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  • Podcast

    John Michael Greer: The God Of Technological Progress May Well Be Dead

    But society is unwilling to consider that
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, April 12, 2015, 6:49 PM

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    As we often state here at Peak Prosperity, the narratives we hold are immensely important. The stories running our heads influence everything from our beliefs to our values to our actions.

    Which is why it's so dangerous when a society clings onto a narrative that is no longer serving it well, a narrative divorced from reality.

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  • Insider

    Precious Metals: The Calculated Gamble

    by John Michael Greer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:40 PM

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    Executive Summary

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    If you have not yet read Part I: Precious Metals: The Unseen Risks, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    As I discussed in last month’s subscribers-only article, “Face First into the Limits to Growth,” the crisis faced by the global economy in the years immediately ahead of us is not primarily economic in nature. The explosive economic growth that reshaped the world over the last three centuries or so was made possible by the discovery of a few simple gateway technologies that gave humanity access to vast amounts of cheap, highly concentrated energy in the form of fossil fuels.

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    Precious Metals: The Unseen Risks

    by John Michael Greer

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:31 PM

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    Precious metals have been a core investment vehicle for very good reasons since before the beginning of recorded history.  In periods of crisis, by and large, precious metals – especially gold – maintain their value to a much greater degree than other media of exchange.  In times of complete political and social collapse, in turn, precious metals – again, especially gold – are often accepted in exchange for goods and services when nothing else has any exchange value at all.

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    Slamming Face-First into the Limits to Growth

    Money will no longer guarantee wealth
    by John Michael Greer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 2:27 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Escalating costs of resource extraction and associated pollution are key headwinds on future economic growth
    • For the first time in generations, the same limits to growth that handicapped pre-industrial society are reasserting themselves
    • Our economic and political leaders are misdiagnosing the root problem, and therefore prescribing the wrong treatments
    • Remember stagflation? Get ready to experience it again – with a vengeance

    If you have not yet read The Tangled Relationship between Wealth & Money available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The forces driving today’s ongoing economic crisis were sketched out decades ago in the pages of the Club of Rome’s epochal 1973 study, The Limits to Growth.  Mention that book to most people nowadays, and those who admit they’ve heard of it at all routinely insist that it made false claims about the future.

    The irony – and it’s not a small one – is that this simply isn’t true…

    A society in this situation can expand its production of goods and services – its 'wealth economy,' in the terms used in Part I – up to the limits of the environment’s ability to provide resources and absorb waste. Once those limits appear in the rearview mirror, though, any further expansion of the wealth economy runs into two insurmountable difficulties…

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    The Tangled Relationship Between Wealth & Money

    And why we're focusing on the wrong economic 'fixes'
    by John Michael Greer

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 1:43 PM

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    One of the most dangerous mistakes possible to make in trying to understand the shape of the economic future is to think of the fundamental concepts of economics as simple and uncontroversial.  They aren’t. 

    In economics, as in all other fields, the fundamentals are where disguised ideologies and unexamined presuppositions are most likely to hide out, precisely because nobody questions them.

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    Off the Cuff: Our Government is Feeding Itself by Eating Itself

    "Absolutely typical of an empire in decline"
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, January 10, 2013, 4:45 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and John Michael Greer discuss:

    • Government By Cannibalism
      • ​Good programs are increasingly killed to support bad ones
    • ​'Shale Miracle' Propaganda PR
      • ​The energy boom story we're being sold is wrong
    • ​How to Cut Your Energy Consumption by 25% for a Few $ Hundred
      • ​A simple trip to the hardware store
    • ​Living with Less
      • ​Easier than you think. More satisfying, too
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