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The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant dOrlov is a kind of Dave Barry of collapse pundits His snapshots of informal economies that grew in Russiauring and after sovietism are useful to think about he makes fairly coherent of informal economies that grew in Russia One Girl One Dream during and after sovietism are useful to think about he makes fairly coherent on how a collapse of our economies might not play out as in Russia However his speculations of a post collapse America tend toward the extreme and suggest an overnight transformation into our worstystopian nightmares without providing any logic for assuming thisThe advice in the book is also vague and platitudinous reduce your reliance on money stockpile useful tools connect with people reduce attachment to luxuries learn how to The Amazing SAS do stuff Heoes make the point that in the future you may have to learn to think on your feet be adaptive and flexible and possess better people skills than you The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter do nowIt s not a long read and the sharp witoes offer levity to a grave topic It s certainly not essential reading on the topic It s easy to see his work being effectively transmitted as a columns or essays The preview text on the back cover pretty much addresses most of the content of the book The book was accessible owing to the anecdotal experience of the author as opposed to a Broken Prophecy detached and academic feeling that could have easily been used But too so would have lost the charm There s a sort of slow motion immediacy presented in Orlov s predictions Collapse is an inevitability if not an eventuality this is not The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, debatable The uestions lay in the Why and the When I think that too many people get caught up in an urgency and either go nuts in preparing or shrug it off as if there was nothing they couldo It is Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, difficult to make the case for preparation when it seems that the economy is returning to its positive growth status The case can be made I think uite easily that the way we live is far from our potential as individuals societies and a species If we work to reach our potential then we can go very far in mitigatingisaster if not making the best of it Orlov wrote at the end that he had set out to write a serious book about the collapse of the American economysociety in its present form that would be fun to read he succeeded He writes from the rare perspective of a person eually familiar with and at home in Russia and the USIn this book he The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker describes in concreteetails the things he saw traveling in the former Soviet Union Quadruplets On The Doorstep during and after that government s implosion and offers his thoughts on why things fell apart there He then points out similarities andifferences between the pre fall USSR and the present and predictable near future state of affairs in the US the resemblances are Luke discouraging and theivergences seem to be about eually The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane divided between things that would make a collapse here worse or better than the one that took place thereAlong with a consistent focus on specifics and their impacts on the lives of ordinary people a standout uality of this book is a streak of bleak and sardonic humor as the author points out the inanities and foibles of people and institutions in both countries withoutiminishing the sense that he also loves his two nationsI on t agree with all the aspects of his projected future but that s to be expected as Orlov acknowledges with so many things that are impossible to predict with certainty I recommend this book highly as one well worth reading for anyone wanting to get beyond the three ring circus of contemporary culture and politics and hear the thoughts of a shrewd adult Awesome Russians are badass Americans are screwed What s new Pass the home brewed vodka I gave Dmitry Orlov s Reinventing Collapse one star out of five but that could be too generous This book is not worth reading and should never have been published It s not about economic collapse as much as it is the author
*s argument that the US is inherently no better than the former Soviet Socialist Republic To say that Dmitry *argument that the US is inherently no better than the former Soviet Socialist Republic To say that Dmitry is pessimistic is such a gross understatement in scope and scale that it s almost not useful like saying the ocean As Orlov states himself his book is an exercise in imagination stretching Whatever egree of confidence you may have in the proposition that the economy and society of the USA will collapse soon from zero most Americans to nearly 100 the author a few sessions with this volume will assuredly lead you to think things you haven t beforeThe bedrock Orlov bases his book on is that THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM OF THE US economic system of the US as it The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning does on a vast supply of oil and foreign credit will collapse once this supply thins out The thesis built on this bedrock is not that we can somehow avoid the collapse but the humble and reasonable in my opinion notion that there are particular aspects of the US economy and society that make us particularly vulnerable toisaster when the collapse comes He compares the United States to a society whose collapse he witnessed firsthand the former Soviet Union and finds we come up on the losing side of the collapse gapWhether you buy his particular brand of reasonable oomsaying or not I find it very compelling that the steps he recommends for weathering collapse live In the waning ays of the American empire we find ourselves mired in political crisis with our foreign policy coming under sharp criticism and our economy in steep ecline These trends mirror the experience of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the emise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for coming eventsRather than focusing on oom and gloom Reinventing Collapse suggests that there is room for optimism if we focus our. ,
Cessary and not to worry too much about the rest is perhaps the one most critical to post collapse survival Air water and food are necessary for survival Many of us have been brainwashed into believing that life is impossible without flush toilets automobiles cell phones electricity computers and on and on These are wants not needs Orlov recommends that we begin the process of mental preparation now so that we can become flexible and better able to roll with the punches when the storm arrives Simplify your life now and learn how to be comfortable living without non essential luxuries and frivolous status trinkets Imagine how you will live when money becomes worthless Learn practical skills The USSR provided its citizens with a place to live and most people stayed put They knew the people around them which encouraged mutual support Americans are highly mobile moving every five years We often feel like space aliens in a world of strangers It s smart to get to know your neighbors so you can help each other When hard times come be generous with others Keep possessions to a bare minimum so you aren t attractive to thugs and thieves Outwardly blend in with the herd ress like them act like them and think like them Create a wardrobe that s in harmony with the trendy Ranchers Perfect Baby Rescue down and out look During collapse being an oddball of any kind will be risky Angry mobs have a big appetite for finding folks to blame and punish and American mobs are very well armed Before the revolution of 1918 the Russian people were well fed by a system of small low tech peasant farms The communist collectivization of agriculture was aisaster On the bright side this inspired big interest in kitchen gardens At the time of the Soviet collapse these gardens comprised ten percent of cropland and they generated 90 percent of Silent Confessions domestic food production The average garden was just one tenth of a hectare a uarter acre The US also blundered into industrial agriculture In the coming years rising energy costs will eventuallyerail our highly mechanized food production system Reading this book is a sobering and mind expanding experience It gives us a vitally important subject to contemplate Readers are served an all you can eat buffet of good old fashioned common sense the best antidote there is for magical thinking A Texas Holiday Miracle denial and the intense never ending hallucinations of consumer fantasyland It s a valuable book for people who have krugozor a broad mental horizon that allows outside the box thinking I read the first edition published before the crash of 2008 Following the crash Orlov published a new and improved second edition One of the most influential books I ve ever read VERY highly recommended to everyone I know and care about Itescribes what will likely unfold as the great empire of the US falls on its face similar to how the USSR 74 Seaside Avenue did in the late 80s but with much less preparation in our case Shockingisturbing hilarious and actually heartening in some ways I m looking forward to the low energy version of the USAFor an idea of the gist of this book you can read a transcript of the author s presentation at the recent Plan C Conference which I was lucky to attend Please o and prepare "yourself and your family Dmitry Orlov has a istinctive voice I " and your family Dmitry Orlov has a The Loving Gift distinctive voice I heard it before it is an European voice a voice that has seen big ideas and the empires founded upon them crumble intoust He reminds me of my fathers generation that left Europe after the war He reminds me especially of a Hungarian man I met at work It is world weary cynical yet profound in its own way A perfect example is the 107 year old man that we encounter in Catch 22 OLD MAN IN WHOREHOUSE But I live like a sane one I was a fascist when Mussolini was on top Now that he has been The Wildcatter deposed I am anti fascist When the Germans were here I was fanatically pro German Now I m fanatically pro American You ll find no loyal partisan in all of Italy than myself CAPT NATELY You re a shameful opportunist What youon t understand is that it s better to Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, die on your feet than to live on your knees OLD MAN IN WHOREHOUSE You have it backwards It s better to live on your feet than toie on your knees I know CAPT NATELY How Her Nine Month Confession do you know OLD MAN IN WHOREHOUSE Because I am 107 years old How old are youIf youo not want to hear home truths explained anecdotally o not read this book It is a book of observation not facts and charts This is a man that observed the fall of the Soviet Union From The Perspective Of the perspective of Soviet citizen with an American home He is uite convinced that America is in the process of collapsing He makes useful comparisons with the USSR but they are not flattering He thinks because of the turbo charged capitalism prevalent in America people will starve rather uickly In USSR at least there was a lot of fat in industry and a willingness to turn a blind eye by managers when people came to work to steal stuff to swap with "others His main advice is o not rely on the state institutions when things go belly up Keep your head "His main advice is o not rely on the state institutions when things go belly up Keep your head and shut upand survive Oh yes and make useful friends because money won t save you. Lenging yet inspiring work is a must read for anyone concerned about energy geopolitics international relations and life in a post Peak Oil worldDmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid nineties He is an engineer and a leading Peak Oil theorist whose writing is featured on such sites as wwwlifeaftertheoilcrashnet and wwwpowerswitchorgu. .
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Ustainably get to know your neighbors stop on monetary and up concrete and social assets start growing of your own food learn valuable productive skills are or less things which would benefit us in any case whether our economy collapses or not If he turns out to have been wrong and we get out of this epression back into the business as usual of five years ago and go back to clearing land for strip malls and suburban cookie cutter housing Charade of Hearts developments then oh well at least it was an interesting read If he s not wrong then hopefully it will be slightly less shocking when the collapse comes Using the fall of Soviet Union as an example The author talks about the prospects of a collapse of the US This is the second book by him on this topic ion t ispute the fact "that the signs are all there and the author provides a service in this regard but scenarios never "the signs are all there and the author provides a service in this regard but scenarios never uite as forecasted but the alarms are blaring Dmitry Orlov grew up in the Soviet Union USSR before it collapsed and was reborn as the Russian Federation In the mid 70s he moved to the US On extended visits to his Leningrad home he irectly observed the unpleasant process of a powerful empire collapsing On later visits he observed how the Russians had adjusted to living in a post empire society It s very clear to him that America is also a rotting powerful empire socially politically economically We spend far too much on the military our Toward a Better Life debt levelsefy the imagination Peak Cheap Energy is behind us and big storm clouds are moving in America is heading toward collapse and there s nothing we can Die Konigreiche Israel Und Juda Im 9. 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Chr. do to prevent it but there s a lot we cano to prepare for itIn his book Reinventing Collapse Orlov provided suggestions and warnings for Americans based on his ringside experience at the Soviet collapse Orlov is not a Schaums Outline of Microbiology, Second Edition dark creepy prophet ofoom but a witty comrade who is amused by the absurdity of our indifference to the huge and obvious After the Rubicon dangers we face All civilizations collapse it s nothing to be embarrassed about Civilizations can takeecades or centuries to A Prescription for Murder decompose but economies canisintegrate suddenly with a high human costIn its final months the USSR was limping and wheezing Then the price of oil fell sharply slashing their income from oil exports The system could no longer afford to function crash Families began struggling and the government id little to help them Factories shut own traffic isappeared and the air became clean and fresh There were long lines at the few open gas stations where sales were limited to ten liters 25 gallons paid for with a bottle of vodka money was worthless Middle class folks iscovered rewarding new careers in Anarchist Modernism dumpsteriving The birth rate fell and the An Audience of Artists death rate surged Manyrank themselves into the next realmDespite this many homes remained heated all lights stayed on nobody starved to A Dogs Head death and the trains ran on time It turned out that an excellent place to experience a collapse was in a communist land where the state owned everything Nobody received an eviction notice because there were no private homes The Soviets brilliantlyecided not to create a car based transportation system because that would have been a foolish waste of precious resources Gasoline shortages were not a serious problem for a society that was largely car free Importantly their economy The History of Cartography, Volume 3 did notepend on imported energyHousing projects were always located conveniently close to the excellent mass transit system They wisely His Virgin Secretary did not create a nightmare of endless sprawling suburbs Instead Soviets lived in unglamorous energy efficient solidly built high rise apartment complexes many of which provided garden plots for the residentsThe Soviet collapse lasted about ten years and then the nation got back on its feet While Russian oil production had passed its peak they still had significant reserves of oil and natural gas to sell and this was their salvation It gave them anotherecade or two to live in the industrial lane They were able to bounce back temporarily The US will not be so bouncy The American collapse will be harsher because we live in a market economy and free markets have zero tolerance for providing free goods and services to the estitute The bank that owns your home will foreclose if you can t pay The tax collector will evict you if taxes aren t paid The power phone and water will be shut off The repo man will snatch your cars The food production system will stumble Say bye bye to law enforcement and for profit health care If the railroad system isn t modernized before the crash the USA is likely to break apart Near the end of the Soviet empire there was widespread contempt for the system Driven by resentment many highly educated people eliberately shifted to menial work and sought their pleasure in nature books and friends When the crash came they Both Hands Tied didn t lose their identity have an anxiety attack and submerge intoespair The ability to stop and smell the roses to let it all go to refuse to harbor regrets or nurture grievances to confine one s serious attention only to that which is immediately ne. Efforts on personal and cultural transformation With characteristic Bread of Dreams dry humor Dmitry Orlov identifies three progressive stages of response to the looming crisisMitigation alleviating the impact of the coming upheaval Adaptation adjusting to the reality of changed conditions Opportunity flourishing after the collapse He argues that by examining maladaptive parts of our common cultural baggage we can survive thrive andiscover meaningful and fulfilling lives in spite of steadily Beth Sholom Synagogue deteriorating circumstancesThis chal.