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    Our New Book: Prosper!

    The long-awaited sequel to The Crash Course
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, October 30, 2015, 11:37 PM

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    It offers a blueprint for taking control of and improving your destiny.

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    What Should I Do? – Crash Course Chapter 26

    Take prudent steps NOW, while there's still time
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:43 PM

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    If there’s one message to take away from this newly-updated Crash Course video series, it’s this:  It’s time for you to become more resilient and more engaged. Things are changing quickly and nobody knows how much time we have before the next economic, ecological or energy related crisis erupts.  Nobody knows when, but we do have a pretty good idea of what is coming.

    And it is within your control to enter the coming future with a higher degree of security, prosperity and fulfillment than you enjoy now.

     

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    Future Shock – Crash Course Chapter 25

    The unsustainable often ends abruptly
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, December 27, 2014, 3:24 AM

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    Chapter 25 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

    Here at the penultimate chapter of The Crash Course, everything we've learned comes together into a single narrow range of time we'll call the twenty-teens. 

    What this chapter offers is a comprehensive view of how all of our problems are actually interrelated and need to be viewed as such, or solutions will continue to elude us.

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    Energy & The Economy – Crash Course Chapter 22

    Why society will be forced to become less complex
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, November 22, 2014, 1:17 AM

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    In the past few chapters on Energy EconomicsPeak Cheap Oil, and the false promise of Shale Oil, we've gone into great detail to show how our economic growth is deeply dependent on our energy systems.

    Understanding the known facts behind this story, as well as each of the stated risks is what The Crash Course is about: assessing those risks and deciding what, if anything, a prudent adult should do about adapting to these realities and facing these risks. 

     

     

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    A National Failure to Save & Invest – Crash Course Chapter 16

    Compounding the challenge of Too Much Debt
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:08 PM

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    As detailed in earlier chapters, the US' debts and unfunded liabilities far exceed its assets. But making matters worse, the country is suffering from a prolonged failure to save and invest — both at the personal and national level.

    Being over-indebted and under-capitalized is a recipe for hardship as we move into the future, especially if economic growth is going to be harder to come by (which we forecast in the upcoming chapters on net energy). Each year we continue this deficit makes us less able to withstand systemic shocks (a 2008-style financial crisis, an energy shock, the outbreak of war), some number of which lie undoubtedly ahead at some point.

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    Demographics – Crash Course Chapter 15

    Age distribution is too lopsided to support entitlements
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:21 PM

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    Our national demographic architecture no longer can afford the entitlement system we have. And that's even assuming entitlements were currently sufficiently funded. But as the last chapter showed, the existing programs are underfunded to the tune of $100-200 Trillion. 

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    Assets & Liabilities – Crash Course Chapter 14

    Why the US is deeply insolvent
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:29 AM

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    Building on the previous chapter on the US' tremendous and exponentially-increasing debt, this chapter looks at the shocking shortfall between our nation's assets and its liabilities.

    In short, America is deeply insolvent. We're just not admitting it yet.

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    Debt – Crash Course Chapter 13

    There's just too damn much of it
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:04 AM

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    The fundamental failing of today's global economy can be summarized simply: Too Much Debt

    We have taken too much of it on, too fast, in too many markets around the world, to have any hope of making good on it. Not only does the math not work out, but also on a moral level

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    How Much Is A Trillion? – Crash Course Chapter 12

    So big, humans really can't grasp it
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, September 5, 2014, 3:45 PM

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    One trillion is a big number. In this short video, we try to help you get a sense for just how big; but the reality is simply that the human brain can't really suitably comprehend magnitudes this large.

    Which is why we should be concerned that the US' money supply has ballooned to over $12 trillion dollars over the past decade. And that its outstanding debts and liabilities are many multiples that amount.

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    Inflation – Crash Course Chapter 11

    Our devaluing dollars are a historically recent phenomenon
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:36 PM

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    For close to 300 years, inflation in the US remained very subdued. Small spurts occurred around major wars (Revolutionary, Civil, WW1, etc), but after each, inflation quickly trended back down to its long-term baseline. If you lived during this stretch of time, your money had roughly the same purchasing power your great-grandfather's did.

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