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Reveries of Collapse

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Lady Gaga’s meat suit

Energy deflation and dollar preference are large forces beyond the control of politicians, generals or central bankers. They are driving countries and events toward involuntary conservation. America’s new president is the product of economic failure; the inability of the economists to make correct analysis, a long grinding recession disguised as recovery; media falsehoods and the unwillingness of Americans and others to face reality, government policy failures and the headwinds of resource depletion. Trump and his cretinous gang of thieves represents the last gasp of a defunct industrial system that is sinking under the weight of its own costs.

Keep in mind, oil producing states like the US tend to be autocratic. The US, Canada, Mexico and others are on their way to becoming single-party police states like Saudi Arabia or Iran. Because of autocrats promise of access to energy, they gain ascendancy with their populations’ eager consent. What is at stake for Americans and the West is democracy itself: a choice between the right to have a say in our own affairs versus the false-promises of energy-driven ‘prosperity’ offered by autocrats … the choice between the (vague) promise of convenience or having a functioning republic.

King Trump the Irrelevant

I think these two paragraphs sum up our reality nicely.  They capture what is true about our situation.  I’m in agreement with everything quoted above.

I’ve long said that the power of money is nothing more than the power of the energy we have at our disposal.  They can create as many digibits as they want to create, and with no consequence since digibits are digital and not really subject to any physical laws.  The banking insolvency is really just a ruse.  Like politics, like arguing about who would be the better president, like watching football, it’s just something to talk about that applies to our reality only in a fictional way.  Our talking about it gives it it’s strength and relevance.  The great reality behind it is the primary economy of energy and other natural resources.  However, those natural resources cannot support a global economy without the energy to make use of them.  Trees, food produced by the monolith of industrial agriculture,  our collapsing fisheries, fresh water, minerals, ores, all of those things require energy to harvest them, and then to fashion them into consumer items.  Money is simply the means by which we are able to claim our portion of that energy.  The more money you have, the more energy you can lay claim to by way of goods and services.

In the face of a finite world it’s really all just an illusion of cohesion.  The great reset should have happened in 2008, but it did not happen.  Instead, the failing energy sector was propped up by the creation of more digibits.  It’s not the banks that were too big to fail but our way of life.  If they had not exercised the ability to create digibits ad infinitum, and to put those digibits in service of bringing energy to market, than we would have been forced to engage with the reality of our diminishing resources.  The trillions of digibits that have been created by the Federal Reserve and the Federal Goobermint have amounted to nothing more than the largest financial subsidy in the history of the world.  Just like our industrial agriculture is made possible only by it’s subsidization, our energy is now only made possible by subsidy.  It’s not a direct subsidy though.  It’s a subsidy of money creation loaned into existence for free.  The 3.8 billion dollar DAPL pipeline had to be financed by this money that the banks create by turning the digibit knob.  It could have just as easily been 3.8 trillion dollars, and had it been that price the banks would have created that money and loaned it into existence.  The truth is that without that energy our civilization will become transparent, and we will all be forced to wake up and see the house of cards that we have built.

The simple truth is that everything we do is only made possible by fossil energy.  Our food, transportation, electricity, buildings, cultural methods of inhabiting our world, clothing, medicine, everything all hinges on the energy being present to create them in the first place.  It’s not that we can’t create those things using the power of our own bodies and that of our beasts of burden.  It’s that we no longer have a human scaled way of inhabiting our planet.  That is why robotics have become so important, and it’s why NAFTA had to happen.  NAFTA simply made slavery legal again for the first world, buy it was hidden in third world countries.  We took their resources, and the energy of their people, and exploited it to feed the 1st world empire.  We sold a lie that their people were joining ours by becoming “developed” countries, as if to have a culture made by hand, a culture that is actually a culture made of people and their skills and engagement with the natural world, was not a real culture.

Now we have what amounts to what I like to call a “global anti-culture.”  Now science has enabled us to live a culture free life where we are kept busy by free entertainment glistening on flat screens, the flat lands that are devoid of virtue.  Now robots are set to do all of the work that must be done to continue inhabiting our world the way that we inhabit it.  Every year more and more people must scrap by with mailbox money that must be meagerly portioned out to overcome the cultural atrophy that has descended down upon us all.  Our bodies are becoming nothing more than energy sinks without a purpose.  What jobs there are, that are not part of the service economy, are jobs where we sit and do what amounts to nothing.  Driving around, staring at computer screens in inefficient climate controlled box buildings made of glass, engaging with fictional digibits.  Our bodies are no longer required and so they atrophy along with our brains.

We are entering into the last act now.  This last act is symbolized by the election of Donald Trump to lead the first world “democracy” that we supposedly have.  How perfect is that?  This is a man of no substance beyond that of ego gratification.  A man who has done nothing of any real value, but a man that is filthy rich for it.  Trump is like a mirror of our national consciousness.  He is only reflecting back to us what we have become.  It doesn’t matter who the president of the United states is, because the system of business as usual has so much momentum that only it’s own weight has the power to destroy it .  The momentum is built up by what social critic, James Howard Kunstler, has aptly titled “the psychology of previous investment.”  It’s the way we inhabit our landscape that has become to big to fail.  But like the psychology that created it in the first place, it is fundamentally flawed and wrongheaded.  It is based on an infantile wanting with no regards to limits and consequences.  It is a hallucination that continues to exist because we give to it our energy.  We infuse it with our psyches and it is failing us.  It is failing to produce anything of any substance.  It has choked the very life out of our bodies and made us powerless and useless.

Now all that is left is for this pointless business as usual to slam into an immovable wall that is corporeal limitations.  Just like cancer cells that kill their host and thereby commit suicide.  Our way of life is failing, and like all civilizations that have come before us, it will collapse.  It has been collapsing during my entire life.  The cancer has become a global entity, and it has already metastasized and gone systemic, and all that is left is the awareness that we are dying.   I suppose the silver lining is that this has always been the case.  Just like individual beings who are born, mature, and then die, our civilizations are no different.  All civilizations overshoot their resource bases and end up in collapse.  This collapse won’t be on the nightly news (as if anybody under 60 years old even watches MSM now).  It won’t be televised any differently than it has been already.  It’s not something that will be talked about, but that in no way diminishes the reality of it.

Or maybe I’m just deluded and living in a fictional world made up of the laws of physics.  Time will reveal the truth of my words.

Epiphany Now

13 Comments on "Reveries of Collapse"

  1. penury on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 11:10 am 

    Maybe, could happen, might be happening as we read, or as usual collapse is slow but collapse like rust, never sleeps. The humans living thru the decay and rot that is society today will never notice the slow continuing rot of their way of life, however historians (if any survive) will note the decline and fall of the U.S. Empire as they did the Roman or British.

  2. Apneaman on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 12:40 pm 

    I always wanted to eat that meat dress of Lady Gaga……just saying

  3. Apneaman on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 12:50 pm 

    penury, if only there was some sort of evidence indicating the rot…….

    Thousands of U.S. Areas Afflicted with Lead Poisoning beyond Flint’s

    The Michigan city doesn’t even rank among the most dangerous lead hotspots in America

  4. paulo1 on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 1:00 pm 

    This writer is an idiot.

    Just how is Canada on the way to becoming a single party police state? We are a parliamentary democracy with 3 major parties and the Green (which is rising).

    Police State? You give them too much credit, unless we are talking keystone cops.

  5. rockman on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 2:19 pm 

    Paulo – Had the same thought. Confusing the dynamic of a single party with that of a two party system with the same single attitude towards energy and growth. Also: “involuntary conservation” is a shortage…not conservation. Conservation is not utilizing all the resource available so there’s something left for consumption down the road. We past that point with regards to energy…if we were ever really there.

    BTW despite an aversion to predictions I’ll offer one now: in just about every important metric the US energy industry will not fair as well under a President Trump as it has under a President Obama. At least during the next 4 years. The oil patch has prospered better during the last 8 under President Obama then during any comparable period in my 40+ year career. Which will emphasize how little impact any POTUS has over such matters.

  6. Joe D on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 3:46 pm 

    Excellent article!

  7. joe on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 4:08 pm 

    Man, trump is getting blamed and hes not even inaugurated. People got Trump because of everything that happened BEFORE Trump. Obama and Hillary are part of that too. Trump will be just part of the unfolding horror story which began in 2007 when sub-prime debt shit piles just got too big to fail. The system toppled in my view because when easy oil peaked in 2005 and caused inflation along with the debt, the Fed pulled the trigger on rates too hard and too fast (probably to stop oil driven inflation) so when the sub-prime shit pile went from offer rates to real market ones, Greenspan got it wrong, he should have burned the banks. If he could do it again he would have told those Execs to fuck themselves and their bonuses, but hey, hindsight is 20/20

    You will see that the fiat currency system could not sustain a rate even near 6%, historically low. Why? Inflation without wage rises. NAFTA etc had caused wages and income to flatten, so people turned to debt and rent collection, which caused the commodities of those sectors (houses and offices, shares, stocks etc) asset prices to spike. Logic tells me the law of unintended consequences was this: NOT EVERYONE WANTED TO WORK IN WALMART OR DRIVE A TAXI. Most people in America were ambitious and wanted to be rich, so rentier sectors were born in the form of physical property and future income security ie pensions (investments). The idea that I would work in a factory and have lots of kids and THEY would look after me, not the state and we would pool resources and property such that government is not important is both a socialist and true capitalist notion which is anathema to third way liberals and feminists who think of the family as the true enemy, no different to them than isis. That’s the way it should have been, because that’s nature, shit, even cavemen looked after their cavemother in-law, but now we have old folks homes and hospitals and homes for people too lazy or stupid to build one or you cant build one cause guess what, citizenship doesn’t meant you get to live in warmth and safety, it just means you get be pushed around unless you got money. Trump is living proof that if you get into debt, you better be in for billions, that way you are too big to fail, just like them.

  8. joe on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 4:19 pm 

    Oh and please take serious note. Obama is allowing MANPADS into Syria. Let be be the first to say I told you so when they get used in London.

    Just cause he lost an election he thinks hes got a licence to cause WW3. Obama is a true friend for ISIS. Then again, he is Americas first muslim president!

  9. Apneaman on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 4:31 pm 

    TBTF, strikes again.

    Italy set to pump around 6.5 billion euros into Monte Paschi rescue: sources

    It’ll go on like this until it can’t. It’s all they know. Fucked if I know how long they can keep theses shenanigans up for. The whole deal is completly absurd.

  10. Apneaman on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 4:35 pm 

    Picture of the day.

    A couple of grant money chasing scientists up in the Arctic measuring the melt down and albedo loss due to all the humans pollution landing on the surface. AKA – “Dark Snow”

  11. makati1 on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 5:49 pm 

    The collapse is gaining speed…

    The U$ has about 100,000,000 unemployed/underemployed adults over 18. A very high percentage of them are young people out of school and restless with no income. As time goes on, that restlessness will evolve into:

    “Two days ago, we reported that heading into Christmas, countless “mall brawls” had broken out across America’s as last minute holiday shoppers were filmed fighting with each other in shopping malls in New Jersey, Alabama, Georgia and other states for those last minute “holiday cheer” purchases.

    Now, in the spirit of holiday symmetry, following the one day lull on Christmas Day, the brawls returned on the day after Christmas, with fights, disturbances and false reports of gunfire causing chaotic scenes and shutting down several malls across the United States on Monday, as shoppers scrambled for the best deals in the typically busy post-Christmas shopping day.”

    A major war is coming. It is the only way to put these youths to work and to cover the coming financial collapse of the empire. Ditto for Europe. The world is awash in lost (un-engaged) youth and that usually spelled ‘war’ in the past. Are you prepared?

  12. Sissyfuss on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 6:03 pm 

    That is one good looking piece of meat. And the dress ain’t bad either.
    Sorry, not PC.

  13. Kevin Cobley on Tue, 27th Dec 2016 6:25 pm 

    In the developed world we already have a one party state, voters have a choice between mostly 2 sometimes 3 or 4 “parties” who are all identical in their policy platforms, differences are only manufactured spin. The real Government is the corporate illuminati.

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