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Breaking Down: Collapse

Author: Kory & Kellan

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If there is a silver lining to be taken from the year 2020, it's that people are opening their eyes to the predicament society has placed itself in. Economic recession, global pandemic, and violence in the streets. Natural disasters, political divisiveness, and food shortages. Like many, you may be apprehensive about the future and have a gut feeling that things aren't quite right, but aren't able to place your finger on why. Breaking Down: Collapse takes the complex ideas surrounding the ultimate collapse of modern industrial society and simplifies them so they're easier to learn. The topic is taught from the perspective of collapse-aware Kory introducing it to his good friend Kellan (who probably doesn't realize what he's signed up for!).Like all societies throughout history, ours will experience an inevitable decline caused by our relentless desire for progress. It's not a conspiracy, but rather the natural consequences of a society growing beyond the limits of its finite planet.
24 Episodes
What is collapse? This episode introduces the topic of the podcast, establishing a foundation for the conversation moving forward. Is it a conspiracy? Is it a certainity, or are we talking about a one-off chance? Will it happen during our life time? These questions and more answered in this episode.Support the show (
The complex state of our society makes us especially vulnerable to collapse. As a result of building this system, we each rely on it to keep us alive and have therefore lost our independence.In this episode we answer the question of what it means to be complex, and why it is so dangerous.Timeline of Human Technological AdvancementWhat Makes a Society Complex?Diminishing Returns of Technological AdvancementEMP Report (EMP Commission)Coronavirus and the Supply ChainSupport the show (
Energy fuels our lives. So why have we risked so much by devouring energy that can't be replaced and is unsustainable? Every wildfire hits a peak where it burns at maximum heat and covers the largest area, before it dies down due to insufficient fuel sources. Our society, also at its peak, must eventually face the same decline.Learn More:Energy Slave - Comic Energy SlavesA Short History of EnergyEnergy and Human EvolutionWhat is Oil Used For?Jevon's ParadoxWhy Renewables Can't Save the PlanetEROEIPeak OilSupport the show (
In this episode we discuss the concept of overshoot, and the consequences it has on society and our ecosystem. We also discuss the book Limits to Growth, which is based around computer modeling done at MIT to discover the fate of our society in the next 50 years. Learn More:Limits to Growth PDFSupport the show (
In this episode we discuss one of the mechanisms by which societal collapse happens over time, and what it looks like for every-day people.Sources:How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael GreerDark Age America - John Michael GreerGDP GrowthInfrastructure Report CardSupport the show (
The massive social experiment that is our financial system is truly understood by few. This episode details how we are practically victims of history's largest Ponzi scheme. How long will the con last?Learn More:The Crash Course (Full Course)The Crash Course (Short Version)Fractional Reserve BankingHow does the Federal Reserve create money?Money in CirculationUS Debt ClockZimbabwe HyperinflationSupport the show (
Politicians have power because we have given it to them. What happens when the people decide that power is no longer legitimate?Learn More:On CorruptionOn VotingBreaking the Two Party SystemIncome Inequality"The Collapse of Complex Societies" - Joseph Tainter The French Revolution“Dark Age America" - John Michael GreerOn Essential WorkersWhat Causes Revolutions?"Medellin, a city caught between love and hatred for Pablo Escobar"Systemic Police Brutality and its Costs in the United StatesOn Poverty in the USACan Netflix’s Stock Double in 2020?On Bread and CircusesHow to Understand Power“It Could Happen Here" - Robert Evans“How the Arab Spring Started and How it Affected the World”Support the show (
In this episode we discuss the major impacts of climate change and its role in collapse.Learn More:On Ice Free Arctic 2035On “Faster Than Expected” Permafrost Melt“Faster Than Expected” ExamplesWhy 1.5 isn’t going to happenWhen could we see a 2 degree warmer world?The Difference Between 1.5 and 2 DegreeesAir Pollution Deaths at 2 Degrees vs 1.5 DegreesHow many die annually from air polution?What could 2050 look like? (1)What could 2050 look like? (2)California Wildfires - 2020Support the show (
In this episode Kellan asks the questions he's had on his mind throughout our conversations. Support the show (
In this episode Kellan and I discuss feedback loops related to climate change, what a BOE is, and how it will affect us.Support the show (
This week Kellan takes the wheel and talks about specific trends in consumerism that have caused the modern western world to give up our independence in exchange for convenience.Support the show (
Kellan and Kory discuss the proper expectations and philosophy around preparing for collapse, and how they may differ from mainstream ideas of "prepping".Support the show (
In this episode Kellan and I discuss some thoughts on how to get started preparing for collapse. Support the show (
Kellan and Kory discuss the role that modern agriculture plays in eventual societal collapseSupport the show (
Episode 15 - Coping

Episode 15 - Coping


Accepting collapse and take a toll on mental health. Kellan introduces some ways to cope with the reaility of collapse and making the best of our situations.Support the show (
In this episode Kory and Kellan discuss the consequences of echo chambers in today's political environment.Support the show (
In this episode we discuss the possible consequences of climate change and how they will affect daily life.Support the show (
Historically, an increasing wealth gap has always been a sign of empires in decline. Will this time be any different? Kory and Kellan dive into what our growing wealth disparity means for the US and the world.Video on wealth disparity (referenced in this episode)Support the show (
Most major factors influencing collapse can be tied back, directly or indirectly, to the moral decline of society. the show (
We discuss some of the most prevalent ideas of what life will look like after collapse. "How to Enjoy the End of the World" - Sid SmithSupport the show (
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