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The Collapse Of Ideology And The End Of Escape

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Introduction If you have begun to anticipate the climate-driven collapse of societies, what can you wish for? I have written elsewhere about the problems of being attached to hope, if that means we falsely assume we can’t engage in the world creatively unless we have an expectation of a lasting positive outcome. But it can […]

Why Every Person In America Needs To Become A Prepper During The Second Half Of 2020

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It has been on my heart to write this article for a few days, but I knew that it wouldn’t be easy to write.  2020 has already been one of the worst years in modern U.S. history, and it looks like the next six months are going to be extremely challenging as well.  But even though […]

Growth, Growth, Growth: What Will Happen?

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Dear Dr. Dollar:   Infinite economic growth on a finite planet is impossible and ruinous. And yet the drumbeat goes on for growth, growth, growth. Surely it is true that the world is grossly overpopulated; it is projected to grow to nine billion by 2050. How will the current economy serve these billions? It won’t […]

Michael Lynch: ‘Peak Oil’ Errors Can Teach Us About Covid Statistics

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Take the second derivative. Scene from “Go Tell The Spartans.” Sunset Boulevard Back when I was a college student, I went to the movie theater to see the Vietnam-era movie “Go Tell the Spartans,” and one scene struck me: an intelligence office (bespectacled naturally) was explaining to his boss, Burt Lancaster, why he estimated one […]

Covid is not the only crisis in town, here are six others

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Important information: The value of investments and the income from them, can go down as well as up, so you may get back less than you invest. This article first appeared in the Telegraph Three months ago, my wife and I were enjoying a week driving round the Alentejo region of Portugal, eating in busy […]

Pandemic may reverse human development for first time in 30 years

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The United Nations Development agency has warned that coronavirus could reverse human development for the first time in 30 years. The fall-out from the pandemic is expected to hit poorer economies harder, as they’re less able to deal with the socio-economic impacts of the virus. COVID-19 has forced the closure of millions of schools worldwide, […]

I Predict Your Predictions Are Wrong

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When confronted with disaster, believing that everything will change is all too easy. How is it possible to write poems after Auschwitz, to enjoy a Sunday stroll in Lower Manhattan following 9/11, or, indeed, to dine in restaurants after a pandemic kills hundreds of thousands of people in the span of a few cruel months? […]

The Flame and the Crucible

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Our journey through the hidden history of American occultism has focused so far entirely on traditions brought here from elsewhere—the German Rosicrucian and Pietist traditions studied by Johannes Kelpius, the classic tradition of English astrology practiced by Joseph Stafford, and the varying traditions of folk magic that crossed the Atlantic with captive Africans from the […]

Gail Tverberg: Understanding Our Pandemic – Economy Predicament

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The world’s number one problem today is that the world’s population is too large for its resource base. Some people have called this situation overshoot. The world economy is ripe for a major change, such as the current pandemic, to bring the situation into balance. The change doesn’t necessarily come from the coronavirus itself. Instead, […]

Coronavirus, Economics and Culture with Dmitry Orlov

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Dmitry Orlov is a Russian-American engineer and a writer on subjects related to “potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States. (Wikipedia) He is the author of multiple books including: Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivor’s Toolkit and more. This episode we talk […]

Are The Outlines of A Better World Emerging?

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Once the government’s ability to sustain its enforcement with money created out of thin air vanishes, the entire order vanishes along with it. The era of waste, greed, fraud and living on borrowed money is dying, and those who’ve known no other way of living are mourning its passing. Its passing was inevitable, for any society […]

The Great Pause Week 6: The Green Child

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“There passed long stretches of beautiful waterfront acreage with hanging Spanish moss, decaying mansions and docks, and no people.“ In the early spring of 2032, the two sailors cast lines and tacked into the wind, making for the Alabama coast some 550 miles distant. The principal passenger, the writer Albert Bates, had been holed up […]

Kunstler Chatting with Charles Hugh Smith from the OfTwoMinds Blog

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Charles Hugh Smith founded his blog, Of Two Minds, in 2005 after 17 years of free-lance journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of Two Minds has grown to thousands of posts that have logged tens of millions of page views on his site and many others such as Zero Hedge and Peak Prosperity. He […]

Collapse: the way we imagined it, and the way it was.

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  Even those of us who could see some kind of collapse coming (the “collapsniks”) were taken by surprise by the form it took. But, as always, for everything that happens there has to be a reason for it to happen. Above: the Seneca Curve. Collapses happen, it is a rule of life, as the […]

Kunstler: The Great Conundrum

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Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone, Joni trilled half a century ago. Another song, by CSN, went, it’s been a long time coming, it’s gonna be a long time gone. Boomers. Back in the day – before they invented the hedge fund, glyphosate, and political […]

Collapse: The Coronavirus is not a Cause, it is a Trigger

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“Indeed, the coming crisis might turn out to be so bad to push us back to the Middle Ages. But it is also true that all major epidemics in history have seen a robust rebound after the collapse. Consider that, in the mid-14th century, the “black death” killed perhaps 40% of the population of Europe […]

Collapse: Where can we find a safe refuge?

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Does it make sense to have a well-stocked bunker in the mountains to escape collapse?     Sometimes, you feel that the world looks like a horror story, something like Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth..” Image from F.R: Jameson. Being the collapsnik I am, a few years ago I had the idea that I could […]

Kunstler: Boomer Elegy

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History will probably record that America’s Baby Boom generation threw one helluva party; Gen X was left with the sorry task of cleanup crew; and the Millennials ended up squatting in the repossessed haunted party-house when it was all over. On behalf of the Boomers, let me try to explain and apologize. We came along […]

The Great Madness

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Has the world gone mad? It certainly seems that way to some of us. Even the most cynical never imagined the government shutting down the country for fear of a virus, but it has suddenly become the new normal. The cynical, if they thought of it at all, would have thought the opposite. Instead of […]

What Can Collapsologists Learn From the Coronavirus Disaster?

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——————  This time, it is for real!  ——————– Guest post by Herbert Krill March 23, 2020 These are interesting times for collapsologists and for anyone interested in collapse. For many years, we all studied the past, historic collapses like the Fall of Ancient Rome, and speculated about future collapses. We studied Joseph Tainter, Jared Diamond, […]

Nate Hagens: An Overview of the Systemic Implications of the Coronavirus

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With the exception of some public talks, I’ve largely been quiet the last five years on social media and other venues with respect to describing our societal situation, despite having strong opinions on what is happening and what is going to happen. I’ve mainly been working behind the scenes on responses to the coming end-of-growth […]

Richard Heinberg: How Does Pandemic Change the Big Picture?

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As of 2019, the Big Picture for humanity was approximately as follows. Homo sapiens (that’s us), a big-brained bipedal mammal, had spent the Pleistocene epoch (from 2.5 million years ago until 12,000 years ago) developing its ability to control fire, talk, paint pictures, play bone flutes, and make tools and clothes. Language dramatically enhanced our […]

Kunstler interviews Gail Tverberg of Our Finite World

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Gail Tverberg is an analyst who has been researching the connection between oil limits and the economy for nearly 10 years.  She writes a widely-followed blog called Our Finite World. Her background is as an actuary, working as a consultant to insurance companies. She also has a foot in the academic world, where she has […]

The System Will Not Return To “Normal”…And That’s Good, We Can Do Better

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The pandemic is revealing to all what many of us have known for a long time: the status quo was designed to fail and so its failure was not just predictable but inevitable. We’ve propped up a dysfunctional, wasteful and unsustainable system by pouring trillions of dollars in borrowed money down a multitude of ratholes to avoid a […]

The Shit Might Actually Be Hitting The Fan But Somehow It Doesn’t Feel Real

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So here we are. Right on the cusp of that SHTF event that we’ve been prepping for all these years. A global pandemic. A breakdown in the supply chain. Shoppers who are already becoming agitated and even violent. We’re watching it all unfold in our hometowns and across our nation right now. Yet, somehow, it […]

Kunstler Confab with David Collum about Corona Virus, Markets Gone Wild, and Politics

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David Collum is the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University. He is the intellectual utility infielder of internet commentary, covering all the bases: culture, politics, finance, science, and technology, with often surprising views on the the predicaments of our time. Here we attempt to make sense of the fast-moving corona virus story […]

How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World

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When the end comes, some will not be waiting in a bunker for a savior. They will stride out into the wilderness with confidence, ready to hunt and kill a deer, tan its hide and sleep easily in a hand-built shelter, close by a fire they made from the force of their two palms on […]

Energy Storage and our Unpredictable Future

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It’s a fine spring day and you decide on a whim to go camping. By early afternoon you’ve reached a sheltered clearing in the woods, the sky is clear, and you relax against a tree trunk rejoicing that “The best things in life are free!” as you soak up the abundant warmth of the sun. […]

Max Keiser interviews James Howard Kunstler

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In this episode of Keiser Report from Mexico City, Max and Stacy discuss the fact that the Fed’s ‘Cantillon Effect’ has allowed many tens of billionaires to shower the deplorables with seemingly generous donations. When looked at a little closer, they buying themselves a great deal of positive publicity with the deplorables’ own money . […]

Extreme Panic Could Soon Hit USA

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U.S. government officials are doing their best to keep the general population calm, but everyone can see what is happening in the rest of the world.  There are now empty store shelves in Italy just like there are in China.  People are waiting in extremely long lines to buy masks in South Korea just like […]

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