Author: Charles Hugh Smith

The Media’s Missing the Point: Syria, Empire and the Power of Signaling

The Media’s Missing the Point: Syria, Empire and the Power of Signaling by Charles Hugh Smith – Of Two Minds Trying to reduce the carefully choreographed drama to one stage and one audience risks misunderstanding the signal. It seems many...

Is Your “Democracy” Actually a Totalitarian State? Take this Quick Quiz

Is Your “Democracy” Actually a Totalitarian State? Take this Quick Quiz by Charles Hugh Smith – Of Two Minds The USA is already a Totalitarian State with a Ministry of Propaganda that works overtime to generate a flimsy illusion of...

Forget ObamaCare, RyanCare, and any Future ReformCare–the Healthcare System Is Completely Broken

Forget ObamaCare, RyanCare, and any Future ReformCare–the Healthcare System Is Completely Broken by Charles Hugh Smith It’s time to start planning for what we’ll do when the current healthcare system implodes. As with many other complex, opaque systems in the...

Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy

Our Hopelessly Dysfunctional Democracy by Charles Hugh Smith When the system is rigged, “democracy” is just another public-relations screen to mask the unsavory reality of Oligarchy. Democracy in America has become a hollow shell. The conventional markers of democracy–elections and elected...

When Money Is “Free,” Discipline Evaporates; When Discipline Evaporates, Decisions Are Disastrous

When Money Is “Free,” Discipline Evaporates; When Discipline Evaporates, Decisions Are Disastrous by Charles Hugh Smith The only possible output of a system lacking any discipline is self-destruction. Whatever is free is squandered. When water is free, it’s freely wasted. When...

Are Cities the Incubators of Decentralized Solutions?

Are Cities the Incubators of Decentralized Solutions? by Charles Hugh Smith Those urban regions that pursue decentralized, networked, localized solutions will likely prosper as the adaptive advantages of these principles pay self-reinforcing dividends. In yesterday’s entry, I suggested that rather than bemoan the...

Solutions Abound–on the Local Level

Solutions Abound–on the Local Level by Charles Hugh Smith Rather than bemoan the inevitable failure of centralized “fixes,” let’s turn our attention and efforts to the real solutions: decentralized, networked, localized. Those looking for centralized solutions to healthcare, jobs and...