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HS 312 – America, “The Accidental Superpower” with Peter Zeihan

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Geography and demographic patterns are more important than most people give them credit for. Jason Hartman talks to Peter Zeihan, author of The Accidental Superpower, about what led America and other world powers to become economic and social behemoths. From China’s one-child policy, to the strength of the dollar, to the future of oil and 3D printing, everything is important.

Key Takeaways

[1:37] – Peter Zeihan has held high-ranking positions within Stratfor, an intelligence company used by government and business officials.

[4:57] – You have to ask the bigger question: ‘compared to what?’ What are you comparing everything to?

[5:51] – Jason Hartman details some of the guest interviews we have in upcoming episodes of the Creating Wealth Show.

[13:29] – Geography is still a vital factor to a country’s progress and development, especially when it comes to transportation.

[18:54] – The dollar is the only hard currency in the world that exists in sufficient volume to lubricate the global system. What if the printing press actually was an option?

[21:08] – America’s commitment to free trade still has a huge impact on today’s world economy.

[26:48] – All of the various financial crashes are happening for the same reasons and we need to learn from them.

[29:41] – China is in such a difficult demographical situation that America’s social pressure for near-retirees seems like nothing.

[32:08] – Boundaries and ideas are starting to change for retirees, but those staying on in work are still in the minority.

[34:05] – The future of American oil production and usage could have totally transformed by this time next year.

[36:53] – The impact of 3D printing on supply chains is just staggering, and it’s going to continue to shrink the industry.

[42:16] – For more information, head to www.Zeihan.com and the book, The Accidental Superpower is available at any local bookstore and online.


The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder by Peter Zeihan

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

[tweet_box design=”box_04″ float=”none”]For every 1% of manufacturing that moves to 3D printing, we can assume a 10-15% drop in shipping expenses.[/tweet_box]

Episode: 312

Guest: Peter Zeihan

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