"I said I stay out of financial assets because I don't trust them."
And you lose money while others double or triple theirs. Not something to be proud of, unless your goal is to subsist on cat food.
"They reflect the greatest Ponzi scheme in the history of man."
You've been predicting imminent collapse for over 15 years. But debt payments-to GDP-aren't at historic levels. Of course, you have no idea what that means, or why it's important. Nor do you care to educate yourself; doing so would have to deal with your terrible track record.
"you'll think you're an investment genius."
Only in comparison to a guy who could've done better by stuffing the cash in a mattress.
"The overriding trend is one of an economic system going broke."
Which you've said a thousand times, and been wrong a thousand times.
"If (you) saw it coming, we wouldn't be having these discussions."
Oh, it's coming. The trick is to ride the wave until it's time to get off. But as it stands, the index fund investor, whose seen a 190% gain to your overall loss, would have to lose 80% of their value to match your abysmal results.
But by all means, keep congratulating yourself on your unique brilliance.