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    Off The Cuff: Cartel-driven Politics

    How the recent debates reveal the agendas of the deep-pocket donors
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10:17 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

    • Cartel-driven Politics
      • The debates reveal the agenda of the deep-pocket donors
    • Our Broken Health Care & Education Systems
      • They serve the cartels at the expense of their customers
    • ‘Burnout’ Is Becoming An Epidemic
      • And this is during the “good times”?
    • We Need A Movement Focused On “Meaning”
      • Isn’t that (and happiness) what really matters in life?

    This week Chris and Charles take a close look at the platforms being promoted by the bevy of presidential hopefuls, and lament the lock-step commitment to the same “business as usual” that is destroying the prospects and well-being of everyday Americans.

    Rather than looking critically at the “borrow and spend” addiction that is drowning us under an unserviceable mountain of debt and liabilities, the candidates are hustling to out-compete each other in spending $trillions more. All, of course, in service to the corporate cartels donating to their campaigns:

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    The Path Forward

    How to self-educate for success
    by Chris Martenson

    Sunday, March 24, 2019, 9:27 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • Learning how to become rich requires 'unlearning' what we're taught in school
    • Clarifying the path forward
    • Recommended reading for getting started on the journey
    • Why investing in your continuing education is so critical at this juncture

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The One True Thing, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The good news in our civilization is that there’s no reason at all for you to remain parked in whatever slot you’ve been assigned or fallen into.  You can break free and either move up — or even out of — the pyramid.

    But first you have to understand the beliefs that keep you where you are.

    As I write this I'm on the Real Estate Radio Guys annual Summit At Sea event (March 14-24), surrounded by very successful entrepreneurs and investors. 

    Two key themes of the conference are (1) learning how to be a successful real estate investor, and (2) unlearning all the unhelpful crap you were taught throughout your upbringing.

    Learning the right things and unlearning the wrong things.  Education and beliefs. 

    One of the more delightfully blunt faculty speakers at this event is Robert Kiyosaki (of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame) who keeps drilling home the point that the education system is not designed to help you achieve financial freedom. Rather, it's designed to slot you into the most heavily-taxed layer of the pyramid, and then keep you there.

    The “Employee” slot, no matter how well-compensated, is heavily taxed.  As soon as you break out of a poverty-level paycheck you quickly escalate towards an overall combined rate of taxation of about 40%.

    What if you were to learn that there were other means of making money that will legally reduce your tax rates to 20%, or even to 0%?  Further, what if you learned that nearly all of the rich people are operating in these areas? 

    It's true. And so we learn that….     (Enroll to read more)

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    The One True Thing

    Until you understand it, it will rule your life
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4:57 AM

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    Until you see clearly how the rules of society work, you will be trapped within a system of control.

    What you mistake for reality is instead a fabricated simulation, designed to keep you trapped right where the system wants you.

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    The Burrito Index: Consumer Prices Have Soared 160% Since 2001

    Calculating the real inflation rate
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, July 29, 2016, 7:31 PM

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    In our household, we measure inflation with the "Burrito Index": How much has the cost of a regular burrito at our favorite taco truck gone up?

    Since we keep detailed records of expenses (a necessity if you’re a self-employed free-lance writer), I can track the real-world inflation of the Burrito Index with great accuracy: the cost of a regular burrito from our local taco truck has gone up from $2.50 in 2001 to $5 in 2010 to $6.50 in 2016.

    That’s a $160% increase since 2001; 15 years in which the official inflation rate reports that what $1 bought in 2001 can supposedly be bought with $1.35 today.

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    Farmer Phil’s Permaculture: The Original Permaculture Children’s Book

    Free book for Peak Prosperity readers!
    by Phil Williams

    Monday, July 6, 2015, 10:25 PM

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    Most of the permaculture books and material you see is geared toward adults with at least a basic knowledge of the design science. My wife Denise and I feel strongly that children are under served in the permaculture world.

    This is why we wrote a permaculture children’s picture book. This book is a great way to introduce young children to permaculture concepts. It is the original and the only permaculture children’s storybook in existence. As a thank you to Peak Prosperity readers, I am giving away a free PDF of the book for everyone to try. The download is at the bottom of this article.

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    How Life Will Change

    Logistics and values in the post-industrial future
    by JHK

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:16 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • In a future defined by diminished economy, due to depleting resources, what can we expect?
    • A return to "old-style" cultural norms looks inevitable for:
      • Spirituality
      • Trust & Reputation
      • Values & Virtues
      • Leadership & Order
      • Education
      • Commerce
      • Jobs & Work

    If you have not yet read Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The journey to where we’re going, the transition to the next economy and the society that comes with it, is liable to be harsh and disruptive. Network breakdown will be the order of the day. Money and goods will stop moving. People will lose a lot. They’ll lose property, imagined wealth, comfortable routines, faith in institutions and authorities. In some places they may lose personal security or freedom. Depending on how disorderly politics gets, we may lose family, loved ones, and friends. People will be very unsure of who or what they can depend on. We might expect pervasive desperation, anger, and despair.

    One thing I fully expect is…

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    “The Government Comes Up With the Money”

    A mindset that's killing our economy
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 4:48 AM

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    I'm half-heartedly watching the State of the Union address right now. What a cynic I've become.

    My younger self would be shocked and saddened to learn how I've come to view these annual addresses as little more than a game of charades. The President (not just Obama, but his predecessors, too) reads a carefully and expensively constructed script designed either to elicit self-congratulatory applause from the echo chamber side of the hall, or to lob political harpoons into the other.

    But in the end, it's nothing more than a game of words. And the real issues that desperately need addressing get ignored, glossed over, or showered with pablum and over-promises that will never materialize.

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    Using the Crash Course to Educate Teens

    A teacher's tool for navigating future career paths
    by heronview

    Friday, December 13, 2013, 8:24 PM

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    Can you imagine how it must feel to be a teenager today confronting your economic future? Do you go to college and incur a debt you will spend the rest of your life repaying? Or do you consider jumping right into the job market, and finding a job, any job, to begin to build a resume? I am an independent studies teacher at a small charter school, and students are my special interest. The Crash Course materials have played a valuable role in answering some of those questions that teens confront.

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    The (Needed) Revolution Emerging in Education

    The cartel-controlled college education model is failing
    by charleshughsmith

    Thursday, October 3, 2013, 10:10 PM

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    There is a revolution underway in education that is being driven by digital technology.  Like all technologically fueled upheavals, this revolution requires creative destruction of the current industry, which is resisting the revolution even as it attempts to embrace the parts that might preserve the status quo.

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    The New Education Models Offering New Hope

    More effective, cheaper, faster & possible today
    by charleshughsmith

    Thursday, October 3, 2013, 10:09 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The 4 higher education solutions of the Nearly Free University
    • How higher education can be both cheaper & better than today's alternatives
    • The catalytic roles played by both networking & network theory
    • Making decisions for yourself/your children in this new emerging education spectrum

    If you have not yet read The (Needed) Revolution Emerging in Education, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part I, we surveyed the foundations of Higher Education and its obsolete Factory Model.  We described its predatory reliance on student loans to feed its bloated cost structure and its failure to provide students with the skills needed in the economy of the 2010s; i.e., the emerging economy.

    In essence, the foundation of higher education has been completely upended.  Knowledge and instruction, once costly and scarce, are now abundant and nearly free. The only pricing power left to Higher Education cartel is the artificial scarcity of credentials.

    That is not the power of a productive system; it is the power of a predatory system.

    The Four Higher Education Solutions of the Nearly Free University

    There are four broad technology-enabled solutions that would free higher education from its current cartel limitations on opportunities and accreditation…

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