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Return to Book Page. The next twenty years will be completely unlike the last twentyyears. The world is in economic crisis, and there are no easy fixes toour predicament. Unsustainable trends in the economy, energy, andthe environment have finally caught up with us and are convergingon a very narrow window of time–the “Twenty-Teens.

In this book you willfind solid facts and grounded reasoning presented in a calm, positive, non-partisan manner. Our money system places impossible demands upon a finiteworld. Exponentially rising levels of debt, based onassumptions of future economic growth to fund repayment, willshudder to a halt and then reverse. Unfortunately, our financialsystem does craah operate in reverse.

The consequences of massivedeleveraging will be severe. Oil is essential for economic growth. The reality of dwindlingoil supplies is xhris internationally recognized, yet virtually nodeveloped nations have a Plan B. The economic risks toindividuals, companies, and countries are varied and enormous.

Best-case, living standards will drop steadily worldwide. Worst-case, systemic financial crises will toss the world intojarring chaos. This book is written for those who are motivated to learn aboutthe root causes of our predicaments, protect themselves and theirfamilies, mitigate risks as much as possible, and control whateffects they can.

Martenon challenge comes opportunity, and TheCrash Course offers a positive vision for how to reshape ourlives to be more balanced, crhis, and sustainable. Hardcoverpages.

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To ask other readers questions about The Crash Courseplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 14, Nathan rated it liked it Shelves: The modern global financial system relies on exponential growth of national economies, which has required comparable growth in energy use.

We can’t sustain this energy use, therefore the growth will end, which will bring about painful changes to the financial system. When it comes, it will affect everyone and life is going to get a lot less fun. That’s Martenson’s argument, which is extremely well explained. He writes clearly in a matter-of-fact tone, and the disturbing nature of his message we’ The modern global financial system relies on exponential growth of national economies, which has required comparable growth in energy use.


He writes clearly in a matter-of-fact tone, and the disturbing nature of his message we’re living on a house of cards, built on a lie, fueled by million-year-old sunlight which is going to run out any day now is only the more disturbing for his easy style. This book isn’t exactly a “pleasure” to read, but it is very well written. Martenson explains things with a combination of clear explanation e.

The analogies are the bits that worry me: Our world is tricksy and full of surprises.

A lot of what he recommends is green Community Supported Agriculture, household solar, etc. I’m nervous that the rest of the book is playing to my prejudices or ccrash intuition.

The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment

Sometimes the things Martenson says are the things that nutters say: He doesn’t say it like a nutter, and he says many things that those nutters don’t say, so I can’t pigeonhole him. This book is a fantastic question starter: Nutters love appeals to our flawed intuition and to common sense.

The first part of the book on economics is the bit that really interested me. The rest of the book, which belabours the end of easy energy, what the collapse might look like, and how to be prepared, didn’t light my fire the way the economics did.

This is probably because I’ve already done some research and thinking on energy, but hadn’t seen finance through his lens before. I ended up skimming and then abandoning the scenarios and recommendations because the energy stuff I’ve done move near arable land and the economic stuff I’m still skeptical about buy gold.

My highlights included the observation that surplus can be used for growth or for prosperity, but it takes exceptional surplus to give both. That is, you can plow your profits back in or you can take them out as dividends, but to be able to live high on the hog AND keep growing requires staggering surplus. I liked his distinction between problems and predicaments. The distinction boils down to this: Problems have solutions; predicaments have outcomes. This statistic gave me pause, particularly after reading the fantastic Michael Lewis piece about state and city debt: States and municipalities are also deeply underwater on their pension promises.

Once we add up all the debts and liabilities of the United States, we discover that they are more than 10 times larger than GDP. So a value is assigned to all the free checking in the land, and that, too, is added to the tally. I can’t see a lightbulb or fill the car with petrol in the same way again: It turns out that a gallon of gas has the equivalent energy of somewhere between and hours of human labor. How much would to hours of your hard physical labor be worth to you?


And a final blown mind: Jun 24, Book rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author makes persuasive arguments that unsustainable trends in the economy, energy and environment will converge to an undesirable predicament of global proportions in the next twenty years. This page book is composed of the following seven parts: H The Crash Course: What should I do?

What a great book! One of the best researched books you will ever read…this was truly a labor of love and we should all be thankful for such a contribution. Profound, thought-provoking book without being unintelligible. One chri the most even-handed books you will ever read. This book is about our immediate economic predicament. A fascinating personal account that gave birth to this project.

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An economy predicated on never-ending growth is not feasible. Understanding the concept of exponential growth in a comprehensive manner.

Understanding the difference between prosperity which we should strive for versus growth. Understanding our debt-based monetary system. The distinction between predicament and problem.

The fallacy of debt markets. Various forms of debts. The distinction between debt and liabilities. The realization of how much debt we truly are as a country, oh my science! Many aha moments, but none more frightening than the clear realization that our economy is in peril and we must do something about it… Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles…what they are and why they burst.

How politicians change the definition of important financial terms to make the economy look better than it actually is. Great use of charts and illustrations to convey important concepts. The realization that our standards of living will fall in the future. Various forms of energy discussed and put in proper context. Laws of thermodynamics and how it clarifies our predicament.

The distinction between soil and dirt.

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The importance of soil. So much wisdom in this one book. A future of water shortage? A great section of what we can do to ameliorate our predicament. Good sound practical approach. Provides great resources and links for further research.

Provides a list of future opportunities. Having to buy extra copies of this fantastic book for friends. This book is that important. Martenson should be commended for having the knowledge, desire and ability to convey such an important and timely message.