Tag Archives: Chris Martenson

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    Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline

    A historially common marker of failing civilizations
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:22 PM

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    It’s time to face some uncomfortable ideas about the state of civilization in the United States.  It is no longer the beacon of freedom illuminating a better way for the world, because it is becoming more and more uncivilized by the day.

    The recent spate of police brutality videos and the complete lack of a useful or even any reasonable response by the police unions has shaped this piece of writing, but it goes well beyond those incidents and extends into all corners of the lives of US citizens now.

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    The Fed Is Destroying the World One Saver At A Time

    Bernanke's new blog offers bloviating proof of that
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 4:25 AM

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    I must confess to a deep-seated anger at just how insultingly stupid the world has become. As a sufferer of crisis fatigue I can be caught exclaiming You have got to be kidding me!!? several times per day, or perhaps shouting How dumb do they think we are?

    Three choice outbursts came last week as I read Bernanke’s new blog and came across statements like this one:

     

     

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    If We’re Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let’s Borrow To Invest

    The are much better ways to spend the next $1 Trillion
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:21 PM

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    We are at an important juncture as a global society: either we immediately prioritize a new trajectory focused on creating a positive, functional future or — by continuing the consumptive, extractive, exploitative status quo — we will default into a nasty nightmare.

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    What Systemic Breakdown Will Look Like

    And how to prepare for it
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:20 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The real (and growing) risk of one or several systemic breakdowns
    • What to expect during a breakdown of our
      • Economy
      • Energy systems
      • Environmental systems
    • The importance of intelligent stewardship, and focusing on controlling the variable you can

    If you have not yet read Part 1: If We're Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let's Borrow To Invest available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    But what if don’t invest in our future as outlined in part I?  What if the powers that be and system-wide inertia combine to simply deliver us more of the same going forward? 

    What if we simply have a profound failure of leadership and none of that good stuff happens, and the next round(s) of QE simply fatten up the trading profits of large banks and hedge funds?

    One sign you’ll have that we’re headed nowhere fast in the US is if the next election for president involves a Bush and a Clinton.  That will be a choice between status quo option A and status quo option B, which is no choice at all.

    As Winston Churchill said about Americans, you can always count on them to do the right thing…after they’ve tried everything else. 

    Unfortunately, we don’t have time in this story to try everything else first and if we don’t do things differently, then I see no other outcome besides a huge, systemic breakdown occurring across…

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    A Tough Winter

    Strange, hard times are here
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:25 AM

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    Last year we had the ‘polar vortex’ which delivered some of the absolute coldest air to our region, so the back-to-back experience is one of relentless cold, snowy winters and short summers.

    Similarly, there seem to be a bunch of new economic rules that we have to adjust our thinking around.

     

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    Is It Time To Prepare For War?

    A serious question, given the escalating geopolitical risk
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:48 AM

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    I am seriously entertaining preparing for war, and as I’ve written before, the nature of this next war could involve everything from trade battles, to cyber attacks, to financial system assaults,  a downing of the US electrical grid, to an actual shooting war  — perhaps one that escalates to a nuclear exchange.

    When things are this obviously crazy, anything is possible.

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    The Oil Crunch Begins To Bite

    The repercussions are going to be vicious
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 2:39 AM

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    While much of the financial press has been working to cast the drop in oil prices as 'unambiguously good' for US and global economies, the reality is, well, a lot more ambiguous.

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    Do You Have Your Escape Plan Ready?

    (They do)
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 1:56 AM

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    It's time to face a few unpleasant truths.  

    The 'super wealthy' are well-along in their plans to hightail it to safety when the system crashes.

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    When This Ends, Everybody Gets Hurt

    And the end is uncomfortably close
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, January 22, 2015, 3:45 AM

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    Central bank credibility (as fictitious as that may be) is essential to maintaining the current narrative, BUT central banks are rapidly losing their credibility (which should have happened simply via deductive reasoning a long time ago) and the strains are showing.

    Their actions are increasingly wild and extreme, and it's our view that 2015- 2016 will mark the end of this long run of overly-ambitious central bankers and over-complacent markets.

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    When Short-Term Thinking Slams Into Long-Term Predicaments

    Guess which side trumps the other?
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:10 AM

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    The tendency to make long-term decisions based on near-term data is simply part of the human condition. We tend to discount the future very heavily in favor of what's close and familiar.

    The problem is that we are facing dozens of linked long-term predicaments which will require us to put off immediate satisfaction in favor of far-reaching considerations.

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