Ever since economist Adam Smith published his magnum opus, the Wealth of Nations, back in 1776, humanity has experienced unrivaled prosperity. Empowering the invisible hand, the collective hivemind of markets to discover the value of goods and services has created a global population boom while poverty has reached all-time lows.
Over time, however, we’ve seen the gradual degradation, degeneration, and debasement of Smith’s free-market theory by authorities and high-profile figures. Their price controls create blackouts, their bailouts save bad ideas, and their printing presses destroy savings. We have seen disparities and dislocations emerge throughout society, the death of capitalism as Smith described, and the birth of crony capitalism. This systematic shift hit its peak a few years ago, which prompted me to start writing.
As I saw narrative and reality decouple, I ended my silence and chose to speak out. As the stock market soared, economic disparities kept building under the surface. As Trump, Wall Street, and the financial media said the consumer was healthy and the economy was booming, the average citizen had been left to suffer. While enforcing financial suppression on citizens and promoting equality, the elites have enriched themselves through false virtue. We have seen the biggest wealth transfer from the poor to the rich in a supposedly pro-equality society.
While this is a pessimistic view, I thought it was necessary to expose how the financial rot had manifested. Instead of economic prosperity, equality, and progression, the crony capitalist system has created a weird dystopia. Fraud has skyrocketed. The authorities have lost almost all their credibility answering their Wall Street masters. Using zero interest rates, they have kept feeding the ego and power of multiple bad actors. High-profile narcissists go unchallenged in the mainstream as they accumulate investment through borderline fraudulent means.
This normalization of mediocrity, fakery, and corruption in modern-day society has motivated me to cover topics including wealth inequality, fake innovation, market manipulation, and economic collapse — and as you can imagine, the last few years have equipped me with plenty of ideas. I have published stories on the latest Wall Street con jobs, the biggest bubbles in finance, and the fakest of fake entrepreneurs and gaslighters in society. When I started writing two years ago, I never thought I could build an audience addressing such issues, and now I have, seeing positive feedback, seeing familiar faces support my work has become a blessing.
Obtaining a modest following, though, has been a quiet struggle. At the start, I wrote with an academic mindset. With no tone, no strength, I saw limited results. My writing “career” only took off once I paired reporting with self-expression. This, of course, created controversy. My writing has prompted both healthy and toxic discourse in the comments section of various articles ranging from alternative means of wealth protection to fraudulent market practices to high-profile figures engaging in casual gaslighting.
Covering these topics has not only gained me a following, but also haters. People call me bubble-boy or doom-monger — someone called me a banker once. Yet, I have still connected with thousands of readers. Others want to debate you. Others want you to fail. Discord is part of the game. In the era of attention economics, if you have no haters, you’re doing it wrong. Your work must provoke discussion, controversy, and outrage. You must make supposedly wild predictions, then back them up with facts and evidence. To break the mold, you must go beyond reporting and inject some of you into your work.
Writers must also embrace the chaos they create through expressing new ideas. It’s the individual that achieves scientific breakthroughs, not consensus. The abolitionists were once a minority. The crazy guy’s prediction coming true is not just a movie cliché. Groupthink, the modern madness of crowds has become dangerous conformity. Readers favor unique self-expression over the same old, same old.
Self-expression, however, is only one part of the puzzle. You must also master the art of simple communication. How do you express a complex idea in basic terms? How do you bring the most readers on board? Ensure that they understand what you’re saying and why you’re saying it. Turn off your academic snobbery and talk like a layman. Hide your supposed educational supremacy and become an undercover dilettante. Think like a writer, write like an editor. Simplify your ideas into a format anyone can follow.
I believe my success comes down to building powerful narratives and pairing them with truths. I have educated, not moaned, expressed, not groaned, progressed, not slowed. This philosophy, I hope, will help you to broadcast your ideas, views, and sentiments, optimistic or pessimistic, to a wider audience as it has for me. While expressing contrarian, provocative ideas, I have built a decent following, and if you’re up for a wild ride, you will too.
The writers of tomorrow who combine unique self-expression with simplicity are the ones who will break boundaries. In a culture of conformity, in a uniform society, we need original thinkers to inspire change. In a world governed by gaslighters, we need moral firefighters. In a world of hopeless optimism, we need pessimists to achieve a balanced perspective. Now is not the time to stay silent. More than ever, the world needs your voice. Don’t waste this moment. Be bold. Be fearless. Let your voice be heard.