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    A Special Thank You Message To My Supporters

    ...and my spidey senses are tingling...
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, May 13, 2021, 10:54 AM

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    Thanks to you, the many subscribers and supporters, Peak Prosperity is going to be better than ever.  Several things emerged from my mini-sabbatical, not least of which was observing the critical thinking and careful parsing of ideas that was on full display here at Peak Prosperity in my near complete absence.

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    Off The Cuff: Has Society Lost Its Backbone?

    Have we lost the mettle to address adversity when necessary?
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 8:07 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with David Collum to discuss:

    • The looming fiscal & social crises caused by underfunded pensions
    • Is everything in America is now “Too Big To Fail”?
    • Investing for a future of secular inflation
    • The dangers of cancel culture & the “woke” movement

    Never short on strong opinions, Cornell chemist and pontificator extraordinaire Dave Collum joins us this week to opine on a wide spectrum of topics.

    Dave is very concerned about the trajectory America and much of the world is headed, careening down a slope that history shows ends in economic malaise, social discord and currency collapse. As a society, we seem to have lost our backbone; every politician is willing to sacrifice tomorrow’s prosperity for today’s quick fix, and the populace only rewards that can-kicking behavior.

    When everyone is so unwilling to face consequences they are making a devil’s bargain: receiving a carefree today in exchange for a tomorrow filled with much larger problems that refuse to be postpones any longer. Are we ready for that reckoning?

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    Investors Are Suddenly Going Nuts Over “Scarcity”

    Should something unique, but not useful, be valuable?
    by rubinoja

    Friday, March 19, 2021, 8:30 PM

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    Normally, almost by definition, money is THE singularly scarce thing in a market-based society.

    So what happens when money stops being scarce because the world’s governments are mailing out checks, buying up bonds and stocks, forgiving debts, and generally foisting cash on anyone with a heartbeat and voter registration card?

    Well, then scarcity itself becomes scarce.

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    Off The Cuff: ‘Don’t Believe For A Second That The Government Has Your Back’

    Fed-watcher Axel Merk decodes yesterday's FOMC announcements
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 18, 2021, 1:23 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with Axel Merk to discuss:

    • The implications of yesterday’s announcements by the Federal Reserve
    • How much does the Fed truly care about inflation?
    • Is the Fed willing to sacrifice the purchasing power of the USD in pursuit of its dual mandate?
    • Why resilience remains the right strategy, in both your finances and overall lifestyle

    Expert Federal Reserve-watcher Axel Merk joins the program this week to react in real-time to yesterday’s latest announcements by the FOMC and Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

    He and I discuss the Fed’s apparent lack of concern about both raising bond yields and building inflation concerns.

    As far as Fed Chair Jerome Powell claims, the current easing mode of easy monetary policy is going to continue for a lot longer.

    And for those concerned that the repercussions of those policies are having increasingly disastrous effect on the vast majority of the American public, Axel warns that it’s folly to believe the Fed is working in their interests…

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    ‘Efficient’ Does Not Equal ‘Resilient’

    Art Berman issues a post-mortem of the Texas power grid disaster
    by Art Berman

    Saturday, March 13, 2021, 12:29 AM

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    It’s difficult to deny that competition makes markets economically efficient.

    But it’s less clear that this works out well for the public when it comes to the dependability and resilience of essential services like electric power, as the Texas freeze recently proved.

    Almost 8 million Texans lost power and 13 million had no water from February 15 through February 19 because of extreme cold weather.

    The storm was no surprise yet by early morning on February 15, net generation dropped 15 GW (gigawatt hours) from 68 to 53 GW . By early evening, it had fallen another 9 GW to 44 GW (Figure 1).

    Meanwhile, demand stood at more than 75 GW so supply was only about 65% of estimated demand. The result was loss of electric power to millions of homes. Much of the state’s water relies on electric pumps to move it through pipelines. When electric power was lost, pumps stopped working and there were shortages of water. Insurance losses of are estimated at $18 billion  mostly from water damage because of broken pipes.

    According to critics, a chief cause of Texas’ grid failure was…

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    Off The Cuff: Our Ecological Footprint Is Badly In ‘Overshoot’

    And the consequences will hit hard in our own lifetime
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:16 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with William Rees to discuss:

    • Bill’s coining of the ‘ecological footprint’ concept
    • Why he thinks humans have reach a ‘plague stage’ on the planet
    • Why our leaders are unwilling to admit to the two problems that matter most
    • Bill’s outlook for humanity’s future

    We dive deep into the Environment/Ecology “E” of the Three E’s in this week’s Off The Cuff.

    Highly-esteemed bio-ecologist and ecological economist William Rees returns to the program to reinforce his warning that the human population is badly in ecological overshoot. If we do not find a way to reduce our taxation of the planet’s resources, the consequences will be devastating.

    And sadly, he notes that those “leaders” making policy decisions avoid addressing the issues that pose the greatest threat, because they are politically “sensitive”. Because of this, Bill considers most of the current multi-national agreements focused on dealing with issues of pollution, climate change, species loss, etc are misdirected attempts that aren’t addressing the core problems in the manner or scope needed.

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    Off The Cuff: The Limits & Prospects For Human Survival

    Richard Heinberg shares key insights from his upcoming book, Power
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:31 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with Richard Heinberg to discuss:

    • Power: Richard’s new book
    • How will humans deal with Earth’s limits to growth?
    • Can capitalism exist in a de-growth economy?
    • How solvable an issue is population growth?

    In the final stages of writing his newest book, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival, resource management expert Richard Heinberg joins us to share its principal conclusions.

    Richard will be offering a few free chapters of the book in advance of its September launch, paired with an online discussion series. If you’re interested in participating, send an email to [email protected] asking to “sign me up for Power”

    This was an excellent discussion, especially because Richard was game for letting me toss him a few “hot potato” semi-controversial questions about capitalism and population management.

    That’s one of the benefits of Peak Prosperity’s premium content; we and our guest experts are able to talk more freely about many of these important challenges than we can in public forums. I hope you’ll enjoy the candor here.

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    Register For Our ‘Ask The Expert: Home Energy’ Q&A

    Here's how to sign up for the live event
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:41 PM

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    As a premium subscriber to PeakProsperity.com, you enjoy free access to our ‘Ask The Expert’ Q&A sessions.

    Our next session is this coming Wednesday, March 3 @ 5pm ET/2pmPT. It will focus on affordable and effective Home Energy solutions for conserving and/producing power, and featured Bruce Sullivan from the Zero Energy Project.

    Here’s how to register for this live Q&A event…

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    Off The Cuff: When The Game Of Musical Chairs Ends

    There are WAY too many who expect they can exit unscathed
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:19 PM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff I sit down with Jeff Clark to discuss:

    • The fallacy hedge funds are operating under
    • The silver squeeze: what’s happening now?
    • The status of the PM mining industry
    • Jeff shares a mining stock he particularly likes right now

    Right now the market is full of investors (= speculators) who are committed to “dancing while the music is playing”.

    When asked about the current concerning and historic levels of (over)valuation, they reveal their strategy is to be one of the first out of the door when the music stops. They ignore, of course, that mathematically EVERYONE can’t be the first.

    Jeff Clark, GoldSilver.com’s senior analyst, sees this and many other familiar echoes of the irrational exuberance that existed right up until the system broke in 2008, ushering in the Great Financial Crisis.

    And while history may not repeat exactly, it often does rhyme. Jeff shares with us his predictions going forward for the markets, the precious metals, and the PM mining industry:

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