On the last day of the year, I like to think back about the truths I learned this year. Some were revealed accidentally, others were the work of challenging data analysis. We happened upon some Truths during deep contemplation, and occasionally stumbled across them accidentally.
If you can identify where the masses subjective view of reality is wrong, and then time when they begin to realize this, there are good investment returns to be had. A bonus of this process is some small measure or personal enlightenment.
The corrupt US Supreme Court provides a sympathetic venue for creating corporate rights never envisioned by the Founding Fathers; Congress is a wholly owned subsidiary of America, Inc. The White House talks a good game of smack, but genuflects in order to beg for job creation.
Fearing a corporate takeover of the nation isn't nearly as radical as it sounds. Thomas Jefferson reviled the idea of big corporations: "I hope we shall…crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country." Jefferson knew the influence bankers could have on a nation's soul, and he was horrified by it.
The surprising thing about this anomaly is that there are enormous incentives to find the objective truth. Often, it seems like the reality gets buried under a mountain of conflicting interests, with power and money and influence on one side and we the people on the other. Because of debt this can't and won't go on for much longer, we are all about to discover a great many truths we have been ignoring for far to long.