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Egypt's Warning: Are You Listening?

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 5:00 PM

One day, a fruit and vegetable seller was arrested in Tunisia, sparking social unrest, and a few weeks later the government of Egypt was set to topple. 

Such is the nature of complex, chaotic, and unpredictable systems. The stresses build for years and years, and nothing really seems to be...

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Dan Ariely Decodes Why Humans Are Hard-Wired to Inflate

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 5:15 PM

Looking back at the carnage created by the bursting of the credit bubble, it’s natural to scratch your head and ask “How did we ever let that happen?” Behavioral economics exists to answer questions like this.

Last week Chris sat down with Dan Ariely, gallivanting behavioral-economics researcher-extraordinaire, who is breathing...

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Straight Talk With Tyler Durden: The U.S. Is Free-Falling Into Bankruptcy

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 1:33 PM

"Straight Talk" features thinking from notable minds that the ChrisMartenson.com audience has indicated it wants to learn more about.  Readers submit the questions they want addressed and our guests take their best crack at answering. The comments and opinions expressed by our guests are their own.

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Don't Be Fooled: Inflation Has the Upper Hand

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 11:45 AM

Here at Martenson Central, we are endlessly keeping a close eye out for the emergence of deflation, defined here as the purchasing power of the dollar going up. 

Technically, inflation and deflation are terms that indicate a particular combination of money surplus or deficit (respectively), demand for money (of which...

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Straight Talk with Charles Hugh Smith: Why The Status Quo Is Unsustainable

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 11:21 AM

Straight Talk features thinking from notable minds whom the ChrisMartenson.com audience has indicated it wants to learn more about.  Readers submit the questions they want addressed and our guests take their best crack at answering. The comments and opinions expressed by our guests are their own.

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It's Official: The Economy Is Set to Starve

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 4:31 PM

Once a year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) releases its World Energy Outlook (WEO), and it's our tradition here at ChrisMartenson.com to review it.  A lot of articles have already been written on the WEO 2010 report, and I don't wish to tread an already well-worn path, but the subject...

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Alert: QE II Has Lit the Fuse

(9) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 5:14 PM

For a very long time I have been calling for, expecting and otherwise anticipating the day that the Federal Reserve would begin openly monetizing government debt. I knew the day would come intellectually, but in my heart I hoped it wouldn't. But with the Fed's recent decision to...

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Future Chaos: There Is No "Plan B"

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 1:38 AM

Note: This article builds on my recent report Prediction: Things Will Unravel Faster Than You Think.  It explores the coming energy crunch in more detail by looking at existing government planning and awareness, and the implications of what international recognition of peak oil as early as 2012 might mean.

The...

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Prediction: Things Will Unravel Faster Than You Think

(15) Comments | Posted October 1, 2010 | 6:37 PM

By my analysis, we are not yet on the final path to recovery, and there are one or more financial 'breaks' coming in the future. Underlying structural weaknesses have not been resolved, and the kick-the-can-down-the-road plan is going to encounter a hard wall in the not-too-distant future. When the next...

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