Economic and societal collapse

Contemporary thought leaders who are contributing to the discourse on societal and economic issues such as inequality, environmental degradation, economic instability, and other factors that can contribute to societal collapse:

  1. Jason Hickel – An economic anthropologist and author known for his work on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.
  2. Joseph E. Stiglitz – A Nobel laureate in economics who has written extensively about income inequality and the pitfalls of globalization.
  3. Yanis Varoufakis – A Greek economist and former finance minister known for his critiques of the European Union’s economic policies and his work on the global financial crisis.
  4. Nafeez Ahmed – An investigative journalist known for his work on systemic crises in ecology, energy, economics, and society.
  5. Thomas Piketty – A French economist whose work focuses on wealth and income inequality in Europe and the United States.
  6. Daron Acemoglu – A Turkish economist who has written extensively on the role of institutions in economic development and societal collapse.
  7. Naomi Klein – A Canadian author and social activist known for her critiques of corporate globalization and capitalism’s role in climate change.
  8. Richard Heinberg – A journalist and educator who has written extensively about energy, economic, and ecological issues, focusing on the challenges posed by peak oil, climate change, and economic instability.
  9. David Graeber – A late anthropologist and anarchist, known for his critical interpretations of capitalism and neoliberal ideology.
  10. Kate Raworth – An economist known for her “Doughnut Economics” model, which emphasizes balance in economic development to prevent environmental degradation and societal collapse.
  11. Greta Thunberg – Although not an economist, this young environmental activist has had a profound impact on the conversation about climate change and its potential to trigger societal collapse.
  12. Dmitry Orlov – A Russian-American engineer and writer who writes about the potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States.
  13. Jared Diamond – A geographer and author of “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed,” which examines why ancient societies, including the Anasazi of the American Southwest and the Viking colonies of Greenland, fell apart.
  14. Chris Hedges – A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and social activist known for his books on American society, including “America: The Farewell Tour,” which explores the potential for social collapse.
  15. James Howard Kunstler – An American author known for his books about suburban development, urban decay, and the challenges of the coming post-oil age.