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    Art Berman: Houston, We Have A Problem

    The surplus energy that powers the world is declining
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 29, 2019, 7:37 PM

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    Chris caught petroleum geologist Art Berman right before he went on stage to deliver a presentation on the limitations of shale oil (his excellent slides can be found here). The world is finally starting to realize that the profit-making potential of this space was drastically over-hyped.

    But more important, warns Art, is that the souring sentiment on shale oil is a reflection on the bigger challenge ahead of us: How we will power the world in a future of declining net energy?

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    Sebastian Junger: Is Our Material Wealth Undermining Our Happiness & Health?

    For all modern society has gained, we may have lost what really matters
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 22, 2019, 3:56 PM

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    One the most personally meaningful podcast interviews we’ve done over the years was Our Evolutionary Need For Community, recorded with Peabody award-winning author Sebastian Junger.

    Since recording our initial interview with Sebastian, we’ve often shared the insights from it with the Peak Prosperity tribe at live events and in our writings. So this week we decided to reconnect with Sebastian, and hear how his thoughts and conclusions on the topic have evolved since we last talked with him.

    It’s clear that he believes more than ever that the future prosperity of our society will be rooted in rediscovering how to create and foster the communal bonds our tribal ancestors lived by. And that begins by taking an honest look at the narratives, behaviors, and modern conveniences and temptations that keep us trapped in unhappy, unhealthy isolation.

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    Grant Williams: A Reset Of The System Is Inevitable

    We need to clear the malinvestment that never got addressed during the GFC
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 8:57 PM

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    While at the New Orleans Investment Conference this past weekend, Chris and I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Grant Williams, publisher of the economic blog Things That Make You Go Hmmm and principal of Real Vision TV.

    There will be no smooth transition back to sustained economic growth, he warns

    Instead, the distortion of today’s excessive asset prices will require a systemic reset to fix. Either by a deflationary event that destroys the malinvestment, or by an inflationary event that destroys the currency.

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    Charles Hugh Smith: Will You Be Richer or Poorer?

    Much of what we truly value is at risk
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, October 13, 2019, 9:34 PM

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    Prolific and exceptionally perceptive author Charles Hugh Smith returns to discuss the insights in his just-launched book Will You Be Richer Or Poorer? Profit, Power & AI in a Traumatized World (the first chapter of which can be read for free here) The current narrative that our standard of living is not only the best…

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    Marjory Wildcraft: Growing Your Own Groceries

    How to turn your backyard into a food production system
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 4:14 PM

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    Marjory Wildcraft, founder of The Grow Network and author of Grow Your Own Groceries, explains how we can contribute to the local food production movement by using our own windowsills, planters and backyards as a food production system.

    Even those with no prior experience can swiftly learn how to grow and raise a meaningful portion of their dietary calories.

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    Peter Boghossian: How To Have Impossible Conversations

    'Hacks' for constructive, respectful discussion on any controversial topic
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:32 PM

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    How can we successfully engage in discussion on difficult issues with those we care about, as well as society at large?

    Peter Boghossian, co-author of How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide, shares straightforward conversational ‘hacks’ for having constructive, respectful discussion on any controversial topic — including climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.

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    Ben Hunt: Prepare To Get Burned

    Society is pretending its actions don't have consequences. It's badly mistaken.
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, September 19, 2019, 5:01 PM

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    History teaches us that there is no free lunch, reminds Dr. Ben Hunt, publisher of EpsilonTheory.com.

    And science informs us that even simple systems become nearly impossible to predict or control with 100% precision as time and variables change.

    But our society today is ignoring these lessons. It’s betting that the increasingly excessive distortions required to keep the status quo continuing will succeed, and come at no cost.

    That’s a losing bet, warns Hunt.

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    Binyamin Appelbaum: The Problem With Modern Economics

    A historical review explains the deficiencies of today's policies
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 2:53 PM

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    Why do we have the economic policies we do today?

    These policies drive decision-making on Capitol Hill, corporate boardrooms, and on Wall Street. But who made them, why, and how did they come about? And how well are they serving us?

    Binyamin Appelbaum has made these questions the focus of his new book The Economists Hour, which shines a bright light on the rise of modern Economics and its dominating influence on society.

    From anti-trust law to central banking, Appelbaum explains how Economics has evolved (metastasized?) into its current form, where the solutions it now offers may be no better (and possibly substantially worse) than the problems it’s designed to address.

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    Paul Wheaton: Building A Better World In Your Backyard

    There's so much each of can do, right now, to live more regeneratively
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, August 19, 2019, 11:02 AM

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    The data is clear: humans are overtaxing the world’s ecosystems at an accelerating rate.

    How can society wean itself away from its business-as-usual practices of natural resource extraction and depletion? What steps can we take to be agents of positive, regenerative change?

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Paul Wheaton (86m:05s).

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    Steve Keen: Economists Have Left Out Energy!

    No energy means no economy
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10:58 AM

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    Over the past decade, the world’s central banks have distorted the price of money by bringing interest rates to record lows.

    With credit so cheap, asset prices have risen dramatically as companies and governments have borrowed to the hilt.

    On top of all that, it takes energy for an economy to function and conventional economists have assumed energy away.    The debt predicament would be hard enough on its own.  Without sufficient energy it’s impossible to solve, and mainstream economists cling to absurd notions of how the world works.

    To discuss this massive problem and propose some potential solutions is Steve Keen, professor of economics at Kingston University in London and author of Debunking Economics.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris’ interview with Steve Keen (59m:55s).

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