Peak oil activist, author and documentarian Michael Ruppert discusses a variety of topics including our dependence on oil, what happens when the oil runs out, the real possibility of collapse, government’s role, the human population bubble and his new CollapseNet project.
Thanks to Rick Blaine who sent this one over. In Rick’s own words:
Ruppert is on fire!
Re the population bubble – that’s one of the more interesting things Ruppert has talked about. Even if you ignore the possibility of already passing peak oil, the simple exponential increase in human population over the last 150 years or so does raise an interesting scientific point – it seems that most, if not all, systems experience some sort of collapse at some point after seeing such an increase.
Are we overreacting? Only time will tell. I’ll say this much though – my philosophy is “prepare for unforeseen consequences.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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Michael Ruppert on Bubbles:
There are only two great bubbles on this planet left to go. The Chinese bubble and the human population bubble. And after the Chinese bubble goes the human population bubble goes.
Michael Ruppert on Doomers and Gloomers:
There are so many of us who have been beating our brains out trying to make people listen, to say guys there are times when somebody says it’s here and they’re right.
Now what we have is a very short amount of time…
…when will the cliff event come?
I said no later than the Summer of 2010.
How do I analogize the cliff event to anything that’s remotely accessible to our experience? I likened it to the sinking of the Titanic. And what happened on the sinking of the Titanic? There were not enough life boats.
And what I said in the movie clearly was, if you’re on the Titanic and you know the ship is going to sink, and you find one group of people who says that the ship is unsinkable – unsinkable – you’re doomers, you’re gloomers, you’re not politically correct, I’m going to the bar, I don’t want to say anything that will upset anybody, leave me alone.
The big mistake that many people who got what was happening did was to try to pursuade those people.
I say let them die.
Michael Ruppert on what to expect from government at onset of collapse:
The internet will fail sporadically and intermittently…
Everything in those measures [Patriot Act / Homeland Security Bill] and in government strategy is intended to protect critical infrastructure. There are not enough troops in the country to impose martial law so disabuse yourself of that.
In CONUS, the last time I checked, there were only 13 combat brigades. That’s not enough to protect the airports, the microwave towers, the banks, the radio stations, the TV’s, the hospitals – so you will not see troops on every street corner.
What you will see is anarchy.
What you will see is nature at its best or at its worst.
This is a must-see for all doomers, gloomers and non-believers alike. It’s in speech type format, but well worth the hour and fifteen minutes.