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    Resilient Relocation

    Here's our "build it from the ground up" plan
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, September 20, 2019, 6:02 PM


    Executive Summary

    • When relocation makes sense (and when it doesn’t)
    • Developing the vision & plan for your relocation destination
    • Creating community
    • Which incentives will drive success

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Importance Of A Resilient Life, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Two weeks ago, I publicly revealed my plans to create a resilient living community. One that will offer me and other like-minded folks a beautiful place to live and positive cash flows.

    In good times, it can be used as a home, as a vacation destination, or simply a passive real estate investment. And if times get bad, it’s a fully-resilient retreat, ready to shelter you and your loved ones.

    The response to my announcement overwhelmed me. It clearly touched a nerve with thousands of people looking for a solution like this, hundreds of which have contacted me. In a week, dozens who want to participate will be meeting at my home in northern Massachusetts.

    Below, I’m sharing the process I’ve designed for this movement. The detailed vision. The requirements for the property we’re hunting for. The skills, attitudes and expertise I’m looking for when (very carefully) choosing who to accept into this community. The incentives for fostering the right group dynamics and discouraging the wrong ones. The financial realities.

    Read on if you’d like to learn more about this specific resilient relocation project, or if you’d like to integrate its insights into one of your own.

    Because if you wait to long to act, you’ll find that… (Enroll now to continue reading)


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    The Importance Of A Resilient Life

    In the end, it will mean all the difference
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, September 20, 2019, 6:00 PM


    My business partner Adam and I recently met with a successful business owner whose career began on Wall Street. The kind of guy who should be rooting for the system, because it has treated him well.

    Instead, he was quite nervous about the sustainability of the status quo. “Starting in August,” he said, “Maybe it was the Amazon catching fire, maybe it was the negative interest rates – I don’t know for certain what the trigger was – but something has snapped.”

    I agree. Because I feel it, too.

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    ALERT: Time To Relocate

    Why today's pace of change is driving me to seek better safety
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, September 6, 2019, 3:40 PM


    Executive Summary

    • Why it’s far better to be a year early than a date late when preparing for crisis
    • Why I’m issuing a rare Alert
    • What’s causing me to release this Alert now
    • My relocation criteria

    If you have not yet read Part 1: It’s The Pace Of Change That Kills You, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    As we say often here at Peak Prosperity: When it comes to preparing for crisis, it’s far better to be a year early than a day late.

    I’m perfectly willing to be early on timing, as long as I get the direction right.

    For example, I invested heavily in gold and silver beginning in 2001.  My first purchases of gold were at $300/oz.  Silver at $4.53/oz.

    I was early. Prices didn’t really start taking off until 2006.

    The bulk of these purchases happened after the sale of my house in 2003 when I had ~$250,000 of gains I had to do something with.  I rolled all of it into bullion.

    I was early on selling my house, too. The housing market didn’t roll over until 2007.

    Was I early on calling a housing bubble?  Yep.  Was I correct?  Again, yes.  Looking back does it matter that I was early to both the housing correction and precious metals rallies? Not at all.

    Here again I can state with equal conviction that we each need to be prepared for massive changes coming.  If that sounds vague it’s because they are going to impact virtually everything and every system we hold dear.

    Political.  Ecological.  Financial.  Cultural.  Social.  Our lives.  People we know.  Our communities.  All of them.  Every. Single. One.

    Massive debts, insufficient resources, rising pollution, collapsing food webs, and a near incomplete ability to have a proper national or global dialog about any of these things.  That’s what is setting the trajectory.

    Now, I very rarely send out Alerts.  An Alert is triggered if and only if I come across information that causes me to personally take action.

    Which I why I’m now issuing an Alert that after nearly 20 years of living in the same geography, I’m relocating. Recent events have accelerated to the point that I’m no longer comfortable in my current location.

    My top priorities: more land, a more robust local community that shares my passion for resilience, and state government that has greater respect for the individual and personal liberty.

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    Creating A World Worth Inheriting

    These opportunities excite me the most right now
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 17, 2019, 6:14 PM


    Executive Summary

    • Changing your fate requires action today
    • Here’s the action/opportunity I’m most focused on today in my own life
    • How to step into an “elder” role, if you have the courage
    • How to create a world worth inheriting

    If you have not yet read Part 1: The Path From Survival To Significance, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Our mission at Peak Prosperity is to “Create a world worth inheriting”. Every single day we feel like we’re doing everything we can to move towards this goal. But some days, it feels like our efforts may not be nearly enough to get the job done.

    But while our own actions may be insufficient, they are necessary. And paired with the steps you take, and those of the hundreds of thousands of other readers, our odds for success exponentially improve.

    I’d like to slip out of ‘convincing mode’ for this piece. Because so many people still seem to be unaware of our many predicaments, I often find myself leaning towards lining up all the evidence, in the hope that I can open a few more eyes.

    But not today. We all know the score. We’re collectively on a terribly unsustainable course. The data is overwhelming at this point.

    All of this then, leads to the idea that to create a world worth inheriting we have to first admit that our society is not on track to do that.

    It’s up to us to plan accordingly, based on what our own eyes, ears and hearts are telling us is true.

    Mine tell me that there’s a better way, one that does not involve squabbling like primitive monkeys over key resources.

    And then we must be willing to change on a very deep level. Both internally so we can be proper elders and compatriots to those around us, and externally as we move into a life of consuming less.

    I look around and I see people using their big brains to work with nature, create abundance, and believe in ourselves as creative forces for good.

    The opportunities that are capturing my personal attention most and are inspiring me into new action in my own life are…

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    The Benefits & Challenges Of Maintaining A Retreat Property

    Be smart when making the decision to purchase one
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, April 14, 2017, 10:18 PM


    Executive Summary

    • The matrix of factors to consider in a Plan B residence
    • What to know abot eacf of the five key factors
    • Not all second homes are fully functional
    • The challenges & benefits of maintaining two separate fully functional residences

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Does Your Plan B Include a Second Place to Live if Plan A Doesn’t Work Out? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1 we reviewed the three basic categories of Plan B Residences: temporary (to ride out an emergency); semi-permanent (to weather a recession/loss of income) and permanent (replacing Plan A residence with Plan B residence).

    In Part 2, we’ll consider a Matrix of Factors that will help us choose the inevitable trade-offs of costs and benefits, and add a category—permanent maintenance of two fully functional residences.

    The Matrix of Factors

    While there are many factors in any Plan B, I’ve pared the key factors in Plan B residences down to five: cost, control, security, depth of resources and functions enabled. Each is on a sliding scale from low to high. There are costs and benefits to each being low, medium or high.


    Let’s go over each factor.


    While cost measured by price is self-explanatory, this also includes opportunity costs (what else could have been accomplished with the money?), time (the hassle factor of how long it will take to get something done) and labor—how much labor must be invested to accomplish a goal.

    There is even a stress cost: how much will this goal/project add to my stress load? Even if the money needed is on hand, the overall cost can be high in terms of time, hassle, stress and opportunity cost.


    By this I mean ownership (of the land, the house, etc.), contractual control (of jointly owned assets, of any hired labor, etc.) and functional control, i.e. residency.  As many have discovered to their regret, it’s possible to have legal ownership/control but end up with effectively zero functional control, as your house might be occupied by squatters or family members who morphed from allies to enemies.

    Control is important because…

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    Having A ‘Retreat’ Property Comes With Real Challenges

    About that bug-out plan...
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:07 PM


    A flurry of recent headlines has highlighted the financial elites’ interest in secure retreats (a.k.a. bug-out locations) should the trucks stop rolling. 

    The intuitive solution to many, from the super-wealthy on down, is some version of a hideaway in the woods: a remote locale known only to the owner, where the owner can burrow safely away until the storm passes.

    It turns out security and independence are tricky qualities, and surprising reversals are not just possible but likely: what appears to be secure at first glance might be highly insecure, and independence turns out to be highly relative.

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    Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest

    The critical 40% income-to-food threshold
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:34 AM


    As we observe the growing unrest in Ukraine, there is the usual rush to ascribe a cause. Was it meddling by the West? Russia? Was it corruption by prior leaders? Simmering resentments that stretch back centuries that finally erupted?

    The answers apply to Ukraine as well as to many other countries. Which is why having an accurate framework, a clear 'lens' for seeing what is actually transpiring, will prove far more useful to you than 99% of what you will hear on the ni

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    What To Avoid When Relocating

    Whether in or outside of your home country
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:34 AM


    Executive Summary

    • The math explaining why Ukraine was a predictable flashpoint
    • Why the IMF's "help" is about to make the Ukranian situation a lot worse
    • Implications for those considering relocating inside or outside of the US
    • Chris' "must have" ingredients that make a potential relocation destination worth considering

    If you have not yet read Rising Resource Costs Escalate Odds of Global Unrest, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.


    Now back to Dave’s original series of questions. I think that Ukraine was primed and ready for a shove into instability.

    There’s a well known psychology experiment where two male rats can be placed in a cage where they will live somewhat happily as long as they have sufficient food. However, if painful electric shocks are applied to the floor of the cage in such a way that the rats cannot escape, the two males will begin fighting.

    Keep up the shocks long enough and the fighting will be severe, even to the death.

    What’s happening? The rats lack the context to know that the shocks are coming from outside somewhere. The only thing they can project their discomfort onto is the only other living thing in their sight – the other rat.

    So they fight.

    Similarly, the people of Ukraine lack the context to know just who is to blame for the unpleasant conditions in which they live and seemingly cannot escape. So they blame each other and fight each other. They blame the President and so he’s gone. But the next one, and the ones following, will be just as bad; and eventually they will each be in turn ousted, too.

    The problem is the shocks are not being caused by players they can see and blame. We’ll get to more on that in a minute.

    By the numbers, the …:

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  • What Should I Do?
    Photo: Amanda Witman

    Moving to Town

    One family’s journey toward greater resilience
    by Amanda Witman

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:54 PM


    Last year I was living with my children in a worn 1969 split-level ranch-style house on an acre, ten rural miles from the nearest town hub (technically a city, with a population of 12,000.)  This year we moved to a 1920s two-story Victorian on a tenth of an acre, right in the heart of that city.  I’d like to share how we made that decision and increased our resilience in the process.

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