Chris Martenson is an economic researcher and futurist specializing in energy and resource depletion, and co-founder of PeakProsperity.com (with Adam Taggart). As one of the early bloggers who forecasted the housing market collapse and stock market correction years in advance, Chris rose to prominence with the launch of his video seminar, The Crash Course, which has also been published in book form (Wiley, March 2011). He has given many public presentations and has appeared on various broadcast programs including The Street, PBS NewsHour, Yahoo!Finance Daily Ticker, and The Keiser Report. Prior to spending four years educating himself and developing the course and other materials to help individuals understand and take action, Chris was a Vice President at a Fortune 300 Company and spent over ten years in corporate finance and strategic consulting. He has a PhD in pathology from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell University.
This summer, Paul Solman and a film crew from PBS Newshour visited the Martenson homestead to capture the message behind the Peak Prosperity movement.
James Howard Kunstler: It's Too Late for Solutions
Author and social critic James Howard Kunstler has been one of the earliest, most direct, and most articulate voices to warn of the consequences -- economic and otherwise -- of modern society's profligate wasting of the resources that underlie its growth.
In his new book, Too Much Magic
, Jim attacks the wishful thinking dominant today that with a little more growth, a little more energy, a little more technology -- a little more magic
-- we'll somehow sail past our current tribulations without having to change our behavior.
Such self-delusion is particularly dangerous because it is preventing us from taking intelligent, constructive action at the national level when the clock is fast ticking out of our favor. In fact, Jim claims that we are past the state where solutions are possible. Instead, we need a response plan to help us best brace for the impact of the coming consequences. And we need it fast.