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Doug Casey is an American writer, financier, and the founder and chairman of Casey Research. He describes himself as an anarcho-capitalist influenced by the works of novelist Ayn Rand. Casey is known as a real estate investor as well as an advisor on how to profit from market distortions and periods of economic turmoil. He’s lately turned his talents to fiction and his new book Assassins, is the third installment in the Charles Knight series of International thrillers. He has lived abroad for many years — visiting over 100 other countries for sheer sport — and currently hangs his hat on a ranch in Uruguay. I caught up with him on a brief stopover in Aspen, Colorado, as he prepared to drive the back roads of America to Washington, DC. He blogs at Doug Casey’s International Man

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16 Responses to “KunstlerCast 336 — Chatting with Doug Casey about the End of Civilization and other Modern Problems” Subscribe

  1. Rodster October 26, 2020 at 6:17 pm #

    Really good podcast. One takeaway is the idea that Western Civilization is ending. I can’t say if it will or won’t. To quote the late, great Yogi Berra “it’s tough making predictions, especially about the future”.

    My one contention with Doug Casey is that he targets Western Civilization as if Asia is somehow removed from the equation. All these so called financial experts and investors forget the world we live in today is different from any other time in world history.

    Our world now consists of everyone tied together economically, financially. It’s now all interlocked. My biggest beef is that these experts give China, Russia and other parts of the East a pass as if they are immune to any disaster taking place in the future.

    They go so far as to suggest that China will win and become the new #1 leader of the world supplanting the US, financially, economically as well as militarily.

    As Gail Tverberg likes to say, it all revolves around one resource that built our modern day civilization from the US to Russia to China and all parts in between,……..OIL!

    We are at a point where we no longer have access to enormous amounts of CHEAP and EASY to EXTRACT fossil fuels. Without such there will be no Silk Road for China and others because Govt’s by and large run their economies from the sale of fossil fuels by exporting it.

    If demand or the price drops their economies suffer. As Gail Tverberg goes on to say that there is NO going back to the Little House on The Prairie days. That horse has left the barn and isn’t coming back.

    So my beef with the likes of Doug Casey and others is that “MANKIND” has a serious problem approaching in the next 30-40 yrs because of “resource depletion, rare earth depletion, fossil fuel depletion and an absolute destruction of the planets biosphere” in the pursuit of continuous global growth.

    We live on a finite planet where eventually you run out of resources. That’s what the US, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and everyone else is facing. There won’t be any winners when the music stops.

  2. Hugh Spencer October 27, 2020 at 4:55 pm #

    I think that Gail is dead right! – there is no going back (for most of the population anyway) to the”simpler life”. Unfortunately most of the quoted “experts” – economic ones anyway, are city born and bred – and that is the only perceptual lens that they can use. This bizarre “wokeness” which seems to be spreading like a miasma in some countries – I suspect is a reaction to a growing sense of helplessness – and generates a inchoate (for want of a better word) need in some to react and appear to have some control over destiny – a sort of “kick the baby/dog” response. Unfortunately, it seems to be generating a counter reaction which is equally inchoate – and counter-productive, with this “anyone but the Democrats” cry – despite the fact that continuing this Republican administration will definitely put the seal on the planet’s deterioration – but as primarily urban people – they can’t see that – and I’m afraid out esteemed JHK seems to have joined that crew. Here’s a commentary – https://whyevolutionistrue.com/2020/10/27/yes-wokeness-drove-people-to-trump-but-will-it-decrease-under-biden

  3. 100th Avatar October 28, 2020 at 6:33 am #

    Bravo! Outstanding episode. Have you ever considered going full-Rogan? 3 hours and a few fingers of bourbon to get your guest to really open up? Really enjoyed this conversation.

    “Soft snow, hard drugs, casual sex.”
    Hard drugs these days lands you a lobotomy or a trip to the morgue.

    And please, please, seriously consider making that journey together in a documentary film format. That would be incredibly entertaining.
    I envision something like this, but less dour 😉

    https://youtu.be/A8x73UW8Hjk

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  5. Mike_Gertz November 7, 2020 at 7:03 am #

    Thanks a lot!

  6. thirdcoastlegend November 9, 2020 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks for sharing this fun and thoughtful conversation.

    I’m a bit envious ’70s Aspen was before my time.

    The, “village of 7500 Ian Fleming villains,” quip was one of your best!

  7. Pat Roach November 12, 2020 at 9:50 am #

    There are far more interesting reasons to move to Uruguay, especially from the Long Emergency perspective – low density living, food self-sufficiency, renewable energy, waterways, a culture that manages to be both conservative and progressive.

    But you seem to be more interested in nihilist capitalists and precious metal hucksters these days.

  8. Mostly Disagreeable November 14, 2020 at 12:15 pm #

    JHK–please do a podcast with CJ Hopkins while it is still possible

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  10. City_of_76 November 19, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

    When I hear Doug Casey talk about how he’s visited 160 countries, many numerous times, how he “has business” in Aspen so he’s there for a few days, I’m reminded that he’s of the generation that benefits maximally from our petroleum exploitation, with disregard for its effects on climate. The guy has the carbon footprint of a hydrogen bomb, like many of his peers, no doubt. Flying all over the world seems normal to him, when its really a terminal condition, every flight an oily luxury that’s incompatible with a living world.

    He grew up in the era of fantastic endless possibilities, and has lived a long life full of the spoils of America’s imperial reach. Now he’s witnessed the decadence and disinvestment since the Reagan era, so of course he’s disillusioned. Who wouldn’t be.

    We’re all trapped in the amber of our particular time and position in the modern world. Many older American, baby boomers and up, got to live in some pretty rich times, and it’s gotta be brutal to think through just how extraordinarily lucky they were.

    There are young kids now who know skies full of noisy jet airplanes instead of birds, who know streets full of threatening cars instead of the neighbors that form their community, who know food full of processed compounds instead of wholesome nutrition.

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