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  • Podcast

    Joseph Tainter: The Collapse Of Complex Societies

    What history predicts about our future prospects
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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    By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of The Collapse Of Complex Societies (free book download here).

    Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on — an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. 

    He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their energy subsidies reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. That is what we are going to be talking about today, especially in regards to where our culture is today, the risks it faces, and whether or not we might already be past the tipping point towards collapse but just don’t know it yet.

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    Leanne Baker: Investing In Gold & Silver Mining Companies

    How to identify the best prospects in this risky sector
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, May 14, 2017, 6:44 PM

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    For precious metals investors looking to increase their exposure to this asset class beyond owning bullion or gold and silver ETFs, mining companies are a natural consideration. Their prices usually move much more dramatically in response to smaller price moves in the underlying metals they mine. In a bull market, it's very possible for the share prices of these companies to increase by hundreds of percents within a year or two.

    But there are a lot of gold and silver mining companies out there, many of which are small operators. Risk abounds in this sector. And for the past half-decade, most of these companies have been absolute widow-makers for investors. How do we identify which companies are worth considering and which should be avoided? How (if at all) should the small investor go about gaining exposure to precious metals mining companies?

    To address this, Dr. Leanne Baker, former mining analyst at Solomon Smith Barney and current director of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, joins the podcast this week.

    Click the play button below to listen to Chris' interview with Leanne Baker (46m:16s).

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  • Podcast

    Daron Acemoglu: Why Nations Fail

    It's what you do with what you've got
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 7, 2016, 4:17 PM

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    Why do some nations rise while others wither? Why have some of the world's largest empires eventually crumbled? What are the 'best practices' that a modern nation should follow if it desires sustainable prosperity for its citizenry?

    To answer these questions, we welcome MIT professor Doran Acemoglu and co-author of the book Why Nations Fail. His observations? Yes, national prosperity has some correlation to the resources available to the State, but importantly, it's determined by how those resources are put to productive — and fair — use.

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    In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

    A requiem for planet Earth
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:09 PM

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    As we've been discussing of late here at PeakProsperity.com, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial.

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    Who Will Be Tomorrow’s Superpower?

    The geo-political map is set to change. Is the world ready?
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:15 PM

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    There’s a popular geopolitical parlor game called Who will be the next superpower?

    While the game excels at triggering a mind-fogging tsunami of nationalistic emotions, it doesn’t shed much light on the really consequential question: What is power?

    These are important questions to ponder as, around the world, unsustainable policies from the 20th century are beginning to fail in earnest. What will the future geopolitical landscape look like in their aftermath?

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    Who Will Dominate This Century?

    Which country(ies) are best positioned to exert themselves?
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:14 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The key requirements for being a word power
    • Is the "superpower" model sustainable in today's age?
    • The key ability to leverage resources
    • Which country(ies) is most likely to dominate in this century?

    If you have not yet read Who Will Be Tomorrow's Superpower? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we surveyed the nature of power to explore the concept of superpowers.  In this Part 2, we look at power as the ability to solve problems.

    What Are the Available Resources?

    Solving problems in the real world is not an abstract project, though abstract concepts may undergird the solutions. In the real world, we have to use whatever resources are available, with an eye on cost, scale and sustainability.

    Alternative energy offers a useful example. Almost everyone agrees that alternatives to fossil fuels would be beneficial, but what is generally overlooked is the tiny scale of alternatives in the current scheme of things.  Depending on what’s being included as alternative (hydropower, etc.), alternative energy sources currently comprise a few percentage points of total energy consumption.

    To scale alternatives up to even 50% of current consumption will require not just a monumental amount of capital investment; it also requires the invention and manufacture of new systems of energy storage on an equally vast scale.

    As has been noted many times, this capital investment includes an extended period of fossil fuels consumption, as we need huge amounts of energy to construct alternative sources and storage systems. Some have characterized this as building an aircraft in the air while keeping your current aircraft aloft.

    As Peak Prosperity members know well, capital has a variety of forms, all of which work together: financial, intellectual, social, human, cultural and symbolic. All these forms of capital must be…

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    The Environment: Depleting Resources – Crash Course Chapter 23

    Why scarcity will define the future
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:44 PM

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    The bottom line is this: we, as a species, all over the globe, have already mined the richest ores, found the easiest energy sources, and farmed the richest soils that our Environment has to offer.

    We have taken several hundreds of millions of years of natural ore body, fossil energy deposition, aquifer accumulation, soil creation, and animal population growth — and largely burned through them in the few years since oil was discovered. It is safe to say that in human terms, once these are gone, man, they’re gone.

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  • Podcast

    Michael Klare: Finite Resources And The Geography of Conflict

    In the end, all wars are resource wars
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:49 PM

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    Ukraine. Iraq. Nigeria. Libya. Tunisia. Syria. All are hotspots of conflict in different regions of the world, yet the same underlying cause behind each can clearly be seen when looking through the lens of finite resources.

    In this week's podcast, Chris talks with Hampshire college professor Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for World's Last Resources and Resource Wars.

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    Off the Cuff: It’s All About Resources

    Competition & conflicts are heating up
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:51 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Jim discuss:

    • What the Ukraine Is Telling US
      • Resources are at the heart of coming conflicts
    • US Oil Is Back Over $100/Barrel
      • The 'Long Emergency' is real
    • Age Wars
      • Generational friction is on the rise
    • The Social Dynamics of the Future
      • Why they'll likely feel quite different from today's
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    What If Nations Were Less Dependent on One Another?

    The Case for Autarky
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 8:13 PM

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    Autarky is more than a ten-dollar word for self-sufficiency, as it implies a number of questions that “self-sufficiency” alone might not.

    The ability to survive without trade or aid from other nations, for example, is not the same as the ability to reap enormous profits or grow one’s economy without trade with other nations. In other words, 'self-sufficiency' in terms of survival does not necessarily imply prosperity, but it does imply freedom of action without dependency on foreign approval, capital, resources, and expertise.

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