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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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  • 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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    Joel Salatin: Curing Society’s Constipation Of Imagination

    We can do things profoundly better
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, May 22, 2017, 12:19 AM

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    The always colorful "renegade farmer" Joel Salatin returns to the podcast this week to share his latest thoughts on creative yet practical solutions society could and should be pursuing vs limiting and litigating everything under the sun.

    Much of what's needed is a shift in thinking and priorities, says Salatin. And it starts with embracing initiative, accountability, and a 'do more with what we have' mentality — which stands in stark contrast to the "we just need more stuff" narrative of today's status quo.

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    What Triggers Collapse?

    Massive disruption often happens quickly
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:33 PM

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    Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo—dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt—is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements break down?  Can we predict how-when-where with any accuracy?

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    Preparing for the Coming Breakdown

    Protecting yourself from social collapse
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:18 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • The boom in fossil energy has allowed us to enjoy a stability that we may not be able to maintain in the future
    • As society erodes, power concentrates in those intent on grabbing it
    • Nurturing cultural capital is key to maintaining freedom and fairness
    • Strategies for reducing your risk to societal breakdown

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Rising Police Aggression A Telling Indicator Of Our Societal Decline available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    Now we need to prepare those people who live in borderline uncivilized nations, which include the US, Mexico, much of South America, and a few European nations for what is coming next.

    Ask yourself this: If tensions are this bad now, while relatively abundant resources exist, how bad do you think they’ll get during the next economic downturn or financial crisis?

    One of the core predicaments is that the future simply cannot be more wonderful than the past in terms of ease of life and living standards. The pie is no longer growing like it used to, and someday it will begin to shrink.

    My Monkey Brain

    I have a confession to make. I react strongly to injustice. It simply makes my blood boil. Writing this article has been one of my less fun adventures in a while because of all the horrible injustices I had to wade through to assemble it.

    For a long time I thought that my angry reaction to injustice had to do with old childhood slights around unequal Christmas gifts or something, but I’ve since learned it’s a more primal reaction than that.

    Or perhaps I should say primate reaction.

    Watch how Capuchin monkeys react an unfair situation and if you are like me, you’ll…

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    The Schizophrenia Tormenting Our Society & Economy

    Look no further than the TV
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:51 AM

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    What can popular television programs tell us about the zeitgeist (spirit of the age) of our culture and economy? 

    It’s an interesting question, as all mass media both responds to and shapes our interpretations and explanations of changing times. It’s also an important question, as mass media trends crystallize and express new ways of understanding our era.

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    Desperately Seeking Substance

    Pursuit of the superficial is creating a social depression
    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:50 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • As we increasingly revere the superficial, we increase our subconscious craving for substance
    • What the success of Breaking Bad tells us about our confidence in meritocracy
    • The hopelessness of achieving the sold "American Dream" has created a cultural social depression
    • Healthy, authentic social mores will be found in our own making of them, not the idiot box

    If you have not yet read The Schizophrenia Tormenting Our Society & Economy available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we set the stage for an analysis of American TV as a reflection of the cultural schizophrenia created by a widening gap between the few at the top of the celebrity/wealth pyramid and everyone else. TV’s winner-take-all competitions reflect the normalization of our acceptance of a society that produces few winners and an abundance of losers, and of the partial redemption offered by temporary recognition or social-media popularity.

    On the surface, such shows reflect our culture’s belief in merit as the arbiter of success: the “best” competitor wins fair and square.  But beneath this superficial elevation of meritocracy are a variety of questions about the critical role of judges (experts) and the rewards of recognition, however fleeting: if the public spotlight is inaccessible, attracting a large number of “likes” for “selfies” photos offers a consolation form of popularity.

    That such adulation of celebrity and the gaze of others trigger the loss of an authentic self is never mentioned; asking why draws a blank, as that interpretation of celebrity simply doesn’t exist on the cultural stage.

    Let’s continue our exploration of TV’s subtexts by examining the ground-breaking series, Breaking Bad.

    The Many Subtexts of Breaking Bad

    Let me start by stipulating I am no expert on the series Breaking Bad, or indeed, on any TV series; I am commenting not on the plots or characters per se but on the series’ subtexts.

    Many have noted the implausibility of a schoolteacher in America not having health insurance (and also not qualifying for Medicaid), not to mention the premise (that a schoolteacher starts manufacturing one of the most destructive and addictive drugs on the planet, crystal meth, to pay for his cancer treatments).

    James Howard Kunstler recently took note of…

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    Diagnosing the Schizophrenia of our Society & Economy: Part 1

    by charleshughsmith

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1:37 PM

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    It is not coincidental that the phrase politics of experience was coined by a psychiatrist, R.D. Laing, for the phrase unpacks the way our internalized interpretation of experience can be shaped to create uniform beliefs about our society and economy that then lead to norms of behavior that support the political/economic status quo.

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    Class, Race, Hierarchy, and Social Relations in ‘The Long Emergency’

    Reality does not have an ideology
    by JHK

    Monday, July 29, 2013, 11:07 PM

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    After the second novel in my World Made By Hand series (The Witch of Hebron) came out in 2010, I was beset by indignant reviews and angry letters from female readers over my depiction of gender and class relations further along in the 21st century. The fictional future economy I described was, in its broad outlines, similar to the future sketched by Chris Martenson and his stable of writers — a re-set to a far more local, much less complex, and downscaled economy, with a lot of formerly modern comforts and conveniences missing from the picture.

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