Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism

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Energy Depletion & the US Descent into Fascism
by
Dale Allen Pfeiffer
Please distribute this article as widely as possible.
Contents
1. First Warnings
2. The Intervening Years
3. Documentaries of Note
4. The Withdrawal of Consent
5. Grassroots Rebellion
6. Further Reading & Viewing
First Warnings
15/10/06 www.mountainsentinel.com In October of 2001, a little over a month after 9/11, I wrote an article titled The Background is Oil. The hypothesis laid out in this article was that the 2000 US presidential election resulted in a coup of neocons and oil interests who had taken control of the US in order to prepare for the coming peak and decline of world oil production. Furthermore, this coup engineered the 9/11 terrorist attacks to further their own interests.
Before 9/11, the coup was hampered by lack of support from both the public and Congress. The tragedies of September 11th washed all resistance away in a flood of rabid patriotism. As a result, the coup was able to hijack the US political process. Over the coming years, starting with the patriot act, the coup has been able to strip us of our constitutional rights, in preparation for the civil unrest which will come from the peak and decline of oil production and the resulting economic collapse.

The day after 9/11, the junta announced that the US would undertake a "War against Terror;" that is, a war without end, directed against whomever the junta should label as an enemy state. The war was actually a cover for the consolidation of military empire and a worldwide grab for control of energy production. Never mind that terrorism can never be ended through warfare, but only exacerbated (see Restating the Obvious).

After writing the article The Background is Oil, I shopped it around very eagerly. This message needed be heard by as many as possible. There were many people, both within the US and around the world, who did not believe the official story of 9/11 and the "War on Terror," but without this knowledge of the peak oil motive, it was very difficult to understand why the junta was proceeding with such a Machiavellian scheme, nor why the power brokers behind the junta would condone this madness.

For the next month, I sent this essay out to every alternative news service and periodical I could think of. None of them would touch it. I had just about given up on having the article published. As a final option, I would put the article out on the web myself, through email groups and my own website. As a last chance, I tried sending the article to From the Wilderness, a newsletter that I knew little about but which seemed to be putting out information about 9/11 that no one else would touch.

Whatever my subsequent thoughts and feelings about From the Wilderness, I owe Mike Ruppert a debt of thanks for publishing this article, and all of the material that followed it. Within the next few months, The Background is Oil traveled all over the web and was translated into many different languages.
In January of 2002, I followed up on this article with another entitled What Next for the Oil Coup? In this article, I proposed that if the US had suffered an oil coup that was using 9/11 to make a global energy grab, then we should be able to make some predictions based on this hypothesis. Looking at the top oil producing countries, I stated that the most likely targets of an oil coup would be Iraq, Iran, and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia would also be important, but its ties to the US could be shored up by the occupation of Iraq and the military bases established in the surrounding area. I also threw in a few other countries devoid of energy resources, but which the US considered to be enemy states — countries such as North Korea and Cuba. Within a week of the publication of this article in From the Wilderness, Bush gave his infamous "axis of evil" address. And in the years since, the countries listed in this article have been the almost exclusive focus of the "War on Terror."


The Intervening Years

Over the years since I first wrote about the oil coup, the Bush junta has fulfilled all of my worst expectations. The junta has invaded Iraq, though it is now clear that Iraq represented absolutely no terrorist threat to the US. US military bases now surround the Middle East and the Caspian region. And now the junta is very eager to invade Iran. Only in their attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan Presidente Hugo Chavez has the US junta been thwarted. And it is hoped that Presidente Chavez can continue to outmaneuver the junta.

The junta has also managed to mothball the Geneva Convention and the US Constitution. The US now has an official policy of sanctioning torture, concentration camps, and limitless detention without filing formal charges. The junta has instituted a policy of pre-emptive strike known as the "Bush Doctrine." The US can now attack any country that it perceives to be a threat, without provocation.

At home, the junta can conduct domestic spying without court approval. It can label US citizens as terrorists and then imprison them without charge. If you think this only applies to naturalized citizens, think again. In the last few years, the junta has made it very clear that it views environmental activists as terrorists. Environmental activists are now languishing in prison (and in some cases, even dying there) for destruction of property, while right wing militants are allowed to continue plotting murder. (See Sourcecode: Eco Dissent/Not Terrorism.) And the junta has announced that anti-war activists and others who vocally dissent will be monitored for possible terrorist activities.
The Bush junta has wracked up more high crimes than any previous administration. Yet Congress has granted them full immunity. Any attempt to impeach Bush and Cheney for lying about the reasons for invading Iraq is dead in the water. And the junta is now pursuing the very same tactics with regard to Iran.

In preparation for the economic havoc that will follow the decline of energy production, the junta has made sure that bankruptcy proceedings will not excuse the general public from their consumer debt. The stage is set for the working class within the US to become indentured servants (see Peak Oil & the Working Class). Yet, very few are aware of what is in store for them, and most would not believe if it were mentioned to them.

Internment camps have been prepared within the US, capable of housing many thousands of dissenters. And plans are now being formed to beef up border security, including building and maintaining fences along the southern border. The entire US is being transformed into a prison. Repressive immigration legislation is being pursued by Congress, supposedly on behalf of the US working class. Yet a "War on Immigrants" will be no more successful at halting illegal immigration than the "War on Terror" will stop terrorism. The premises of both wars are false, and the junta knows this. The "War on Immigrants" is ultimately about repressing the working class, both internationally and within the US (see Energy Depletion and Immigration).


Documentaries of Note

The perspective presented several years ago in The Background is Oil has become the thesis for a new documentary, Oil, Smoke and Mirrors, which can be viewed freely online courtesy of Google videos, or which can be purchased on DVD directly from the producers (http://www.oilsmokeandmirrors.com/). I heartily recommend this documentary; it should be watched by every citizen of the US. There is little time left to prevent our descent into fascism, and far too many people are not even aware of it.

For those who require more convincing that 9/11 was an inside job, I recommend 9/11; Press for Truth. In this documentary, the 9/11 Family Steering Committee tell their own story, using Paul Thompson’s 9/11 timeline to make it very clear that we have been lied to about the tragedy of September 11th. This documentary is only available for purchase as a DVD, but it is well worth $15.

Finally, the story of the attempted Venezuelan coup is told in The Revolution will not be Televised. This documentary can also be found on Google videos. Most US citizens do not even know that the US supported the attempted overthrow of duly elected Venezuelan Presidente Chavez. In the US, Chavez is portrayed as a madman, a terrorist, and a dictator. This documentary makes very clear that he is none of these things. Presidente Chavez, in fact, has a much better record than George W. Bush for supporting democracy and free speech.
Upon viewing this documentary, it becomes very clear that the reason the coup failed was because of the people. The people rose up against the coup, and it was their uprising which encouraged loyalists within the military to stage a counter-coup. Without a doubt, Chavez is an excellent tactician. But he is also sincerely a man of the people. And without popular support, his government would have succumbed long ago to US intervention.


The Withdrawal of Consent

The Venezuela documentary also explains that what is lacking in the US is an informed and active public. The oil junta has succeeded because the US public remains uninformed and indifferent, locked into a state of denial that is almost psychotic in its disconnection from reality. If the US public would rise up, the game would be over.

Certainly, the majority of US citizens are dissatisfied with Bush, but they are not truly aware of how close we have come to fascism. Those who are now waking up still place their faith in the electoral system. By the time they realize that democracy is dead in the US, it may very well be too late for them to rise up. The system does not serve us. It is high time that we took our founding fathers’ advice and rebelled against this corrupt system and the plutocracy that controls this country.

It is quite likely that the Republicans will retain control of Congress in an election rife with irregularities. However, even if the Democrats manage to take control of Congress, we can expect no changes from them. Both parties are owned by the power brokers behind the oil junta. Whoever is in power, the US will continue its slide toward fascism and totalitarianism.

We do have a chance yet. It will take a few more years before the junta has completely transformed our society. We have to act now.

The age of consumer capitalism is at an end. It will most likely dissolve into some form of debt servitude or corporate feudalism. Yet, even this will be a dying system in the face of energy depletion, global warming and many other problems resulting from over a century of conspicuous consumption. If we continue to support this system, then the blood is on our hands.

We can, instead, turn to a system based on relocalization, democratic decentralization, community and quality of life. But we will have to break free of the plutocracy to do so. They would never tolerate any change that might strip them of even a portion of their power. They would rather live in a dying police state where they remain at the top. We cannot continue to go along with the plutocracy. Whether we are indifferent, uninformed or in denial, the blood will be on our hands. Our only option is to withdraw our support from this system and actively seek to replace it.

In a past article (Peak Oil and the Working Class), I suggested that what was needed was a new working class movement. The working class, within the US and elsewhere, had to stop serving their masters. A true general strike would take back all power from the plutocracy and stop the junta dead in their tracks.
When I wrote that article, I was attacked on several fronts. Mike Ruppert and Jamey Hecht contended that because of outsourcing, the working class in the US could no longer carry off an effective general strike. They said that nobody would be bothered by a strike of hairdressers and salespeople. I still insist that a real general strike, encompassing the entire working class — blue and white collar, truckers and salespeople, farm workers and engineers — would shut down the system. It was because of this disagreement that I left From the Wilderness to put out the article on my own.

In that article, I suggested that the IWW might be the ideal union to organize such a movement. I was then very surprised to be attacked from within the IWW. Perhaps some members of the IWW are too misinformed to see what is happening, or perhaps they are blinded by denial. If the IWW does not want to foster a true worker’s movement then it can no longer call itself a revolutionary union. In that case, it is little more than a worker controlled business union. Due to my great admiration of the IWW, such a failure saddens me.


Grassroots Rebellion

It is up to you and me to defeat the junta and the plutocracy. We must act, and we must act quickly. Failing, we will be lucky if we only fall into debt servitude. If the coup succeeds, then it is quite possible that many of us, myself included, will simply disappear.

The government and the media are both against us. And they are intent on reigning in the internet just as soon as possible. We have a very brief window of opportunity remaining — a few years at most. It is time to do what we can.
I urge you to read all the materials listed at the end of this article, and view the documentaries I have mentioned. Then I urge you to pass this article along to everyone you know.

This system is suicidal, nor can it be reformed from within the system. It is time to withdraw our consent. The bookstore at our website (www.mountainsentinel.com/store.php) offers a number of books that will help you to do this. I apologize that the bookstore is an Amazon affiliate, but many of these books are hard to come by otherwise.

Personal withdrawal from the system is a start, but it is not enough. We must organize and work toward a complete general strike. Only if the entire working class refuses to serve can we take back our own power and return this world to sanity.

So far as sabotage is concerned, right now it is probably too early for major acts of sabotage. At present, the government and the media would likely spin such acts against us. Only when we have gained the understanding and support of the public can we successfully engage in sabotage. Yet, it is the duty of the sane and conscientious person to do whatever he or she can — short of harming other people — to stop a system bent on the destruction of the planet and the increase of injustice and human suffering.

And, after all, sabotage will never be as effective as a successful general strike. We must take back our power and stop the madness. Anything less is suicide.


Further Reading & Viewing

The Background is Oil

This was the first published article stating the thesis that the US 2000 electoral coup and 9/11 were both about energy depletion. The arguments contained in this article are as valid today as they were in 2001.

What Next
This article helps explain what the "War on Terror" holds in store for us.

Eating Fossil Fuels
This article helps to explain just how important energy depletion will be to all of us. It has been expanded into a book from New Society Publishers. The book also contains many resources for those seeking solutions to this problem (CSA’s, farmers markets, food banks, community agriculture organizations, etc.) The book is available in bookstores or directly from the publisher, New Society Publishers.

Imminent Peril, Part 1
Imminent Peril, Part 2
This 2-part article explains just how drastic our situation is on this planet.
The Collapse of Complex Systems
Presentation to the New York Local Solutions Conference, April 2006
These articles explain why there are no technofixes for energy depletion. And they explain that, at best, technofixes would only buy us a little time and likely make the situation worse in the long run.
Peak Oil and the Working Class
What is ahead for the working class, and what can we do about it?
Energy Depletion and Immigration
Why closing the borders would not work and would ultimately hurt US workers.
Restating the Obvious
Why the War on Terror will only lead to more terrorism.
Oil, Smoke and Mirrors
An excellent documentary expanding the thesis of The Background is Oil. This documentary should be viewed by everyone.
9/11; Press for Truth
You owe it to the victims of 9/11 to watch this video. And, as we are all victims of 9/11, you owe it to yourself
The Revolution will not be Televised
Riveting. Watch this if for no other reason than to see an example of the sort of informed and active public which is the best insurance of continuing democracy.
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33 comments:

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Yes, well worth reposting.

A comment I sent last night seems to have been lost in cyberspace ("stuff happens," as Rummy says), so I'll rewrite it here.

This week a daily radio program of commentary and news is interviewing people in the Japanese aviation industry such as airline executives and government aviation regulators. I would expect more talk about the high cost of fuel, but instead, to all indications Japanese airlines are poised for what they are calling the "aviation big bang," meaning a huge and sudden increase in air traffic. I kid you not. Airports are lengthening runways and building more. Narita International Airport expects a 1.5- to 2-fold increase in traffic, and Tokyo's Haneda expects a 4-fold increase! This certainly contrasts with the situation in the US and Britain, which have already taken steps toward demand destruction.

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James has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

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FTW admin said...

Edward has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

I don't see a general strike ever happening. The U.S. population just isn't that kind of people. Not any more. TV, cars, & fast food have made them lazy, physically and mentally. Plus the ruling class has shown in the past during coal miner strikes just how they'll deal with such activity - with brutal repression. I hope and pray the petro-collapse doesn't come in my lifetime. I admire the self-sustainers on here. But I'm almost 50. It's too late for me to learn sustainability. And have you considered the Dark Side of sustainability? [Edward raises the question of what you'll do] when a hungry intruder comes along? My guess is there will be plenty of them.

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FTW admin said:

pandabonium, i was so out of it in my last response to your comment i'm just erasing the whole thing and reproducing your original comment:


Pandabonium has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

I've been following the descent into fascism for a couple of decades at least. A good article that dovetails with it is Stan Goff's Insurgent Handbook - Part I.

The American people - US, Canada - are not going to wake up after one more abuse and take back their country. We've had abuse after abuse, stolen elections topped with repealed constitutional guarantees, and nothing phases "the people". I left two years ago, which was later than I really wanted to.

Stay or leave, Stan's article is a must read; a road map for the political future - if there is to be one.

4:07 AM

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Pandabonium has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Edward,

I'm 56 and this "old" bear hasn't given up on learning new tricks. I also don't think it necessary for everyone to learn all the same tricks, just some, and to find a place to fit into the local ecconomy - wherever that might be.

Yes, it would be impossible to go it alone for more that a short period of time, not only because of the "hungry intruder", but because any such venture requires an interdendent society in order to go forward. You would also be giving up important cultural aspects of life.

The key is community. Entire towns, counties, or in my case islands, with a previously existing, functioning community.

It is already happening. And it doesn't even require that everyone holds the same views, just that enough people agree on a similar path to lead the community in that direction.

Check out http://www.globalpublicmedia.com which has many reports and audio interviews with people doing exactly these things. The "Peak Moment" TV clips are great.

Don't dispair my friend. You've not even lived half your adult life yet!

The sooner you start down a new path, the less difficult it will be.

Publish this comment.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Edward: Pandabonium has said it well. I too am older than you, but I'm working with some of my neighbors to build a mutually supportive community, learning organic gardening, and getting things now -- like a high-efficiency wood stove -- that won't be available after the crash. Yes, the hungry intruders will come. You can't deal with them on your own, but you can as a community working together. And the more people we awaken before the crash, the fewer hungry intruders there will be.

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casecore has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

blah blah blog....
The internet is over as we know it. I am suprised the net lasted this long. The puppet masters will demand heavy tolls and censorship ...eventually grid collapse...to the powers that be... we are all illegal immigrants....they deem us all enemy combatants....we use too many resources.. and have lost our usefulness...

[...]...your "other arrangements" can do nothing...positive laser light force energy sent to these dark illumins may burn their nwo blueprint...meanwhile the hair trigger is set to go off at any moment...have a good day!

FTW admin said...

ah yes, rice farmer, thanks for pointing out the eyebrow-raising metaphor.

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

"Water scarcity seen dampening case for biofuel"
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=9CAFD121BA982E6DE30FFDF5ADA9CE2E

Despite the questionable nature of this metaphor, more bad news for biofuels.

FTW admin said...

Leigh McKeirnan has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

This is completely off the subject. Not that Michael would ever indulge in any social time for himself, but I just wondered if the South Americans ever have any time to dance-you know do all these great dances letting theri hari down that we see on tv???

FTW admin said...

Leigh McKeirnan has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Is Stan going to leave or is he going to find hsi own sustainable cirlcel here? What about Carolyn?

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Putin Ducks EU Demands on Energy Charter
http://www.forbes.com/technology/feeds/ap/2006/10/20/ap3109096.html

"Russian President Vladimir Putin... dodged EU leaders' demands Friday that he commit to a legally binding energy charter that would guarantee better access to Russia's oil and gas fields."

Note also the article about Sakhalin II posted on FTW today.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

"A troubling Middle East era dawns"
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/cf5c43d0-5d3a-11db-9d15-0000779e2340.html

CFR's Richard Haass says the American era in the Middle East is over.

"GCC 'to keep dollar peg after forex union'"
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=159175&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=29213

Common Gulf currency, dollars, and gold

"Casting off from the dollar"
http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/06/09/23/10069454.html

"Russia diversification talk hurts dollar, boosts yen"
http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/Story.aspx?dist=newsfinder&siteid=google&guid=%7B5ED60E5B-920E-4D11-A5A2-AA5995D7EE25%7D

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Uranium's poised for more powerful gains
http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Story/9jDmjvrSQmxLJ0wVp3Sd1d4?siteid=google&dist=TNMostRead

"Uranium has been one of the best-performing commodities in this bull market... Spot prices are trading at around $56 a pound, an eight-fold increase from as low as $7 back in 2000."

Remember when they told us that nuclear power would be "too cheap to meter"?

FTW admin said...

Raviolissimo has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

does this mean Dale is back as a paid staff member ? i sure would like that.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Costello seeks orderly $US withdrawal
http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/costello-seeks-orderly-us-withdrawal/2006/10/17/1160850931319.html#

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

CNPC may buy natural gas from Japan consortium in Sakhalin I project

http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/business/news/20061021p2g00m0bu025000c.html

This article says, "CNPC, China's largest oil concern, is believed to have signed similar memoranda with other participants in the Sakhalin I project, including U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp." However, a story in the financial section of this morning's paper claims that Exxon Mobil has already exchanged a memorandum with China, and says that this raises grave concerns about Japan's natural gas supply.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

This is certainly a fine article. Pfeiffer really sticks his neck out by openly advocating a general strike and even discussing the effectiveness of sabotage (known by some as "monkeywrenching"). Although I agree that a general strike as he describes it would bring down the system and take the wind out of the elites' sails, I just don't see it happening. Americans will be kept pacified with consuming and entertainment until the very end, all the while believing in "American exceptionalism": fascism and totalitarianism only happen in other countries. All the more reason for us to be building communities.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

How your supermarket flowers empty Kenya's rivers
http://www.guardian.co.uk/kenya/story/0,,1928004,00.html

For some people in the world, peak oil is going to be a good thing because it is cheap oil that makes this kind of long-distance exploitation (i.e., "globalization") possible.

FTW admin said...

Ferny454 has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Has everyone heard about the 98,000 acre ranch Bush bought in Paraquay...not far from the 1 Million plus acre ranch Rev. Moon bought???. Not far from oil and sitting on one of the biggest aquifers in the world. Also ..US Military have been moved to a nearby airbase and the Paraguay Gov. has exempted the military from crimes.

This is truly sick. This country better wake up. The rats are going to leave the ship they sunk!!!!

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Cities of the Future Won't Look Like Ours
By James Howard Kunstler

http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/43084/

FTW admin said...

Leigh McKeirnan has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Rice FArmer I have found your articles very interesting and passed them around some. I know you told us before but I don't want to search through everything-where did you end up removing yourself too or what action did you take for yourself again? Thanks

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Shorebreak has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Ferny454 Said:

Has everyone heard about the 98,000 acre ranch Bush bought in Paraquay...not far from the 1 Million plus acre ranch Rev. Moon bought???. Not far from oil and sitting on one of the biggest aquifers in the world. Also ..US Military have been moved to a nearby airbase and the Paraguay Gov. has exempted the military from crimes.

This is truly sick. This country better wake up. The rats are going to leave the ship they sunk!!!!

Ferny,

I've been following this. There's still speculation as to whether this was GWB or GHWB, or even an organization that the latter may belong to.

Also interesting is that around the same time that the info came out about the poperty, Jenna Bush had begun working in Paraguay for the UN as a member of UNICEF.

Add that to the heavy involvement of Mr. Moon, to their purchase of fertile soil that's lying fallow, in addition to the location being one of the worlds largest aquifers, and the globalists have the perfect recipe to initiate one of their favorite Hegelian strategies.

It's the same old con game that gets published in the western press to convince the gullible that the world is coming apart and we need a single global community to help - preferably socialism or communism - with the look of capitalism because the big corporations get all of the contracts.

"There's not enough food! Everyone feel bad!"
"There's not enough water! Everyone send their money!"
"The land is unsustainable! We need UN population control!"
"The people are suffering! Send foreign aid and troops!"
"The social and economic order is failing! We need to regionalize government and finances!"

It's been going on in Africa for years. Population control, propaganda, military domination, and using the citizens of the world as pawns in the game of global domination.

Control of resources is key and the likes of Moon, his imperialistic partners (like Bush, Soros, etc), and his fake Unitarian movement are the tools that they use to set up the scenario. First they create the lie, then they show everyone the resulting suffering to present it as truth.

The situation in Paraguay is a small window into how the forces behind the UN manipulate, control, and murder entire populations as a means to convincing the naive populations that we need UN involvement, international cooperation, and a New World Order.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Japan grants yen loan to Iraq for Basra refinery
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/23/business/yenloan.php

Another item in this morning's paper stated that Japan now perceives there is no hope of getting any gas from Sakhalin-1 because it will all go to China.

BTW, on the Bush land deal, Wayne Madsen reports that "The land sits atop huge natural gas reserves, according to sources in Asuncion."

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Leigh -- I am in the Japanese countryside, a rather isolated location where we have to fence in our farmland to protect it from the wildlife. I grow rice and veggies organically, and am self-sufficient in rice. I'm working with the people around me to build a mutually supportive community. Hope this answers your question.

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Leigh McKeirnan has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

Thank you rice farmer.
I am a bit depressed tonight. I have sent most of this article, not all of it, around and other articles sent by Carolyn Baker and other sites and no one believes it. I am finally tired of trying and isolating everyone. I guess I just have to protect and prepare myself and hope my family is able to come when the time comes. Only a few friends are believers-the rest tolerate me....not any of my family believes it....a strike isn't going to work as most people don't believe-it's just like someone said-no one believes their comfort zone is going to disappear. No youth believe all they have come to expect of the future is going to change or not be possible.

FTW admin said...

Rice Farmer has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

"Putin gets mugged in Finland"
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_1348.shtml

More on the international grab for Russia's energy resources.

FTW admin said...

Leigh McKeirnan has left a new comment on your post "Energy Depletion and the U.S. Descent into Fascism":

When I sent this particular article around I didn't copy the part about the strike or sabotage. People don't even believe the FBI or CIA sayig they warned Bush etc although that did help. I do think it helps to alert people as some start thinking about it and the internet has reached many. Still most of the public is unaware of what is really going on. A strike would be useless unless the bulk of the population was aware. As for sabotage, you might be arrested for even suggesting it. I personally don't believe in it as it is self defeating. When we were logged out of the value of our homes by illegal logging companies bankrolled by [.......] (Alan Miller said he aluded to mafia in his articles with [....] and the government), we were considered the radicals for complaining about losing our homes. They had been so thorough in associating anyone against them as saboteurs. They had been able to do this because of the timber sabateurs so I think that line of thinking is actually detrimental to any cause. What's the use doing something illegal where you end up in jail while they run around making you the scapegoat for their illegal activities. Two wrongs don't make a right. Also it is detrimental to the site because anyone we can convince to look at the site and the excellent explanation you offered on the blog, will immediately "turn off" upon reading your suggestion to "sabotage". It makes us radicals instead fo reasonable people. Just my opinion from my experience.

FTW admin said...

in response to your query, geop1, i believe an explanation will be forthcoming shortly. v sorry for the inconvenience.

The Cultural Economist said...

Introduction
If the economy is good, unemployment is down, inflation under control, and the stock market is up, then why are Americans so worried?
It’s the election – stupid!
Both political parties are slinging the mud as fast as they can. Caustic lies and nasty matter pollute the air. But while our politicians are preoccupied with smut, many of America’s potential challenges are not even on the election issue radar. Some subjects are avoided because any mention of them would be condemned as politically incorrect. Some of America’s challenges are evaded because meaningful debate would be politically inexpedient. And some are left out of the election deliberations because few politicians understand the subject.
Voters feel helpless. Threatened. Uneasy. Once again America is going through an election cycle without adequately addressing the challenges that lie ahead. Republicans are flustered. Democrats are angry. For both parties, rhetoric is more important than substance.
Does that shake voter confidence?

In many respects, this is a very strange election cycle. The next six years could be apocalyptic. Although most Americans can not verbalize the challenges that lie ahead, they definitely know something is wrong. What are the ghosts of the 2006 election cycle?

Winning Means Losing
The downside penalty of winning in 2006 and 2008 is far greater than any upside reward. For the winner there will be continuing frustration and anger. No matter who wins, America will have to deal with a deteriorating situation in the Middle East, well-funded and determined terrorist activity, incessant civil war in multiple nations, an embarrassingly ineffective and corrupt United Nations, a nasty collection of anti-American dictators, China’s ascendancy as a self-centered political and economic power, Russia’s growing political influence over Western Europe, terrorist attacks in England, anarchy in France, and a destabilized European Union. If Democrats force a cut and run policy on Iraq, then we can expect increased political turbulence throughout the Middle East. Iran unites the Shia population against its enemies, forms anti-western, anti-Jewish, anti-American alliances with multiple nations, and launches an army of terrorists. Iraq splits into three hostile states. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria become armed Islamist camps. Jihadists may use the Bomb. Russia and China have already concluded it is in their selfish-best-interest to align themselves with the Islamists. The Middle East becomes an unstable collection of theocracies and at some point, they shut down oil shipments to their enemies.
Why the hell do you want to be President? Or in Congress?
Winning in 2006 and 2008 will not bring lasting satisfaction. Congressional stalemate will prevail. The majority party in Congress will not have a sufficient margin to control the legislative agenda. No President will have sufficient political capital to make any difference in Washington’s bitterly divisive quagmire. All the Congressional failures of the last 25 years will come home to roost. The promise of democracy has been debased by ceaseless bickering. Legislative confrontation has replaced meaningful compromise. Stalemate prevails over common sense.
The party in power, even if it is only perceived to be the party in power, will have to take all of the blame. It will be all your fault. You made this mess. Rising anti-American sentiment endangers Americans all over the globe. Unlimited immigration leads to social chaos. Terrorist attacks erupt in the United States. Oil shortages trash the economy. Debt markets collapse. There is a dollar devaluation crisis. Add Social Security shortfalls, Medicare bankruptcy, high rates of unemployment, runaway inflation, declining GDP, oil shortages, and a severe economic recession to this potpourri of cultural chaos and things will get very nasty. Forget truth. The party in power will be decimated for its lies and incompetence.
The press will have a field day.
Should Americans worry?

Conclusion
Perhaps we will sail into 2012 on the wings of angels. Six beautiful, prosperous, uneventful years. But I doubt it. This guy in Iran is unlikely to wait 6 years to make his mark on history. Ditto for the other assorted dictators, terrorists and crooks that make up the new world order. Perhaps our financial quandary can be swept under the rug. Maybe our capital structure can be held together with the glue of good fortune. Maybe the oil will flow in copious quantities.
But will our luck hold for 6 years?
Revenue and profit growth, along with cash flow, market position, and management credibility used to provide the basic building blocks of investment decisions. These days, investors also need to keep a watchful eye on world events, cultural change, and economic potholes. As the above text suggests, the list of possible problems is both long and growing.
In this election, voters are confronted by a wall of worry. The largest stone in this wall, however, is the future of America’s political system. Has our self-confidence been shaken by recent events?


We are at a crossroad.
We can no longer pretend our problems do not exist.
Bad things can no longer be blamed on someone else.
Politically correct beliefs and ideological mantra only serve to obscure the challenges we face. Our nation can not continue to ignore the challenges that lie ahead.

Which of the following scenarios do you believe is more likely to happen?
• Scenario One: America has produced an innovative culture. It’s in our blood. We will figure out a way to solve our problems. Democrat and Republican leaders realize it is in their selfish-best-interest to take action. They come together. The system works.

• Scenario Two: Both parties propose weak candidates in 2008. The legislative process remains gridlocked in acerbic confrontation. America fails to deal with its challenges. Ineffectual leadership leads to political, economic and social disaster. By 2012, Americans are ready to listen to the words of a powerful orator. Voters dump the party in power.

Wall Street, it has been said, likes gridlock in Washington. That’s dumb. Bad management eventually leads to failure.
Followed by cataclysmic change.

Ronald R. Cooke
The Cultural Economist

Robert Persson said...

Forgive me if someone else has made this connection already:

In preparation for the economic havoc that will follow the decline of energy production, the junta has made sure that bankruptcy proceedings will not excuse the general public from their consumer debt. The stage is set for the working class within the US to become indentured servants

In The Dollar's Full-System Meltdown, published a couple of days ago at aljazeerah.info, Mike Whitney argues that the gross fiscal mismanagement of the US economy has been entirely deliberate, including the absurdly low interest rates that have fuelled the housing bubble. Would it be going too far to suggest that the housing bubble could have been deliberately stimulated in order to ensnare vast numbers of (former) home owners in debt slavery?

Shorebreak said...

robert persson,

I think your analysis is right on target. I recently unloaded all of my real estate debt and prior to that had lived credit free for several years. I've sensed the same scenario you've briefly outlined and decided that from a risk based approach, my best bet is to stay out of any debt market until the full impact of our US economic situation has been felt and is understood.

That was a tough decision after moving from an area with exhorbinant real estate prices to an area with relatively inexpensive real estate combined with extremely low interest rates. When you leave an average house and find yourself staring at McMansions that cost less money, it's not easy to stick to your guns, but in the long term I hope it pays off.

The way I see it, my only risk now is a lack of property investment in the event that we don't experience an economic collapse. If we do, although I'll be struggling to meet the needs of my family I won't be beholden to anyone for any financial obligation. I even own my vehicles outright.

If economic hardship comes my way, nobody will be knocking on my door demanding payment "or else". I may face other serious issues, but debt won't be one of them.