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Charles Hugh Smith: Preventing The Final Fall Of Our Democratic Republic

Fighting against the obscene concentration of wealth & power
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:02 PM

There's mounting evidence that the Age of American Exceptionalism is grinding to an end.

Demographically, in the U.S. (as well as many other developed nations), the prospects of the younger generations are substantially less than those of the Baby Boomers. The same is true socioeconomically as well; the wealth gap between the 1% and everyone else continues to accelerate.

What's been the root cause of this slide towards greater and greater inequity? Can anything be done to reverse it?

Economist analyst and author Charles Hugh Smith addresses these core questions in his new book Pathfinding Our Destiny: Preventing The Final Fall Of Our Democratic Republic. Charles concludes that we are the terminal end of a multi-century process of centralization that is no longer working for society's benefit: » Read more

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Ben Jones: The Housing Bubble Is Popping Right Now

Expect MUCH lower prices ahead
Monday, November 26, 2018, 8:08 PM

The housing market is starting to look quite ill, as we've been tracking here at PeakProsperity.com.

After the central bank-driven Grand Reflation following the Great Financial Crisis, home prices are now beginning to nose over from their new bubble-highs.

Has the Housing Bust 2.0 begun? If so, how bad could things get? And what steps should those looking to pick up values at much lower prices in the future be taking?

This week we talk with citizen journalist Ben Jones, property manager and publisher of TheHousingBubbleBlog -- where he tracks the latest headlines and developments in the housing market. » Read more

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Scott Tinker: Can The World Energy Supply Become Fully Sustainable?

Just possibly, but we'll have to make HUGE changes
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 9:43 PM

As we claim often here at PeakProsperity.com: Energy is everything.

Will our global society be able to transtiton off of its extreme dependence on fossil fuels? And if so, can we do so without too much pain?

Scott Tinker is the Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, and founder of the non-profit Switch Energy Alliance, which is dedicated to helping humanity address these key questions.

Tinker remains confident a much better future energy-wise is possible; but will require a tremendous shift in behavoir, investment and technological innovation.

In his eyes, society can make the transition. But will it? That's a lot less certain... » Read more

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Steen Jakobsen: The Four Horsemen Portend A Painful Reckoning

Even the US is now 'swimming naked'
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 9:02 PM

Steen Jacobsen, Chief Economist and Chief Investment Officer of Saxo Bank sees economic slowdown ahead.

Specifically, his "Four Horseman" indicators: the drivers of economic growth, are all flashing red. 

Jacobsen believes that the central banks will continue their liquidity tightening efforts for as long as they can get away with (i.e., until the financial markets start toppling over). In his opinion, they eased way too much for way too long; and the malinvestment and zombification that resulted needs to clear the system -- and it will likely do so more violently and painful than the central banks will like. » Read more

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Mike Maloney: "One Hell Of A Crisis"

Crashing stocks, bonds, real estate & currency all at once?
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 11:35 AM

Mike Maloney, monetary historian and founder of GoldSilver.com, has just released two new chapters of his excellent Hidden Secrets Of Money video series.

In producing the series, Maloney has reviewed several thousand years of monetary history and has observed that government intervention and mismanagement -- such as is now rampant across the world -- has always resulted in the diminishment and eventual failure of currency systems.

As for the world's current fiat currency regimes, Mike sees a reckoning approaching. One that will be preceded by massive losses rippling across nearly all asset classes, destroying the phantom wealth created during the latest central bank-induced Everything Bubble, and grinding the global economy to a halt. » Read more

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Indigenous: The Importance Of Fair Trade

It supports better models
Friday, November 2, 2018, 3:57 PM

Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for five percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions? That's equivalent to the impact of the aviation industry  -- equal to the carbon output of all the planes flying around the planet each year.

Just as what we choose to eat has an impact on our bodies, our communities and the planet, so does what we wear. But while there's been substantial advancement in consumer labelling in the food industry ("organic", "pasture-raised", etc), there's not much of an equivalent with apparel.

The next time you buy an article of clothing, how can you make a choice better aligned with your values? » Read more

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Wolf Richter: Making Sense Of The Recent Market Gyrations

Which triggers are driving the action? What's next?
Monday, October 15, 2018, 2:37 PM

Recorded last week as the market was in full melt-down mode, Chris and Wolf Richter decode the underlying drivers of the sudden reversal, and peer into the future to predict what is most likely to happen next. Both agree that, whether stocks are briefly 'rescued' in the ensuing days, the long-awaited downward re-pricing of the 'Everything Bubble' is nigh. » Read more

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Joe Saluzzi: The Markets Are Still Way Too Vulnerable To A Sudden Liquidity Disappearance

HFTs remain a major issue
Monday, September 24, 2018, 1:56 PM

In the past, Joe Saluzzi has been a vocal critic of the dominant and parasitic role HFT algorithims play in today's financial markets, siphoning off profits at the expense of the "dumb money" (i.e. retail investors) while undermining the integrity and stability of exchanges. Front running, spoofing, flash crashes -- HFTs are the culprits behind them.

Saluzzi actually has some positive developments to note: namely that the obscene profits the HFTs used to make (i.e., steal) are moderating as the arms race in the industry has escalated and the players are increasingly competing with each other. Also, the SEC appears to be moving much faster now towards putting some material constraints in place.

But the unfair advantages that HFTs enjoy, as well as their threat to market stability, are still very real. If we don't continue to fight to bring them under control, we risk a vicious downdraft during the next big market crisis should the algos instantly exit in a panic.

Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Joe Saluzzi (48m:16s). » Read more

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Stephen Jenkinson: Elderhood In A Time Of Trouble

Wisdom is in short supply. How do we bring it back?
Monday, September 17, 2018, 5:12 PM

In past eras of human civilization, the wisdom of respected "elders" guided much of the decison-making in society.

But today, when youth is revered and age is equated with obsolesence and irrelevance, that role and its sage counsel have been lost.

It's not that we as a culture don't have desperate need for such wisdom. We do. Perhaps more than ever given the intractable and unsustainable issues we face -- an over-indebted world economy, resource depletion, species loss, eroding civil liberties, etc.

In this week's podcast, Stephen Jenkinson, author of the new book, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, returns to explain how the role of elder might be re-instated. It won't be easy, but it may just be one of the essential ingredients we need to make it through the challenge times ahead. » Read more

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Dave Murphy: Will Monsanto's Loss Result In Less Poison In Our Food?

An update on the situation with glyphosate
Monday, September 10, 2018, 6:00 PM

Last month in a landmark upset ruling, Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller was ruled to be carcinogenic, and the company's attempt to hide this fact from consumers made it guilty of acting “with malice or oppression”. Monsanto's new parent company Bayer was ordered to pay the plaintiff, a former school groundskeeper now dying of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, $289 million in damages.

Will this court ruling restrict the use of glyphosate going forward? Or will it be de-fanged upon appeal? What else has been learned about the health impacts of glyphsate in our food since the 2016 report? What is the latest science telling us?

To address these important questions and more, we welcome Dave Murphy of Food Democracy Now! back on the program. » Read more