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Letter Re: The History of Societal Collapse and Implications for The American Redoubt


Mr. Rawles,
I recently watched a speech given by Jared Diamond, author of the books Guns, Germs and Steeland Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, among others. It was very interesting and prompted me to write this post (which I first posted over at

I'm watching Jared Diamond speak about why societies collapse. As you may know, Diamond wrote the book Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse, among others (and they're all great). Here are five factors that Jared says affect the collapse of societies. I'll take notes and relate these effects to the American Redoubt region. Think of these as thinking points as opposed to talking points.

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