June 29, 2009
The transcript of this presentation (+ slides) by Dmitry Orlov at The New Emergency Conference in Dublin, on June 11, 2009, is about the most interesting thing I have read about the economy, peak oil, and sustainability. I strongly recommend it Definancialisation, Deglobalisation, Relocalisation. His analysis is simultaneously stark and funny. On the whole it is comprehensive, brilliant, and reading it may save your life.
Orlov is an engineer, who made his name by analysing the collapse of the USSR first-hand, and applying the lessons learned to the USA and the rest of the world. His estimate is that we are in much worse shape to cope with the coming collapse. His ideas about the process of collapse and transition are fresh and somewhat disturbing. They feel important. Most importantly, they give really interesting suggestions for what we can do.