Friday, October 29, 2010

Episode 43. Let's Dream About New America

An upbeat episode for a change!

We may be headed for a massive crash, but on the other side lies our deliverance: An opportunity for us to remake these United States of America into a new America. An America that actually lives up to the true founding principles.

As terrible as the collapse will be, there is a very bright spot amid the gloom. The collapse will allow us to shed the accumulated collectivist crap of the better part of the last century. We can usher in a new age of individual liberty, personal responsibility, self-reliance, the rule of law, and respect for private property.

Think about that--no more Dependency Culture--at least for a while. A good long while, if we do it right.

What can we look forward to shedding, and what will replace it? Nothing less than the original American dream--if we can just make it through the crash. So keep prepping, and dream a vivid dream of New America.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Episode 42. What the Election Will Bring


In this episode, we review the conventional wisdom dominating the discussion of the election on Nov. 2.

And then we go over the unconventional, Shrugging Out wisdom about the big contest.

A lot of people have a lot of themselves invested in this election. Many of them will be disappointed 6-12 months hence.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Episode 41. The Cycles of History Explain What is Happening


It's been a while since I've talked about John Xenakis, the founder of Generational Dynamics, and his theories.

Generational Dynamics explains the flow of history as stemming from the flow of human generations. The dreams and fears of each generation are shaped by their experiences as young children--growing up amidst privation, a generation learns risk avoidance, and to "save for a rainy day". Growing up amidst plenty, a generation becomes highly tolerant of risky behavior, not having experienced its downside.

As each generation matures and assumes leading positions in society, business, and politics, their deep-seated attitudes end up controlling, to a large extent, how entire nations operate internally, and how they interact with other nations around the world.

Unlike other theories of history, Xenakis' Generational Dynamics explains why the stock market took a dramatic upswing in 1995--not 1980, not 1990, not 2000, but 1995--and has remained well above where non-generational forces would put it today. (According to Xenakis, the stock market is about twice the value it should be, and is destined to suffer a massive and long-lived crash in the near future.)

The generational cycles of history--major, genocidal crisis was separated by 60-80 years--are explained simply and clearly by generational dynamics. And unfortunately for us, our last crisis war was seventy years ago.

Learn more about the theory, its founder, and what it tells us about what is happening today and why in this podcast.

If you haven't yet, you might also listen to my three-part interview with John Xenakis, beginning with Episode 23.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Episode 40. Liberties We Have Lost.

A very dear and close friend challenged me the other day to, "Name one liberty that we have lost, just one." That led to a very long and interesting discussion and to this podcast.

In this podcast I quote from an excellent post by Gary D. Barnett on the lewrockwell.com web site. Mr. Barnett's post is entitled, I’m Fed Up with Constitution Worship, and it is an outstanding recap of Episode 38 of this very podcast (coincidentally, of course). You'll love his take on what I now believe is the uneducated and unfortunately widespread worship of this parchment. His closing sentence is also memorable:

"I will put my faith in God, not men. I will have faith in freedom, not constitutions. Our salvation and return to liberty lies not in faith in men residing in the halls of congress, but in our belief in us as free and sovereign individuals."

In a discussion thread I found on a link I've since forgotten, another very smart fellow self-identified as "THINK" also educates fellow posters about the true role of the Constitution, and how the Bill of Rights, though valuable, was simply an add-on demanded by the states and the people to secure their agreement to ratify. Here is his brilliant and disturbing quote:
"The Constitution is a vehicle to promote capital investment by foreign governments and wealthy individuals into the American experiment by having a federal government willing to take on liability for a return on said investments."

Strangely enough, and perhaps disgustingly, even when it comes to the Constitution, you need to "Follow the money."

In the last segment of the podcast, I review the actual text of Bill of Rights, and discuss specific liberties lost over the years, up to the year 2010. It's quite a long list, sobering actually, and yet a limited, partial list at best. Today we have very few of the freedoms envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and lesser-known men who opposed the replacement of the Articles of Confederation to no avail.

This show lasts a bit over an hour. I seem to be growing more long-winded over time, but I hope the great content makes up for that.

Warm regards,
Pete
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Episode 39. The top 100 items that will disappear first when the SHTF


I came across this list of prepper items on LewRockwell.com and since I'd recently done a show on disaster preps, I thought I'd go through this list and talk about items that I didn't have had on my relatively abbreviated list. (And by the way, be sure to go to the Lew Rockwell site, bookmark your browser, and check it out periodically. I'll add it to the list of links from my blog while I'm at it too.)

The list was compiled by "Mr. Smashy" from a forum discussion held on SurvivalCache.com (yet another site I recommend). Although it's technically not a prepper list but rather a list of things most likely to disappear from store shelves, pretty much every item on this list is either vital or useful in a Stuff Hits the Fan (SHTF) situation.

The most useful thing about this list or any other is the THINKING it provokes on your part in preparing yourself and your family. Every person's situation is unique. Think through your situation, where you live, the weather and climate extremes, the availability of nearby natural resources, and your own knowledge and skills, and prepare accordingly. Let your mental preparations guide your physical preparations.
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