Tag Archives: vision

  • Insider

    The Rich Are Planning For Catastrophe

    What do they know that you don't?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:10 PM


    Executive Summary

    • Why the wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
    • The "madness of crowds" virtually ensures a period of social chaos when the system breaks
    • The media is, and will continue to be, used to manipulate the masses
    • The growing risk of a new kind of civil war in America
    • Preparing today will give you vastly more options tomorrow

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

    The Wealthy Are Plotting To Leave Us Behind

    In the absence of an official plan, you'd better have your own — something the extremely wealthy are already working on for themselves.

    As the co-founders of Peak Prosperity, Adam and I happen to know and/or interact with quite a few wealthy people who are deeply concerned about the future and taking steps to assure their survival in it.  These people have access to the very best information; they know the system better than your average citizen.  They know what the weak points are and what could go wrong.

    From our observations, it’s safe to say that the more insider-experience an individual has, the greater their concern.

    The least-concerned people are those without much knowledge of the system (i.e., most "regular" folks). Or a weak sense of curiosity. Or, most damagingly, a propensity to get their news from the mainstream media.  Let’s just say that the information available to the “retail crowd” is either incomplete or misleading (and quite often intentionally so).

    What I mean to say more directly is: if you're not already a billionaire and getting access to the very best and most accurate information, you’d do well to….

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    Peak Prosperity

    The New Me (Round 2)

    Adam's story
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1:52 PM


    Our longtime readers likely remember Chris' recount of his health transformation back in 2011, in which he trimmed off over 30 pounds through a process of prudent changes to his lifestyle.

    I've gone through a similar transformation as Chris and have been meaning to share that story for a while now.


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    Big Ideas at the Commonwealth Club (Transcript)

    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:39 PM


    Last night (Tuesday, January 26th, 2010) I gave a talk to a sold-out audience at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. The crowd was excellent, and I was thrilled to have the chance to deliver our message at this venue.

    I say ‘our message’ because so many of you helped to shape the talk, and, most importantly, practically forbade me from doing anything but delivering a no-holds-barred message.  So that’s what I did.

    Here are a couple of observations.  Five years ago I was delivering a version of this message in the basement community room in a local bank in Brattleboro, VT to very small audiences.  Yesterday, a half hour before the talk began, there were ~30 people waiting in a side room for a small chance at one standby ticket.

    Five years ago, the audiences were all ‘of an age.’  Now they include many more younger people and represent a much broader cross section of society, beliefs, professions, and income levels.

    My impression is that the tide is shifting, powerfully, and yesterday’s response proved to me that ideas matter, that people care, and that getting our collective act together is a rapidly-ascending priority for a growing group of people.  Whoever says that there’s no interest anymore in big ideas is flat-out wrong. 

    So thank you to everyone that came, and, if you couldn’t make it in, I’m sorry, and I hope that we get a chance to meet soon elsewhere.  If you can make it to the Sonora event, tomorrow night (Thursday, 6-9:30), I’d love to see you there.

    Below is the speech I gave (not an exact transcript, but very close).

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    Happy Birthday, Crash Course!

    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, October 23, 2009, 2:10 PM


    One year ago today, the final installment of the Crash Course was loaded to the site.

    Happy birthday, Crash Course!

    It was a terrible concept and a worse business decision.  Three and a half hours of intellectually dense material, lacking a happy ending, that I decided to give away for free.  On paper, it should have been a disaster.  But in reality, it has been enormously successful, having been featured in the Washington Post, on PBS, in the Huffington Post, and on Financial Sense Newshour with Jim Puplava, just to name a few..

    So now that a year has passed, and this incredible and vibrant community has coalesced around the Crash Course, let’s review where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished.

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  • Blog

    Introducing our new moderators

    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, December 26, 2008, 9:38 PM


    Let me begin by sharing a couple of recent anecdotes.

    A woman, now retired, who ran breastfeeding and child nutrition programs out of the UN for years, was offended by a recent post here that strayed off the reservation and wandered into some pretty uncomfortable territory for her.

    An 11-year-old got so taken with the Crash Course that he designed a module on “What is money?” for his class where he opened his pitch by holding up both a dollar bill and a candy bar, stating, “If, by the end of the class, you can tell me how these are identical, you can have them both.” He then proceeded with games using various money forms (cowrie shells, etc) to illustrate the ins and outs of the three characteristics of money. Wow! That’s incredible.

    Together, these illustrate the range of people who are stopping by the site. Young and old, left and right, religious and non-religious, retired and working, along with a startling range of nationalities.

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