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 20: the 'Accelerated' Crash Course (56 minutes).
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.