Breaking Down: Collapse

Breaking Down: Collapse

If there is a silver lining to be taken from the year 2020, it's that people are opening their eyes to the predicament society has placed itself in. Economic recession, global pandemic, and violence in the streets. Natural disasters, political divisiveness, and food shortages. Like many, you may be apprehensive about the future and have a gut feeling that things aren't quite right, but aren't able to place your finger on why. Breaking Down: Collapse takes the complex ideas surrounding the ultimate collapse of modern industrial society and simplifies them so they're easier to learn. The topic is taught from the perspective of collapse-aware Kory introducing it to his good friend Kellan (who probably doesn't realize what he's signed up for!). Like all societies throughout history, ours will experience an inevitable decline caused by our relentless desire for progress. Societal collapse is not a conspiracy, but rather the natural consequences of a society growing beyond the limits of its finite planet.

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October 7, 2020 33 min

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 Advancement
EMP Report (EMP Commission...

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October 8, 2020 38 min

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.

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Energy Slave - Comic
Energy Slaves
A Short History of Energy
Energy and Human Evolution
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October 14, 2020 59 min

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. 

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Limits to Growth PDF


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October 21, 2020 41 min

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

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October 28, 2020 51 min

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?

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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 18, 2020 45 min

In this episode Kellan asks the questions he's had on his mind throughout our conversations. 

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November 25, 2020 44 min

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 44 min

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 5, 2021 43 min

In this episode Kory and Kellan discuss the consequences of echo chambers in today's political environment.


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January 12, 2021 44 min

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 35 min

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 26, 2021 30 min

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 2, 2021 32 min

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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