GUT of FTX: Reviews Are In (From ZeroHedge)
A Brief Update
It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so I took half the day off.
This morning, shortly after publishing a brief, but important article, an RTE reader brought to my attention that ZeroHedge published my FTX article from last week. I was surprised because nobody from ZeroHedge ever contacted me about republishing (unless they caught me sleepwalking, which I don't seem to do).
The first rule of Rounding the Earth is that you talk about how the Earth is round.
The second rule of Rounding the Earth is that you talk about how the Earth is round.
The article has now been viewed well over 200k times, split roughly evenly between Substack and ZeroHedge.
My fierce friend Rebecca called ZeroHedge out for republishing without permission.
To be clear, I'm pleased with the republish except that I happened to do a dozen spots of editing (thank you Bojuki for the post-publication proofing ;)) that weren't swept into the reprint. Darn. I would have given permission, so no harm done. But one thing: I declare that I retain all rights to my work on Substack.
I am philosophically opposed to copyright, but in a world that allows for somebody else to take ownership, preventing you from making use of your own work, it's only rational to retain such rights.
Reviews are In
It was amusing to read through the comment section on ZH, something I rarely do even though I read articles there almost daily. Here is a selection:
Tyberious clearly did not read the article.
That guy did.
And that's high praise. Now the bar is awfully high. I'm going to have to climb the pile of my slain foes to clear it.
Those new to RTE will get the most out of it this way. That's why I'm writing, and that's why it's taken many months to lay out a lot of articles people who misunderstood the adventure complained about.
Much appreciated. There is more to come for readers who read.
There were two summaries. Two. One at the beginning. And one at the end.
Spike. The. Ball.
I tried to let readers know from the start that I was writing something entirely different. Some chose the lazy route. What can you do?
If I wanted a "vanity project" I would have accepted any of the seven offers to run a hedge fund I've received over the years, and the point was to move the land masses of puzzle pieces into what looks like their rough relationship to get the readers thinking about zooming in and out on the Bigger Picture, which is economic methodology of global domination, tyranny, and slavery.
Education means opportunity.
Digital money is already here. It has been for decades. What has been growing lately is (1) the level of active surveillance tied to that money, (2) the goal of pushing people out of society through that system, and (3) the fierce campaign to globalize one centrally programmed digital currency.
Bitcoin fixes this.
It's important to connect the intuitive to the facts. This is one of society's unfortunate splits at the moment: most people do one of these things well, but not the other.
I thought about holding off seventeen months while I included all crucial pieces. Can anyone guess why I didn't?
I hope this was an entertaining exercise, and I welcome the new readers from ZeroHedge. Back to work on more serious extensions of this story now…
Hi Mathew. I subscribed to your Substack in recognition of your work on the GUT article, and also because I wanted to post my comments here, rather than on the ZH zoo.
I'm not invested in crypto, but I read the whole thing (pushing an overdue deadline of my own in the process!) This is just a great piece of journalism, lots of deep digging and dot connecting that I haven't seen elsewhere as I follow this important, suppressed story.
It's probably too much to expect the average reader to invest the time and, more urgently, thought required to process everything you lay out in this epic analysis. I had to laugh at the "7 out of 10, nice try" remark. One thing I learned coming up as a copywriter is that when offering a critique, it's not enough to say something doesn't work...you have to provide an alternative suggestion. As in, *here's* the missing perspective, and *these* crucial pieces are missing. Again, a bridge too far for sideline critics with no understanding of what it takes to produce a piece like this.
Glad to have found your work. Thanks for this one, and looking forward to the next.
I wish I could correct the typos in my tweet to zerohedge. Ha! That's what I get for typing when I am pissed.