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The Collapse of the Tower of Financial Babel

Deconstructing our world of financial WordCraft via a look at the new EU "plan".

The Collapse of the Tower of Financial Babel

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The Future of Physical Gold (Part I)

<a href="http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-13-2011-future-of-physical-gold.html">The Future of Physical Gold (Part I - Dialectic Foundations)</a>

Part I in a series about the likely role of gold in the monetary/financial systems of our future (this article is focused on the abstract theoretical foundations of the dynamics in an industrial-financial capitalist economy)

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The Perturbational Path of Human Civilization

Using perturbation theory to analyze the future path of our global society:

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The Debt-Dollar Discipline - Part III

Introduction to the final article in The Debt-Dollar Discipline series:

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The Debt-Dollar Discipline - Part II

Part I in this series introduced Michel Foucault's theory of disciplinary society, laid out in his book Discipline and Punish, and the application of this analysis to the "debt-dollar discipline" formally imposed on global society by the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1945 (establishing the dollar as the global reserve currency).

Here is the introduction of Part II:

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A Fingerprint of Instability in Biology and Finance

The following is a relatively short piece discussing the similar complex dynamics of both biological and financial systems. It focuses on chaotic variability as an indicator of health (or lack of it) in both the human heart and the stock market. Here is the first section:

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The Martenson Insider - October 7, 2010

/In This Newsletter/ * Our Destructive Tendency to Print (or, Why the Markets Bolted Yesterday) * My Trip to Midland, Texas * Racing Against Time: Peak Oil = Peak Economy
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A Complexity Manifesto

The following is a piece discussing the connection between Marx's dialectical analysis of capitalism and the inherent fragility of complex adaptive systems. Many people may find it to be somewhat controversial or offensive for whatever reason (especially those with libertarian inclinations), but I think most people on this site would find it to be an interesting analysis. If nothing else, its a decent primer on Marx's views about capitalism and a good test of how open one's mind really is. Here is an excerpt of the introduction: