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Dr. Joseph Tainter: The Collapse of Complex Societies


About this week’s show:
-Complexity is insidious in its increasing costs
-Maintaining the status quo is too expensive
-Crises are solvable with sufficient reserves
-Order Joseph Tainter’s book: The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology)

About the guest: Tainter’s best-known work is The Collapse of Complex Societies. Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their “energy subsidies” reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society involuntarily sheds a significant portion of its complexity.

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Too Big NOT to Fail!


About this week’s show:
-Collapse of complexity is a recurrent pattern
-Governments will sacrifice all to maintain norm
-The FED’s 4 trillion dollar liquidity trap

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Volatility, Volume & Seasonal Vulnerability


About this week’s show: 
-Volatility index signaling stock market crash
-Higher prices, lower volume = DANGER
-Gold up in Euro, Pound, and soon the Dollar

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Money Printing = Inflation: ALWAYS!


About this week’s show:
-Inflation dormant but VERY MUCH ALIVE
-Putin’s next move: Armenia, Belarus…?
-Investors: most bullish since pre-crash 1987

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Gold & the Real Value of an Asset


About this week’s show:
-In real terms, stocks are expensive, gold is cheap
-Value investors look to buy a buck for fifty cents
-Remove time pressure from your expectations

 

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Adam Fergusson: When Money Dies

About this week’s show:
-Governments always indulge in inflation
-Inflation destroys trust in more than money
-Unlimited credit creation the new “printing.”
-Be sure to read, What is Real Money

About Adam Fergusson: Adam Fergusson is a British journalist, author and Conservative Party politician who served one term in the European Parliament (MEP). He has remained involved in the field of European Union affairs since, as a Special Adviser to Conservative governments and as a business consultant. Among other books, he wrote When Money Dies, a classic account of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic. It deals with not only the economic impacts that hyperinflation had upon society in the Weimar Republic, but also the way that society itself changed. First published in 1975, When Money Dies was hailed as a cult classic in the wake of the Financial crisis of 2007-2010, with copies changing hands on eBay for up to $1000. As a result, When Money Dies was republished in July 2010, becoming an internet sensation after allegedly being commended by financier, Warren Buffett.

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August 20, 2014; Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Euro Woe’s

About this week’s show:

  • U.S. Tightening to be a Hangman’s Noose in Europe
  • Massive Selloff coming in the Emerging Markets
  • Putin’s True threat to the West: Cyber Attack

About the guest: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is the international business editor of the Daily Telegraph. A long-time opponent of the EU’s constitution and monetary union, he was the Europe correspondent in Brussels for the Telegraph from 1999 to 2004.

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Middle East Chaos: On the Sunni Side of the Street


About this week’s show:
-Confidence and ignorance driving current market
-Filling the Iraqi vacuum: Sunni or Shiite?
-What is the cost of holding the U.S. Dollar?

 

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Fingers of Instability


About this week’s show:
-Argentina default: Eighth time’s a charm!
-U.S. on Armenia/Azerbaijan: It’s still about oil
-Interest rates rising: 2015-2045

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The New Cold War Russia & Gold


About this week’s show:
-100 years since “The War to End All Wars.”
-Mexican junk bonds…the new T-Bill…Really?
-Putin confidant: ”There is war coming in Europe.”

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