The End of The World Is Just The Beginning

By Neenah Payne

Peter Zeihan is the author The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization shown further below. His site says he is an “expert in geopolitics: the study of how place impacts financial, economic, cultural, political, and military developments. He presents customized executive briefings to a wide array of audiences which include financial professionals, Fortune 500 firms, energy investors, and a mix of industrial, power, agricultural and consulting associations and corporations. He has been featured in newspapers and broadcasts including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, The New York Times, Fox News and MarketWatch.”

Zeihan describes himself as a “geopolitical strategist” who can help people foresee international opportunities, challenges, and crises by analyzing how politics, geography, energy, economics, culture, technology, and military affairs blend. In the video below, Zeihan warns: “The one thing you need to understand is that change is coming to every aspect of the international system. What you think you know about the world, what has been correct for the last 70 years, is about to become completely wrong!”

Peter Zeihan’s 6/14/22 book below has 4,298 reviews on Amazon with a rating of 4.6.

Amazon Description

A New York Times Bestseller!

2019 was the last great year for the world economy. For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days – even hours – of when you decided you wanted it.

America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going. Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe. All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

In The End of the World is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging. The list of countries that make it all work is smaller than you think. Which means everything about our interconnected world – from how we manufacture products, to how we grow food, to how we keep the lights on, to how we shuttle stuff about, to how we pay for it all – is about to change.

In customary Zeihan fashion, rather than yelling fire in the geo-economic theatre, he narrates the accumulation of matchsticks, gasoline, and dynamite in the hands of the oblivious audience, suggesting we might want to call the fire department. A world ending. A world beginning. Zeihan brings readers along for an illuminating (and a bit terrifying) ride packed with foresight, wit, and his trademark irreverance.

Amazon says about Zeihan:

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.

Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, debuted in 2014. He followed Accidental with The Absent Superpower (2016), Disunited Nations (2019), and in June of 2022 his newest release: The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

Find out more about Peter — and your world — at

The End of the World Is Just the Beginning 11/16/23

Peter Zeihan shared his insights at the 2023 Best Practices Forum, exploring systems in transition and their impact on businesses in the power sector.

In the video, Zeihan discusses the population decline in many countries around the world – especially China — and the how that will affect the future. This is in sharp contrast to the shrill warnings by Bill Gates and others over several decades about the urgent need to reduce the global population to avoid disaster.

Zeihan explains that China is now in very deep trouble economically and politically for a variety of reasons. He points out that over the last five years, China stopped having a functioning government because Xi Jinping, president of China and general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party since 2012, has so thoroughly purged the system of anyone who is even theoretically competent to prevent anyone from challenging him or replacing him. Xi has so terrified the bureaucracy that no one will bring him any information. As a result, the Chinese system is now breaking down. So, even the ability of the Chinese to collect data – much less process it – has stopped. This is leading to a collapse of China.

That’s the same mistake Mao Zedong made. China’s First Emperor: Role Model For Globalists Now?  explains that Xi is one of the most powerful political figures in the world. By initiating an unprecedented third term as China’s leader in October 2022, Xi has signaled he may plan to remain in power for life — making him the first Chinese leader since Mao to hold unchecked power over the People’s Republic of China.

The article points out that Mao was the greatest mass murderer of the 20th century – killing more people than Hitler or Stalin. According to the authoritative “Black Book of Communism,” an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao’s attempts to create a “socialist” China.  Anyone who got in his way was done away with—by execution, imprisonment, or forced famine.

For Mao, the No. 1 enemy was the intellectuals. He reveled in his blood-letting, boasting, “What’s so unusual about Emperor Shih Huang of the China Dynasty? He had buried alive 460 scholars only, but we have buried alive 46,000 scholars.”  Mao was referring to a major “accomplishment” of the Great Cultural Revolution, which from 1966-1976 transformed China into a great House of Fear. Xi is making the same mistake Mao made which led to the deaths of 30 million Chinese from starvation when Mao’s agricultural policies failed and there was no one courageous enough to tell him what was happening.

Today, China displays a total distrust of its citizens. It is one of the most authoritarian nations in history – using its Social Credit System to track and control almost every aspect of its citizens’ lives. China is the world’s first digital dictatorship – and it’s just getting started. Cameras track and record every move every person makes in public – and reward or punish them on their credit scores which determine everything from whether they can travel, bank, send their kids to good schools, etc. It’s a system of total control that Mao would have loved!

Zeihan gives China at most 10 years before a total collapse! He explains why Russia may collapse within 20 years. He discusses  the many reasons that a global switch to Green Technology is not possible.

Zeihan explains why he believes Biden will win the election in 2024. However, he doesn’t take into account that Biden may have said in 2024 that he was planning to run again just to avoid being a lame duck president for a year. Zeihan also doesn’t take into account Democrats’ growing dissatisfaction with Biden because of his age, frailty, and growing mistakes. He ignores the possibility that California Governor Gavin Newsom is rumored to be scheduled to replace Biden as the candidate next year.

In the video below, Zeihan says because of demographics, “China has, at most, 10 years before it faces national dissolution!” He says China will not be a unified industrialized nation state 10 years from now. China’s “One Child” policy was a disastrous miscalculation.

MIC 2023 Keynote Presentation: Peter Zeihan  11/30/23

Peter Zeihan delivered this talk at aPriori’s Manufacturing Insights Conference on November 7, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. He is a renowned geopolitical strategist and author. In this presentation, Mr. Zeihan discusses geopolitical and demographic trends forcing global manufacturers to rethink their supply chain strategies.

Why Famine And Starvation Is Bound To Happen – Peter Zeihan 9/15/22

Upon reading Peter Zeihan’s The End of The World Is Just The Beginning, It’s becoming more and more convincing that mass starvation and hunger is on its way. Living in the year 2022, we have been used to a world where international trade has been unaffected and as a result, every country has been able to trade freely and able to access any raw material and food product.

This international trade order was set up by the U.S following the end of WW2 to defeat the Soviet Union but now it’s coming to an end. In this video, we are going to look at the breaking down of the international trade order, supply chains and why mass starvation is inevitable. We will also see which countries will be subject to starvation and which countries won’t be affected much at all. You’re watching All Things Humanities.

The first map below is shown in the video which predicts  that with the end of globalization, 1 billion people will starve to death and another 2 billion will suffer  chronic malnutrition. It warns that people in many countries that cannot produce their own food will starve.

Zeihan is also the author of the following books:

Disunited Nations: The Scramble for Power in an Ungoverned World 3/3/20

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The future of nations, by New York Times Bestselling Author of The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.

In Disunited Nations, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan presents a series of counterintuitive arguments about the future of a world where trade is coming apart and international institutions are losing their power. Germany will decline as the most powerful country in Europe, with France taking its place. Every country should prepare for the collapse of China, not North Korea. We are already seeing, as Zeihan predicted, Russian military action in Europe beginning with the invasion of Ukraine.

The world has gotten so accustomed to the “normal” of an American-dominated order that we have all forgotten the historical norm: several smaller, competing powers and economic systems throughout Europe and Asia. America isn’t the only nation stepping back from the international system. From Brazil to Great Britain to Russia, leaders are deciding that even if plenty of countries lose in the growing disunited chaos, their nations will benefit. The world isn’t falling apart – it’s being pushed apart. The countries and businesses prepared for this new every-country-for-itself ethic are those that will prevail; those shackled to the status quo will find themselves lost in the new world disorder.

Smart, interesting, and essential reading, Disunited Nations is a sure-to-be-controversial guidebook that analyzes the emerging shifts and resulting problems that will arise in the next two decades. We are entering a period of chaos, and no political or corporate leader can ignore Zeihan’s insights or his message if they want to survive and thrive in this uncertain new time.

The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America 1/1/17

Amazon Description

The sophomore book of New York Times Bestselling Author of The End of the World is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization.
The world is changing in ways most of us find incomprehensible. Terrorism spills out of the Middle East into Europe. Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, and Japan vie to see who can be most aggressive. Financial breakdown in Asia and Europe guts growth, challenging hard-won political stability.

Yet, for the Americans, these changes are fantastic. Alone among the world’s powers, only the United States is geographically wealthy, demographically robust, and energy secure. That last piece – American energy security – is rapidly emerging as the most critical piece of the global picture.

The American shale revolution does more than sever the largest of the remaining ties that bind America’s fate to the wider world. It re-industrializes the United States, accelerates the global Order’s breakdown, and triggers a series of wide ranging military conflicts that will shape the next two decades. The common theme? Just as the global economy tips into chaos, just as global energy becomes dangerous, just as the world really needs the Americans to be engaged, the United States will be…absent.

In 2014’s The Accidental Superpower, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan made the case that geographic, demographic, and energy trends were unravelling the global system. Zeihan takes the story a step further in The Absent Superpower, mapping out Russian aggression in Europe – starting with an invasion of Ukraine – and a world where an increasingly energy independent United States avoids the pitfalls of Europe and Asia’s dependence on imported oil.

Zeihan is also the author of the following books:

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder 11/4/14

Amazon Description

An eye-opening assessment of American power and deglobalization in the bestselling tradition of The World is Flat and The Next 100 Years.

Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a global arrangement enforced by the U.S. Navy. With all the world’s oceans safe for the first time in history, markets and resources were made available for everyone. Enemies became partners.

We think of this system as normal — it is not. We live in an artificial world on borrowed time.
In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how the hard rules of geography are eroding the American commitment to free trade; how much of the planet is aging into a mass retirement that will enervate markets and capital supplies; and how, against all odds, it is the ever-ravenous American economy that — alone among the developed nations — is rapidly approaching energy independence. Combined, these factors are doing nothing less than overturning the global system and ushering in a new (dis)order.

For most, that is a disaster-in-waiting, but not for the Americans. The shale revolution allows Americans to sidestep an increasingly dangerous energy market. Only the United States boasts a youth population large enough to escape the sucking maw of global aging. Most important, geography will matter more than ever in a de-globalizing world, and America’s geography is simply sublime.

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Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post

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