Tag Archives: Collapse

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    Preparing for the Coming Breakdown

    Protecting yourself from social collapse
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:18 PM


    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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    On Creating a World Worth Inheriting

    Our current actions will define our future
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:52 PM


    We all know that the current paradigm is unsustainable over longer time frames. Here are a few of the ways in which we can express that concept more specifically:

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    FerFAL: Here’s What It Looks Like When Your Country’s Economy Collapses

    Argentina is showing us the playbook in real-time
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7:36 PM


    Argentina is a country re-entering crisis territory it knows too well. The country has defaulted on its sovereign debt three times in the past 32 years, and looks poised to do so again soon.

    Its currency, the peso, devalued by more than 20% in January alone. Inflation is currently running at 25%. Argentina's budget deficit is exploding and, based on credit default swap rates, the market is placing an 85% chance of a sovereign default within the next five years.

    Want to know what it's like living through a currency collapse? Argentina is providing us with a real-time window.

    So, we've invited Fernando "FerFAL" Aquirre back onto the program to provide commentary on the events on the ground there. What is life like right now for the average Argentinian?

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    Bob Moriarty: Solving Our National Problems Starts With Sound Money

    The bedrock for fiscal, legal, education & health systems
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, November 9, 2013, 5:14 PM


    At the Casey Research Summit last month, Chris had the opportunity to sit down with longtime precious metals investor and proprietor of 321gold.com, Bob Moriarty.

    Right before their conversation, Bob had picked up a local Arizona newspaper and read an AP article titled "US Reliability Questioned Overseas" (the government shutdown was in full swing at this time). It discussed, among other concerns voiced by foreigners, whether continuing to rely on the US dollar as the world's reserve currency is prudent given America's political dysfunction and its debt levels.

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    John Rubino: Out of Good Options

    We've borrowed too much for too long
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, October 26, 2013, 7:43 PM


    In this week's podcast John Rubino provides an excellent explanation of why governing has become such hard sledding of late for our politicians. Since they have enjoyed an ever-expanding pie so far in their careers, they don't have any professional experience of prioritizing spending, which the sluggish economy is now demanding of them. They are, simply put, the wrong people for the job.

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    Class, Race, Hierarchy, and Social Relations in ‘The Long Emergency’

    Reality does not have an ideology
    by JHK

    Monday, July 29, 2013, 11:07 PM


    After the second novel in my World Made By Hand series (The Witch of Hebron) came out in 2010, I was beset by indignant reviews and angry letters from female readers over my depiction of gender and class relations further along in the 21st century. The fictional future economy I described was, in its broad outlines, similar to the future sketched by Chris Martenson and his stable of writers — a re-set to a far more local, much less complex, and downscaled economy, with a lot of formerly modern comforts and conveniences missing from the picture.

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    Daily Digest 6/2 – The High Cost Of Unemployment, Devastating OK Storms Continue

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, June 2, 2013, 2:38 PM

    • Get Far Away From USA … Its Collapse Will Be Messy: Jeff Berwick
    • U.S. judge orders Google to turn over data to FBI
    • Why Didn't the SEC Catch Madoff? It Might Have Been Policy Not To
    • The High Cost Of Unemployment
    • Unemployment Hits Record High in Euro Zone
    • Deadly Storms in Oklahoma Bring Flooding and More Tornadoes
    • Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

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    A Clear Picture of What to Expect

    The five stages of collapse
    by JHK

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:14 AM


    Executive Summary

    • Dmitry Orlov's recent work shows how sovereign collapse progresses along a well understood trajectory
    • Understanding the elements & ramifications of each stage is critical to positioning oneself safely in advance
    • The five stages: financial, commercial, political, social & cultural
    • The U.S. looks certain to follow this progression at least partway in our lifetimes, likely sooner than later. The decisions you make and actions you take now will have outsized repercussions for your future.

    If you have not yet read Part I: America the Vulnerable, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Orlov’s Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects was a tour de force of political writing with true literary panache. It announced the arrival on the scene of a major thinker in a period of history that didn’t care much about thinkers (unless they could invent cell-phone apps). After that first book, he published some books of assorted essays, and now he's out with another major statement titled The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit (New Society Publishers).  

    This new book assumes that global industrial civilization is on a collapse trajectory, and Orlov doesn’t waste any ink on arguments trying to prove that. Rather, he lays out in detail exactly how the process of civilizational collapse may actually happen. For many readers and observers, the prospect is often conceived in narratives of Hollywood-style apocalyptic melodrama with some kind of sudden chaos driving the story. Orlov avoids that tripe and instead presents a clear declension of proceedings that unfold naturally and comprehensibly in a certain order like the progressive organ failure that doctors encounter in the intensive care unit. 

    Orlov calls his method “a taxonomy of collapse.” The point of the book, he writes, is “(n)ot whether collapse will occur, but rather what it looks like, what to expect, and how we should behave should we wish to survive.”

    The Five Stages of Collapse

    As he conceives it, the five stages would tend to play out in sequence based on the breaching of particular boundaries of consensual faith and trust that groups of human beings vest in the institutions and systems they depend on for daily life. These boundaries run from the least personal (e.g. trust in banks and governments) to the most personal (faith in your local community, neighbors, and kin)…

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    America the Vulnerable

    History warns we're sleepwalking towards collapse
    by JHK

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:13 AM


    For most people, the collapse of civilizations is a subject much more appetizingly viewed in the rearview mirror than straight ahead down whatever path or roadway we are on.

    Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of earlier civilizations to great acclaim and brisk sales, in a nimbus of unimpeachable respectability. The stories he told about bygone cultures gone to seed were, above all, dramatic. No reviewers or other intellectual auditors dissed him for suggesting that empires inevitably run aground on the shoals of resource depletion, population overshoot, changes in the weather, and the diminishing returns of complexity.

    Yet these are exactly the same problems that industrial-technocratic societies face today, and those of us who venture to discuss them are consigned to a tin-foil-hat brigade, along with the UFO abductees and Bigfoot trackers. This is unfortunate, but completely predictable, since the sunk costs in all the stuff of daily life (freeways, malls, tract houses) are so grotesquely huge that letting go of them is strictly unthinkable. We’re stuck with a very elaborate setup that has no future, but we refuse to consider the consequences…

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    Doing Laundry with Less

    A different perspective on getting the wash done
    by Steady Footsteps

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:10 PM


    Let's talk about laundry!

    It seems to me that those collapse-conscious folks who don't ignore the topic of laundry either anticipate a grueling regime of boiling clothes with homemade lye soap, beating clothes on a rock in a stream, or else getting used to living in filth and squalor. Hard as it is to believe for folks who grew up with the convenience of automatic washers and dryers and listening to tales of the bad old days of starch and lye, wringer washers, and/or boiling vats, there is a completely different, totally reasonable tradition of clothes washing that I've observed during the time that I've been in Vietnam.

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