The time has come for The First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club

hedgeless_horseman's picture

For over four decades, many of the planet's biggest trouble makers and assholes have met each year in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum with the humble mission of, "Improving the state of the world." 

Each year since 1978, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has sponsored a symposium in Jackson Hole on an important issue facing the world's bankers and their pet politicians and government bureaucrats.  Symposium participants include prominent central bankers, finance ministers, academics, and financial market participants from around the world.  

For 7 years on Zerohedge, I, and many of you, have ridiculed those incredibly wealthy and very powerful people from the comfort of our keyboards, while taking little or no action.  

Truthfully, our comfort may be our pen.  

For those of us that don't want to be a turkey, and that seek a way out of our false comfort...that want to be bold and revolutionary...we must also find a way to overcome our fear.  FEAR.  False Evidence Appearing Real.  The best way I know to overcome fear is with knowledge.  Knowledge allows us to see false evidence as false.  Knowledge also allows us to be bold, and to take action, rather than be timid, staying right where we are.  Knowledge enables us to be revolutionary. 


Friends, the time has come for The First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club.  

Get your brain and liver to beautiful Marfa, Texas, June 16 -18, 2017, and we'll all just see what happens.



First of all, to make it happen, we need everyone to please visit our GoFundMe site and donate to help pay for expenses, primarily rental of the Marfa Activites Center (MAC) and a PA system, so that we can listen to our symposium's speakers, hold our discussions, and solve the universe's big problems, or at least fight about them intelligently.  If we raise enough dough, then we'll get a band or two to come play for us in the evening.  Please donate!  We are not going to charge for the symposium.

UPDATE: The Crowley Theatre is free, but already booked.  The St. Joseph Hall is available at $7,000 per day (cough) not inclusive of food and beverage minimums.  The USO is booked. The MAC was available, has new air conditioning, seats 1,000 people, and is $550 per day, includes at least 270 chairs, a stage, and a podium.  It has a dance floor!  We went ahead and booked the MAC for this first year.  


  • It is OK to bring in your own food and alcohol, but no smoking.
  • It is OK for bands to play in the evening until Midnight Friday night, and 1:00 AM Saturday night.
  • It looks like we will have some food trucks on site, and Porter's Grocery is right across the tracks and sells cold beer and wine.

UPDATE: We have booked our musician for Saturday night!  A very talented young Texas artist, Shane Walker, will be traveling to Marfa to perform for us.  Please donate so we can pay him!  

Secondly, if you are not planning to camp out in the high desert, drive an RV, or sleep in the gutter or jail, then reserve a luxury suite, historic hotel room, teepee, yurt, trailer, or tent (and hot tub) at one of the few fine sleeping establishments within stumbling distance of the many fine bars in town.  You better hurry!  The most interesting and best accommodations go fast.  (Wow!  Some amazing homes available!)  (We filled it up!) (We filled it up!) (We filled it up!)



UPDATE: The symposium's theme is disintermediation.  

If you or someone you know is a qualified expert in some aspect of disintermediation, and is ready, willing, and able to speak on the topic at our little symposium, then please send me an email with details:

UPDATE: The following topics have now been allocated to speakers.  

  • Agriculture: Tim Mann, Make backyard and commercial aquaponics easy and inexpensive
  • Personal security: Brian Hoffner, When seconds count, the police are only minutes away
  • Media: Robert Gore, Breaking alternative media's dependency on the MSM
  • Distilling and brewing: Ned Rutland, One man's experience with more than 50 years at the still   
  • Crypto currencies: Ian Grigg and Ken Griffith, The Death of Banking and the Rise of New Financial Ecosystems - How to Make it Work For You
  • Education: Russell Fish, Disintermediated education in your home and community
  • Real estate: Forrest Noble, The truth and consequences of being a landlord
  • Healthcare: hedgeless_horseman,  Negotiating directly with physicians and hospitals

As far as an agenda, I will be posting a schedule of the speakers in the near future.  I have been blow away by the expertise of the people volunteering to come and speak!  Regarding registration and charging a fee, I do not see any good reasons to do so.  We ZHers like our perceived anonymity, and I want us to try to maintain that, for attendees, if at all possible.  I am thinking this event will feel more like Burning Man than Davos, so we are all on our own as far as arranging lodging, etc. 

UPDATE: is playing live for us Saturday night, June 17! is also playing Saturday June 17!

I will be posting follow-on articles here, on ZH.

What do you think, friends?  I'd like to do this without sponsorship, etc.  

I look forward to reading and discussing your ideas, questions, and concerns, in the comments below.

Peace, liberty, and prosperity!



UPDATE:   Why ZH Fight Club matters: The scarcity of real discussion and debate in today's society and what we can do about it.

UPDATE: Road tripping and Project Mayhem homework assignment

UPDATE: Our Schedule for the First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club In Marfa, Texas, June 16-18

FINAL UPDATE: We had just experienced exactly the type of free and honest fight club conversation that ZeroHedge enables

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Lukacko's picture

LOL MARFA TEXAS.  Right in the 100 mile 'Constitution Free' zone. No fucking thanks. A place swarming with Homeland security and all manner of federal police. Smells like a trap tbh.  I'd go if it were somewhere, anywhere better.  No legal weed, no rights, the middle of a sweltering desert in the middle of summer.  


Fucking a grandpa, we all know you hate weed, but let someone else plan this shit next time.

Lukacko's picture

What the fuck no legal weed!  I want to go.  I really do.

DjangoCat's picture

Love to come, but will be in the UK.  I hope you can do it again next year, a bit further north if possible, or somewhere where weed is legal.

silverserfer's picture

Please send me the exact coordinates for the drone strike. 


-Sen. McStain.

T-NUTZ's picture

Where the fuck is Marfa, TX??   Is weed legal?  If not this looks like a FAIL.

There's picture

Suprise... a real neat place.

PresidentCamacho's picture

If you need a speaker in actual fighting you have no buisness being in fight club,


with that being said i may come, and open challenge to anyone that wants to throw down.



Adahy's picture

If I have my property pruchased and secured by then, I'll give it a go and try to come.  Maybe find some other 'Bama ZH'ers to share gas money.

The New Feudalism's picture

Sounds like a gas! Is the MAC the former USO building?

The New Feudalism's picture

I have been trying to find the address of the MAC with no luck. Please let us know, the time draws nigh.

eddie_in _austin's picture

Dear hedgeless,

Long time reader, but I never comment here. Wanted to express interest in your Marfa meet. Not sure if you found a speaker for solar PV/alternative energy. I could potentially put on something in that department. Not a professional, but an amateur DIY guy with a fair amount of experience. Not sure how to contact you. Let me know.


hedgeless_horseman's picture

My email is in the article. Send me a note with some details.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Feb 1, 2017 12:47 AM

Heya Hedgeless! I wanted to say thank you for that book you told me about, "Simple French Food." I love it! The way he writes is amazing! I grew up poor but my grandmother could cook everything from scratch. It is hard to live up to that kind of cooking in the modern era. I don't even fake it. I will never be as good a cook as her, ever!

Anyhow, glad to see you are having a shindig, and you may get me outta my hidey hole.

Texas in June isn't my idea of a good time: too hot, too humid / or too dusty!

Well I may just venture out and meet up with you all down in the Lone Star Republic and see whatcha have to say.


Not A Doug's picture

Long time listener, first time caller.

Flying to satx from Lakeland, FL. Picking up my friend and driving down to Marfa to attend this epic event.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


That is badass! 

Vacancy is getting hard to find.  We seem to have booked all the trailers and teepees at El Cosmico, but there are safari tents still available, and unlimited camping.  We booked all of the Thunderbird.

We are going to have a good time!!!!

Terraventusignis's picture

No Country for Old Men meets Burning Man of Economics might be a way to explain the get together. A list of alternative media pod casters might be approached and some advertising in Austin during SXSW (South by South West) events to gage the intrest.

Sphira's picture

May I suggest ZH that you film/video/record the event and maybe offer an incentive price break for the dvd/download/what not to those that wish they could attend, want to support such an effort, and are willing to donate to gain the experience... albeit remotely. I.e generate the needed funds with a pre- purchase model

Bearwagon's picture

That is a good idea. About time that at least some ZHers meet. Unfortunately I will not show up personally, because that would mean traveling to the U.S.A. That wouldn't just be expensive - it would be necessary to get through all this security-shit, too.
Maybe european ZHers could gather simultaneously at not such remote a place. I'd be willing to travel to, say, Basel or Liechtenstein, although my favourite would be Amsterdam. Or, just for fun, Heiligendamm.  ;)

IndyPat's picture


Sounds like bat country.

I'll run it by my attorney. Sounds like a plan, though.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) IndyPat Feb 1, 2017 12:49 AM

Make sure you get your rabies vaccine in advance! hehehe

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

I imagine that you deliberately picked a desolate place, and I can understand why, but I think this was a bad choice. Zerohedge is primarily Yankee, but is very international. Hell, the USA is vast enough as it is. Someplace accessible by plane would be a much better choice. You could have chosen Elko, NV. Close proximity to Reno's reasonably sized airport, but still nowhere.

I'll try to make it, but this June is when I relocate. I really wished you had chosen someplace more accessible. It's not like Texas has a shortage of small towns or desolate locales.

There's picture

Fact is ZH is out of Bugaria, dude.

Jena's picture

I'll start working on the husband. It's a longshot but I can't think of a better way to see Marfa and Texas than from an RV.

A ZH symposium sounds perfect, especially now that he's one of us.

Thanks for organizing this, HH.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

To those worried about the distance to get there. Try being 17011 Kilometers or 10570 miles away - and that's just to Dallas and requires a stopover at shithole Sydney heh!

Kudos for getting things organised though Hedgeless, and Nodebt for his shindig too. I'd rock up for sure if I was anywhere in the US.

Any chance we'll get some videos posted on Youtube from the speakers (or any shenanigans as the night progresses)?

cbxer55's picture

Well, if  there's any  truth to all the motels being booked up, I'm out. Not going to rent no RV. This sucks.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

Look into a swag mate. I'm not sure what you call em over there but:

Made of solid canvas, with an inlay mattress,  and they roll into a bundle you can easily carry. Pitching them up takes all of two minutes and you can do it *anywhere*.

I haven't needed a hotel room or for that matter pitch a tent in over a decade. Well worth looking into.

PS site I chose was just a random one to show what I'm talking about, for photos only.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

I think that is #fakenews, and there is still vacancy as of a couple of hours ago. 

cbxer55's picture

Yeah, I'm still going to look into it. Should I be able to get a room, I'll contribute some dough to the cause. Really waiting to see if someone creates that website you referred to.

gaoptimize's picture

I was proposing Las Vegas a couple years ago.  None the less, I'm going to try to make it.

TwoHoot's picture

I thought this was a joke but apparently not. First, some creds: I grew up on a ranch in this area. My parents graduated from high school in Marfa. They and my grandparents are buried in Marfa. I have close relatives living there now.

If anyone thinks they are going to have some free-wheeling party time anywhere in the Trans-Pecos Texas borderlands, they are wrong.  There are probably more Federal Law officers from the alphabet agencies than there are citizens. Local law is accustomed to dealing with people who routinely shoot it out instead of taking a ticket so they treat everyone they don't know personally like a deranged killer.

As for entertainment, all I can say is bring your own unless you like drinking yourself senseless in a bar lit with one 40-watt bulb in the company of unconscious drunks.

The nearest city (~20,000) is Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. Here you can meet genuine drug cartel people, get robbed or kidnapped and stay in a decent hotel for about $400 a night. They may have a doctor there now. I don't know.

Terlingua is the designated area for outsiders to go get dehydrated for fun.

I truly love this part of Texas and go there to unwind with old friends and family. It is a big, lonesome place with few people. It inspires humility and contemplation. But it isn't a convention center and outsiders are tolerated, not welcomed.



Sphira's picture

It is also the heart of Bush country ... perhaps no better place to support true freedom... perhaps

TwoHoot's picture

I'll drop by and say hello. I am sort of a loner and don't really get into the big crowd thing. May bring a brother or two.

cbxer55's picture

I'm a loner as well. But, once-in-awhile, something comes along that forces me to come out of hiding. ;-)

are we there yet's picture

Marfa Texas does not seen to have any indoor meeting places larger than a high school gym.

44MagnumPrepper's picture

Marfa fucking texas? You have got to be kidding me. Let us know when you change the locale to Las Vegas where a bunch of ZH freaks won't stick out.

Raging Debate's picture

I also like the idea of Vegas. Cheap flights many places and lots of hotels from upscale on down. Sin city seems fitting for us upstarts. I liked NoDebts idea too but think anonymous everything is a waste of time and mistake. If your not willing to put your name behind ideas and leadership, the impact is muted. Besides, you really think intelligence doesnt know who we are? 

cbxer55's picture

If it was in Lost Wages, I'd never go. I shun that hellhole. Don't want to ever step foot there.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I'll take a gymnasium any day after where we've been and where we are now in this Country.

Made a commitment to myself 8 years ago that not speaking truth to lies about our federal government would be the worst thing anyone can do -most importantly to "thine own self"...which is why I've never missed a 9/11 Anniversary going on 10 years or engaging the relentless naysayers on the subject of "three buildings two planes" and the cover up of the 9/11 Commission Report that came 3 years late!...

At some point you have to wear your beliefs and heart on your sleeve otherwise it only gets "worse"!

Well... And here we are!!!

bionicknees's picture

It'll be hot as hell. No need to take many clothes.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) flaminratzazz Jan 11, 2017 3:31 PM

"I down voted myself to save the troll from having to."

+1 to counteract your sacrificial down vote.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And I "up arrowed" you...

Getting dangerous everywhere thanks to the likes of a 300 year old vampire from Hungary and "whored in the U.S.A." that does his bidding.

While Mexico is getting worse I'm more concerned about the "wishy washy" response just uttered out of the big flatulent himself Rex Tillerson!

Just keep watching the NATO build up and exercises in places like Northern Germany and Poland... Because we know well what can happen during an "exercise"... as the likes of a General Myers will tell you off the record of course! (

espirit's picture

Road trip from the Sunshine State.

No better place to be during CWII.

kanoli's picture

All you need to do to get Femen there is to invite Vladimir Putin as a speaker.

New World Chaos's picture

Invite Roosh Valdesh.  I bet quite a few SJWs would make the trip to this remote area, only to find that we won't dance for them like we're supposed to, and the cops would surely rather stand back in bemusement than fight their battles for them.

The One...'s picture

You're thinking of Pussy Riot. Same thing but not... lol