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The Crash Course

An Honest Approach to Facing the Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment

Martenson, Chris


2. Edition March 2023
336 Pages, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-394-16886-6
John Wiley & Sons

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Discover how and why the world's crises are interconnected and what you can do to prepare for the next one

The world is experiencing a series of crises. In The Crash Course: An Honest Approach to Facing the Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment, Revised Edition, veteran executive and strategist Chris Martenson delivers an incisive and eye-opening exploration that explains why the reader needs to understand that it is the interconnectedness of the various crises that matters most. From energy shortages to climate instability, financial crises, supply chain disruptions, pandemics, war, and crop failures, you'll discover the common factor that is driving them all and how to adapt to volatile new realities and safeguard your own personal wealth, health, and community.

In the book, you'll find effective solutions for living with unpredictability and change, as well as:
* A workable framework for understanding the "how" and "why" of dramatic societal, environmental, and economic transformation
* A rich set of solutions, complete with examples, you can use to draw inspiration and motivation to act in your own life
* An expansive amount of new material, fully updated since the last edition

A transformative and thought-provoking strategic playbook for managing increasingly unexpected events, crises, and revolutions, The Crash Course, Revised Edition is an essential resource for anyone concerned about their retirement savings, the world's environment, as well as anyone hoping to become more independent and self-reliant.

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part I How to Approach the Next Twenty Years 1

1 The Coming Storm 3

2 The Lens: How to See the Future 7

3 A World Worth Inheriting 11

4 Trust Yourself 14

Part II Foundation 21

5 Dangerous Exponentials 23

6 Problems versus Predicaments 38

7 An Inconvenient Lie: The Truth About Growth 42

8 Complex Systems 47

9 Our Money System 55

10 What Is Wealth? (Hint: It's Not Money) 69

Part III Economy 75

11 Debt 77

12 The Great Credit Bubble 90

13 Like a Moth to Flame: Our Destructive Tendency to Print 100

14 Fuzzy Numbers 109

15 Crumbling Before Our Eyes: The Story of Concrete 118

Part IV Energy 123

16 Energy and the Economy 125

17 Peak Oil 141

18 Shale Oil 160

19 Necessary but Insufficient: Clean Energy, Nuclear, and Coal 166

20 Why Technology Can't Fix This 191

Part V Environment 199

21 Minerals: Gone with the Wind 201

22 Soil: Thin, Thinner, Gone 211

23 Parched: The Coming Water Wars 219

24 All Fished Out 226

25 What Do You Mean We're Running Out of Sand? Strange but True 231

Part VI Convergence 233

26 Where Have All the Insects Gone? Silence of the Lamps 235

27 The Bumpy Path to 2030 238

Part VII What Should I Do? 247

28 The Good News: We Already Have Everything We Need 249

29 Closing the Book on Growth 257

30 What Should I Do? 260

31 Build Up Your Capital! 270

Appendix 291

Notes 293

Index 303
CHRIS MARTENSON, PhD (Duke), MBA (Cornell), is a former Vice President at SAIC, worked for Pfizer, and created the viral video series, The Crash Course, which has been viewed by millions of people and translated into 4 languages. He is a world-class communicator and dot-connector, a sought-after writer and speaker, and is the host of the online resilience community at