Book review: ‘End Times’ by Peter Turchin

Christopher Walker Impact Investor September 8, 2023 Link


“Happy countries don’t elect Donald Trump president. Desperate ones do.” From the French Revolution to Tucker Carlson, Peter Turchin leaves no stone unturned, and frightens us with what he finds underneath.


  • If like me you struggle to understand how Donald Trump ever happened,  this is the book for you.
  • Forget the history of great men and women, the so called ‘Cleopatra’s nose’ approach – one inch longer and the world would be a different place. Events merely reflect underlying trends.
  • We have entered an age of discord driven by mass immiseration and “elite overproduction,” both driven by a noxious ‘wealth pump’ that takes from the poor and gives to the rich.
  • The only way out of this is to turn that pump off, which requires tax and welfare reform, or….revolution.
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