Facing change (peak oil)

THE PARADIGM IS THE ENEMY: The State of the Peak Oil Movement at the Cusp of Collapse

Michael Ruppert possesses one of the more encyclopedic knowledge’s of what’s going on in the world politically economically and strategically regarding oil, and this speech from yesterday is well worth a read for his take on where we are and where we’re going.

In it he links to Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century, a fascinating article by a Russian guy about what we can learn from having watched the USSR’s collapse.

In that article he diagnoses denial of the basic situation as a significant component of the problem, ending with:

But these are all details; the point I really want to make is that proposing resource wars, even as a worst-case scenario, is still a form of denial. The implicit assumption is this: if all else fails, we will go to war; we will win; the oil will flow again, and we will be back to business as usual in no time. Again, I would suggest against waiting around for the success of a global police action to redirect the lion’s share of the dwindling world oil supplies toward the United States.

This is a point I’ve been making repeatedly: the real stopping block is in our heads – call it denial if you want – stuck in habits of thought and action. These need to change before our actions change – at least, in order to avoid circumstance forcing a much less desirable change upon us.

We are facing change. Change means change. Change means thinking about things continuing on as they are is stupid and limited.

What tends to collapse rather suddenly is the economy. Economies, too, are known to collapse, and do so with far greater regularity than civilizations. An economy does not collapse into a black hole from which no light can escape. Instead, something else happens: society begins to spontaneously reconfigure itself, establish new relationships, and evolve new rules, in order to find a point of equilibrium at a lower rate of resource expenditure.

He goes on to note this process tends to kill a lot of people, who lack any useful survival skills. (Incidentally, the latest song Idle Faction has written is called Survival Skills. This stuff’s on my mind.)

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