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An End to Progress

It will be no surprise that, in much of the developed world, the current zeitgeist is one of impending economic (and sometimes political) collapse. Today, Jeff Thomas questions how we came to this situation and puts forward three theories that might help explain it.

The Economic Rodeo

The Economic Rodeo
Just as there is a technique to avoid being thrown from a bucking bronco, there is a right way to survive the continuing wild ride in the economy. Get a good grip, remain flexible and, as much as possible, go with the flow. Jeff Thomas explains.

I Want a Pony for Christmas!

I Want a Pony for Christmas!
Entitlements are a dangerous thing for an economy and in today's article, Jeff Thomas analyzes where such things come from and where they can lead.

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
With so many economic problems in the world, why is so much attention being paid to the Greek woes? Is there more to the Greek debt problem than is apparent on the surface? Jeff Thomas considers various possibilities and why we should pay attention.

Keeping the EU Gold in the US

While using gold as collateral for a loan might be uncommon, it is certainly not impossible... especially when it comes from governments who basically consider the yellow metal a relic of more barbaric times. Well, in the strange world we live in, this might not be so far off the mark, as Jeff Thomas explains.

Hoping for a Sane and Sensible Mania

As the second half of the Greater Depression seems set to begin, fear will dominate the hearts and minds of many. Still, there are ways to endure through the hard times, and indeed, to even improve one's financial situation. Jeff Thomas considers that age old investment that now makes sense more than ever.

Can the Financial Crash in the US be Avoided?

As a general rule, I don't pay much attention to the talking heads on the news networks nor the politicians who argue with each other about who can better butter-up the voters - if I want to see chimpanzees screaming at each other, I can go to the zoo. However, there is occasionally a time when they are of some use... and that is when you need to get a sense of what the general population spends their time thinking about. Nowadays, that seems to be some generalized sense of worry followed by a "we need those guys in government to do something about it".

Europe – Next Great Investment?

Europe – Next Great Investment?
The idea that Europe might represent the next great opportunity may well receive some skepticism from our readers... and rightly so.

Don’t Feed the Bears

Don’t Feed the Bears
Some of your friends, family and associates will never buy gold. Others want you to tell them what to do and exactly when to buy. In one sense, advice applied to those marauders of the picnic basket apply just as readily here: Don't feed 'em. If you do, prepare for potential consequences, as Jeff Thomas explains in today's feature.

Readers Respond

Readers Respond
International Man receives many comments from readers, both by email and in the comments area of an article. As one might expect, some support the argument made in the piece and other (sometimes vehemently) disagree. This is particularly true with one of our most consistent authors, Jeff Thomas. Today, Jeff addresses some of the notes received on past articles...

“Wanna spend 75 years in the state pen?”

“Wanna spend 75 years in the state pen?”
Recently, an International Man member e-mailed us a video about a man from Illinois who faces life in prison for filming the police without written permission.

Can We Expect the European Union to End Soon?

Can We Expect the European Union to End Soon?
It's no secret that the European Union is on the skids - every day new twists in the sovereign debt crisis dominate the headlines. But if the EU does break up, what will rise in its place? Jeff Thomas explores and weighs the possibilities.

Who is Ann Barnhardt?

The criminal finance system that is in place around the world has just lost another participant and, if enough bricks are removed, the wall may come down completely and we will all be able to see the true nature of the beast within. Ann Barnhardt of Barnhardt Capital Management, wrote the following points as part of an open letter to friends, clients and industry colleagues when she closed operations at her firm on November 17, primarily due to realizations made as a result of the MF Global collapse.

Will America Bounce Back?

Will America Bounce Back?
It seems obvious that the world economy is heading for a crash. But what will become of America after the crash? Will the same pioneering spirit that founded the nation return to reconstruct it? Will America bounce back? IM correspondent Jeff Thomas thinks not.

Arrested Development

Arrested Development
It's time the average person on the street faces facts: bailouts, subsidies and handouts cannot continue indefinitely. Yet, for some reason, they expect it to not only continue, but for governments to increase the amounts given out. Pretty much all of our members already realize this, and have taken or are taking steps to prepare for economic problems ahead. Of course, it won't just be a problem of economics. Today, Jeff Thomas looks at another aspect of the upcoming crisis: social upheaval.

Can You Afford To Eat?

It's an odd question and for most of our readers, it's irrelevant. In fact, the opposite is probably true - we have too much to eat and, at least for those in the developed nations, that's causing an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. But what if it were different? Most people don't like to think about it, but what would happen if there was a wholesale interruption in the food distribution system in major cities like New York, Los Angeles or London? What would happen when people realize they can't feed their families - if even for a few weeks? Riots? Revolution? Sadly, the relative fragility of the system could eventually lead to such a situation. Jeff Thomas explains.

What Will Trigger the Crash?

What Will Trigger the Crash?
We hear from those in the know that the economic crisis that began in 2008 is nowhere near finished. In fact, we're barely even started. The current financial system is collapsing and the crisis is not going to end until the decades-old distortions created by government manipulation of the money supply are wound down.

Making Sense Out of the Great Unraveling

Making Sense Out of the Great Unraveling
IM Correspondent Jeff Thomas takes us through some common sense strategies you can use to avoid what he calls, "The Great Unraveling", a coming period of volatility that will end with the collapse of much of the First World economies...

Food Crisis – The Greatest Threat to Social Stability

How would a food crisis play out on American soil? Food shortages have happened before in many societies around the world and the result is not a pretty picture…

Predictions & The Art of Pulling (Dead) Rabbits From a Hat

There has been much talk about the coming collapse of the US economy, but every effort to pick a date when such an event will happen has so far been wrong. But even though the timing of many predictions is off, the key message to remember is that they DO eventually happen. For this reason, it’s of great importance that we prepare ourselves as soon as possible, both economically and (if we are located in an exposed country) by creating a back door for ourselves and our families. Creating a back door can be a slow process and those who haven't yet begun would be well-advised to start now. After all, you can only pull so many dead rabbits from a hat…

“Why do I need to Internationalise? I like it where I am.”

“Why do I need to Internationalise? I like it where I am.”
Before the story fades completely from the media spotlight, Jeff is back with some public rumination on the recent "Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot of 2011" (as the local media calls it), the psychology of team sports in general and what this has to do with our ongoing internationalization conversation.

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