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Thursday, February 4, 2010

American Apocalypse

An excellent and highly recommended book about the self destruction of the United States of America. How bad can a Great Recession get and how many "Gardeners" might spring up to trim back all the nasty weeds? Will there ever be a new Freya? Interesting ideas and characters in American Apocalypse that will stay with you long after reading this book.


The American Apocalypse:
... civilization is a great sheath of ice over a deep pond that contains all the bestial drives and desires we would indulge in given the chance. We skate along the top, refraining from looking at the shadows passing below us. We know sometimes it can crack, or a hole appears, and what happens then is never pleasant. We may even enjoy in a macabre sort of way watching it from a safe distance. The idea that huge sections may crack or even disappear is to scary for us to even contemplate. Scary because we may believe only "others" can handle what will appear. Or the fear that we will have to come face to face with our real selves. The bestial part. Or worse of all we will find we can only survive in a specialized and artificial environment. Then instead of being "Someone" we find we are only prey...

related:
Calculated Risk:
Book Review: "American Apocalypse"
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Death of the Dollar

Western Rifle Shooters Association:
The Day the Dollar died -- "blovel" [blog novel] on the hours, days, weeks, and months following the collapse of the US dollar...

John Robb / Global Guerrillas:
THE TEA PARTY
"It's a leaderless movement" former House majority leader Dick Armey
The Tea Party movement in the US is an open source political protest. It emerged due to a substantial loss of government legitimacy (primarily from the mishandling of the global financial crisis) and continues to percolate as legitimacy continues to drain away from the government (health care, banking reform, unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcy, deficit, etc.)...

As a movement, it is very similar to open source warfare and therefore shares many of the same dynamics...

zero hedge

Calculated Risk

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia