Off The Cuff: The United States Of Anxiety

Off The Cuff: The United States Of Anxiety

In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Fraudulent Markets
    • Justifying today’s valuations requires more and more absurdity
  • Rampant Risk
    • We’re too fearful of the small risks and too complacent of the big ones
  • Con Job
    • A complacent populace is easily manipulated
  • The Need For Hard Truths
    • Our savalation lies in our willigness to face reality as it is, not as we wish it to be

This week’s discussion takes a fascinating turn into the psychological mindsets that are limiting society right now. Namely a willful blindness to the systemic risks we have created (too much debt, asset price bubbles, etc), paired with an anxiety over much smaller issues that keeps us as a populace meek, fearful and easily controlled. To break this cycle — or to deal effectively with the system once is breaks — we’ll need to return to a more stoic and honest cultural mindset, one that can handle facing the hard truths.

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