Off the keyboard of RE
Published on the Doomstead Diner on November 24, 2014
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I’ve been chronicling Collapsing Economics on the Internet since 2008, after the collapse of the Investment banking firm Bear Stearns. I knew nothing of Peak Oil at the time, and I had not really concerned myself with the monetary system, Stocks, Bonds, Investing etc since the 1980s.
I spent about the first month just trying to figure out why Bear Stearns went south, and why there was a run on the bank. Eventually this led me to the PeakOil.com website, which at the time was very active in the commentary. I learned a lot over there from folks who had been tracking this since even before the site was founded in 2004, and over time I got hold of the relationship between the Energy Depletion issues and the Monetary Problems going on at the time. What would inevitably occur became quite clear, and I wrote this line in 2008:
“It will all Burn Up in the Greatest Bonfire of Paper Wealth in all of Recorded History”
A “Quote of the Month” on Peak Oil, and the Bonfire is well underway now, country after country falls into economic collapse, more Amerikans are on SNAP Card food assistance every year, and the geopolitical consequences become ever more dangerous by the day here.
Despite the fact the consequences become ever more obvious every day, it appears that there is ever less discussion about this on the internet. Besides the economic issues, the climate problems become more apparent every day as well, drought in California, record snowfall in Buffalo, Super Typhoons hitting SE Asia on a weekly basis, you name it evidence of vast climate change is in evidence everywhere, but still the Deniers just return with “of course the climate changes, it always changes”. True enough, but what it it changes so much it’s impossible to live in your local environment anymore because the floods come so often or because there is no water to drink?
On top of all that, you have the Ebola virus spreading in Africa, and ever escalating geopolitical conflicts between Russia and NATO, the Chinese and Japanese, and then of course ISIS Radical Muslims Beheading anyone they can get their hands on to strike TERROR into the heart of the average Oil Konsumer.
By EVERY measure in EVERY area of Collapse, there is way more in evidence today than when I started chronicling it on Peak Oil in 2008. Conversely though, the worse it gets, the LESS people engage to discuss it, both in the commentary of Collapse blogs as well as the main Collapse Bloggers themselves.
The main folks who have been chronicling this the longest, people like Jim Kunstler and Dmitry Orlov rehash material they have been using for a decade, with the only real update to this whatever the latest manifestation is out in the real world in Current Events. For people who have been following the collapse this long, there are no real NEW observations to make.
Far as the commentary goes anywhere, it’s all ideological bullshit and stupidity, from the commentary of Zero Hedge to The Burning Platform and back to Peak Oil too. Anyone online in the collapse blogosphere has heard it all before, and basically anyone with any intelligence has STOPPED talking about it. Folks like George Mobus, Paul Chefurka, David Korowicz, Nicole Foss and others have simply dropped off the map for the most part, nothing left to say, the die is cast and the Show will go on no matter what kind of Jawboning goes down on the net, or in Congress or at the European Parliament too for that matter.
This seems to have led to a kind of malaise, as folks just tun inward and pursue their own lives in the face of how collapse is affecting them. Why talk about it on the Internet now? We all know what is coming down the pipe here.
For me, I have come to realize that it really is not that important if people are talking or not, if there is discussion or not, I’m just observing it now. I also will not change my opinion on where it is all going in any debate, and I am certainly not going to waste my time with Ideologues who will pitch their spin no matter how much evidence to the contrary show that it’s wrong headed.
So nowadays, I don’t look for or expect conversation on the topics, I just observe it and write down the observations as it occurs, a kind of contemporary history file overall.
EVERYBODY KNOWS what is coming down the pipe now. As Leonard Cohen wrote so long ago now:
“Take one last look at this Sacred Heart before it BLOWS”
because anybody with any Common Fucking Sense now KNOWS IT WILL BLOW, and we won’t have to wait another 50 years for it to blow either. In fact it is blowing as we speak, but if the implosion hasn’t yet hit your neighborhood or your job, you can still delude yourself into believing it all will work out OK in the end.
We have a little time left here, how much is anybody’s guess these days, so for everyone I suggest you try to find a little bit of Happiness and enjoy your life as it is, if you have not yet fallen off the Cliff and Collapse has not yet reached your doorstep. Enjoy cooking and eating good food if it is available, drive the countryside while there is still gas at the pump, even go Shop On Black Friday at Walmart if finding Bargains is what floats your boat.
If you are very fortunate, you will find some others to join with as the Flowers Wilt. For me, the Great Gift of the Diner was to find a few other people to observe this with, and it is the Gift that Keeps on Giving.