Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects [NOOK Book]

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This new edition of Reinventing Collapse is an update on the growing similarities and differences between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the current unraveling of the United States. With sharp wit and dry humor, Dmitry Orlov shares his personal experiences in post-industrial living and argues that US collapse is survivable given the right attitude and preparation.
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Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects

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Overview


This new edition of Reinventing Collapse is an update on the growing similarities and differences between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the current unraveling of the United States. With sharp wit and dry humor, Dmitry Orlov shares his personal experiences in post-industrial living and argues that US collapse is survivable given the right attitude and preparation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924756
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 758,889
  • File size: 456 KB

Meet the Author


Dmitry Orlov was born and raised in Leningrad, USSR and immigrated to the United States in the mid-seventies. He was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late eighties and mid-nineties. Dmitry is an engineer who has contributed to fields as diverse as high-energy Physics and Internet security. Starting in 2005, he has written extensively on the subject of the approaching collapse of the United States, and the many similarities and differences between the post-American and the post-Soviet experience. Dmitry sees his mission as a public service: in his numerous articles, presentations and interviews he has argued that collapse of the US, although inevitable, is survivable, given the right attitude and some timely preparation.
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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition ix

Introduction 1

1 The Soviet Example 5

The Collapse of the Soviet Union: An Overview 11

Back in the USSR 12

A Rude Awakening 14

The New Normal 16

My Premise 18

2 Superpower Similarities 21

The Myth of Inclusiveness 24

Better Living Through Science 27

Industrial Food Production 28

Consumer Goods 30

Information Technology 31

The Cost of Technological Progress 35

Militarism 38

World's Jailers 45

Evil Empires 50

Bankruptcy 52

Collapse of Legitimacy 55

Reinventing Collapse

3 The Collapse Gap 63

Collapses in General 64

Energy 68

Housing 75

Transportation 79

Employment 82

Families 87

Money 91

Consumerism 94

Food 98

Medicine 105

Education 109

Ethnicity 114

Religion 115

Inevitable Conclusion 117

4 Collapse Mitigation 119

The Collapse Parry Platform 122

Political Solutions 126

Private Sector Solutions 128

Activism and Apathy 130

Boondoggles to the Rescue! 131

Investment Advice 134

The Future is Rated "B" 135

Starve the Beast 139

5 Adaptation 141

Loss of "Normalcy" 142

Smelling the Roses 144

Comforts and Necessities 146

Surviving Radical Cashectomy 148

The Revised Playbook 149

Lowering Your Standards 150

Playing the Part 153

The Settled and the Nomadic 154

6 Career Opportunities 159

Asset Stripping 160

Drugs and Alcohol 162

Providing Security 163

Serving Your Country 165

Alternative Medicine 166

Alternative Transportation 167

Social Work in the Home 169

That's No Way to Run a Business! 173

The Permanently Unemployed Consumer 179

How (not to) Organize a Community 179

Conclusion 185

Index 187

About the Author 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    A wake up call with a sense of humor. Dmitry Orlov shows that

    A wake up call with a sense of humor. Dmitry Orlov shows that we are not the first country to have the economy collapse and others have made it through. I hope we are as lucky as the former Soviet Union was. Denial time is over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    No punches pulled

    Once you begin to understand what we're facing, there comes the issue of heading into it square on. For most Americans, the psychological hurdles are larger than the physical. Orlov's is the best book I've found at getting me over myself, and making me look past the apocalyptic romance BS of collapse. Imagine living, sort of okay with it, well into the fall of industrial civilization...

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