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The Next 20 Years Will Not Be Like the Last 20 Years - Here's Why

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith from Of TwoMinds blog,

The Status Quo is not sustainable. Here are some resources on the many reasons why.

Coming to the understanding that the Status Quo is not sustainable is often a crooked path of overcoming programming, propaganda, denial and fear. My colleagues at peakprosperity.com (where I am a contributing writer) have summarized why the Status Quo is not sustainable in an engaging one-hour video program:

Why The Next 20 Years Will Be Completely Unlike The Last 20the 'Accelerated' Crash Course (56 minutes).

The Accelerated Crash Course from Peak Prosperity on Vimeo.


The program's roots are in Chris Martenson's original video presentation, The Crash Course, a series that went viral around the time of the Global Financial Meltdown. The entire series has been completely reworked, and this one-hour summary introduces the key dynamics in a way that is accessible to those to whom these concepts and realities are new.

This program is free. If you've been looking for one program that would help those who are new to the topics of unsustainability, this is it.

One of my jobs (to use the term loosely) is to curate the vast trove of information the global correspondents of this site submit to further my own education. Another is to attempt to keep track of new books and what's being published in influential journals.

Here is a limited selection of recent books that speak to the topic The Next 20 Years Will Not Be Like the Last 20 Years--Here's Why. This is by no means authoritative or complete--but it is an interesting taste of the significant work being published.

The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change

Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit

Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

You may also find my list of hundreds of Books/Films of interest.

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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:03 | 4881166 RaceToTheBottom
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Yep instead of two Bushes and a Clinton, we will have two Clintons and a Bush

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:08 | 4881173 stacking12321
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fantastic work, chris!


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:12 | 4881186 Manthong
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yikes..  Bush 3.0 is in the works.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:29 | 4881215 Xibalba
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Obama bin Bush...whatever.  It's the Generals names that you should be memorizing.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:55 | 4881225 Manthong
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? maybe the dozens that have been fired in the last couple of years?


One of the nifty concepts here might be that the very thing the Fed is doing to us is the inverse of compound growth.

..at what point does dis-equilibrium occur?

well, hit me in the head with a hockey stick.. I have pulled most of my tertiary out.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:04 | 4881265 mjcOH1
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"Yep instead of two Bushes and a Clinton, we will have two Clintons and a Bush"


Are we putting odds on the fetus or Chelsea? 

Yeah, yeah.....Article 2, section 1:

"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

We all know know how that worked out.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:12 | 4881279 wee-weed up
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Uh... no way we make it another 20 years!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:03 | 4881514 Not Too Important
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Forget the books. Just read Enenews and all will be made clear.

The beginning of the end of all life on this planet, in real time.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 08:03 | 4882324 JoeSoMD
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Thanks for the link... was not aware of it.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:15 | 4881285 RaceToTheBottom
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We really have not "gotten" the Hillary, yet.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:25 | 4881294 Manthong
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..thanks to Nancy, who should see the rest of her days in a cage with a big dude named Bubba (oh gee, she would probably relish the experience).

and.. Chris should get a Pulitzer or something like it from this.   

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:16 | 4881314 Xibalba
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@ MANTHONG:  My point was that the stooges who reside (temporarily) at 1600 Penn Ave are nothing but pawns, actors, frontmen.  The military industrial complex is runnin the show.  And most have no idea who they are...as intended.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:36 | 4881442 Manthong
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Yes, I agree.. but the great thing about the stooges is that they are bringing tens of millions up from Central America to sustain the debt bubble. 

There is really no downside risk if you don't count the massive deaths, welfare payments and health care expense.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:04 | 4881628 Xibalba
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At the end of the day, it's all about preserving the 'Empire'.  Americans, or shall we say...current inhabitants,  disgruntled with the so called elected leaders?  Just replace them. The current inhabitants that is.  Let MS13 'vote' instead of Donna Reed, and wholla!....problem solved for now....let the next administration sort them out. 

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:47 | 4881687 buyingsterling
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:55 | 4881692 buyingsterling
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It's gubmit.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:39 | 4881699 buyingsterling
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I used to think the banks ran everything. Then I was pretty sure it was the MIC. Now I realize that big dogs only tolerate other dogs if they aren't a threat.
It's a relatively closed ecosystem. You've got government, bankers, MIC, the church(?), 'the populace', and ____(?). What else - I don't know, but I can't think of it so it's probably a small dog.
You can run down virtually any checklist you choose to evaluate the power and threat level of the actors, and one consistently comes out on top. The rest are all co-conspirators/enablers. Not top dog.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:48 | 4881722 mikebowen55
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Government, bankers, MIC... nebulous terms that don't tell us much of anything. Let's just be real here... It's the jews.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 22:43 | 4881820 buyingsterling
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Literally: unless you want and can recreate something akin to what Hitler did to them, best forget the jew business. Whether or not the ARE in control, you'll still be called a kook and marginalized, and may experience unwanted pushback. But much more importantly, if you think you're going to go from PC Planet to people rising up against the jews because they finally understand _______ or their suffering can finally be laid at the jews' feet, you're dreaming. We're not going to last that long the way things are going. It would be like trying to convince everyone that we're in the boat we're in now because of the weather.

If you want something beyond mental masturbation, take another look at the ecosystem. We're one of the actors in it, and two of the actors are outgrowths of relatively normal human activity, as opposed to being specialized parasites. The system has one source (us) two organic actors (govt. and church) and a host of specialized parasites that exist to serve the government, and secondarily the church. Because the church and govt. are outgrowths of the people, we still have dejure control over those institutions if we choose to exercise it. Only one institution will make much difference in the short run.
Because duplicity, corruption, and naked bribery have been the weapons of choice of those who now hold the levers of power, they should be considered a hostile foreign force. Presently, only the semblance of order and their need to maintain an illusion of the rule of law keeps these people from incarcerating or murdering their opponents. How do we know this? Because we choose not to be blind to history.
What do we do about it? What would our great-grandparents have done, if they had the information we do, and the capacities we have? They would have mounted an unrelenting invasion on the government, and on every institution
that provides it with critical support. Once they wrested control and power away from the psychopaths, they would have had to decide what to do with it. A good problem to have, relative to where we are now. I do mean a peaceful invasion, because until the government starts murdering people in large numbers, the great mass of people will not see them for what they are, and a direct violent assault would fail and empower government further.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:17 | 4881882 jeff montanye
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make the distinction between jews and zionists.  that way you have an admittedly more limited but still enormously compelling argument, don't involve people by way of their birth (kind of prejudiced) but by way of their voluntary beliefs, and rope in some significant christians (current gentile members of the two national parties' leadership for example).


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:04 | 4881170 TeamDepends
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Because vuvuzuelas.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:25 | 4881211 Chief Wonder Bread
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Vuvuzuelans breed way faster than metrosexuals.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 02:08 | 4882124 Theosebes Goodfellow
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Metrosexuals don't breed. They dry-hump.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:15 | 4881191 Skateboarder
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Movies are already stinkin' horrible. Feeling nauseated thinking about the quality of movies and teevee shows twenty years from now.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:48 | 4881224 Cthonic
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Stuck in their pods in the proto-matrix, whole crops were lost to bad programming.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:28 | 4882589 what's that smell
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the next 20 years will not be like the last 20 years cause most of the baby boomers will be dead.

thank god!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:41 | 4881707 NoPension
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:31 | 4881221 BovespaBroker
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its gonna be much betta,


at least here in brazil.



Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:38 | 4881463 centerline
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Because it couldn't get any worse (unless your in the top 1%) - lol.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:48 | 4881238 toady
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No time to watch, the crops are planted, but I have two vacant rentals to rehab now. Still, sustainable is one of my favorite words lately. I guess I'll book mark it for later.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:57 | 4881250 Not Too Important
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20 years. Hmm.

The US will be dying from Japanese radiation, if we don't lose some US NPPs along the way. Most of the Gulf Coast will be dead from radiation and Corexit.

The banking system will be non-existent.

All our food and water will be contaminated with radiation and fracking chemicals. GMO foods resulting in tens of millions of people with softball-sized tumors.

No healthcare, except for the super rich.

Millions and millions of mutated children, with no one to care for them.

Rampant cannibalism.

And most of this will happen in far less than 20 years.


Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:09 | 4881274 jbvtme
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you left out hillary's ankles...

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:28 | 4881438 LostPolarBear
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Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:16 | 4881395 SilverIsMoney
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People have been predicting the end forever. It never happens. We could get a revolution and some serious change in the world but humanity is not going back to the stoneages.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 20:06 | 4881523 Not Too Important
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If you have a fix for four totally blown nuclear reactors, four blown Spent Fuel Pools, one blown Common Spent Fuel Pool, no ozone layer, and radiation killing that which is responsible for over 60% of the Earth's oxygen, I'm all ears.

I'm not predicting anything. I am simply extrapolating existing failures out 20 years. If there's a solution, now's the time to say something.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:54 | 4881734 stacking12321
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" It never happens."

never? how do you know?

did you live to the end of days, and then travel back in time to tell us about it?

i think you suffer from what's called "normalcy bias", friend: everything was ok yesterday (well, mostly), and ok today, therefore it will always be ok.

instant gratification culture in america is a sad thing, people don't really know how to plan for the future, there's only what i want now, now, NOW! and if it's not happening now, fuhgettaboutit!

usa's self-indulgence and lack of planning for the future, while the chinese plan long-term, for decades ahead of time, is one reason the chinese will kick our asses.


Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:59 | 4882045 El Vaquero
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I'm sure people in the Roman Empire had been predicting the end for quite a while too.  When it finally did end, we got the dark ages.  We are nearing the end of our current way of life and the change is going to be bumpy.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:38 | 4882300 infinity8
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lol -"the change" - is the planet entering menopause? probably.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4882678 Flakmeister
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There will be definately be "hot flashes" in our future...

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:41 | 4882913 NidStyles
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Says it like he has been there... You are such a fucking tool.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 10:54 | 4882645 JoeSoMD
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It took around 900 years or so.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:44 | 4881709 NoPension
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Do you Soylent Green will come in different flavors, like B-B-Q and Cool Ranch?

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:52 | 4882312 StychoKiller
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Depends on the person.  :>D

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 02:32 | 4882150 John_Coltrane
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I believe you omitted that people will commute in flying cars like the Jetsons in 20 years.  That's got to come true eventually.  Oh, and they won't be powered by batteries (sorry Tesla)!

Personally, I make only one firm prediction.  Entropy will increase which is just another way to say time will continue to advance in only one direction so not really much of a prediction.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 17:57 | 4881251 kurt
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As a matter of fact I am writing this from the year 2024. Its called the schlockback influenz-o-mat. It's an app on my IdPhone. Well actually there is no physical phone like in your time. I recline into a clamshell recliner and all media and computation is beamed into my braincase. I pee and poop in place they are compressed into little pellets, called Cheney Pills in honor of the Dick of your own time. These provide all the energy for the machine and the entire dwelling. Since we have been able to communicate with you, in the past, our scientists are measuring what difference it makes to us in the future. We have detected zero effect. This supports the "multi-verse" theory that there is influence in a parallel universe but never the one I'm in. For example, If I tell you the largest false flag in history is about to be launched on this coming Sunday thru Tuesday, June 22-24, as predicted on your "Simpsons" show, I will detect no reverberations locally in my "now". History will lumber on as always and you stupid, soon to be dead, victims of a giant eugenics population reduction experiment. Oddly, if you had gone ahead and released the Cheney Pill it would have never been needed nor desired by the powerful elite.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:19 | 4881411 Urban Roman
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Oops I think you just disrupted your own past.

Now back to this:



Sun, 06/22/2014 - 01:10 | 4882064 IridiumRebel
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This comment is yet another reaffirmation of why I attend ZHU.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 07:40 | 4882303 infinity8
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fucking awesome!

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:01 | 4881262 Bioscale
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Thanks for the book references.

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:06 | 4881267 disabledvet
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Everyone will believe in the dollar until they don't. There's no reason to make it sound esoteric. That dollar is still backed by a lot of things. "Economic things."

My guess is that the Fed feels the capital markets are more than deep and liquid enough to handle another massive inflation hit. I would argue "some yes, some no." The yen has taken a hit...but to me nothing says dollar collapse better than the strength of the yen.

We've already had a huge spike in lead prices as well as nickel.
"Hold on to those used cars." These ain't "plowshares" anymore.

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