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Featured voices on current and future economic and environmental events.

Featured Voices Peak Prosperity - Chris Martenson

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Featured voices on current and future economic and environmental events.

    What The 1918 Spanish Flu Can Tell Us About The Coronavirus

    What The 1918 Spanish Flu Can Tell Us About The Coronavirus

    Given the continued spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, we urgently reached out to John Barry, author of the award-winning New York Times best-seller The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History.

    Two years ago, we interviewed John about the expected implications should a pandemic of similar scale break out in today world. Little did we realize at the time how quickly his insights would prove relevant.

    John was the only non-scientist to serve on the US government’s Infectious Disease Board of Experts and has served on advisory boards for MIT’s Center for Engineering System Fundamentals and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has consulted on influenza preparedness and response to national security entities, the George W. Bush and Obama White Houses, state governments, and the private sector.

    John remains quite concerned at how the world’s readiness for a pandemic is woefully lacking, exacerbated by the hyper-connectedness of our modern society (i.e., the ease and speed with with people can travel).

    • 43 min
    TFMR Podcast Interview: Everything We Know So Far About The Coronavirus

    TFMR Podcast Interview: Everything We Know So Far About The Coronavirus

    In the midst of our furious coverage of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Chris is giving interviews to numerous interested media outlets.

    Here's an interview he just recorded hours ago on the TFMR Podcast, which gives a good breakdown of what we know so far about the unfolding situation (as of Saturday, Jan 25, 2020).

    • 38 min
    David Collum: Pandemonium

    David Collum: Pandemonium

    The only thing nearly as enlightening as reading David Collum’s epic Year In Review is listening to him and Chris Martenson riff about its highlights.

    Strap in, grab some eggnog, and listen to this year’s recap.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Art Berman: Houston, We Have A Problem

    Art Berman: Houston, We Have A Problem

    Every week in our Off The Cuff Series, we interview expert minds on the premium side of PeakProsperity.com. These discussions are unscripted and informal, where my partner Chris Martenson and his guest react to recent macro developments and predict the likeliest repercussions.

    Every once in while, when we have an exceptionally timely conversation, we'll make it available to the public. And we're doing that this week.

    Chris caught petroleum geologist Art Berman right before he went on stage to deliver a presentation on the limitations of shale oil. The world is finally starting to realize that the profit-making potential of this space was drastically over-hyped.

    But more important, warns Art, is that the souring sentiment on shale oil is a reflection on the bigger challenge ahead of us: How we will power the world in a future of declining net energy?

    • 47 min
    Sebastian Junger: Is Our Material Wealth Undermining Our Happiness and Health?

    Sebastian Junger: Is Our Material Wealth Undermining Our Happiness and Health?

    One the most personally meaningful podcast interviews we’ve done over the years was Our Evolutionary Need For Community, recorded with Peabody award-winning author Sebastian Junger. Junger is well-known for his NYT-bestselling books The Perfect Storm and War, the latter of which was written after a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.

    Based on his observations while in Afghanistan, Junger noted how much troops in combat valued the social solidarity of their units. In fact, he noted that the loss of this cohesive community, with its sense of purpose and shared responsibility, created prodigious psychological strife when these soldiers returned and tried to re-integrate into civilian life. This dynamic is not just limited to the military; any collection of humans working in tight-knit groups under stress, united in purpose, evidences similar behavior (Peace Corps volunteers, trauma care physicians, etc).

    In his excellent book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Junger explored our evolutionary wiring for community, and paradoxically, how our modern aspirations for “success” and “wealth” attempt to distance ourselves from it — making us unhappier and emotionally unhealthier in the pursuit.

    Since recording our initial interview with Sebastian, we’ve often shared the insights from it with the Peak Prosperity tribe at live events and in our writings. So this week we decided to reconnect with Sebastian, and hear how his thoughts and conclusions on the topic have evolved since we last talked with him.

    It’s clear that he believes more than ever that the future prosperity of our society will be rooted in rediscovering how to create and foster the communal bonds our tribal ancestors lived by. And that begins by taking an honest look at the narratives, behaviors, and modern conveniences and temptations that keep us trapped in unhappy, unhealthy isolation.

    • 46 min
    Grant Williams: A Reset Of The System Is Inevitable

    Grant Williams: A Reset Of The System Is Inevitable

    While at the New Orleans Investment Conference this past weekend, Chris and I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Grant Williams, publisher of the economic blog Things That Make You Go Hmmm and principal of Real Vision TV. There will be no smooth transition back to sustained economic growth, he warns. Instead, the distortion of today’s excessive asset prices will require a systemic reset to fix. Either by a deflationary event that destroys the malinvestment, or by an inflationary event that destroys the currency. Either way, a shock to the system awaits us.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re already attuned with the environmental and economic forces shaping our world on a macro scale, or just getting started organizing your life in a way that deepens your connection to this kind of systems thinking - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Chris does an incredible job leading conversations that cover the entire range of societal and environmental complexities we are collectively accountable for. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

jp2033 ,

Chris, How do you sleep at night?

When your market calls for the past ten years have been a total disaster, what do you do? Well, you simply pivot to pandemic fear mongering and hope you can gin up attention and business that way instead. Chris preys on sad and desperate people. He knows we have a natural human desire to worry and he exploits this condition to sow fear and promote his own business interests. First, there was peak oil back in 2007. Then he fear mongered every dip in the S&P for the past decade (is this IT? The final blow off top??) If you followed his advice you missed out on truly historic market gains and your retirement funds are probably suffering because of it. How many people has he steered in the wrong direction? There’s a whole industry of fear mongering out there and Chris is sadly just one of many. Look at his history and think for yourself. Don’t blindly follow these fools into oblivion.

Rufus1967 ,

Great Resource

Excellent and thoughtful analysis. Thank you for an objective view of things versus listening to the canned mainstream media voices.

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