Dave Collum's 2019 Year In Review: "I Fought The Fed, And The Fed Won"

Sunday 22 December 2019, 4:15 AM AEST - 8 months ago

Authored by David B. Collum, Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology - Cornell University (Email: [email protected], Twitter: @DavidBCollum),

I hope David comes to his senses.

~ Nassim Taleb (@nntaleb), best-selling author and Professor at NYU

Every year, David Collum writes a detailed Year in Review synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This years is no exception.


  • Introduction

  • About the Author–A Brief Autobiography

  • Contents

  • Sources

  • Creation of the Year in Review

  • My Personal Year

  • Investing

  • Almond-Eyed Aliens and Other Conspiracy Theories

  • Gold

  • Bitcoin

  • Modern Monetary Theory

  • The Fed and Repo-Madness

  • Share Buybacks

  • Climate Change

  • The Jeffrey Epstein Affair

  • Thoughts on College

  • Political Correctness–Collegiate Division

  • Political Correctness–Adult Division

  • Political Correctness–Youth Division

  • Political Correctness–Corporate Division

  • Civil Liberties

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • Books

The whole beast can be downloaded as a single PDF here, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline.

If it happened this year & mattered, it's covered in here...


It is that time of year again when I sit down and, in a frenzied stream of subconsciousness, bang out my view of the world. Its my 11th chronicling of human folly and anthropogenic global idiocy (AGI).1 Its like when Forest Gump jogs: I start writing, go on too long, and then just stop. Forty years of writing about orga ...

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