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Episode 194, The Mandibles--Great Collapse Fiction

Posted on the 18 July 2017 by Shrugger
Episode 194, The Mandibles--Great Collapse FictionI recently came across an outstanding novel about economic collapse by Lionel Shriver, The Mandibles, A Family, 2029-2047.  (It's been out just over a year, but I'm a little slow, what can I say?)
I enjoyed The Mandibles so much that I've devoted the entire podcast to recounting the story and how it compares to "The Collapse" that so many of us have been anticipating (and talking about) for so long.
Lionel Shriver is a well-known award-winning author who turned her considerable literary talents not long ago to the unsustainable financial problems facing the U.S. and the rest of the world. The result is a supremely entertaining and realistic page-turner that immediately jumped to the top of my list of favorite "collapse fiction", a genre of that will some day be compared and contrasted to the real thing.
Well, we jump the comparison gun in this show, testing The Mandibles against various expectations we have for the upcoming real-world Collapse, including:
  • Stock market collapse
  • Demise of the dollar as the world's reserve currency
  • Repudiation of the US debt
  • Confiscation of gold
  • Hyperinflation (or will it be Deflation?)
  • Widespread civil unrest
  • Aftermath and recovery
I know I say this all the time, but this really IS a great show!  Give it a listen!
***WARNING!***  This podcast is loaded to the rafters with plot spoilers--but the book is such a good read that won't matter!
-------------------------Pete Ferron

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