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Collapse: The End Of The World As We Know It

By Mike on December 28, 2009 in Business, Life, Politics, Uncategorized

The other night I watched a documentary that you can probably find on Pay-Per-View Movies or Movies On Demand or whatever your cable company calls them. It’s called “Collapse” and to say it was thought-provoking is an understatement. If you don’t read any further or do anything else, do yourself the favor of watching the trailer video below.

Michael C. Ruppert makes a very compelling case as to why the world’s entire economic, social and political structures are on the verge of failure. It’s hard to poke holes in his arguments. Is he a crackpot? Is he a genius? I walked away with the unsettled feeling that he’s a man who knows how to connect the dots and is a talented critical thinker.

I can sometimes get a bit obsessive about things and my interests outside of my work can go in spurts so I need to let this documentary / interview settle a little bit before I start making any life decisions based on the learning I did but it has already made me start thinking about my financial positions, exposure and overall preparedness for the future.

That said, in the first part of the interview he lays out his theory of peak oil. Peak Oil is when we realize that we’ve gone thruogh about half the available resource and that from this point forward oil production will start to decline. In fact, he says it’s already declined 9% and will continue to decline further. He backs that up with several other compelling arguments and then debunks the arguments supporting claims that other possible sources of energy could replace oil. They all have fatal flaws, according to Michael Ruppert. So, once he leads the viewer through the horrible thought that the price of oil and its scarcity as a resource will begin to cause economic structures to break down (and soon) he then moves the viewer on to economic policy and politics, finally bringing the solution back home saying, “It’s up to you to figure out how you’re going to survive the transition from the system we’ve always known and the one we’re going to have to figure out.

I won’t go into evrything he says but if you’ve seen his movie or read one of his books I’d like to invite you to the comments section below this post to discuss what you think. This movie is already being acclaimed.

This is from Variety “Less wake-up call than four-alarm fire, “Collapse” forces its audience to witness the testimony of Michael Ruppert, an independent writer and researcher who believes that everything — industrial civilization, at least — is falling apart, soon to vanish completely. In other words, it makes countless other political documentaries look like episodes of “Teletubbies.””

Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times says, “Every time I’d start to think Ruppert was a deluded crackpot, he’d reel me back in, grabbing me by the throat with a burst of seemingly persuasive analysis. He poses his oil-collapse scenario in simple, hard-to-refute logic. “Saudi Arabia has 25% of the oil reserves on the planet,” he explains in a soothing, almost hypnotic voice. “Why, if Saudi Arabia has all these untapped reserves on shore, are they moving heavily into offshore drilling? If it’s 5, 10 or 15 times more expensive to drill offshore than land, doesn’t that tell you that Saudi Arabia knows that they’ve no more oil to find?”

New York Entertainment says, “None of the we’re-totally-screwed documentaries we’ve seen over the past few years could’ve prepare us for the terrors unleashed on our minds in Chris Smith’s riveting new documentary Collapse”.

I’m interested in knowing what people who have seen this documentary think k about it and how it changes what they are going to do with their lives.

Here’s the trailer:

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