Why Americans Can’t Save Themselves Without True Leadership

July 25, 2007 at 7:41 am 6 comments


If you understand your own death and mortality, it’s pretty intriguing to be alive these days.

Global frying is drying up the Amazon, essentially extinguishing any natural air conditioning we have relied on. Everyone has nukes or is working on getting nukes. Peak Oil is real and is about to kick modern living in the collective teeth.

So, besides building a nuke shelter with years of supplies out in the middle of who-knows-where, what is the average American to do?

I would say enjoy these days, and dance into the fire with pride and love of life. Sure, we can ride our bikes, use natural light, dry our clothes on a clothesline, and take showers once every couple of days – but I work in advertising and I can tell you consumers are still chomp-chomp-chomping away at the earth. Americans, Chinese… you name a country. We are programmed to be selfish, screaming at the world and commanding a tit from the moment of birth. Sure, there are the friendly, Lab/Golden retriever types of people in the world who believe in love and sharing, but deep down, we all have to fight and maneuver for our existence at some point. I love you by default, but what happens when we are trapped on an island and there is only one cracker left?

We don’t know the exact future, but you don’t need a neon psychic sign hanging outside your door to gauge the general direction things are heading. As long as money rules the world, we are going to destroy ourselves, pure and simple. Systems are currently in place to seize people’s property, freeze monetary assets, deny food and shelter, and make the lives of the general populace miserable as we continue our downward slide into the oil crash. How it all goes down in anyone’s guess, but the power players have their pieces on the game board and it’s just a matter of who’s gonna keep doing what. Only in this game, you don’t get to take turns in a normal fashion – it’s anything goes. From the highest levels of national warfare to neighbors killing neighbors, the energy crash will in all likelihood be the biggest, bloodiest mess in recorded history.

It’s a bitter pill – but I always believe you can candy coat it to make the flavor better. That’s why I believe we still have a chance to make a less violent transition if our leadership levels with the general population, spends lots of money on a crash-course to immediately build a renewable energy infrastructure, and suspend normal drone-creating education and teach K-12 kids how to specialize in farming (and make the rich kids do it, too). The leaders of the world and all the financial institutions will need to recognize the failure of capitalism as it eats itself, and release the workforce from present labor to recreate an agrarian society.

Sound like some Pinko-commie manifesto? Maybe. But you explain to me how else we are going to get out of this. And if you plan to comment about Hybrids, hydrogen, more drilling, or other methods that you think will allow us to continue living as we do now, don’t bother. To me, it’s either a farming revolution or a highway straight to hell. Oh yeah… remember to walk Perpendicular to the downwind if nukes go off.

Entry filed under: Activism, Die Off, Economic Collapse, Energy Crash, future, Gardening, Global Climate Change, Living in Hell, Materialism, Nuclear War, Peak Oil, Police State, Solutions, Uncategorized, War.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erica  |  July 25, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    If I were stranded on an island and the last cracker was gone? I’d eat the seaweed. Forage. We need to learn to forage again, even most raw foodists can’t walk into the forest and identify which foods will sustain them.

    Sometimes I wish I could just start my own country, and not have to deal with America anymore. *sigh*

  • 2. peakoilboy  |  July 25, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I hear ya.

    I want to take local Wild Edible Food Tours with this guy, John Kallas.


  • 3. Erica  |  July 26, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Me too!

  • 4. Stephanienie  |  July 27, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Hee, I love that kind of pinko-commie!

  • 5. zspy  |  December 18, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    somday i will be a leader :]

  • 6. zspy  |  December 18, 2007 at 9:01 pm



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