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We Ignore Unintended Consequences At Our Peril

They'll likely define our future more than the intended ones
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:27 PM

Early in my business career I was faced with a challenge that gave me an appreciation for a very important lesson about life and business. That oftentimes, even with the best of intentions, our actions create consequences completely different from what we intend.

It's that insight that makes me so concerned about the grand central banking experiment being conducted around the globe right now.

The complexity of the system, the questionable abilities of the decision-makers, and the universe's proclivity towards unintended consequences all combine to give great confidence that things will NOT play out in the way the Fed and its brethren are counting on. » Read more

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When This Ends, Everybody Gets Hurt

And the end is uncomfortably close
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:45 PM

Central bank credibility (as fictitious as that may be) is essential to maintaining the current narrative, BUT central banks are rapidly losing their credibility (which should have happened simply via deductive reasoning a long time ago) and the strains are showing.

Their actions are increasingly wild and extreme, and it's our view that 2015- 2016 will mark the end of this long run of overly-ambitious central bankers and over-complacent markets. » Read more

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A Quick Sanity Check

A cautionary reminder of where we are in this story
Monday, January 19, 2015, 12:06 AM

Sometimes it pays to step way back and look at things from a high level.

In response to the 2008 crisis, the world's major central banks pumped an unprecedented amount of monetary stimulus into the system -- all in the name of kick starting enough economic growth to pull the planet out of its fundamental sinkhole of Too Much Debt.

More than six years and over $4 trillion later, what exactly can we say it did for us?

Not enough, as the following short video summarizes. » Read more

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Why Our Central Planners Are Breeding Failure

Mistaking illusion for lasting success
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10:50 AM

As counter-intuitive as it may sound, success rather reliably leads to failure and destabilization.

In the macro-economic arena, I think it highly likely that the monetary and fiscal policies of the past six years that are conventionally viewed as successful will lead to spectacular political and financial failures in 2015 and 2016. » Read more

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What Should I Do? - Crash Course Chapter 26

Take prudent steps NOW, while there's still time
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:43 AM

If there’s one message to take away from this newly-updated Crash Course video series, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

And it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now. » Read more

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The Road To War With Russia

We're not only on it; we've already arrived
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 12:09 PM

For several weeks now the anti-Russian stance in the US press has quieted down. Presumably because the political leadership has moved its attention on to other things, and the media flock has followed suit. 

Have you read much about Ukraine and Russia recently?

I thought not, despite the fact that there's plenty of serious action -- both there as well as related activity in the US -- going on that deserves our careful attention. » Read more

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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

It’s always and ever about energy
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 2:21 PM

At the essential center of the framework of the Crash Course is the almost insultingly simple idea that endless growth on a finite planet is an impossibility.

It is so simple it could be worked out by a clever 4 year-old and yet it must not be so simple because the main narrative of every economy in every corner of the globe rests on the idea of endless, infinite growth. » Read more

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Future Shock - Crash Course Chapter 25

The unsustainable often ends abruptly
Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:24 PM

Chapter 25 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

Here at the penultimate chapter of The Crash Course, everything we've learned comes together into a single narrow range of time we'll call the twenty-teens. 

What this chapter offers is a comprehensive view of how all of our problems are actually interrelated and need to be viewed as such, or solutions will continue to elude us. » Read more

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An Opportunity To Live Resiliently

A sustainable community seeks a few good members
Thursday, December 25, 2014, 3:54 PM

After watching the Crash Course, who among us hasn't felt insecure with where we live?

The idea of a sustainable community has a powerful allure. Imagine a resource-rich property mapped out with a plan for sustainable self-sufficiency, populated with a community of like-minded folks that already "get" the importance of cultivating resilience....  Sounds pretty good, right?

But what exactly is a "sustainable community" anyways? How do you find one? What's it like to live there? How do you know if it's all going to work out in the long run?

 
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Holiday Wishes

Gather around our virtual hearth
Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 7:47 PM

Happy holiday wishes from Peak Prosperity!

Thank you for the gifts of your participation in & support of this site. We're hard at work cobbling up a few new gifts of our own for you -- new content, new site features, and more. These 'presents' will start arriving in the next few weeks...  » Read more