no other way to live. Show More Summary

The Recent "New High" In Stocks Is As Bogus As The Unemployment Rate

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Recent "New High" in Stocks Is as Bogus as the Unemployment Rate This is what happens when the Status Quo is incapable of reforming itself or recognizing reality: propaganda and bogus statistics are substituted for actual solutions. Show More Summary

Are The Brick and Mortar Retail Stores History?

Now we can all see that the economy is changing and in many cases for good.  Charles Hugh Smith posting at Zero Hedge  explains that retail shopping malls are an endangered species.  We have all seen the many empty store fronts in the malls. Dead Mall Syndrome: The Self-Reinforcing Death Spiral of Retail Retail CRE is [...]

Dead Mall Syndrome: The Self-Reinforcing Death Spiral of Retail

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Dead Mall Syndrome: The Self-Reinforcing Death Spiral of Retail Retail CRE is highly leveraged and loaded with staggering amounts of debt that rests on leases that are only as good as the retailers' profit-loss statements and solvency. Show More Summary

Guest Post: Do We Even Need a Banking Sector? Not Any More

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds D o We Even Need a Banking Sector? Not Any More An automated banking utility has no need for parasitic bankers or politicos or indeed, a central bank. Do we need a banking sector dominated...Show More Summary

Unaffordable Recreation And The Ratchet Effect

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Unaffordable Recreation And The Ratchet Effect What has caused the cost of recreational activities to rise far faster than wages or official inflation? There is not one cause but many. Show More Summary

Dow 20,000 (Or 5,000) Next?

Which comes first, Dow 20,000 or Dow 5,000... and when? Via Gordon T. Long, DOW 20,000? with Special Guest LANCE ROBERTS Principal of STA Wealth Management & Charles Hugh Smith & Gordon T Long 20 Minutes, 25 Slides In Part I of thisShow More Summary

The Poverty Of The American Political Theater Of The Absurd

Submited by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Poverty Of Our Political Theater Of The Absurd The public sphere has been effectively stripped of everything but corny, irritatingly hammy political theater. All we have left in the U.S. Show More Summary

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