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Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov
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Dec 15, 09

Read in December, 2009

Okay, I'm getting passed on lots of collapse books in the last few weeks. Orlov's writing style is fun and easy, but I'm not sure I'm taking much away from this one. The premise is a comparison of the US with the SU (soviet union, where Orlov was when that govt collapsed in late 80s early 90s). He sees the same issue there then as here now: massive debt with continuing deficits, a govt incapable of handling crises (chernobyl there, katrina here), an inability to make stuff anymore, and dependence on depleting energy supplies (no longer the case in russia since their collapse).

His message so far: we're fucked! This I already knew. Too many of these books, not enough constructive books (like my own!, but then of course I would say that...)

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