The Postcatastrophe Economy: Rebuilding America and Avoiding the Next Bubble

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How bad will the current recession get? According to Eric Janszen, we could be facing an unemployment rate of over 10 percent; half of all retail stores boarded up; skeletons of unfinished buildings in our cities; and tax revenues down by 30 percent, leading to big cuts in government services. Meanwhile, inflation will keep rising as the Fed is forced to devalue the dollar because foreign countries won't lend to us anymore.

Sounds grim, but the good news is that this crisis will...

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Overview

How bad will the current recession get? According to Eric Janszen, we could be facing an unemployment rate of over 10 percent; half of all retail stores boarded up; skeletons of unfinished buildings in our cities; and tax revenues down by 30 percent, leading to big cuts in government services. Meanwhile, inflation will keep rising as the Fed is forced to devalue the dollar because foreign countries won't lend to us anymore.

Sounds grim, but the good news is that this crisis will open the door to a saner economic future if we recognize the opportunity to correct decades of bad policy. America can wean itself from the debt-financed growth of the past thirty years and restructure to grow based on old-fashioned savings and investment.

Janszen shows that the key is not more big government but deploying our unique capacity for innovation through private-public partnerships. He calls for a modern New Deal that develops twenty-first century industries such as biotechnology, alternative energy, and nanotechnology. And he shows how our financial markets can adapt to make it happen.

This is an essential book for everyone who is struggling to understand our current predicament.

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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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In this thought-provoking, troubling book, financial analyst Janszen speaks to how political and social failures hampering America's real economic progress at all levels has led us to the Great Recession. He proposes a modern-day New Deal to support profit-based infrastructure industries of alternative energy, biotech, etc., and envisions a return to a more productive and prosperous economy in which Americans again will practice saving and sound investing. Narrator John Pruden (Race for the Dying) delivers Janszen's strong indictment of the debt-ridden "FIRE" economy (finance, insurance, real estate) in an authoritative manner. Highly recommended as a supplement to other recent works on the Great Recession.—M. Gail Preslar, Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400166541
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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