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The debt crisis engulfing American political discourse is just the realization of a financial and economic reality that has been playing out for several years resulting from decades of economic policy. Now that the unsustainable nature of our national economy can no longer be ignored how will ordinary people in the United States handle such an awakening? Does this divergence from consumption, saving for retirement and planning to buy a house present a unique chance for our generation to have a new definition of what constitutes a meaningful life? Even if the US avoids default in the next few months, are we just postponing a larger crisis down the road?
In Extraenvironmentalist #19 we speak with Chris Martenson about The Crash Course, his video series that introduces the economic, energy and environmental challenges of the near future. Chris has also just released The Crash Course as a book that comprehensively details the core issues facing our planet and modern industrial economies. We talk with Chris about his transition from medical researcher and corporate executive into sustainability advocate and economic journalist. Our discussion covers his predictions for the currently unfolding debt crisis in Washington, DC that threatens to bring America to default and the ability for our generation to take advantage of the numerous opportunities we’ll be presented with in the tumultuous times ahead. All while Seth enjoys a delicious garden fresh tomato.
// Music (in order of appearance)
Gramatik – Moar Jive via The Music Ninja
John Denver – Country Roads (Pretty Lights Remix) via Sunset in the Rear View
Note: we think it’s so nice we used it twice; as it’s also in #18
Widowspeak – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover) via IndieShuffle
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