The End is Near Inc.

Chris Martenson thinks you should turn your house into a bunker, raise some chickens, and stockpile gold in case the economy really implodes. He quit corporate Americas to life such a life, and now thousands of internet followers are buying the message.

The next time I stop by the Martensons’ house, a storm has just hit Montague and the electricity is out, a turn of events that almost seems made to order. I find Martenson on his couch, extension cords snaking from his laptop: He’s running on a trickle of power from the solar panels out back. (A few days later, he will blog about what the outage taught him; he sees the blackout as a rehearsal for a much bigger crisis.)

He has promised to take me on a shooting expedition today, so soon we’re in his faded old Nissan Maxima, cruising through the dappled sunlight of a country road and chatting about firearms. Martenson says that at home he keeps his guns locked away, because of his children and because Massachusetts law requires it. Which means the guns are basically useless when it comes to home protection. “For me guns are sporting,” he says, “not defense.”

We crunch onto a gravel road and bump along to his gun club, weeds slapping the side of the car. He parks in a sandy wasteland and we walk to one of the firing-range shelters, which smells of gunpowder and creosote.

As a kid, I learned to shoot BB guns and .22 rifles, but this semiautomatic Glock I’m about to handle feels entirely different. It’s made of plastic, with a smooth and almost oily skin. The blackest thing around, it seems to suck up all the light. Martenson takes me again and again through the protocols of gun safety. As he sees it, with enough preparation, even a semiautomatic weapon can be domesticated.

Some of his followers may be less concerned with this line of domestication. Many hours later, when I’m in front of my home computer, I can still feel the Glock in my hand and the unnerving power of its kick. Now I want to see what Martenson’s brethren say about firearms. On his website, I click through various forums and a “definitive firearms” thread, which contains more than 2,000 comments, plus instructions for building a home arsenal. “I dread the day that I might need to defend my family and friends with a gun. But, I realize that is a very real possibility,” a member writes in one forum. Another comments that once enough people get desperate, “it might be too late to avoid some blood in the streets.”

Of course this is where the messenger stands to lose control of the message, to unintentionally feed and even validate the fringe. The true power of Martenson’s worldview will be measured by what the masses do with it.

  • Chris

    I am enormously disappointed with this article which slants, distorts, and demeans the message of resilience and sustainability that our online community gathers around. For the record I never used the word “bunker” nor did I ever advocate at any point (over several days of interviews) that anyone should turn their house into a bunker. And that’s just the first of dozens of misrepresentations in this article, starting in the very first sentence.

    Left out of this article is that my main mission in life is to create a world worth inheriting.

    Also left out is that I have delivered my talk most recently at the UN, the UK house of parliament, at Yahoo! headquarters, and other decidedly “non fringe” places. Members at my site include farmers, small business owners, doctors, accountants. We are not fringe, we are mainstream.

    People have preserved wealth by my following my advice and ability to foresee the current troubles. Somehow this has been painted in a negative light, which is puzzling.

    My work speaks for itself. Please do not let this article be your only impression of me, my work, and the millions of people that have watched the Crash Course.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Martenson

  • sherman

    When I got the link to Chris’s years site I was reluctant to visit a blog. The link came from a billionaire who went to school with Buffett and invested with him. A few emails after was an email from

  • sherman

    (from above)…a few emails after was an email from an ex-Governor raving about Chris’s finite resource work. I totally fail to understand the bunker slant. I’d bet a few bucks the author may not ha

  • sherman

    Watched the Crash Course.

  • Abe

    I hate see such awful articles where anything is sensationalized. The Crash course is not showy at all. It is not an “the end is coming” sort of presentation. It’s straightforward mathematical logic. It’s first year Calculus. Simple stuff! Some of the part that describes our money system comes straight from the Federal Reserve website. Check it out!

    This article is written like it’s supposed to be tabloid material for the intellectual. However, it has little intelligence. It’s all hype with no real info on the Crash Course itself.

    Abe Karl-Gruswitz

  • David

    I’m not sure which, but the damage is done as the article has been published. I find this very frustrating given the time and energy Chris has spent to ensure his message is properly positioned and captured. The fear, doom and bunker themes are exactly what he tries to avoid. Reality is, there’s little recourse at this point. This is a learning and going forward Chris will need to better manage his dealings with the media as they are often self serving and/or incompetent.

  • David

    I’m not sure which, but the damage is done as the article has been published. I find this very frustrating given the time and energy Chris has spent to ensure his message is properly positioned and captured. The fear, doom and bunker themes are exactly what he tries to avoid. Reality is, there’s little recourse at this point. This is a learning and going forward Chris will need to better manage his dealings with the media as they are often self serving and/or incompetent.

  • David

    I’m not sure which, but the damage is done as the article has been published. I find this very frustrating given the time and energy Chris has spent to ensure his message is properly positioned and captured. The fear, doom and bunker themes are exactly what he tries to avoid. Reality is, there’s little recourse at this point. This is a learning and going forward Chris will need to better manage his dealings with the media as they are often self serving and/or incompetent.

  • David

    I’m not sure which, but the damage is done as the article has been published. I find this very frustrating given the time and energy Chris has spent to ensure his message is properly positioned and captured. The fear, doom and bunker themes are exactly what he tries to avoid. Reality is, there’s little recourse at this point. This is a learning and going forward Chris will need to better manage his dealings with the media as they are often self serving and/or incompetent.

  • Matt

    This article – even the title – is misleading in painting Chris as a sort of prophet of doom. Yes, his messages are sobering, but this piece really missed the mark in capturing his intent. I’ve known

  • Jenny

    Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to go shooting with the author and a Glock and to pose with a chicken! Those associations says “bunker” whether you used the word or not. Points about community self-reliance–whether at the local or State level got lost.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m really surprised by the tone of this article. I know Chris Martenson personally, and I can say that he is a stand up guy, a refreshingly smart, sensible visionary whose wisdom about creating a new economy based on self-sufficiency & community strength is right on–making a lot of the stat quo talk in gov’t and beyond sound as if people aren’t paying attention, or really thinking clearly. The article’s use of certain language–”faith”, “doctrine,” “fellowship,” “preached,”–seems to suggest that Chris has brainwashed his followers in some cult-styled, money-making scheme. Ridiculous! And pretty offensive to those of us who know Chris well. And describing the brilliant Alejandro as being “under the spell” diminishes and distorts what Chris has done, and who Alejandro is. Montague, for the record, is not a “town full of older folks who kept to themselves,” but rather one of many vibrant Western Mass communities that embrace connection and community on a lot of levels. Chris and Becca Martenson have enriched the way we think about the world. Maybe you should have listened a little more closely.

  • Erik

    I hope your readers will recognize this sensationalist misrepresentation of Dr. Martenson’s work for the reckless, irresponsible drivel it truly is.

    Bunkers? The end is near? This reporter obviously missed the point of Dr. Martenson’s work completely. Boston Magazine should never use this incompetent freelance writer again!

  • Tycer

    Hopefully even this slanted article that misrepresents the essence of Dr. Martenson’s message and site will direct people to chrismartenson.com/crashcourse . If even one family is able to improve their life by educating themselves at CM.com, any misleading commentary by the author are negated. It’s a shame the author botched it so badly though.

  • Patrick

    This article has taken a man’s message and distorted it by casting it in a stereotypical bunker-mentality framework. The whole reason most everyday folks such as myself have been able to connect with Chris’s message is that it’s sensible, based on logic, and offers actual solutions by advocating sustainable communities. It is not based on the fear-mongering, bunker-ist, the end is-here mentality you have painted it as. Bad journalism. Good magazine marketing, I suppose.

  • Michael

    I subscribe to Chris’s site. I work for a large asset management firm marketing investment products to pension plans. I use Chris’s site for access to unbiased information. I live in a condo in the heart of one of America’s largest cities. I don’t own any chickens, and don’t consider myself to be fringe. I am an investor – looking for pure, unbiased information dug up by an investigative process (what journalism used to be). Chris is filling a need that society has for information. I’d rather pay someone to give me access to sound information than rely on advertisers to buy it for me. I challenge anyone to find something misleading or nonfactual in the crash course. It’s much less of a challenge to find something misleading or nonfactual on FOX, or CNN.

  • Aaron

    While I’m glad to see an article about Chris’s work, I’m a bit sad to see that some readers might shrug it off because of the sensational language “bunker”, etc. used by the author; it mischaractarizes Chris’s focus.

    Chris’s point is that we are in a very large economic bubble, and that the bubble is beginning to deflate, and has a long way to go, and that it makes a lot of sense to take that information into account when living ones life and planning for the future.

    Chris’s recommendation to buy gold may or may not be timely. The newest indicators suggests a long period of deflation; and that being out of debt, and holding cash is the best bet in the short-term. It probably doesn’t hurt to have some of each. His points about making sure to have a back up plan for food and energy is just common sense.

    For those who haven’t yet watched The Crash Course, it is free online here:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisMartensondotcom

    Best,

    Aaron Wissner

  • Jeff

    In one misguided (hopefully not intentional) effort, the author of this article has destroyed the credibility of Dr. Martenson and his work. I urge anyone who was introduced to Chris Martenson through this article to spend a few minutes on his website before you accept the erroneous conclusions implied by this article.

  • Dave

    I guess everyone has to believe something, and if you believe in the Federal Reserve and infinite energy resources, then you might write an article as shallow and thoughtless as this one.

  • Jeff

    ..how if anybody actually looks at the world’s situation with any honesty they’re portrayed as crazy.

    Open your eyes people. Chris’s site is a great spot to start but by no means the only. As with mainstream media (like this) – remember grandma saying “trust half of what you see and none of what you hear”?

  • Robert

    The crash course is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-commercial, science based look at our Monetary, Energy and Environmental systems. Painting it as a “bunker” mentality misses the whole point that as a society we need to be examining our key infrastructure that we take for granted to insure we have a productive future. Chris strives to promote a “better” life over just “more stuff” and emphasizes strong social support systems. This is opposite the “End is Near” message this article portrays.

  • Mia

    I’ve been reading Chris’ excellent commentary on the state of the economy and energy crises for the last few years. I honestly don’t recognise the person you described in this article as the same man. Clearly the author chose not to understand Chris and his family, and instead chose a stereotype which doesn’t even remotely fit. What a shame.

  • Jeremy

    It took the writer at most 4 years to get their degree in what….Creative Writing. The person she interviews has a doctorate and was in Fortune 300 companies. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see who’s view is the wiser of the two in the article. Hey Pagan go play in rush hour traffic.

  • Livio

    Sadly, Pagan Kennedy and the editors of Boston magazine have put out an editorial piece that is anything but responsible journalism. You have totally missed the point of The Crash Course and its message of building community, resilience and sustainability. You have done a great disservice to your readers and real journalism. What a shame. I hope readers will have the discerning sensibilities to trust themselves and come up with their own conclusions.

  • jason

    Don’t be fooled by the MSM spin on Chris Martenson. He is the real deal and I encourage everyone to check out his web-site and watch the Crash Course.

  • Tyler

    Amazing article on why Peak Oil is a farce. I mean who cares that the US Energy Information Administration has supported Chris’s view on Peak Oil. What do they know right? I got a great idea. Kennedy you should write your next article on why the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are real. You can use the same type of baseless, snarky logic you used to write this asinine article. I’ll be writing the editors of the magazine to tell them what a great first impression their little magazine made on me. The fact you have discouraged people from researching Peak Oil and the implications of Peak Oil on our current standard of living is almost unpatriotic. How can you willingly steer people toward ignorance about the future?

  • Les

    In my opinion, the article title, tone and chosen content largely misrepresent what Chirs is trying to do. What is happening is important enough that I believe this article to be very misguided. One of the key reasons that Chris so obviously stands out is that the news media is so mired in sensationalism that they rarely report on the critical issues of our time.

  • Doug

    Your writer’s mischaracterization of Chris is most unfortunate. His blog is my go-to place for accurate reliable information that is useful in preparing my family and community for uncertain times.

  • RJ

    Mr. Martenson: Your first mistake was to trust someone from old media who is bought and owned by corporate America. This is how they play. Now you know. The good news is that they are irrelevant. Anyone who visits your site will understand what you’re all about. Those who won’t never will understand. Chin up, Son. You’re on the right side.

  • Crystal

    I hope next time you will take time to Think before you write. I mean really, did you actually listen to what Chris had to say when you interviewed him, or was your mind already made up on how to present this before you did any research/interviews. Did you actually watch The Crash Course? Your slant is completely off base, and frankly, insulting.

  • William

    Anyone who hopes to understand Martenson’s work without watching The Crash Course, isn’t really trying hard enough. Go watch it . . . right now. It will change your life. Unless you’re too smart for that.

  • Ken

    I am very disappointed in the author for not accurately portraying Chris’ work for what it is. I hope at the very least readers will go view the Crash Course to see first hand why the “Next 20 years will not be like the last 20″.
    Too bad Chris lives on the East Coast instead of the West Coast. I would like to have him as a neighbor. And no I don’t have a “bunker” either.

  • Ken

    I am very disappointed in the author for not accurately portraying Chris’ work for what it is. I hope at the very least readers will go view the Crash Course to see first hand why the “Next 20 years will not be like the last 20″.
    Too bad Chris lives on the East Coast instead of the West Coast. I would like to have him as a neighbor. And no I don’t have a “bunker” either.

  • Amanda

    Visit http://www.chrismartenson.com for yourself. I took the crash course and I have been reading Chris’ articles for 18 months and have been very impressed. He uses factual information, is very accurate, is non partisan, non emotional and non belief based. The only conclusion drawn is that the next 20 years is going to be completely unlike the last 20 years. I am shocked at the severe degree of distortion and sensationalism in this article. Presumably this boosts magazine sales. Boston Magazine, shame on you.

  • Richard

    Wow, I love the idea of Chris getting great publicity but this article is so far off base from what Chris is about, it is unbelievable. The author must be fresh out of college and have had her ipod headphones on the whole time they did the research and then made most of this up. It’s like they didn’t watch the crash course or spend any time to understand any of Chris’s ideas. Just put him into some preconceived notion. The reason I read Chris is because he is NOT like portrayed in the article. Wow, just a terrible article.

  • Stephanie

    I don’t feel this article is as damning as some readers thought, but I definitely got the sense that the author did NOT take the time to actually WATCH the Crash Course before writing this piece! It only takes a few hours, and there’s even a 45-minute version! Because she apparently did not do her full homework, she is unable to clearly articulate what Chris’s real message is. Instead, she rambles on about gold minding. A shame.

  • Mary Beth

    I find it ironic that the name of the author of the article is “pagan”. Study history, look at the real numbers and hard facts – go back to common sense. Chris has done a wonderful job compiling an enormous amount of information and data into an understandable form. Get over the gun issue – again, stop focusing on the minors to take away attention from the real issues at hand.

  • Roman

    …to the man and the subject that it was supposedly written to cover. I read it, and then I read it again.

    The Crash Course is not about doom. Chris Martenson is not about doom. Martenson and his Crash Course are, at the most basic, about one thing and that thing is educating people on the three E’s (energy, economy and environment) so that they might have a better understanding of how this system in which we live actually works and what may (just may) happen to it if we don’t wake up and take steps far enough in advance to prepare for changes in the availability of finite resources.

    Is there even a link to the Crash Course in this article? There should be. And people that want to understand what Martenson is about should start there. I recommend the course highly.

  • Pete

    After reading this article, and trying to reconcile it with the Crash Course and Chrismartenson.com, I came to an ugly realization. One that I have pretty much minimalized or worse, mocked and ridiculed others for even broaching the subject. That realization is that the media does not play fair, nor do they have the accurate portrayal of societal events on their radar screens. Boston Magazine blew it with this trash. I have to wonder if the rest of their content too is all manufactured for sensationalism. I still hope that it’s just Boston Mag that’s limited in journalistic ethics and not the whole media, but now I have to at least entertain the idea. There’s no way the author misinterpreted Chris or the Crash Course. This was a hit piece. Question. Why?

  • Tim

    …when you slant an article like this. Having been a member of his site since Spring ’09, I can say that the information and calls to action come from a positive place that’s all about positivity and reaching out to those in your community. Where I come from, those are old-school American values. They transcend right/left and will be sorely needed as the world continues to change. Dr. Chris’ sober assessment of where we are and where we’re headed is just the kick in the pants most folks need. Sensationalizing his message is just bad journalism.

  • George

    This is George Hults, the guy mentioned in the article. I thought after talking to Pagan for over 45 minutes, she would write a fair and honest piece about Chris Martenson and what he is trying to accomplish. Instead, you photoshop him into a fake bunker, and portray us as blind, unthinking followers. Nothing can be further from the truth. I urge people to watch the crash course and make up your own mind. You had an opportunity to teach and help people, and you blew it.

  • Wendy

    I’m disappointed both by the factual misrepresentations in this article and the rather obvious “advocacy journalism” for the author’s point of view. She seemed to approach the interview with the idea of writing an expose, as in, “How can I best show that anyone who thinks our financial system might be unstable and we’d best stockpile a few necessities MUST be either slightly deluded and/or simply in it for the money?” We’ve been through $4-a-gallon oil and it’s still spewing in the Gulf of Mexico as we speak. My family was already doing prudent environmentally friendly things like solar hot water, a well for our garden, and a solar attic fan. It was lovely to find a community of people who are trying to do something positive about a better future for our planet and healthier lives for our children. Peak Oil is real, but that does nor mean I intend to hunker in a bunker. I’ve been motivated to meet my neighbors, build community, and do things that lowered my energy costs. You mentioned the “gun thread.” Why not the gardening thread or the solar power thread?

  • Pearl

    “Your Crash Course is the most beautifully simple and elegant synthesis of the challenge our society faces that I have yet encountered. You have my utmost respect for the effort and reflection that y

  • sherman

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/17768341/GMO-Grantham-July-09

    Scroll to the end. Grantham doesn’t recommend bunker nuts.

  • Pearl

    “…You have my utmost respect for the effort and reflection that you put into creating it.”
    -Many testimonials like these, on Chris’s site, are a more accurate reflection of his work!

  • sherman
  • Nick

    I’m frankly disappointed in the negative slant the author chose to take with this piece. Perhaps she never even bothered to see the crash course video series, because if she did she’d see that it is about creating hope for the future, and certainly not about selling fear. Too bad one can’t say the same about the title of this article (“The End is Near, Inc”). I’m not sure if the author is either too lazy to do her research or is merely taking the path of sensationalist journalism. As for inferences made of his readership, I’m not a ‘follower’ of Chris Martenson any more than I’m a space alien; I simply see him as being an excellent source of quality information and analysis that among other things has saved me a lot of money. And somehow he does this in an objective, rational, fear-free manner without trying to sell me one-size-fits-all solutions or junk I don’t want… I wish most other information and media sources (cough cough) could say the same.

  • Mark

    I would recommend that any regular readers of Ms. Kennedy spend some time viewing the “Crash Course” and perusing the threads at the site. You will thereafter question the validity of anything she writes.

  • Scotty

    Beethoven had his critics too, see if you can name three of them.

  • Denise

    I have met Chris and seen him speak and I am saddened by the emphasis of your article. He is a stand up man and honest to a fault and possess real intellect and vision. It seems he was misrepresented here and I am sorry to see it happen. He truly cares about what happens to our nation and the world around him. I have the deepest respect for him.

  • Bear Market

    To those who read this article but havent seen the Crash Course, I invite you to watch it. Its a good 2 hours long and is one of the best educational videos I have seen regarding the US economy and US energy dependence.

  • Jan

    I rushed to read the Chris Martenson article in the July issue of Boston Magazine, and I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that Chris Martenson’s ideas aren’t reported with the gravity and substance they deserve. Your writer doesn’t even mention Chris’s core premise about how the three E’s (energy, economy, environment)are linked in an unsustainable way. Chris’s ideas are wonderfully accessible to average people, his website is visited every day by serious thinkers and he has received growing recognition around the world for his ability to explain complicated economic theory and to address audiences composed of average folks, serious academics, and professional investors. He has been invited to speak all over the country and most recently in the UK and in Norway. He’s made himself and his urgent message available to anyone who is willing to listen and learn. He is a person of integrity who works tirelessly to promote ideas that he realizes we all need to understand. I am just awfully dismayed to see him and his family misrepresented and private information revealed in such a careless and flimsy article. And what a disappointment that an opportunity to educate your readers…

  • sherman

    There is a vast difference between a critic and someone who writes an article without viewing the presenters course. At least Bethoven’s critiques listened to him play.

  • Steven

    Most unfortunate example of another twisted article. Why the need to photoshop the picture to make it look like a bunker? What garbage. The author and editor should be ashamed.

  • Lilly

    The sort of work I believe Chris inspires and advocates for is being carried out in Northampton, MA where, after watching his Crash Course, a group of citizens have seized on the opportunity to improve our food security by working to create an 100+ acre community farm in the center of town that will grow organic food for local consumption and teach agricultural skills to a new generation of food growers. Strengthening community bonds, teaching useful skills, building resilience, facing the future with creativity, ingenuity, and compassion…that’s Chris’ message.

  • Eunee

    As a neighbor of Chris and Becca Martenson, I’m appalled to see such a plainly false and woefully slanted portrayal of these two incredibly kind and generous souls. Chris and Becca have brought so much to our community as teachers, connectors and gardeners. Here in Montague we have a closer, more resourceful community as a result of their open-heartedly sharing their considerable gifts. As a reader of Chris’s website I am discouraged to see virtually no coverage of his deeply researched, groundbreaking content that without question ought to be the shining star in this story. Casting Chris as some kind of profiteering evangelist is a cruelly false portrayal of a person who put everything on the line for years to get the story of the 3E’s told thoroughly and told right (a compunction Pagan Kennedy doesn’t seem to share). If you want to know what’s really going on in our economy and with peak oil, ignore this piece, watch the Crash Course and, as Chris prefers, “let the data speak for themselves.” BTW, the “DVD” referred to with a cost of $169 is actually the bulk price for a box of ten. Nice fact…

  • Warren

    This does not accurately represent the Chris Martenson I spent a weekend with in Berkeley this January, at the Post Carbon Institute fellows’ retreat. He was funny, well informed, and eloquently addressed in a talk and over casual dinner conversation how we can get our economy, communities and lives out of the great recession, deficit spending, and into more balanced times. He advised in personal savings, community participation, support of local foods, and if possible, investment in precious metals, and transit oriented real estate. Such heresy would have been mainstream advice for most educated people before the last 60 years. Pity such observations can be so sensationalized these days, especially when there are so few solutions being put forth.

  • TJ

    Pagan, I can only say you must have paid little attention to the message Dr. Martenson is trying to get out. This message is based on hard data, historical facts, and a proven track record. Your pie

  • TJ

    Pagan, I can only say you must have paid little attention to the message Dr. Martenson is trying to get out. This message is based on hard data, historical facts, and a proven track record. Your pie

  • TJ

    Your piece seems like nothing more than sensational journalism and likely belongs in the same genre as reality television. At no point in your article did you tackle a hard question and ask why??? Ins

  • TJ

    Instead fixating on guns and beans, it is presented like a P.T. Barnum side show. The readers of this article and the author should ask themselves why Chris has been right. People like Chris arent hun

  • TJ

    Pagan, I can only say you must have paid little attention to the message Dr. Martenson is trying to get out. This message is based on hard data, historical facts, and a proven track record. Your pie

  • JeffBorsuk

    Pagan, you need to dig a little deeper in your research. The material Dr. Martenson presents is extensively researched and unbiasedly presented. I can understand that you may be upset given what you’ve learned while interviewing him and his family. It is well known that bothersome ideas that are eventually proven correct are initially presented, opposed (sometimes violently) and then accepted as self-evident. (so thank you for adding to that evidence pool!) Knowing Dr. Martenson as I do, as a committed father, husband, scientist and US citizen; I am not pleased with your misrepresentation of your intentions to do an interview with him and his family. It is unfortunate that you squandered an opportunity to make a huge difference with your fellow human beings by penning an article so biased to your own preconceived notions.

  • Brecon

    The magazine’s advert for itself says it all. “Best places to eat, shop and play. More fun and satisfaction guaranteed. Secrets the insiders know. Be the first to know.” As long it’s THEIR version of the consumer hologram you’re subscribing to. The great thing about this kind of trash journalism is that it shows that Chris’s message is getting through on the ground. Keep up the good work, Chris.

  • jannie

    Unwittingly, through her article, Pagan has demonstrated how difficult it is to present data without devolving into a subjective viewpoint that misinforms and distorts reality. This is precisely the skill that Dr. Martenson demonstrates in his powerfully relevant, painstakingly researched Crash Course, with a level-headed respect for the intelligence of the viewer that this reader found sadly lacking in Pagan’s story.

  • Betsy

    Chris Martenson really had me going there for a while, what, with his fact-based, scientific approach, his clear, independent thinking, and his sharp analytical skills, which can’t be found anywhere else on the web or in print. Thanks, Boston Magazine, for setting this one straight!

  • Thomas

    I’ve met Chris personally and know his message is that the future will be different and of possibily higher quality if we can adjust our attitudes and understanding. The writer did not do enough res

  • Dean

    What can you expect from a magazine that completely caters to the cheap-oil-loving-over-consuming-self-indulgent rich and/or wanna-be crowd. If the meek shall inherit the earth, it won’t be the regular readers of Boston Magazine

  • Ed

    You see this is why corporate newspapers and magazines are going out of business. You got it wrong. What Chris and his family are doing is classically heroic and courageous. To live in a bunker (which he is not) and avoid people would be the opposite. I have followed his site for 2 years. Even living 1800 miles away, I can detect the intelligence and sincerity of his efforts. This article is a sad example of the loss of integrity and honesty in this country.

  • Ed

    You see this is why corporate newspapers and magazines are going out of business. You got it wrong. What Chris and his family are doing is classically heroic and courageous. To live in a bunker (which he is not) and avoid people would be the opposite. I have followed his site for 2 years. Even living 1800 miles away, I can detect the intelligence and sincerity of his efforts. This article is a sad example of the loss of integrity and honesty in this country.

  • Richard

    In order to illustrate that it’s not just Chris Martenson who believes there are serious economic problems ahead, which whether we like it or not will force a transition to an economic model based on zero growth, the following articles will be of interest.

    The Future of Capitalism – Profits and Growth
    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6374#more

    Tipping Point – Near Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production: An Outline Review
    http://www.theoildrum.com/files/Tipping%20Point.pdf

    Energy, Growth and Sustainability: Five Propositions
    http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/documents/sewp185

    Proposition 2 states “the contribution of energy to productivity improvements and economic growth has been greatly underestimated”. But perhaps the final proposition, “a zero-growth economy is incompatible with a debt-based monetary system” needs to be carefully considered in the light of the present financial crisis.

    After all the Earth’s radius is not steadily increasing, so any belief in perpetual economic growth will eventually founder on resource limits, so the sooner all politicians, most economists and the mainstream media recognise this fact the better.

  • Rose

    Most of the comments here seem to object that the author did not simply consume this guy’s product and write a glowing article about it. Guess what, that’s responsible journalism. A writer needs to put her subject’s philosophy or product in a larger context — which, in this case, involves pointing out that fringe elements will be attracted to Martenson’s work, whether he likes it or not — and to question people who may provide other opinions or disagree. The author is not slandering him by doing that. She’s doing her job.

  • Renee

    I have follow Chris and family for about 2 years now. As many other have stated for the very reason that he does it is a very positive manner. Please go to the site http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse
    and judge for yourselves. There are many great areas to check out. I believe that you will be able to see the truth from there. You will find I think that Chris is just interested in making positive change.

  • Eunee

    Reasonably put, Rose, the problem is that *only* details about the context/fringe of the philosophy are being discussed here, without, at any point in a long article, going into any detail about what the product/philosophy actually is. Chris’s lifestyle isn’t his material–it’s a large, well-researched body of work and a POV that could be summarized fairly easily. The reader of this article walks away with little to no clue about this. I disagree that that is responsible journalism.

  • Gavin

    As a Phd in chemical engineering, I’ve been following our Titanic-ish energy policy for over 2 decades. The US is now over 80% reliant on fossil fuel for our energy consumption. I read Chris Martenson’s work to fill in the gaps I have WRT finance and economics. This article missed the real point of Chris and others – who are pointing to a very real need to change course if we want our children and grandchildren to inherit a country worth having. Voluntary simplicity – living within our means – becoming debt free…these are not ‘survivalist’ strategies; but rather good old fashioned common sense that my grandmother would praise. As a society we suffer from generational amnesia. Grandma lived through the Great Depression.We need that wisdom now – NOT magazine sensationalism that misinforms readers and misses a deeper and more important message.

  • Jeff

    I agree with others that the tone of the article was snarky and overly focused on stereotypes that people have about those on the paranoid fringes. Unfortunately, the mass media is now all about optimistic/hopeful stuff – they want to keep their advertisers. In reality, though, fossil fuels are not infinite resources and Chris Martenson has done a great service – leaving much of it available for free – to all of us who are trying to be less wasteful.

  • scott

    Martenson will be perceived as “crazy” because most people are not wired like him and can’t imagine a scenario where the power goes out for more than a day or where there are disruptions in the supply of food or water. The writer of this article I believe is simply trying to balance this “be prepared for the worst” perception, as it is a tough one to swallow for most, “this guy must be a nut as I won’t be able to go to Disney if he is right.” Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security over the past 20-30 years; we get what we need when we need it, no need to plan for more than a day or two. Martenson needs to appreciate that most people will view him as a mad max, no matter how well crafted his message is. He is preparing people to do something basic, do what their grandfather or great grandfather (farmers) did as a matter of basic daily survival; and that is to have a plan B or C, if winter is harsher than expected or if there are crop failures. His views are…

  • Philip

    Contrary to the article’s suggestion of doom-saying and survivalism, Martenson is clarifying an understanding that people everywhere are increasingly sensing is the reality: that the old economic model and human ecology are no longer relevant or positive, and that a bright new paradigm is rising including a better economy and a higher quality of life. He suggests how to get there gracefully and,in case the road there is rocky, how to stand on our own feet and help our society. If this article was meant to be objective, why didn’t it mention the recognized limits we are exceeding in all aspects of our life support – especially manageable debt, natural resources and fossil energy – which the establishment is not addressing adequately? Why doesn’t it mention the abuses of the fiat monetary system and attendant distorted government data to create false confidence in the status quo? Why didn’t the article mention that at the recent G20 meeting the majority of countries chose to bail out of the Fed’s bailout strategy, in consonance with Martenson’s objective assessment, or that Martenson recently presented this assessment to the UK House of Commons…

  • d

    I’m a pagan. I care about self reliance, and logical, reasoning strategies.
    Chris Martenson is logical, reasonable, and “for those with eyes to see” can help more people attain more self reliance.
    Pagan, the “writer”, prefers to treat the subject with shallowness to her and Boston Mag’s discredit.

  • Susan

    After reading your article I can confirm that you misrepresented Chris & his mission. I found his site in reaction to all the doomsayers that thought the world was ending. Instinctively sensing our economy is in the deep weeds, Chris’ facts and Crash Course In Money really helped me to know why I was right in feeling there are major problems with our financial “recovery”. I think you owe this man a retraction or clarification of your article. If not, your credibility with your readership may suffer even more than it already has.

  • Bois

    I found the CM material after I’d done my own efforts to discover what in the hell is going on with our out of control world. The difference is, I spent six months figuring it out on my own where as I could have just watched CM’s Crash Course and saved 4,316.5.hrs on the effort. He is spot on. So now I share his material with anyone in my sphere … the ones that just might get it. As for Pagan, she either doesn’t get it or has succumb to the influences that corporations wield. So now my family is living better. We have more time. We are happier. We have better friends. We are more connected to our natural world and are learning to respect our surroundings. If the Boston mag is still in business they should do a follow up story in the next couple of years. I encourage Pagan to write it.

  • Bois

    I found the CM material after I’d done my own efforts to discover what in the hell is going on with our out of control world. The difference is, I spent six months figuring it out on my own where as I could have just watched CM’s Crash Course and saved 4,316.5.hrs on the effort. He is spot on. So now I share his material with anyone in my sphere … the ones that just might get it. As for Pagan, she either doesn’t get it or has succumb to the influences that corporations wield. So now my family is living better. We have more time. We are happier. We have better friends. We are more connected to our natural world and are learning to respect our surroundings. If the Boston mag is still in business they should do a follow up story in the next couple of years. I encourage Pagan to write it.

  • Bois

    I found the CM material after I’d done my own efforts to discover what in the hell is going on with our out of control world. The difference is, I spent six months figuring it out on my own where as I could have just watched CM’s Crash Course and saved 4,316.5.hrs on the effort. He is spot on. So now I share his material with anyone in my sphere … the ones that just might get it. As for Pagan, she either doesn’t get it or has succumb to the influences that corporations wield. So now my family is living better. We have more time. We are happier. We have better friends. We are more connected to our natural world and are learning to respect our surroundings. If the Boston mag is still in business they should do a follow up story in the next couple of years. I encourage Pagan to write it.

  • In

    Mr P Kennedy, sooner or latter you’ll feel ridiculous because of this distorted article. Haven’t you watched the crash course? Is it so advanced for your weak brain? What a shame!

  • sherman

    Rose, if Pagan watched or was able to understand the Crash Course, the absolute heart and soul of Chris, you’d have a valid point. I can tell you haven’t seen it, watch it and then post a comment wo

  • TommyGuy

    I’m a software engineer with a post-grad degree, a member of the Community Sustainability Advisory Board for my hometown in Colorado, and a member of chrismartenson.com. My wife and I follow Dr. Martenson’s outstanding factual and insightful reports to help stay abreast of actual data relevant to our current economic situation. I don’t rely on Martenson to tell me what to do. We set our own priorities and draw our own conclusions. I don’t own a gun. I try to conserve energy. And I shudder to think how Kennedy would describe “sustainability nuts” like us!

  • Pearl

    Charles Shaw, of the Huffington Post, did a much better journalistic job of covering Chris Martenson and the Crash Course back in Feb. 2009, at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-shaw/the-perfect-c

  • Pearl

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-shaw/the-perfect-crash-course_b_169849.html . Clip: “It was for all of these people and more that Chris Martenson, a former professor, research scientist,

  • Pearl

    “…and Fortune 300 VP, created The Crash Course, a three-hour long internet video presentation that is a literal “crash course” in the economic, environmental, and societal “crashes” that are un

  • Pearl

    “..unfolding all around us. No matter who you are, you will walk away with a complete and comprehensible picture of our economic situation, and a strong sense of where we are headed in the coming yea

  • Pearl

    “…unfolding all around us. No matter who you are, you will walk away with a complete and comprehensible picture of our economic situation, and a strong sense of where we are headed in the coming ye

  • ellen

    I liked the article, and I think the point was subtle and perhaps misunderstood. Just a few years ago, well-meaning non-profits were urging lower-income people to purchase homes as a way of building equity and wealth. Gold does have some deflation hedging value, but it is by no means a secure investment as many economists have pointed out. I believe that Mr. Martenson is well-meaning too, and there is no one way to build a sustainable future. But gold fever these days reminds me that someone always pays a nasty price, as the article points out. Gold mining and sustainability simply don’t connect. Ask the Inca.

  • ellen

    I liked the article, and I think the point was subtle and perhaps misunderstood. Just a few years ago, well-meaning non-profits were urging lower-income people to purchase homes as a way of building equity and wealth. Gold does have some deflation hedging value, but it is by no means a secure investment as many economists have pointed out. I believe that Mr. Martenson is well-meaning too, and there is no one way to build a sustainable future. But gold fever these days reminds me that someone always pays a nasty price, as the article points out. Gold mining and sustainability simply don’t connect. Ask the Inca.

  • Mark

    I presently spend my hard-earned money to read The Martenson Report, I presently do not spend any money to read The Boston Magazine. Given that money presently still has imputed value, that means I do value the information from Mr. Martenson and I do not value whatever it is from The Boston Magazine.

  • ian

    Pagan Kennedy + editors of Boston magazine must have been paid off to write such an uninformed article, that is my only conclusion here because anyone, including children, understand the validity of Chris’s message. Perhaps in a few years, when deflation is still ongoing, the journalist may actually understand what Chris was talking about after the effects of what he is talking about is common place because at present, Chris’s simple message about sustainability, community and limited resources has gone right over this journalist head. The journalist has attempted to portray Chris as a cult/religious fanatic , perhaps they need to look deep into their past to find out why they attempted to use such an inappropriate slant because it doesn’t represent Chris at all in the slightest. The real losers here are those who read this dribble and neglect to plan and build their communities and if you know Chris, it’s these people whom he would be concerned for, not the fact that this article paints him in a totally wrong light. Poor journalism at its best I’m afraid. It’s put me off using the Boston as a credible source of information. Move on, nothing to see here people

  • sherman

    Ian, what makes you think Pagan watched the presentation, she has to be smarter than a kid so she should have gotten it.

  • ian

    Pagan Kennedy + editors of Boston magazine must have been paid off to write such an uninformed article, that is my only conclusion here because anyone, including children, understand the validity of Chris’s message. Perhaps in a few years, when deflation is still ongoing, the journalist may actually understand what Chris was talking about after the effects of what he is talking about is common place because at present, Chris’s simple message about sustainability, community and limited resources has gone right over this journalist head. The journalist has attempted to portray Chris as a cult/religious fanatic , perhaps they need to look deep into their past to find out why they attempted to use such an inappropriate slant because it doesn’t represent Chris at all in the slightest. The real losers here are those who read this dribble and neglect to plan and build their communities and if you know Chris, it’s these people whom he would be concerned for, not the fact that this article paints him in a totally wrong light. Poor journalism at its best I’m afraid. It’s put me off using the Boston as a credible source of information. Move on, nothing to see here people

  • Ian

    True, I did suppose that the journalist would have at least watched Chris’s Crash Course, my mistake – they clearly didn’t. I also assumed that the editor would have verified the journalist work to stop rubbish writing getting through, I was wrong on that account too. I also believed that accuracy and good intent prevailed and that the journalist would have been honest and open about what was going to be published, I was wrong on that as well. What’s really happening here is that the journalist cannot believe that someone like Chris actually exists. A person who actually cares for his world and community and isn’t out to make a quick buck. Thankfully I live in a country that has not become skeptical of people’s good intent nor corrupted itself with lying cheating corporations and government (well, not as much as the US has done) and that we can still believe in the knight in shining armor. This journalist clearly has a chip on their shoulder and is trying to uncover some Waco type plot when there is none. Perhaps they should have got some Australian journalists – they at least are world class when being objective

  • sherman

    Chip on her shoulders? She should use it next time she gets in front of a story.

  • Derek

    How could the author spend all that time with Chris and still barely see beyond the limits of stereotypes?

    Bunkers? The End is Near? I hope this is sorry sensationalism rather than prejudiced journalism that is so common these days.

  • Derek

    How could the author spend all that time with Chris and still barely see beyond the limits of stereotypes?

    Bunkers? The End is Near? I hope this is sorry sensationalism rather than prejudiced journalism that is so common these days.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • Blair

    Ms. Kennedy:

    Did you watch the Crash Course? From reading your article its not clear that you watched the course, understood it or what C. Martenson’s web site and work are about. Also I know that your characterizations of me, my family and my friends that all use the Crash are not even vaguely accurate.

  • John W

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • John W – Missoula, Montana

    I really appreciate Chris Martensen’s Crash Course and encourage everyone to at least watch the chapters on: Money, the Fed, Fractional Reserve Banking, Energy and What Should I do. For me it is about helping create resilient communities and local systems that will be able to make it through economic and energy shocks. The next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years.

  • Doug

    I’m both a neighbor of Chris and Becca Martenson and VP of operations at a manufacturing plant in Western Mass. In Pagan’s attempt to tell her story she missed the fundamental message and mission behind both the Martenson’s work and the way they live their lives in community not “in bunker.” In my experience, the Crash Course presents data without attachment to story and challenges the viewer to come to their own conclusions and plans of action. Whatever your view of the future may be that is out of your control, with clear data you can be empowered to make decisions and changes that better prepare you and your loved ones for whatever may be coming down the road. In my personal life this had led to changes in our home that have led to more sustainable and resilient systems and a lifestyle that is less dependent on increasing consumption. Professionally, its been mirrored in strategies that have been extraordinarily successful in maintaining the safety and security for hundreds of employees and their families. In short, if you’re conscious and concerned about the world we are leaving our children, do yourself and them a favor and…

  • Jim

    I have been a follower of Chris for several years now and have developed the highest of respect for him and his message – especially his “Crash Course”
    While the article may not entirely capture Ch

  • Jim

    It took me two years of intensive study in the evenings to figure out that things are not as they seem… and Pagan, you just don’t get it. I am not at all relieved that you found an economist to te

  • Laura

    Attitude is everything. In this case the author’s attitude is evident. If you watch The Crash Course and walk away feeling anything less than encouraged and empowered, then you may need to look at your own negative world view. Are some stats startling? Yes – without question. In the end you finish the Martenson’s Crash Course feeling a bit more enlightened, energized and encouraged, knowing that obstacles can be overcome and that we are master’s of our own fate in world equipped for adaptation.

  • Elizabeth

    Pagan Kennedy is the perfect writer to tackle this topic. Completely sympathetic to anyone raising questions about the American economic system, she also is smart enough to raise questions about the

  • Ike

    This is my first bostonmagazine article. It will also be the last. The future of news will be honesty and integrity. Sensationalism will make you obsolete.

  • Ezekial

    Those who believed Bernanke/Paulson and CNBC pundits in 2007/8 about “it” was contained in subprime and the larger economy was healthy,have seen the efforts of their labor evaporate in a sea of debt. The government has artificially propped up the economy by mere keystrokes on a computer creating money out of thin air. Martenson, Shedlock, and Stoneleigh, among others called the collapse accurately. I have viewed Martenson’s Crash Course and find his take on things far more accurate than any government official or Federal Reserve criminal. Our government if feckless and bankrupt. We, as individuals and communities MUST take care of ourselves. Martenson connnects the dots of energy, environment, and finance. Bush, and now Obama, can’t or won’t. Your characterization of Martenson as some sort of extremist is ignorant and pathetic. I urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to view Crash Course, ponder, and decide who is telling the truth. Believe your own eyes.

  • Peter

    I just want to echo what most other people have said: this is a terrible article, the author has neither seen the Crash Course nor understood what he has been told, and it illustrates all that is wors

  • Tom

    On the 25th February2010, Chris Martenson was invited to give a talk on Peak Oil & Economic Growth, by the UK Parliament. Check the link.

    http://www.appgopo.org.uk/

    Serious people take this seriously. You would be wise to wipe the egg from your face and do likewise

  • Tom

    http://www.appgopo.org.uk/

    February 25th 2010

  • david

    The ridiculous tenor of this article only unerscores the complexity of the issue. Chris’s work is plain enough (if undoubtedly detailed) that a lay person with an undergrad degree can understand it. Unfortunately, the writer here decided to use his imaginary penumbral emanations in order to craft a wholly inaccurate reflection of Chris’s work.

    This is one of the single most important issues of the last, and i would say next, 20 years…and you reduced it to borderline wacko/extremism. If good MSM journalists would have done their job from the get go, instead of falling prey to the cult of Wall Street, Chris’s REAL message would just be another voice on the web. Instead, those who are actually interested in TRUTH are left to ferret out truth where they can find it.

    Shame on you Boston Mag. Chris M’s work deserves much better.

  • joe

    I’ve read numerous blogs, daily digests and Martenson Reports. I find them to be very well thought out and thouroughly researched.

    He really isn’t a ‘end is near’ guy. He’s does tell things straight though. He does suggest being more reliant on yourself; but really isn’t that a very traditional view?

    This article belongs in The National Enquirer.

  • joe

    I’ve read numerous blogs, daily digests and Martenson Reports. I find them to be very well thought out and thouroughly researched.

    He really isn’t a ‘end is near’ guy. He’s does tell things straight though. He does suggest being more reliant on yourself; but really isn’t that a very traditional view?

    This article belongs in The National Enquirer.

  • Brian

    Okay, so his idea of a sporting weapon is a Glock? this is not a hunting weapon. Its only design is to shoot human beings. Yes, the gold obsession is disturbing, but not as disturbing as the firear

  • Joe

    As a member of Chris’s geographic community and the broader movement, I must say this article completely distorts who we are and what we’re about. It seems the author was more interested in presenting a story in their head rather than the facts of what’s happening in the real world.

    We’re about building communities, not about isolation. We’re not the people who post on survival blog. We are about hope.

  • Joe

    As a member of Chris’s geographic community and the broader movement, I must say this article completely distorts who we are and what we’re about. It seems the author was more interested in presenting a story in their head rather than the facts of what’s happening in the real world.

    We’re about building communities, not about isolation. We’re not the people who post on survival blog. We are about hope.

  • Karen

    I’ve never read any of Chris’ stuff, but I do believe that strengthening our local immediate communities is the only way to preserve anything resembling the US way of life. Buy local. Eat local. Take responsibility for your own needs; it’s how our rural communities grew in the first place. Even FEMA says we should some emergency food on hand. After the ’08 ice storm, new englanders should have learned their lesson. The “author” apparently did not.

  • Karen

    I’ve never read any of Chris’ stuff, but I do believe that strengthening our local immediate communities is the only way to preserve anything resembling the US way of life. Buy local. Eat local. Take responsibility for your own needs; it’s how our rural communities grew in the first place. Even FEMA says we should some emergency food on hand. After the ’08 ice storm, new englanders should have learned their lesson. The “author” apparently did not.

  • Karen

    I’ve never read any of Chris’ stuff, but I do believe that strengthening our local immediate communities is the only way to preserve anything resembling the US way of life. Buy local. Eat local. Take responsibility for your own needs; it’s how our rural communities grew in the first place. Even FEMA says we should some emergency food on hand. After the ’08 ice storm, new englanders should have learned their lesson. The “author” apparently did not.

  • Abby

    I attended the Transitions lecture recently in Northampton and found Chris and company and left feeling disappointed. There was no practical advice but I’m sure you can get that practical advice by paying for the program. Another carpetbagger come to the Valley

  • No

    So, obviously the author believes that the collective “living beyond our means” (economically, environmentally, and energyally ) can continue on in perpetuity, that we can borrow our way out of debt, and that there will always be more of everything because there always has been more of everything. It’s this typical bury-your-head-in-the-sand mentality, combined with pushing off consequences into the future for others to worry about, that has gotten us to the possition we find ourselves in today. Ignoring that, or worse yet, denying that as this author and editors do, only makes the situation worse, not better. WATCH THE CRASH COURSE and it will help you understand that.

  • Stephen

    As someone who has been around the Crash Course and CM for 2 years, I can guarantee that your article is pretty accurate. There is a lot of group think going on at teh CM site, and his disciples (and he) brook no disagreement or alternate point of view. The smackdown to an apostate is pretty severe. However, I think the CC is valuable taken with a grain of salt. Just beware the comment section – keep dissenting views to yourself or prepare to be abused, even by the Man himself!

  • Stephen

    As someone who has been around the Crash Course and CM for 2 years, I can guarantee that your article is pretty accurate. There is a lot of group think going on at teh CM site, and his disciples (and he) brook no disagreement or alternate point of view. The smackdown to an apostate is pretty severe. However, I think the CC is valuable taken with a grain of salt. Just beware the comment section – keep dissenting views to yourself or prepare to be abused, even by the Man himself!

  • jim

    Chris – nice job on the Crash Course. I studied economics at MIT and I think you are right, we need to do something soon and not hide in a bunker.

    Pagan – you need to watch the crash course again, learn it, and rewrite your article. You really missed the mark, unless of course that was your intent b/c you don’t agree, but maybe you should just have said that.

  • Linda

    I thought that the author’s portrayal of Martenson’s website was superficially accurate, but it fails to dig beneath the surface and find the vaguely eugenicist neomalthusian population control sub-message. As opposed to the typical “bunker” type, Martenson’s crowd is generally but distinctly nonchristian in its search for solutions. The call for community smacks of socialist undertones, and I’m not at all certain that the calls for dissolution of the Fed will not result in an even greater stranglehold as some form of international monetary system replaces it. Our status as the world’s reserve currency is now our best friend . . .on the gold standard, the Rothschilds rule.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com/ steve from virginia

    The article is pretty accurate RE Martensen: He’s the investment-type who cannot shed his skin.

    The patronizing attitude on the part of the writer is annoying, however. He leaves the assumption that the current waste-based ‘luxury society’ is set to carry onward forever … something everybody knows! Right?

    Meanwhile, 2 years on and the Eurozone is in process of disintegrating: Greece is a basket case … America, it’s coming to a town near you.

    All of them.

  • liz dichiara

    the expression is not sack-and-ash-cloth; it is sackcloth and ashes…