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A Clear Picture of What to Expect

user profile picture JHK May 28, 2013
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Executive Summary
Dmitry Orlov's recent work shows how sovereign collapse progresses along a well understood trajectory
Understanding the elements and ramifications of each stage is critical to positioning oneself safely in advance
The five stages: financial, commercial, political, social, cultural
The U.S. looks certain to follow this progression – at least partway – in our lifetimes, likely sooner than later. The decisions you make and actions you take now will have outsized repercussions for your future.

If you have not yet read Part I: America the Vulnerable, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Orlov’s Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects was a tour de force of political writing with true literary panache. It announced the arrival on the scene of a major thinker – in a period of history that didn’t care much about thinkers (unless they could invent cell-phone apps). After that first book, he published some books of assorted essays, and now he's out with another major statement titled The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors' Toolkit (New Society Publishers).  
This new book assumes that global industrial civilization is on a collapse trajectory, and Orlov doesn’t waste any ink on arguments trying to prove that. Rather, he lays out in detail exactly how the process of civilizational collapse may actually happen. For many readers and observers, the prospect is often conceived in narratives of Hollywood-style apocalyptic melodrama with some kind of sudden chaos driving the story. Orlov avoids that tripe and instead presents a clear declension of proceedings that unfold naturally and comprehensibly in a certain order – like the progressive organ failure that doctors encounter in the intensive care unit. 
Orlov calls his method “a taxonomy of collapse.” The point of the book, he writes, is “(n)ot whether collapse will occur, but rather what it looks like, what to expect, and how we should behave should we wish to survive.”
The Five Stages of Collapse
As he conceives it, the five stages would tend to play out in sequence…

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