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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10 years ago

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.

Michael Dawson
10 years ago

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.

10 years ago

(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 »

10 years ago

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.

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