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Best demographicdoom podcasts we could find (updated August 2020)
Best demographicdoom podcasts we could find
Updated August 2020
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In coming months, the world is due for a major collapse of real estate prices. The lockdowns prompted by Covid-19 have exposed the inherent weaknesses of most forms of "place". Offices, retail stores and expensive homes just don't have the same intrinsic value that they did five months ago, and a painful reckoning is at hand. With many employees an…
 
In a single episode, Glenn Campbell reviews the entire economic history of the United States from the end of World War II to the current economic collapse. Recorded on May 10, 2020, when stock markets continue to defy the crisis, rising in the face of bad news. Glenn identifies five processes over the past 75 years that have made an economic crisis…
 
Glenn Campbell discusses a basic dilemma of modern medicine: whether you should spare no expense to save one patient ("best practices") or ration medical resources in such as to save as many patients as possible ("triage medicine"). While he has benefited from best practices as a high-expense cancer patient, he has misgivings about its benefits to …
 
On April 26, 2020, as most communities remain in lockdown for COVID-19, Glenn Campbell looks back on a video he released a year earlier called, "The Vanity Economy: The First Casualty in the Next Recession". This video was prescient and is rebroadcast here in full. Although Glenn knew nothing of any pandemic back then, he knew that a crash was comi…
 
April 18, 2020 — The Tragedy of the Commons is an economic dilemma first described in 1822. If a village uses a common plot of land to graze its animals, the incentive of each villager is to graze as many animals there as possible, but if everyone in the village does this, the land is denuded and all the animals starve. The only way to preserve the…
 
April 9, 2020: As COVID-19 and "Lockdown Fever" grip the United States, virtually every response the Federal government can offer involves spending tons of money. They're sending stimulus checks to taxpayers and subsidizing businesses seen as essential, like banks and airlines. As usual, the government is spending money it doesn't have and never wi…
 
April 8, 2020: As government-mandated lockdowns of "nonessential" workers enter their umpteenth day, Glenn Campbell explains why they are such a bad idea. Lockdowns are blind and indiscriminate, and their economic damage is irreparable. The cure for COVID-19 is strategically addressing the major vectors that convey the disease, like shaking hands a…
 
On April 5, 2020, as states and countries become deeply entrenched in open-ended lockdowns due to COVID-19, Glenn Campbell finds himself in an unexpected place: a cancer ward in Boston. After 13 days at Beth Israel Hospital, he is beginning treatment for a relapse of his lymphoma, with a good chance of recovery in about 4 months. In this personal e…
 
On March 26, 2020, the world was in the grips of "Lockdown Fever" when whole countries and regions were shutting down in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Transportation was restricted; nonessential businesses were closed, and workers were told to go home for an indeterminate period. Glenn Campbell regards these lockdowns as "national suic…
 
March 18, 2020 — The main crisis humanity is facing right now is not a viral epidemic. It is a massive worldwide economic collapse, similar in impact to the Great Depression and World War II in Europe. The virus pricked a bubble that was already overinflated and ready to pop. All sectors of the economy have accumulated huge, unsustainable debts, an…
 
March 17, 2020 — As the COVID-19 epidemic spreads around the world, schools, businesses and events are shutting down, crippling the economy. Could the effects of these shutdowns be worse than the coronavirus itself? A lockdown of healthy people is different from a quarantine of sick ones, which is sensible and economically manageable. Telling your …
 
When will the current COVID-19 epidemic end? The answer lies in the concept of "herd immunity." Since a virus can't live outside its hosts, it will expire when it doesn't have enough hosts to sustain it, which happens well before distribution reaches 100%. Current calculations suggest only a maximum of about 60% of the US population will get the di…
 
COVID-19 disproportionately threatens the old while sparing the young, and this may spark a new conflict between the generations. Baby Boomers have often been accused of robbing future generations by monopolizing wealth and charging up the national debt. Now younger generations have a chance to get even. Because their risk from the virus is low, yo…
 
If you are in your 30s and haven't had children, should you feel guilty? Is it your responsibility to create a new life to replace your own? Glenn Campbell breaks down the moral issues. Demographic collapse, like climate change, is a complex problem with no single solution. It is good to want to make the world a better place after you are gone, and…
 
Most wealth is stored in the form of "assets"—that is, things you can own that you assume can later be sold or redeemed for money. Assets can include real estate, stocks, bonds, bank accounts and even cash stored in your mattress. The problem with assets is that their value is always speculative, and their value today may not be their value tomorro…
 
Civilization is always getting more complex. This is measurable in various ways, including the number of laws on the books and number of job descriptions in employment records. Modern society consists of systems built upon systems. Each new system is intended to solve a problem, but the total mass of these systems eventually outweighs their utility…
 
Few of us would question that the world is overpopulated. In 50 years, the human population has roughly doubled, from 4 billion to almost 8 billion. Wouldn't it be best if humanity brought down it's numbers to a sustainable level, like 4 billion again? Probably, but there is no painless way to get there. If birth rates fall, as has already happened…
 
Throughout the world, birth rates have fallen dramatically, and most countries are now below replacement fertility, or the number of babies needed to refresh the population. Only recently, the world was worried about a "population explosion". Now an implosion seems more likely. Why is this so? Why aren't people having children in the same numbers a…
 
How do we define Millennials, Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers? While no individual should be judged by the year of their birth, large groups of people tend to have different life experiences based on when they were born. Older Americas, for example, may have experienced the Great Depression, World War II and the Swinging Sixties, and this affects both t…
 
Millennials (born 1980-1994) often accuse Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) of ruining the world, and vice versa. Boomers have saddled younger generations with huge debts they cannot repay, while Millennials are derided as "snowflakes" who expect the world to take care of them. Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell explores the statistical reasons for…
 
Europe is in deep trouble. In every country, fertility has dropped below replacement level, but not all countries are equally affected. Southern and Eastern Europe are in the worst shape, in part because they are losing their best talent to Northern Europe. Germany and other countries of the north are "energy vampires" sucking the rest of Europe dr…
 
Discrimination comes in two forms: You can be "discriminating" or "disciminatory" in the products and people you choose. You can apply deep criteria that accurately predict a successful outcome or superficial criteria that don't. The challenge in life is trying to predict the future performance of the product you are choosing, especially when appli…
 
Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell announces the release of the first draft of his manifesto, "The Modular Family: Redesigning How Children Are Raised". This document is a blueprint for a new family structure intended to reduce the cost and improve the quality of childrearing. Instead of couple of children raised by 1 or 2 adults, Glenn propose…
 
Eugenics, or the science of human breeding, has been used to justify some of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century, but it has been with us since the beginning of time. Whenever a couple has a baby, that are engaged in a eugenics experiment. Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell reviews what eugenics can and cannot do and what the earliest prop…
 
Demographic philosopher Glenn Campbell claims no formal credentials in demographics or any of the other topics he discusses, but he has had some life experience. In a simplified life story, he describes highlights of his past as might relate to the Demographic Doom project. He is best known as a televised expert on Area 51 with a lesser-known stint…
 
Almost any article on a pressing national crisis ends with some expert saying, "We must do something." By "we" they mean the national government. The fact is, most governments haven't solved problems for years. They only try to put out fires that they or their voters have set. In USA, the fire is Trump; in UK, it is Brexit. Most national problem-so…
 
Every historian has their own theory about why the Western Roman Empire collapsed. Was it their hedonism, invading barbarians or incompetent rulers? Glenn Campbell offers his own view based on macroeconomics and the theories of anthropologist Joseph Tainter. At its base, the Roman Empire ran on grain, which could be stored and taxed. Collapse becam…
 
In most countries, workforce numbers are leveling off or falling, leading to potentially devastating economic effects. Is it possible that technology will save us, either by improving birth rates or reducing the economic damage? For example, can robots and automation replace the missing workers? Glenn Campbell says the answer is no. Robots can do s…
 
Glenn Campbell recalls his recent visit to Bulgaria, the world's fastest shrinking country. Since the fall of Communism, Bulgaria's population has dropped by 1/5th, from 9 million to 7 million. The loss is felt mainly in the countryside, where there are many abandonned buildings to explore. Urban areas like the capital Sofia continue to remain vibr…
 
Glenn Campbell predicts that the next worldwide recession will be the biggest any of us has experienced, due to both debt and demography. Worldwide debt is the highest it has ever been—far larger than can possibly be paid off. Simultaneously, population growth and GDP are slowing in most countries. Citizens are aging, at greater cost to the governm…
 
Ultra-Orthodox jews, rejecting modern values, are exploding in numbers and threatening to turn the country into a theocracy. The fertility for women in this sect is 6.2 babies per woman, compared to roughly 3 for the rest of the country. This birth rate is equivalent to a deeply impoverished country like Nigeria, but with virtually no child mortali…
 
Demographic Doomster Glenn Campbell summarizes his main theses in his Demographic Doom project: (1) The world is heading for a massing economic collapse, (2) The quality of population is deteriorating due to the fact that the most talented individuals are not having babies, and (3) the best way to address these long-term issues is to redesign the f…
 
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