Get an edge with the Hidden Forces podcast. Media entrepreneur and financial analyst Demetri Kofinas uses a financial and cultural lens to help you draw meaningful connections, challenge consensus narratives, and formulate solutions to complex problems—empowering you to make smarter decisions.
What Happened to the American Economy & How to Fix It | Julius Krein
In Episode 220, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Julius Krein, the editor of American Affairs, about the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic forces responsible for driving the American economy into a state of “proletarianization,” where its citizens are increasingly ruled by an oligarchy of global elites whose insatiable appetite for wealth and power is endangering the very systems of free-market capitalism and liberal democracy that this kakistocracy claims to uphold.
The Lab-Leak Hypothesis & the Origin of Covid-19 | Alina Chan & Matt Ridley
In Episode 219, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Matt Ridley and Alina Chan about how Covid-19, a virus whose closest known relatives live in bats residing in subtropical southern China, began spreading more than 1,500 km away in the city of Wuhan, while leaving none of the expected traces that such outbreaks usually create. Nearly two years into this pandemic we’re presented with a trail of evidence that increasingly points towards the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the most plausible source of the outbreak.
The Age of A.I. and Our Human Future | Eric Schmidt & Dan Huttenlocher
In Episode 218, Demetri Kofinas speaks with fmr. CEO & Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt and MIT’s Daniel Huttenlocher about how Artificial Intelligence is transforming human society—and what it means for all of us. The first hour is spent discussing the technical dimensions of artificial intelligence, as well as how it will continue to shape our social and physical realities. The second half shifts to a conversation about national security, as well as the philosophical challenges that AI poses for humani
A Memoir of Illness, Discovery, & the Body Politic | Ross Douthat
In Episode 217, Demetri Kofinas speaks with New York Times Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat about his five-year struggle with a disease that in his own words, officially, doesn't exist. It’s a story about personal suffering but also about what happens when we become terribly ill only to realize that even the doctors who are willing to treat us can only do so much.
Index Funds, ETFs, & the Passive Investing Revolution | Robin Wigglesworth
In Episode 216, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Robin Wigglesworth, the Financial Times global finance correspondent about the history of passive investing and its evolution into what some argue has become a market-distorting phenomenon that is making markets less efficient by inhibiting price discovery and concentrating power in the hands of an increasingly smaller number of index fund managers and purveyors of indices.
Andrew Yang on His Forward Party and the Rise of a New Political Consensus
In Episode 215, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Andrew Yang, Founder of the Forward Party, about his decision to leave the democratic party and his run for president in 2020.
Demetri and Andrew discuss the Forward Party's platform and delve into many of Yang's reform recommendations including ranked-choice voting, open primaries, term limits, campaign reform, the news media, crypto, and of course, universal basic income: one-thousand dollars for every man and woman in America.
Intelligent, pragmatic, entertaining voice with appropriate emphasis, witty, straightforward, without irony.
The lab-leak hypothesis
There just seems to be a predisposition to point the finger at China. Well that well maybe the case, but, as Carl Sagan would say: extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
There is none. No presented.
To use Internet warriors as open source investigators and to use whatever they find as extraordinary evidence - well it just does not wash.
However the acronym DARPA has popped up a few time of late. But, no flow up has been table.
So, what was DARPA’s pre/post covid-19 involvement ?
Deep, broad and excellent
Great range of topics, on which Dimitri can generally go very deep on. His ability to dig into the most interesting aspects of what his guests have to say is impressive. Well worth it.