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SOMA for the Masses
February 2020

In Huxley’s story, soma is a government-provided drug which helps people escape the real world by artificially enhancing their joy, arousal, and overall sense of well-being.  Coincidentally, in our financial and economic story, the Federal Reserve (“Fed”) increases their SOMA (System Open Market Account) by buying assets with freshly printed money for the same purpose.  So, while Huxley’s future citizens drank soma or ate it in infused strawberry ice cream, today’s financial markets consume the Fed’s monetary infusions to the same effect. 

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