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Crumbling institutions

In their landmark book, The Fourth Turning, Strauss and Howe note that one of the signals of a fourth turning is the loss of faith in institutions. And we’ve certainly seen that in Gallup’s annual poll: While Gallup’s focus is … Continue reading

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Will the stock market crash?

When I first woke up to the unsustainable and incredibly fragile nature of our financial system, I was convinced that the markets – already starting to bubble up in 2011 – would collapse. AT. ANY. MOMENT. And yet here we … Continue reading

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Dying malls and the local tax base

It’s no secret that the retail industry is dying a slow (or maybe not-so-slow) death. As CNN Money notes: Stores are closing at an epic pace. In fact, the retail industry could suffer far more store closures this year than … Continue reading

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The corporate food system

Until recently – maybe 100 years ago or less – food was an intensely local and personal endeavor. With the exception of some dry goods, which could be transported and stored, most foods were locally sourced. Most fruits and vegetables … Continue reading

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Fighting the last (intellectual) war

Originally posted 10/21/16 at The Burning Platform Long ago, when I was younger and very impressed with my own intellect (a conceit that life has since beaten out of me), I made an effort to dive into philosophy, both historic … Continue reading

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Terrorism? Or blowback?

Terror attacks are happening with increasing frequency, both in Europe (with an attack every nine days this year) and in the US. We get all sorts of explanations, ranging from the idea that Islam is inherently violent to the idea … Continue reading

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Sustainable?

Charles Hugh Smith of OfTwoMinds is a brilliant guy, one who often writes for Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity. In one of his more recent posts, he brings some data to the table that makes it crystal clear how artificial and … Continue reading

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