Your Chance to Interview Chris
For 2012, we have a very aggressive target list of interview guests. We’re going after some truly huge players and we also plan to surface some voices we consider to be hidden gems at the moment.
But, we also thought it would be fun & constructive for our audience to interview the Big Man himself: Chris Martenson PhD.
Now’s your chance to ask the good Doctor the questions you’ve been most burning to hear him answer.
Write your question(s) here in the Comments below. After a few days, I’ll compile them, sift out the wheat from the chaff, and then sit down with Chris for a recorded chat – which we’ll then post on the site (along with a transcription). We’ll answer as many of your questions as we possibly can.
Looking forward to hearing your questions. Don’t be afraid to make them tough!
Do the Course need to be reviewed as some scenarios had changed recently?
Marcelo Correa Machado
My wife and I have IRA’s whose investments are restricted to market securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. To invest in precious metals we have limited choices: ETF’s such as GLD and SLV appear to be manipulated by short sellers, may be encumbered through (re) hypothecations and are not allocated. Trusts managed by people that you have interviewed on your show like Sprott who hold allocated physical sell for large premiums. For example PSLV, the Sprott silver trust was recently priced fat 30 percent until Sprott issued new units and is still at 12 percent premium to NAV. Are there alternatives that you can suggest for people with IRA’s and 401 K”s that are trustworthy and truly hold unencumbered and allocated units?
Chris, how big of a threat is global warming in your models?
What a cool invitation! Questions for Chris…. Next best to having him do a workshop where I live.
By now you must have lots of experience of how people process the ideas in the CC and related material. Can you share the common sticking places that crop up in peoples’ thinking and how you work with them? (Or anything else that you think would help us become stronger communicators about these big-picture issues.) I am assuming you have moved past wanting to cry or tear out hair, which is where I end up!
Without being to personal a quesion (I hope) – how are your children taking this? Did the move disrupt their lives? Are they dealing with negative peer pressure?
In a similar vein, I wonder how other your relations are taking this whole prepper thing. Did you come under criticism for quitting your job, selling your house, and changing your lifestlye? Feel free to share any parts of this that are not too revealing yet are instructive.
I am a teacher in Canada and in my province, the teachers direct their own retirement plan with contributions from the gov’t as well as from teachers. This is done through an investment firm: Greystone Managed Assets. What would your recommendation be to direct investments at such an institutional level? This is only one fund as there are also insurance, health and an income continuance plan that all have their own segregated funds. The idea is still to put something to the side for the future but also to have maybe have some investment return perhaps through dividends?
This may seem specific to my own situation but I think that there are probably other pension plans that exist in the US as well and if we do have a voice in their direction, what would be some general things to look at to create some change.
Thank you in advance for your consideration to this question.
Let me give some background. I recently read Dmitry Orlov’s ‘Reinventing Collapse’ and then a follow up post on his blog, ‘Joined at the Wallet’, in which he sees all of the stalling/kicking the can down the road manuveurs of the central banks as compressing the first stages of his scenario of 5 stages of collapse. He says “I thought that government interventions in private finance would prolong the agony somewhat; what I didn’t think was that they would prolong it even onto the death of the governments themselves!” So he sees both the financial and political collapse stages happening together without much if any time for ‘public psychology’ to adjust.
My situation is that my wife and I live 5 days a week in a medium sized city with a population that has a substantial and growing dependence on government subsidies and support and then spend two days in the country at a home in a small community 1.5 hrs away. I still have my primary income, a dental practice, coming from the city. We have close friends and religious community committments in the city and good aquaintances in the country. If things go to hell in a handbasket quickly our plan is to weather the storm in the country and sort out the leftovers afterwards, hopefully in the city.
Just this week I was reminded of how quickly things in a city can go south when my neighbor’s sewer line backed up into his basement. The loss of basic utility infrastucture will make close living very untenable. If you add probable martial law (if there is government) and limited food, life in the city is not good.
Here are two questions. #1: Do you consider the sudden break down of private/public systems that Orlov foresees happening as he predicts, or will it continue in a more gradual fashion with time to leave town intact? #2: Will a city that currently houses 1 million people ever be habitable again after the energy crunch/financial/political storm passes through town?
I know you have reinvented yourself and have moved to the country. Having already reinvented myself by becoming a dentist at age 40, now at age 60 with a really viable business going, considering doing something big again seems more daunting. You won’t hurt my feelings one bit if you say you can’t have your cake and eat it too, so I’d really like you to put yourself in my shoes as best you can and say what you’d do. I’m hoping there are others out there with similar stories who will also benefit from the experience and knowledge in your answer.
When I first viewed the Crash Course (back in the fall of 2008), I instantly knew the Truth of your work and believed… it quite literally scared the crap out of me as much of my work and net worth was held in real estate! I immediately went about restructuring my life and finances, preparing for a future of less, or at least, a future vastly different from the recent past.
I’ve been grateful for the past several years worth of time in which to prepare; your warnings and sage counsel (along with many other such voices) has even allowed me to prosper, while re-inventing myself! All good stuff!
But I’ve gotta tell ya, three and a half years of constant vigilance, concern and (honestly) worry, has me plum tuckered-out! I mean some days I am completely drained… mentally and physically. I find it very hard to plan for the future, knowing that all hell could break loose at any given moment. I am frequently and easily angered… by the daily theft, lying and fraud of the Wall Street Banksters… by the blindness, or worse, willful ignorance or maybe just plain complicity of our political leaders… and by the loss of a career that I very much enjoyed.
In fact, anger understates how I feel… what I really am is a pissed-off cowboy! I hate watching our country and WE, The People get sodomized by these greedy b**tards!!!
So my question (yes, this isn’t just a rant) is, how do you keep your head above all the (seemingly never-ending) destruction being wrought? I mean I’ve only been living between DefCon 1 and DefCon 2 for about 3 and a half years now… you’ve been pondering and deciphering the EEEs for more than a decade… surely you too must be tired?
Back in ’08 the Deficit was ONLY $10 Trillion… now, just three years later we’re closing in on $16T with no chance of ever repaying it… How does this unholy alliance of mother-humping-thieving-b*stards continue to keep this deceptive game afloat???
I guess my short, concise question is, how do you keep your sanity (and perform your role as illuminator and info scout) while the Insane Game plays on?
I have just recently seen “Crash Course” and started receiving these posts. Thanks by the way, for presenting this material in a systematic and dispassionate way. Your course is the first thing on issue of a coming crash that I could get my wife to listen to. Everything else seemed alarmist and overly much like “Republican fear mongering” to her.
Perhaps you have answered these elsewhere already;
1. For those of use who are not yet ready to get out of our IRAs and take the tax hit are there specific triggers that you anticipate politically, economically or otherwise that would be a definite signal to get out now?
2. One of the big scenario trolls is loss of employment/income. My current income covers the bit of shortfall on our commercial rental property, our mortgage on the house, and the plans to develop and move to our agricultural land. I am a hospital employed physician. Do you recommend getting out of all debts to pay off the “retreat” property? Future income from the commercial property until now had been a cornerstone of our retirement plans.
3. What sources to you monitor to watch for potentially significant developments in Congress or in the propagation of Presidential orders? E.g. in 2010 the Obama administration floated the idea of nationalizing our IRAs and similar savings and offering goverment backed bonds with “guarenteed” yields as a substitute. I rather suspect if he wins a 2nd term we would see this again – and its probably equally likely if he is replaced by a Republican.