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Bad Money

Our debt-based fiat money system poses an existential threat
Friday, September 14, 2018, 6:51 PM

We’re all going to have to be a lot more resilient in the future.  The long emergency, as Jim Kunstler put it, is now upon us.  It comes from every direction, and the trick is going to be remaining alert, oriented and positive.

If ever there was a wake-up call from the natural world it was this year’s weather events combined with the storms from last year.  » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Whole System Is Insane Now

The Market & the State now both incentivize our destruction
Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:36 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Seminar Summary
    • CHS shares his key takeaways from speaking at the PP seminar
  • Energy Is Everything
    • And the situation is much more dire than most realize
  • The Whole System Is Insane Now
    • The Market & the State now incentivize our destruction
  • An Invitation To Live Regeneratively
    • We have the models. But do we have the will?

Fresh from speak at Peak Prosperity's annual seminar, Charles Hugh Smith reflects on his key takeways from the event, plus focuses our attention on the mal-incentives our economic models offer us these days. They are literally rewarding us to hasten our own destruction.

As Charles frankly puts it...

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What Could Pop The Everything Bubble?

A crisis that can't be solved by just printing more dollars
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:37 AM

The policy of creating trillions in new currency and buying trillions in assets has inflated an 'Everything' Bubble -- a bubble in all the asset classes being supported or purchased by central banks and their proxies.

Many observers wonder: What, if anything, can pop this? » Read more

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The Erosion of Community

We're losing the bonds that once made our society thrive
Monday, February 17, 2014, 12:58 PM

In an age which seems abundantly well-served by individualism, consumerism, the central state and global corporations, why does this erosion of community matter? After all, aren’t we doing rather splendidly despite a declining sense of community? » Read more

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Off the Cuff: 'Bizarre' Capitalism

When speculation is the only way to get ahead
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6:13 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles discuss:

  • 'Bizarre' Capitalism
    • Speculation, not productive work, is now the driver of gain
  • China's Future
    • Scary signs that cronyism and capital flight are big risks
  • Eroding Public Trust
    • Dangerous when your money system is trust-based
  • Canary Candidates
    • Which country will be the first to keel over?
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We're Living Through a Rare Economic Transformation

Those who understand its post-capitalist rules will prosper
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:47 AM

In 1993, management guru Peter Drucker published a short book entitled Post-Capitalist Society.  Despite the fact that the Internet was still in its pre-browser infancy, Drucker identified the developed-world economies as knowledge-based as opposed to from industrial economies, which were were from the agrarian societies they superseded.

Drucker used the term post-capitalist not to suggest the emergence of a new “ism” beyond the free market, but to describe a new economic order that was no longer defined by the adversarial classes of labor and the owners of capital.  Now that knowledge has trumped financial capital and labor alike, the new classes are knowledge workers and service workers. » Read more