Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects

by Dmitry Orlov


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Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects by Dmitry Orlov

The United States is in steep decline. Plagued by runaway debt, a shrinking economy, and environmental catastrophes to rival Chernobyl, the United States has been retracing the trajectory of the Soviet Union in the early 1980s toward national bankruptcy and political dissolution. By comparing a collapse that has run its course to one that is now unfolding, Dmitry Orlov holds a unique lens up to America's present and future.

As Orlov's predictions continue to come true, his writing continues to gain mainstream acceptance. This revised and updated edition of Reinventing Collapse examines the circumstances of the demise of the Soviet superpower and offers clear insights into how we might prepare for the events that are unfolding here.

Orlov gives no quarter to prophets of doom and gloom, finding plenty of room for optimism, if only we focus our efforts on personal and cultural transformation instead of trying to perpetuate an impossible status quo. This challenging yet inspiring and surprisingly upbeat work is a must-read for anyone concerned about peak oil, the environment, geopolitics, international relations, and life in a resource-constrained world.

Dmitry Orlov is an American engineer who was an eyewitness to the Soviet collapse and has written extensively on the subject of the impending collapse of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865716858
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 195
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

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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Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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