Breaking Down: Collapse

Breaking Down: Collapse

Apprehensive about the future? Like many, you likely have a gut feeling that things aren't quite right, but haven’t been able to place your finger on why. That feeling only grows with the increasing political tensions, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, and supply chain disruptions. What do all these challenges mean? And what will be the result of society’s current trajectory? “Breaking Down: Collapse” takes the complex concepts surrounding the ultimate collapse of modern industrial society and simplifies them so they’re easier to learn. The compelling evidence for our inevitable decline is introduced by collapse-aware Kory to his good friend, Kellan, who probably doesn’t realize what he signed up for! Skeptical? Gear up for a paradigm shift! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

October 8, 2020 32 mins
What is collapse? This episode introduces the topic of the podcast, establishing a foundation for the conversation moving forward. 
Is it a conspiracy? Is it a certainity, or are we talking about a one-off chance? Will it happen during our life time? These questions and more answered in this episode.

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The complex state of our society makes us especially vulnerable to collapse. As a result of building this system, we each rely on it to keep us alive and have therefore lost our independence.

In this episode we answer the question of what it means to be complex, and why it is so dangerous.

Timeline of Human Technological Advancement
What Makes a Society Complex?
Diminishing Returns of Technological Advance...

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October 8, 2020 36 mins
Energy fuels our lives. So why have we risked so much by devouring energy that can't be replaced and is unsustainable? Every wildfire hits a peak where it burns at maximum heat and covers the largest area, before it dies down due to insufficient fuel sources. Our society, also at its peak, must eventually face the same decline.

Learn More:

Energy Slave - Comic
Energy Slaves
A Short History of Energy<...

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October 14, 2020 56 mins
In this episode we discuss the concept of overshoot, and the consequences it has on society and our ecosystem. We also discuss the book Limits to Growth, which is based around computer modeling done at MIT to discover the fate of our society in the next 50 years. 

Learn More:

Limits to Growth PDF


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October 21, 2020 40 mins

In this episode we discuss one of the mechanisms by which societal collapse happens over time, and what it looks like for every-day people.

Sources:

How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael Greer

Dark Age America - John Michael Greer

GDP Growth

Infrastructure Report Card




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October 28, 2020 49 mins

The massive social experiment that is our financial system is truly understood by few. This episode details how we are practically victims of history's largest Ponzi scheme. How long will the con last?

Learn More:

The Crash Course (Full Course)

The Crash Course (Short Version)

Fractional Reserve Banking

How does the Federal Reserve create money?

Money in Circulation

US Debt Clock

Zimbabwe Hyperinflation



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November 4, 2020 40 mins
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November 18, 2020 43 mins
In this episode Kellan asks the questions he's had on his mind throughout our conversations. 

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November 25, 2020 43 mins
In this episode Kellan and I discuss feedback loops related to climate change, what a BOE is, and how it will affect us.

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This week Kellan takes the wheel and talks about specific trends in consumerism that have caused the modern western world to give up our independence in exchange for convenience.

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Kellan and Kory discuss the proper expectations and philosophy around preparing for collapse, and how they may differ from mainstream ideas of "prepping".

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In this episode Kellan and I discuss some thoughts on how to get started preparing for collapse. 

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Kellan and Kory discuss the role that modern agriculture plays in eventual societal collapse

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December 30, 2020 42 mins
Accepting collapse and take a toll on mental health. Kellan introduces some ways to cope with the reaility of collapse and making the best of our situations.

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January 6, 2021 41 mins
In this episode Kory and Kellan discuss the consequences of echo chambers in today's political environment.


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January 13, 2021 43 mins
In this episode we discuss the possible consequences of climate change and how they will affect daily life.

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January 20, 2021 33 mins
Historically, an increasing wealth gap has always been a sign of empires in decline. Will this time be any different? Kory and Kellan dive into what our growing wealth disparity means for the US and the world.

Video on wealth disparity (referenced in this episode)


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January 27, 2021 29 mins
Most major factors influencing collapse can be tied back, directly or indirectly, to the moral decline of society. 

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/10/collapsing-levels-trust-are-devastating-america/616581/

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February 3, 2021 30 mins
We discuss some of the most prevalent ideas of what life will look like after collapse.

"How to Enjoy the End of the World" - Sid Smith


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