All-time Favorite Hidden Forces Podcasts

I have listened to almost every episode of this show since it’s inception. Out of over a hundred episodes here is a list of my all-time favorite episodes going back in chronological order. I will keep adding to this list as time goes on, so check back for updates!

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Episode 171: Jan 4, 2021

The problems with cryptocurrency idealism. The history of law and property/IP rights.

  • Legal contracts only make sense on a large scale when enforceable by the state.
  • The state gains it’s fiat legitimacy by tying itself value wise to the productivity of the economy.
Episode 169: Dec 21, 2020

Why a society based on the idea of Merit – (Hard work pays off and the rewards are justified) is a flawed premise.

Success has two other prime variables that are not “hard work” dependent:

  1. Natural Ability/Skill – Character Aptitude
  2. Timing – That Skill is valued by society at that point in time

He makes the point that no matter how hard he(Michael) worked he will never be as good as LeBron in basketball. LeBron only makes millions now, because society values basketball in the present time, his skill would not have made him in a millionaire had be born in the 1600’s.

Episode 167: Dec 7, 2020
Data Analyst behind Obama’s marketing campaign does a deep dive into the current political stats.
Interesting Points:
  • The more educated you are the more extreme your political views.
  • Black especially, black males turned to vote more for republican’s. Why?
  • Cubans, Latin vote also has turned more republican. Why?
Episode 137: May 18, 2020
“Trade Wars Are Class Wars” – This is the best podcast I have ever heard that dives deep into what is causing global wealth inequality and much of the instability that currently is at the heart of most financial systems. I highly recommend the full 2 hours! I just bought his book too!
Episode 134: Apr 27, 2020
‘Too much money chasing too little yield.’  What a novel concept! This explains  why investing is so damn hard in recent times and how the consequences of this affects us all. Timely episode!
Episode 124: March 2, 2020

Peter Zeihan provides some of the best geopolitical analysis. I bought his recent book Disunited Nations and although I fundamentally disagree with the books primary future prediction premise; that political instability of the future will be driven by lack of naval ship protection , everything else is great. Especially the historical analysis.

Episode 96: July 29, 2019
Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor Raoul Pal about the future of global money in a multi-polar world. This leads to a discussion about Bitcoin, Libra, and alternative forms of money that could outcompete and eventually supplant the currencies issued by sovereign governments. Additional topics include debt, demographics, gold, and more.
Episode 95: July 22, 2019
Demetri Kofinas speaks with investor and author Ben Hunt, about the power of narrative and how it is used to shape and control our behavior as investors. This episode also includes a series of discussions about the legacy of the 2008 financial crisis, identitarian narratives, three-body problems, and crypto ideology.

Episode 5: June 16, 2017

Financial Volatility at the Edge of Crisis | Christopher Cole on the Shadow Risks Lurking in Financial Markets

Hands down of the best explanations/analysis I have heard about the current global financial situation and how we got here.

Highly recommend listening to this podcast here: https://hiddenforces.io/podcasts/christopher-cole-financial-volatility/