Dmitry Orlov: An International Treasure

Mr. Orlov is one of the most penetrating and stimulating thinkers out there.

I highly recommend reading through his blogged version of his recent talk in Ireland.

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I read this late at night, and then dreamt about a world where there was nothing to buy or sell anymore. He takes a very eclectic approach, somewhat offhandedly, and is hard to follow. His whole argument rests on the claim that when oil reaches a certain price ($150/barrel) the global economy starts to unravel. That’s the first thing that has to be looked at, empirically as far as possible.

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Sen, that talk is really afternotes to his book, Reinventing Collapse.

His sociology is a mixed bag, but he has profound and unique insights, and I like his advice that preparing for social collapse makes great sense, even if the event never comes.

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(Yay, it finally looks like I can simply comment again without having to get a Facebook account or something!) Well, I loved it! I especially liked his responses to people like the “Technological Singularity” crowd who say that technology is increasing so fast that it will soon become infinite and a superbenevolent artificial intelligence, or else some other wonderful technological innovations, will soon save us: “My problem is that I am not an economist or a businessman: I am an engineer with a background in science.” Technological innovation would take decades, but “We do not have decades.” (Besides, given the… Read more »

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I like his brash propositions like “we’ll either have to reduce consumption by a factor of ten or reduce population by a factor of ten.” This is the kind of blunt truth no one can admit, but may well be in the secret minds of some of the overclass.