Tag Archives: Collapse

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    Breaking Free

    Escape the old system for a more meaningful life
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:56 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • The importance of continuous learning and clarifying your Why?
    • Why personal integrity is your most valuable asset
    • Why our current challenges are actually a call to greatness
    • The key question is: How will you choose to answer it?

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Lab Rat That Survives Is The One Who Escapes Its Cage, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    There’s a generational breakdown occurring with increasing numbers of young people — let’s define them as the under-30 crowd — falling into despair, dismay and even outright demoralization over the state of the world.  Put bluntly, many of them see nothing to gain by preserving the status quo.

    Conversely, the over 50 crowd has already paid into the system and desperately wants to preserve the status quo.  That’s where their retirement dreams exist.  With their finger now on the brass ring, it’s simply unthinkable to ponder that it could slip out of their grasp.

    This demographic divide, between those with nothing to gain and those with everything to lose, grows wider every day.

    Here’s a very typical comment from a Millennial that I ran across just this morning (4/5/19).  It’s a very common refrain these days:

    (Source)

    There’s not much I can add to that besides to say, “You’re right!”  And, “Sorry.”

    The very worst of it all is that the system into which the young are born ask them to perpetuate that same system by getting good grades, going into college student debt, and then working extra hard as tax donkeys and debt slaves for the rest of their lives.

    As the above Millennial pointed out, it’s working in those (often pointless) jobs that is destroying the planet.  Might as well inject oneself daily with a cumulatively fatal poison.

    The promises of the generations before them ring hollow.  The pension shave all been raided and hollowed out.  Forced payments into Medicare and Social Security are never going to be returned in kind and are merely last-ditch payments to provide some measure of cover for the boomers relying on them.  Embarrassingly poor infrastructure and massive piles of debt and underfunded liabilities are the true economic bequeathments of the prior generations to the next.

    From Stephen Jenkinson we learned that every older person needs to be ready for the day when a younger person walks up to them and asks them two questions. “When did you know?”  and “What did you do about it?”

    For a disturbingly large number of olders (not elders) the answer is “Know about what?” because they are too deeply stuck in the current narrative to even notice the damage being done, let alone mount an intelligent, thoughtful response to it all.

    For the rest of us, we have to begin plotting our own path to breaking free from a self-destructive paradigm.

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    Collapse Is Already Here

    It's a process, not an event
    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:54 AM

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    Many people are expecting some degree of approaching collapse — be it economic, environmental and/or societal — thinking that they’ll recognize the danger signs in time. 

    As if it will be completely obvious, like a Hollywood blockbuster. Complete with clear warnings from scientists, politicians and the media.  And everyone can then get busy either panicking or becoming the plucky heroes. 

    That's not how collapse works.

    Collapse is a process, not an event.

    And it's already underway, all around us. 

    Collapse is already here.

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  • Podcast

    Lewis Dartnell: How To Rebuild The World From Scratch

    If society collapsed overnight, how would we re-create it?
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:24 PM

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    If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, what crucial knowledge would we need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as quickly as possible?

    Ask yourself this: If you had to go back to absolute basics like some sort of post-cataclysmic Robinson Caruso, would you know how to recreate an internal combustion engine? Put together a microscope? Get metals out of rock? Or produce food for yourself?

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  • Podcast

    Scott Cahill: Collapse Risk At The Oroville Dam Is Still Unacceptably High

    Bungled repairs and new concerns at the tallest US dam
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 20, 2017, 9:20 PM

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    Remember the crisis earlier this year at the Oroville Dam? 

    The overflow from California's winter of heavy rain threatened to overpower our country's tallest dam. A cascading failure of the dam's main gates, its primarily spillway AND its emergency spillway had the world watching hour by hour to see if a catastrophic breach was going to occur.

    Fortunately, the rains stopped long enough for the situation to be brought under control. The dam remains in place and repair crews have been working all spring and summer.

    But should we breathe easy at this point? Not at all, says dam safety expert Scott Cahill. 

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  • Podcast

    Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

    What history predicts about our future prospects
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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    By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

    Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on — an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

    He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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    Shaun Chamberlin: Surviving The Aftermath Of The Market Economy

    What we'll need to persevere through collapse
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, January 8, 2017, 5:23 PM

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    Historian and economist David Fleming undertook the writing of Lean Logic a grand vision that projected out the likely path of collapse for our currently unsustainable way of life, as well as the key success factors society will need to cultivate to come out the other side.

    Following his death, his writing partner Shaun Chamberlin distilled the book's prime conclusions into the more accessible Surviving The Future: Culture, carnival, and capital in the aftermath of the market economy. Shaun, who has also been deeply involved with Rob Hopkins in the Transition Movement since its inception, stresses that localized communities that pursue developing as much independence from the central economy as possible will be the foundations for entering a sustainable, enjoyable future.

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    What Triggers Collapse?

    Massive disruption often happens quickly
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:33 PM

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    Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo—dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt—is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements break down?  Can we predict how-when-where with any accuracy?

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  • Podcast

    Daron Acemoglu: Why Nations Fail

    It's what you do with what you've got
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4:17 PM

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    Why do some nations rise while others wither? Why have some of the world's largest empires eventually crumbled? What are the 'best practices' that a modern nation should follow if it desires sustainable prosperity for its citizenry?

    To answer these questions, we welcome MIT professor Doran Acemoglu and co-author of the book Why Nations Fail. His observations? Yes, national prosperity has some correlation to the resources available to the State, but importantly, it's determined by how those resources are put to productive — and fair — use.

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  • Podcast

    FerFAL: Understanding Societal Collapse

    Warnings we should heed from Venezuela's crisis
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, May 22, 2016, 5:18 PM

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    As we write about the risks of our over-indebted economy, of our unsustainable fossil fuel-dependent energy policies, and our accelerating depletion of key resources, it's not a far leap to start worrying about the potential for a coming degradation of our modern lifestyle — or even the possibility of full-blown societal collapse.

    Sadly, collapse is not just a theoretical worry for a growing number of people around the world. They're living within it right now.

    This week, we catch up with Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre, who began blogging during the hyperinflationary destruction of Argentina’s economy in 2001 and has since dedicated his professional career to educating the public about his experiences and observations of its lingering aftermath. Given his first-hand experience with living through, and eventually escaping, economic collapse in South America, we asked him to offer his insider's perspective on the current crisis in Venezuela, as well as the devolving situation in Brazil.

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    Preparing for the Coming Breakdown

    Protecting yourself from social collapse
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:18 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The boom in fossil energy has allowed us to enjoy a stability that we may not be able to maintain in the future
    • As society erodes, power concentrates in those intent on grabbing it
    • Nurturing cultural capital is key to maintaining freedom and fairness
    • Strategies for reducing your risk to societal breakdown

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Now we need to prepare those people who live in borderline uncivilized nations, which include the US, Mexico, much of South America, and a few European nations for what is coming next.

    Ask yourself this: If tensions are this bad now, while relatively abundant resources exist, how bad do you think they’ll get during the next economic downturn or financial crisis?

    One of the core predicaments is that the future simply cannot be more wonderful than the past in terms of ease of life and living standards. The pie is no longer growing like it used to, and someday it will begin to shrink.

    My Monkey Brain

    I have a confession to make. I react strongly to injustice. It simply makes my blood boil. Writing this article has been one of my less fun adventures in a while because of all the horrible injustices I had to wade through to assemble it.

    For a long time I thought that my angry reaction to injustice had to do with old childhood slights around unequal Christmas gifts or something, but I’ve since learned it’s a more primal reaction than that.

    Or perhaps I should say primate reaction.

    Watch how Capuchin monkeys react an unfair situation and if you are like me, you’ll…

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