The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble [NOOK Book]

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How government and business can work together to secure our economic future.

The 2008 crisis was just the beginning; according to sought-after analyst Eric Janszen, an even bigger financial catastrophe is imminent. Inclined to disbelieve him? He predicted the last two busts months before they happened.

Our problems, according to Janszen, are rooted in the flaws of the ...
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The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble

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Overview

How government and business can work together to secure our economic future.

The 2008 crisis was just the beginning; according to sought-after analyst Eric Janszen, an even bigger financial catastrophe is imminent. Inclined to disbelieve him? He predicted the last two busts months before they happened.

Our problems, according to Janszen, are rooted in the flaws of the debt-driven FIRE economy (Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate). Applying the tried-andtrue methods of currency depreciation, tax and interest rate cuts, and fiscal stimulus will not work this time around. The only way out is to change our fundamental approach.

The solution is to use private and public monies to develop major for- profit transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure projects. These projects will spark employment and growth, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy and our foreign debt, and improve the efficiency of the economy for all growth industries in the twenty-first century.

This thought-provoking book offers solutions for a more sustainable and stable economic future.


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"Narrator John Pruden delivers Janszen's strong indictment of the debt-ridden 'FIRE' economy (finance, insurance, real estate) in an authoritative manner. Highly recommended." —-Library Journal Starred Audio Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101442722
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 553 KB

Meet the Author


Eric Janszen is a financial analyst with more than two decades' experience in the technology industry as an executive and venture capitalist and a regular contributor to the Harper's magazine Web site.

John Pruden is a professional voice actor who records audiobooks, corporate and online training narrations, animation and video game characters, and radio and TV commercials. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, his audiobooks include The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, which was chosen by the Washington Post as the best audiobook of 2011.

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Table of Contents

Introduction What Just Happened? Deindustrialization and the Rise of the FIRE Economy 1

PART I THE FIRE ECONOMY 29

Chapter 1 The Foundations of the FIRE Economy---and How They Crumbled 31

Chapter 2 The Transitional Economy and Feedback Loops 61

Chapter 3 Wrongheaded Response 90

PART II TECI 123

Chapter 4 The TECI Economy: Transportation, Energy, Communication, and Infrastructure 125

PART III THE MIDTERM MACRO FORECAST 157

Chapter 5 Peak Cheap Oil 159

Chapter 6 Economic and Market Forecasting in a Postbubble World 181

Epilogue 211

Acknowledgments 217

Index 221

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