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Surviving the Cataclysm 1

Surviving the Cataclysm 1

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACECHAPTER 1: THE ONCOMING CATACLYSMCHAPTER 2: DERIVATIVE MADNESSCHAPTER 3: THE $5 TRILLION MUTUAL FUND GAMBLECHAPTER 4: THE DESCENT INTO THE MÆLSTROMCHAPTER 5: THE IMMISERATION OF AMERICACHAPTER 6: MODELS OF COLLAPSECHAPTER 7: MODELS OF DISINTEGRATIONCHAPTER 8: USURY AND NATURAL LAWCHAPTER 9: THE AGE OF OLIGARCHYCHAPTER 10: THE AMERICAN SYSTEMCHAPTER 11: SELF DEFENSE IN THE CRISISCHAPTER 12: WORLD ECONOMIC RECOVERYAPPENDIX: SHADOWS OF THINGS THAT MIGHT BEBIBLIOGRAPHY
 
 
TO THE READER
. . .I have not found among my belongings anything as dear to me orthat I value as much as my understanding of the deeds of great men,won by me from a long acquaintance with contemporary affairs and acontinuous study of the ancient world; these matters I have verydiligently analyzed and pondered for a long time, and now, havingsummarized them in a little book, I am sending them to YourMagnificence. -- Machiavelli,
The Prince
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This book has been written in the shadow of the greatest financial crash of all human history. Theidea of writing it came to me when I was speaking at a conference in Melbourne, Australia in July1995, when I heard the news that Japan's Cosmo Credit Union had gone bankrupt. "That is thebeginning of the end," I told my very kind Australian host when we heard this news on television.That event could already have triggered an immediate world-wide banking panic, and it prompted meto consider what I could do to issue a warning to persons of good will. The text was well advanced byOctober 1997, when the wave of panic from Hong Kong virus was hitting the American andEuropean markets. The last phases were completed in August-October 1998, against the backgroundof the Russian, Brazilian, and Long Term Capital Management debacles, and on the eve of thesinister false dawn of the euro.It has been my aim to offer an overview of the collapse and disintegration of the world financialsystem before the breakdown had been completed. My goal was to provide something more than aninstant book which appears shortly after the fact. I wanted if possible to write a pre-emptive book, aforecast that would help people to survive as individuals, and which, more importantly, would givethem the concepts needed for the United States and the other modern nations to withstand the crisis.By the time you read this, the central political issue of the day may well be whether the InternationalMonetary Fund will put the United States into receivership, or whether the United States should putthe IMF into bankruptcy liquidation. In my view, it is the IMF, along with the entire globaloneysystem of world finance, which has to go.I considered it important to present this analysis in the form of a book. Newspaper and magazinearticles are valuable, but ephemeral. Because they are written for the moment, they always tend toexpress the political or financial hopes and fears of the moment. In other words, their common failingis that they can easily become propaganda. Anyone who believes as I do that the world financial

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