Dmitry Orlov’s book “Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet example and American Prospects” () is such a book. Dmitry Orlov has a. Reinventing Collapse has ratings and 70 reviews. Dmitry Orlov’s Reinventing Collapse is about the United States falling in on itself and what may come. Orlov’s book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects , published in , further details his.

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This is one of the best books I have read. Orlov explains that expensive health care will become out of reach for the majority, and alternative medicine will grow in popularity as the complex networks that enable pharmaceuticals wither away. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

This means that Americans are either in a job they are not at liberty to quit, which is a form of indentured servitude, or are one accident away from becoming collqpse to their medical debt, which is another form of indentured servitude While Soviet schools had far fewer resources, they produced children that knew much more general information and had better conceptual understanding, rather than a focus on exams.

On for-profit medicine and health insurance–two highly questionable institutions: This I already knew. His article, Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century was first released in and clearly Orlov had been thinking about superpower collapse for quite a while before then.

It’s easy to see his work being more effectively transmitted as a columns or essays. On the other hand he recommends investing in soap and razor blades to preserve value.

And I know it is accurate because it stung a little, while making me laugh. Simplify your life now, and learn how to be comfortable living without non-essential luxuries and frivolous status trinkets. It is not easy to decide whether to take his proposal seriously, since his perspective is so unusual and counter-intuitive:.

It is rather upbeat and even quite funny at times — something you wouldn’t expect from a book about political and economic breakdown. Communism coming to an end and the Soviet social system collapsing did not lead to total anarchy overnight. Gasoline shortages were not a serious problem for a society that was largely car-free. The discussion addressing the futility of arming up and bunkering down were novel and pretty well hashed out in lieu of what occurred in the Soviet collapse.

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It is interesting not just as commentary on the United States, but as a way of understanding Russian feelings reihventing the Soviet Union. A lot of coming collapse of the US genre ends up with the advice, “grab some gold and head for the hills!


Orlov gives practical advice, like when to start accumulating goods for barter purposes and the need to buy goods that would sustain local communities – “hand tools, simple medications and morphineguns and ammo, sharpening stones, bicycles and lots of tires with patch kitsetc.

Admitedly, some of the author’s collaapse was lost on reinnventing – or maybe I just don’t find much This wasn’t what I hoped. It’s better to live on your feet than to die on your knees.

Orlov provides an insightful perspective, including an insider’s view as having dmitr time there, on Russia and the comparisons are instructive and often verge into gallows humor: It’s all too easy vollapse make jokes about our neighbors to the south for their dramatic weight problems, generally poor understanding of geography and that stretch of coastline now famously known as the Jersey Shore.

His writing is so pessimistic and arrogant that it completely distracts from any useful point he may be trying to make. The premise is a comparison of the US with the SU soviet union, where Orlov was when that govt collapsed in late 80s early 90s.

The US also blundered into industrial agriculture. He thinks because of the turbo charged capitalism ie neoliberalism prevalent in Dmitey people reinvenfing starve rather quickly.

And it would have been an equal shock to patriotic Russians! Measures have been enacted to ensure the integrity of personal information and to protect it from misuse, loss or alteration.

He can make you laugh even when talking about the grimmest things. As Orlov’s predictions continue to come true, his writing continues to gain mainstream acceptance. Feb 09, Sheehan rated it liked it. American career ethics and economic dynamics have lead to patterns of migration that uproot people from communities, something we’re witnessing in Canada now — though this can be a positive in times of collapse, as it makes us more open to strangers and varied living situations than the tightly knit Russian communities Orlov witnessed.

This was a solid book, with moments of some surprising humor.

The reason for this is somewhat counter-intuitively that as everything functioned so poorly collapsee the S. This is a very interesting book not so much for practical ideas about how to survive an economic collapse, though there is some of that, but rather for its insights with reniventing to Soviet society, its worldview, why the country collapsed hint: There are many books that warn of impending climate change, environmental disasters or other calamities.


If you are an average American, you may take umbrage at Dmitry Orlov’s certainty regarding the future collapse of the United States. Most all housing was state-owned, so there were dmirty landlords or mortgage holders to evict people out into the street when they could no longer pay rent. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. However, I’m tired of hopelessness. Jan 05, Joel rated it liked it Shelves: The world’s first superpower collapsed because its founding myths of technological progress and “bread for all” had failed to match reality.

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Mar 22, Richard Reese rated it it was amazing. The emphasis is much less about hoarding SPAM and shotgun shells, and much more focused on thinking about human communities and relationships. He regularly writes things that are beyond the margins of contemporary American discourse i. You should have learned enough that it could happen again and on a much greater scale.

The only thing Dmitry has in greater abundance then pessimism is arrogance. Preview — Reinventing Collapse by Dmitry Orlov. Not having that seems to be exactly why things went as bad in Russia as they did, and why a less-bad collapse or none at all!

Show me the comments! Orlov predicted that as the steady stream of money from employment dried up, the country’s depleted social infrastructure would be exposed and the American standard of living would plummet. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

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But to do so would have lost the charm. In USSR at least there was a lot of fat in industry and a willingness to turn a blind eye by managers when dnitry came to work to steal stuff to swap with others. It’s believable because it did happen over there and, as we all know, Americans would be completely stuck without our cars and the superpower of our currency.