The theme for the Second ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club is...The Insider.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


So, what you're saying is it wasn't enough to fire me for no good reason. Now you question my integrity? On top of the humiliation of being fired, you threaten me? You threaten my family? It never crossed my mind not to honor my agreement. And I will tell you, Mr. Sandefur... and Brown & Williamson too - fuck me? Well, fuck you!

-From the the film, The Insider.


In case you missed it, this past spring, more than 100 of us came together in the high desert and had an absolutely fantastic time at the First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club in Marfa, Texas.  

All indications are that next year is going to be even bigger!  This prediction is made despite the series of three (weak not weekly) hit pieces by London's Financial Times.  

In both the book and the film, Fight Club, the narrator tells another airline passenger about his job in the automobile manufacturing industry, assessing fatal accidents, and calculating the costs of settlements vs. recalls.  

Narrator: A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.


Along these lines, the theme for next year's Second ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club in Marfa, Texas, is...The Insider. 


noun  in·sid·er  \ (?)in-?s?-d?r , ?in-?s?- \ :a person recognized or accepted as a member of a group, category, or organization: such as

a :a person who is in a position of power or has access to confidential information

b :a person (such as an officer or director) who is in a position to have special knowledge of the affairs of or to influence the decisions of a company.

This article is a call for speakers, insiders who are ready, willing, and able to come to Marfa this spring and tell the truth.  The following are some possible areas of interest.  If you know someone that might be interested in speaking for 60-90 minutes, even under a pseudonym, then please contact them about this opportunity to get up on the Paper Street soap box and tell us their story.  


  • Big oil - speaker committed
  • Chinese manufacturing - speaker committed
  • The stock market
  • Professional sports
  • The war on drugs
  • The US military- speaker committed
  • Corporate farming
  • Islam
  • Television news
  • Web search
  • Climate change
  • Nuclear power- speaker committed
  • US elections
  • Civil litigation - speaker committed
  • Chiropractors
  • K-Street Lobbying
  • Online porn
  • Municipal bonds- speaker committed
  • Acadamia- speaker committed
  • US prisons
  • Social Security disability


Please, offer your ideas for other topics in the comments section below.  Interested parties should send an email to me at this address:

Please, come and share with us what you know. 

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.

The exact dates of next year's symposium will be forthcoming.  Please check back here regularly.  Once again, there will be no charge for admission, no registration, and no badges.  Anonymity still has its place in Marfa.  

Peace, prosperity, liberty, and love,


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ZIRPdiggler's picture

Chiropractors? WTF. Why chiropractors?  Anyways, I nominate Ken Cousens, sovereign citizen expert. Get rid of a couple of these weaker categories like the above mentioned, and find someone who can talk intelligently about LEGALLY breaking our know.....the bond that collateralized all of us at the time of birth; it was affirmed with a bond, commonly known as a birth certificate, which makes us collateral to the federalized United States of America corporate 1781 and again in 1933.   

hardmedicine's picture


also, smoking pot is still illegal in texas and is legal in Vegas!!


hardmedicine's picture





Vegas is easier to get to.



The New Feudalism's picture

And the security is soooooo much better there.

Fox News says Jesus Campos is fixing to turn up.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Paedophilia and Satanism?
Might be hard to find an insider either way, but the topic would tie in all the others.

JIT delivery system, prepping, and water is also a major concern (fluoridation, low-tech treatment, investments...) Maybe Burry would speak. Send him an email; ya' never know.

I like the boxing ring idea, too. What's a fight club without a fight?

And live music... always good. Ministry would be my pick. They'd do it for sure.

HRH Feant2's picture

Dude, the same place? It would take me at least two commercial flights and a rental car to make it to Marfa.

I am sure you are a stand up guy. But there is no way in fucking hell I am going to go through all of that to show in a town with minimal amenities in the middle of nowhere Texas.

I told you the reason I avoided Marfa, last time. Too much of a hassle to get to. It was the county where SCJ Scalia died (was killed).

You may have friends, there, but I do not.

LickItUp's picture

Exactly what I was thinking. I immediately thought it would be great to go to one of these things but for the location considering I would be humping it in from across the Pacific (I live in Japan). Vegas does indeed sound more practical. 

pawn's picture

Well take the stage coach

 It will get ya there directly & eventually.

Brexit Ala. Expialidocious's picture

Dude, Marfa has amenities. By the hornswaggle.  You should take a look at the local hotels.  Wow! Talk about cocktail mixers, elegant bars and exquisite food!

I love the local oddball radio station that only plays tones.

Or the Marfa Lights.  Now that is one odd sight.  A real heas scratcher.

HRH Feant2's picture

It is in the middle of nowhere. 90 degrees and dust and an overpriced crazy hotel are not my idea of a a good time. At all.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Yes, so we have read, many times, in many comments, on all of the symposium threads.  Marfa and the symposium are bad, so you aren't going, and others shouldn't go either.  

Alananda's picture

The "legalization" [aka "financialization"] of marijuana: The Role of Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, Big Gov, and Big Tobacco in Carving Up the Goose Named Cannabis: Case Studies (Colorado, Nevada, and Californication).

The New Feudalism's picture

Can we do this earlier in the year when it isn’t so hot?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Yes, but not too much earlier.  It was pretty nice, with highs around 90 and lows around 60. Marfa is almost a mile high.

The New Feudalism's picture

Thanks. 90 is very hot, IMHO. I have lived in Denver, the Mile High City, and altitude didn’t mean it wasn’t hot. Santa Fe, on the other hand, has spectacular summers. Las Cruces and El Paso, not so much. But I miss being there and would look forward to meeting you and other ZHers. I would also enjoy visiting the El Paso Museum of Art and maybe having lunch in Juarez the day before. Last time I was there, a Yaqui Indian wearing a deer’s head was dancing in front of the Cathedral.

HRH Feant2's picture

Same for me. 90 degrees is equal to being in a fucking oven, to me.

Way too fucking hot. I thought the next meet up should be in someplace like Denver. Did HH listen to me? Obviously not.

If this were being held in Alaska or Maine or Wyoming I would show up.

Weather matters.

Brexit Ala. Expialidocious's picture

Hey Feant,  it ain't that bad.  Really.  I've lived in Maine and the humidity during August there stifles the skin wayyyy more than the dry of Marfa.

Marfa loves excellent food, btw.  And plenty zhers bbq on their own at their rvs and campgrounds.

And no, there is no violence or intimidation or ape vs ape at the Symposium.  Only the bestest wiz, bAng kArate chOps of wit and vigorous learning on the dance floor...

We would love to have you.  Cold a/c for you!

What a crowd it was. X

HRH Feant2's picture

I agree, Maine in August sucks.

What is the problem with having the next thing in Portland, Maine? Or Anchorage, Alaska? Or Colorado Springs, CO? Or for fucks sake why not have it in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the off season? Great facilities, more.

I am more of a fan of Butte,Montana or Boise, Idaho, to be blunt.

It doesn't matter this will end up being an insiders club for those that went to the first one.

I would love to show up but I am not going to show up in some place in the middle of nowhere and risk being bullied or worse.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

"I would love to show up but I am not going to show up in some place in the middle of nowhere and risk being bullied or worse."

Ah, I see someone who has had the same experience of the human race as have I..

Of course, there is a third wa of dealing with being bullied. You can decided that anyone who bullies me, eventually, when I figure out the correct vector literally ends up eating my shit...

It doesn't have to be a lot, but it does have to be your shit and they have to eat it. It kinda restores the balcnce of power next time you see them..

Burticus's picture

Badges?  We don't need no stinkin' badges!  Vamos!

Westcoastliberal's picture

Tyler, you absolutely need to add Crypto as a category.  Maybe Max Keiser will volunteer to be a speaker!

Code Duello's picture

You address your comment to Tyler.  Do you not realize the above post was made by a contributor here - h_h - the co-ordinator of said planned second Symposium?

Arnold's picture

Some of the old timers act strange.

Infinite QE's picture

Purpose of story as a method of leading mankind out of the wilderness and into their true divine nature. Not to be confused in any way with the sordid activity of Hollyweird and their various tentacles into all forms of entertainment/entrainment.

slimycorporatedickhead's picture

The theme of this years awareness fair is................. awareness

dirty belly's picture

I would add

Collusion Between Food Producers And The So-Called Health / Pharmaceutical Industries.

Why The Need To Add Refined Sugar To Any Foods?

What Happens?

Who Benefits?

What Can You Do?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Added sugar is nothing compared to the amounts of HFCS now added to nearly everything.  Cheap calories and addictive taste.  

Mother-fucking drug dealers getting people hooked.


HRH Feant2's picture

Anyone on this site, with half a brain, stopped eating anything with HFCS at least 20 years ago. Same for fake margarine and all of the other frankenfoods.

I don't want to travel to the middle of nowhere to hang out with a bunch of food snobs. Spare me.

I eat. I am healthy. Period.

Brexit Ala. Expialidocious's picture

Need one more shot of aggression and directed anger Hedge?


"Getting them young" Matthew Vadum

(I am having trouble pasting address)

Its a short read. Just look at what the teachers are teaching K-12 kids in Minnesota. Horrifying.


A, B, C books...

A is for activist. Anyone an activist?

F is for feminism.

T is for Transexual.

Diatom's picture

About Big Pharma I would recommend 2 topics:

Opiates catastrophe in the US;

SSRI's induced sexual dysfunction even after discontinuation.

Big Pharma is using "tobacco science" to keep this contained.

You have no idea about the number of psyops/astroturfing on the Internet to keep this contained...

About this problem this link is worth visit:


redmudhooch's picture

Online porn?

Shouldn't be too hard to find several experts/insiders there.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

..yes, but my hand is full right now.  (dual monitors of course)

jmack's picture

Considering the crowd I would think an insiders view on the marketing of precious metals/numismatics would be of interest.  Likewise with the plethora of ICO's and other shenanigans in the crypto coin realm.

Griffin's picture

This is probably one of the most famous recall vs cost example that shows how cold the large corporations can be.

fulliautomatix's picture

Yeah, the costing formula doesn't account for punitive damages, nor for jail time for culpable negligence. I wonder why not?

Dead Indiana Sky's picture

(Raises hand)........Live stream for members?

Chupacabra-322's picture

You left out a crucial one.


Oldwood's picture

How can we have a discussion if we can't drown everyone with endless links supporting our positions?    slideshows?

RagaMuffin's picture

If you want to make it interesting, perhaps not as big, but definitely interesting set up a boxing ring where each commenter can call out anybody who dissed, crapped on, or in general badmouthed them. Refusal to abide means they have to leave "Fight Club"   ;-)

Brexit Ala. Expialidocious's picture

I like your direction but a jujitsu mat seems more civilized.  Built in rematches and women can probably show us gents something or two.

BingoBoggins's picture

three torn ligaments to show for it ... we go hard

RagaMuffin's picture

LOL, I'm trying to get my mind around "gents" and  0 hedge.......

Brexit Ala. Expialidocious's picture

Funny enough, as much as the trolls and loudmouths spew gutter talk around this virtual platform, at Marfa, in-person, the people I met were ladies and gentlemen, ready with a laugh and pleasantries to one and all.  Young and old.

The good ol yelling came around halftime at lunch as ideas were floated and tangled.  Not once did I observe actual aggression.  Yes some vitriol but only towards a predicament the group was discussing.

Archibald Buttle's picture

my impression as well. can't wait for the next one.

Bay of Pigs's picture

To be honest, I'd show up just to punch tmosley in the face.

HRH Feant2's picture

Wow. I like Tmosley. I don't agree with everything he posts but I agree with some of his comments.

Scary. With someone like you in the area why would I show up? So you could punch me in the face?

What an asshole.

Crisismode's picture

He's the most disgusting poster on ZH.

I'd love for him to show up . . .

  . . . . I'd kick his ass 12 ways from Sunday.