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I’m an award-winning author, PBS documentarian, and cell-free futurist podcaster who’s been published in Esquire, The Guardian, Smithsonian, USA Today, HuffPost, and TIME Magazine. My goal is to be the most insightful writer on the Internet. Thanks for reading and subscribing. (Newsletter subscribers get a free ebook and my paywalled articles for free.)

Here are some of my most-viewed Medium tories (updated regularly)

  1. An Open Letter to Airbnb
  2. Bitcoin and Ethereum Are Dead (And Their Honest Investors Know It)
  3. Here Are The Jobs That Will Disappear In The Next 10 Years
  4. We’re Not In A Real Estate Bubble
  5. Facebook Is…

The greatest investment and the greatest scam of all time

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Non-wealth-backed, debt-based, government-printed paper money is the greatest scam of all time.

America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve, is owned by private banks including Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs, predatory corporations who actually pay some of their bankers to go work for the Fed. Additionally, the major banks sponsor political candidates and lobby them hard once they’re in Congress, leading to a dangerous political situation called regulatory capture. Essentially, rabid foxes now rule our global henhouse.

Because America is bank-captured, the richest people in history get to monopolize legal tender and pillage your wealth whenever they please. And they…

Resisting digital surveillance currencies won’t be easy, but our freedom depends on it

Stateville Correctional Center/Jim Goldberg

“The more strictly we are watched, the better we behave.” — Jeremy Bentham

At some point between 1785 and 1786, while visiting his dictator-serving brother in Russia, the now-stuffed utilitarian social engineer Jeremy Bentham started asking himself a series of questions that two centuries later are about to yield disastrous consequences for your freedom, privacy, and personal autonomy:

  • What if there was a way to design a prison that would allow one person to oversee the activities of thousands of inmates?
  • What if the watcher couldn’t be seen by the inmates, and therefore not even need be on duty at…

Most renters could easily afford to buy if landlords didn’t exist

A woman screaming in anger, probably frustrated that she lives in a world where housing is an extractive investment that’s turning everywhere into Pottersville instead of Bailey Park.
Photo by SHVETS production

There are 115,536,640 renters in America right now.

For the rest of their lives, most of these people will work full-time jobs, actively contributing to civilization, only to head home and hand over a huge portion of their paycheck to one of America’s 23,721,412 land-lorders.

They will never experience the pride of ownership.
They will never enjoy stability and community rootedness.
They will never build real wealth.
They will always live with the constant fear and instability of wondering when they’ll be evicted when a new investor or Airbnb host takes over the property.

They will never have a home.

Here’s how to permanently fix the affordable housing insanity

A photo of the Toronto harborfront, with lots of rich people’s boats and condo towers and the CN Tower. Toronto’s nice as far as cities go, but let’s be honest, it’s a farm for harvesting time and money from millions of humans.
Photo by Eugene Aikimov

I can’t afford to live in my home country.

No seriously, I literally moved overseas.

  • Some of my friends are paying thousands per month… to rent basement apartments.
  • The average house price is nearly $700,000, up 26% since last year — over $12,000 per month. (But don’t worry, the government says inflation is just 3.7% and they’re definitely and totally trustworthy…)
  • Canada’s unemployment rate is still nearly 8%, yet average house prices in a garbage, Pittsburgh-like steeltown called Hamilton are $787,758.
  • The average family house in Vancouver now costs $1,801,100.
  • Canada’s population has grown by 993,341 people since 2018, and…

The massive conflict of interest is skyrocketing house prices

A stone bank with pillars and a fancy roof. You know, those horrible institutions that get rich by bankrupt the poor.
Photo by Etienne Martin

“Everyone wants to become a landlord.” — Blick Rothenberg Audit LLP

Modern banks are such a scam.

They’re supposed to take deposits from customers and loan the money out to businesses in order to improve the economy. Banking is supposed to be boring and barely profitable because it’s just a basic utility service.

Instead, modern banks have become criminal cartels that weaponize money against their own customers.

The shadiest (legal) industry

At their very best, banks make money by skimming interest off of productive workers.

They are parasites by nature, mere brokers that connect depositors with borrowers in exchange for interest.

No wonder the…

You don’t put your money to work for you — you just put someone else to work for you

A bunch of poor women assemble iPhones on a factory line while wearing face masks, but it won’t stop the from getting leukemia like many of their colleagues.
iPhone assemblers diagnosed with leukemia in mysterious “clusters”

“Oooh, wow, the magic of compound interest!” said my childhood self.

Just invest your money and it will magically grow year after year:

  • At 8% over 10 years, $10,000 turns into $21,589!
  • At 10% over 20 years, $10,000 turns into $67,275!
  • As 20% over 40 years, $10,000 turns into $14,697,715!

So neat.

Said my childhood self.

Now that we’re adults, can we just be honest for once?

There’s no such thing as putting your money to work for you.

You’re just using your capital advantage to put someone else to work for you, flaying a profit off the back of…

Honest question and I’d like honest answers

A dude with an unnecessary scarf and sunglasses indoor, awkwardly sitting on an uncomfortable bench in a mall, with a laptop precariously perched on his knees. You know, how exactly zero writers actually write.
Photo by Toni Koraza

Hey Ev,

I first joined Medium back in 2018, used it for a bit, then ditched it.

Two years later, the Medium emails that were still coming to my inbox suddenly got interesting. So interesting that I got a Medium Pro Membership (affiliate link, see point #5 below) and started writing on the platform again.

Now, it’s slipping back the other way again.

These days, my inbox is chock-a-block with people I’ve never heard of and stories I’m not interested in.

  • I don’t care about Quora.
  • I don’t care about NFTs.
  • Just because I published one article on porn addiction

Bankers shouldn’t make billions by placing reckless bets

Guy on phone in a red Ferrari
Photo by Brandon Atchison

Here’s a silly thing that society needs to stop doing: Rewarding risk.

When I was a teenager, my friends and I used to go swimming at an abandoned quarry that’d been converted into a county beach park. Forty-foot cliffs. At the end of the day, we’d jump off and immediately get kicked out. It was dangerous, and the cost-benefit was extremely low. One friend hit the water wrong and broke her jaw.

Women in several Ethiopian tribes, including the Tirma and Mursi, still practice the excruciating art of lip plating — the insertion of giant clay discs in their mouth…

We need to resist tyranny, but probably not in the way you think

An Australian lockdown protestor gets Covid-masked by a police officer.
Image credit: Australian lockdown protestor

Also available in audio on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

I’ve been avoiding publishing any articles on vaccines because it’s an absurdly contentious subject that wins you no friends and makes you quite a few enemies.

It’s an issue plagued with political ideologies, conflicts of interests, bad faith arguments, issue conflation, terrible research, and appallingly stupid false dichotomies.

But alas, my inbox has been flooded with good folks asking me my perspective, so hopefully, I can lay it all out in one post and never have to discuss it again.

Lucky me.

Let’s start at the beginning

“A very good place to start.” — Maria von…

Jared A. Brock

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