Future Shock - The Unsustainable Often Ends Abruptly

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Adam Taggart via Peak Prosperity,

Here at the penultimate chapter of The Crash Course, everything we've learned comes together into a single narrow range of time we'll call the twenty-teens. 

What this chapter offers is a comprehensive view of how all of our problems are actually interrelated and need to be viewed as such, or solutions will continue to elude us.

Each of the many key trends and threats mentioned earlier in The Crash Course will take many years, if not several decades, to address. And yet, we find them all parked directly in front of us without any serious national discussion or planning. 

With every passing day we squander precious time while the problems grow larger and more costly, if not thoroughly intractable.  Buying time, as the central bankers and politicians the world-over have opted to do, is not a strategy.  Simply hoping for better times has a much different probability for success than having a well thought-out plan. The mark of a mature adult is someone who can manage complexity and plan ahead.  The same description applies to an entire society.  Here at Peak Prosperity, our opinion is that with precious few exceptions, the current political and corporate leadership of this country are not adequately managing the complexity of the situation. And they are not planning ahead. 

Simply put: We've lived well beyond our economic, energetic and ecological budgets. It's time to change that.

It is time, to return to living within our means.  We need to set priorities, set budgets, and stick to both.

If we do, the next generations following us will have opportunity to pursue, as well as a plan and a narrative that makes sense and into which they fit, and which seems prudent and rational. If we don't, they simply won't.

And you?  If you haven’t already, you need to begin to embrace the possibility that the road to the future will not be straight and smooth; it may take a few twists and turns and end up somewhere unexpected. You happen to be alive at one of the most interesting points in human history – a time when a great shift will occur.  This can be frightening or it can be exhilarating. And that choice is yours.

The full suite of chapters in this new Crash Course series can be found at www.peakprosperity.com/crashcourse

And for those who have yet to view it, be sure to watch the 'Accelerated' Crash Course -- the under-1-hour condensation of the new 4.5-hour series. It's a great vehicle for introducing new eyes to this material.

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screw face's picture

MOAR stack'en and pack'en

Hawkey Schtick's picture

Peak prosperity = perpetual couch serfing

y3maxx's picture

USA's Constitutional Republic remains healthy.

USSA is an Autocratic Fascist State.

GrowerJohn's picture

The best thing people can do is learn gardening. There is a ton of resources out there. Libraries in some areas hold free workshops and seed giveaways. A lot of colleges that have agriculture/farming/gardening programs also offer workshops, some are free and some cost money.

 

-John
http://www.naturecoastpermaculture.com 

Headbanger's picture

The best thing people can do is learn distilling. There is a ton of resources out there. Libraries in some areas hold free workshops and giveaways. A lot of colleges that have moon shine programs also offer workshops, some are free and some cost money.

 

-Headbanger

http://www.coppermoonshinestills.com/index.html

Citxmech's picture

Mmmm.  Nothing like the beauty of raw copper in a functional form - now that's precious metal!    Our Alembic still is one of my family's most beloved preps.

http://www.copper-alembic.com/ns/category.php?id_category=1

 

DeusHedge's picture

mm, learn cornering. and get small bills. In fact, there's really no point unless you join the army, you really could suck it for a drill seargent. But odds are it's still pointless unless you are young, and strong.

Hawkey Schtick's picture

The best thing people can do is learn Mandarin. There is a ton of Chinese out there. Libraries in some areas hold free workshops and giveaways, but theres nothing like good old cultural submersion. A lot of colleges have young Chinese that come from rich, well to do families who are likely already but definitely going to be buying up American infrastructure and implementing reeducation in FEMA workshops. Freedom isn't free, it costs blood.

- Hawkey

http://nypost.com/2013/12/15/why-are-we-letting-china-buy-american-compa...

directaction's picture

The best thing people can do is learn Mexican-style Spanish. There is a ton of Mexicans out there. Libraries in some areas hold free workshops and giveaways, but theres nothing like good old cultural submersion. A lot of colleges have young Mexicans that come from poor, poverty-stricken families who are likely already buying up American infrastructure and implementing reeducation in FEMA workshops. Freedom isn't free, it costs blood.

http://www.today.com/video/today/55969538


flyingpigg's picture

All those "The best thing people can do is" suggestions are too much effort to me. I prefer to sit on the couch and watch Teevee until the SHTF.  

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

The best thing people can do is learn their favorite religion of choice. There are a ton of people out there and they all want what you have (and will kill you for it).  Because on a long enough timeline.....

RabbitChow's picture

The best thing for people to do is perfect yheir hunting or sex skills. Either way you'll be in demand.

RabbitChow's picture

The best thing for people to do is perfect yheir hunting or sex skills. Either way you'll be in demand.

Beltain's picture

The Spanish speakers will migrate South once the electricity goes out and the full effect of a North American Winter hits. The Chinese will huddle in Kalifornia and call it a win.

 

The best thing people can do is buy productive acreage in a close knit community that resides in a state with seasons, learn to work that land, keep some stock animals and make very good friends with their neighbors.

 

And learn to reload.

 

king leon's picture

Just go "ALL IN" and start a fucking Rambo school.

Libertarian777's picture

that NY Post article's tone is eerily similar to Belarus and a host of other countries wanting capital controls in and out the country.

 

Why China buying American companies? Because they aren't dumb. You think they want to be holding the hot potato that is the USD when the music stops? Hell no, they're converting their paper assets into hard assets. Productive companies with technology and know-how.

As these dollars return, inflation will take off.

 

Yes America, we've sold our country to the Chinese for plastic trinkets (hmmm... history does indeed repeat itself)

tarabel's picture

 

 

Learn Chinese? Whatever for?

You show em how to pound spikes into the rails and then shoot the first one who gives you the googly eye. The rest of em will figger it out right quick.

 

logicalman's picture

The best thing people can do is learn.

August's picture

My hat's off to those with fun hobbies and useful skills; however if you're looking at distilling as an income source post rule-of-law, there will probably be >5% of the population that feels the same way, and the spirits will flow like wine. 

There may be a sweet-spot when you'll do very well, but distilling really isn't rocket science and at some point market saturation will prevail.  FWIW I don't think TEOTWAWKI will be a frat party, and significant/regular consumption of booze will be survival-negative.

logicalman's picture

Be helpful if the other guys are drinking and you're not.

stant's picture

Omg not peak booze!! Best be selling it and not drink up the product

stant's picture

Just made a codensor for a friend in miss. Hadn't made one in 30 yrs

zerozulu's picture

time is the best teacher. and time will teach our next generation too.

Proofreder's picture

Ah, dude -

We are Out of Time - the clock may have been stopped, reality suspended, but trust in physics; 

Time Marches On

TheReplacement's picture

Q:  What is the last thing that goes through a bug's mind when it hits a windshield?

A:  Its butt.

We are living during the brief period of time between the head hitting the windshield and the butt catching up.

tenpanhandle's picture

We still got 2 more years before the butt leaves the whitehouse.

August's picture

They may vary a bit in style, but in substance the butt never leaves the White House.

When the next US president intoduces his bright new administrative team, you can bet that a smiling face from Goldman standing somewhere near the newly-annointed sock-puppet.

Crisismode's picture

 

 

The BUTT stops here.

 

LooseLee's picture

...and another BUTT moves in (regardless of Political bent).

Redneck Hippy's picture

Peak Prosperity = fuckers who can't do more than pander to doom-porn addicts and sell them more salacious shit over the interwebs.

Get a fucking job already.

Serfs Up's picture

Hmmm...that's very cogent, and well supported argument you've put forth.

Where I was focussing on the data about how the mess is entirely unsustainable and the implications thereof, you cut right through all of that to the very heart of the matter.

It was all just doom porn created to sell shit.  Bravo!  Well played.

Screw the data and the actual messge!  We can safely ignore anything that makes us personally uncomfortable by simply using your one easy trick; project our own inability to process difficult material onto the bearers of the message.  Why hasn't anybody else thought of this 'shoot the messenger' tactic before?

TBT or not TBT's picture

You need a dose of Hayek.   The line in the article about how the top leaders are not planning well enough, not coping with the complexity, is a forehead slap inducing one.   Central planning does not work because it can't.   And control freaks are going to control freak because they are made that way.   It's wise to thwart them early and often.   

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

When that's all you know that's all you do....

TBT or not TBT's picture

Be controlling (i.e. tyrannical)?

BuddyEffed's picture

Seems like more than the normal amount of trolls commenting on this article today, trying to lead astray commentary / blog / opinions and provide distraction.

Redneck Hippy's picture

" If you haven’t already, you need to begin to embrace the possibility that the road to the future will not be straight and smooth; it may take a few twists and turns and end up somewhere unexpected. You happen to be alive at one of the most interesting points in human history – a time when a great shift will occur.  This can be frightening or it can be exhilarating. And that choice is yours."

Yours, you can do it, you can do the thing that hasn't been done, you can win the thing that hasn't been won, you can be the person that hasn't been been...Just subscribe to the rest of the chapters.  Pay us now and the interwebs will bow at your feet....

What a crock---

Redneck Hippy's picture

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds worth of distance run(and subscribe to our Chapters) than yours is the world and everything within it, and what is more, You'll be a man my son..."

Just fill in your email address and ten of your closest contacts, and give us your approximate net worth.

logicalman's picture

Leave him alone, if he's a redneck AND a hippy, he has to be very confused.

Redneck Hippy's picture

Earth!  I knew I had that wrong.  So here it is--enjoy.  The last stanza of If, by Kipling.

 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,        Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,     If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute     With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,        And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
doctor10's picture

When it does end-we're all looking at the BIGGEST "one-off" of all human history. It literally  is right around the corner.

The signs are the debt load-and the crumbling of dystopian, centralized, hierarchical control structures; these structures all rely on the derivative house of cards.

The establishment of networking cultural constraints in their place is what transpires when the financial derivative bomb detonates.

Which in the absence of the equivalent of "free energy" is imminent, regardless of the war-meme propaganda spewing from the West.

the prospects terrify the triple-alphabet control freak puppets and their DC-NY-London handlers

JustObserving's picture

We've lived well beyond our economic, energetic and ecological budgets

How about unlimited manipulation of markets, currency printing, captured regulators, unlimited spying, compromised politicians, poisoned food(GMOs) and water(fluoride is a neurotoxin per the Lancet), lying media, militarized police, unending wars and infinite debt?

We exceeded our corruption budgets decades ago. Now it  is institutionalized in the land of the free.

 

El Vaquero's picture

That's just them trying to extend the status quo.  The problem is, we cannot sustain it, so instead of a transition period that we should have been going through, shit is going to brake violently.  

logicalman's picture

There's no chance of TPTB even taking their foot off the gas, let alone hitting the brakes.

One day, in the not too distant future, the wheels will come off the system we suffer under.

Whether what's on the other side of a big correction may, or may not, better, who knows.

Best to be somewhat prepared, physically and mentally, even if the worst doesn't happen.

 

El Vaquero's picture

If anything, they're going to mash down on the gas even harder in desperation.  They're driving towards a solid wall of granite saying "Gotta keep it going!  Gotta keep it going!  GOTTA KEEP IT GOING!"

gdpetti's picture

Psychopathic thinking, which tells them that they are untouchable, special and deserving of all they can take. Like that scene in the first Matric film, they don't see any granite wall, just more oppportunities for their never-ending greed to fulfill itself... but like any addiction, they're never satisfied.... that 'hunger' always remains as the 'high' wears off like a quick cumshot. Gotta move up the chakras for 'satisfaction', which is why these psychos make perfect tools for the SG types pulling their strings.... as they don't have any 'upper' chakras... just an empty hole to constantly fill.... no matter what... perfect tools for those that do have an upper level of greed, but as always, if the tool gets too 'needy', it's best replaced.

logicalman's picture

TPTB are riding a tiger, and they know it. They'll hang on as long as possible as they know that when they fall off they will be savaged.

Desperate men do desperate things - plan accordingly.

 

The Carbonator's picture

Stacking is fine but is meaningless without Brass & Lead.

 

Molon Labe