Peak Oil Anarchy

Peak Oil is indisputable, inevitable and -- probably -- imminent. As the Cheap Oil era ends & oil supplies grow ever more scarce, our consumerist, earth-eating economy will go into convulsions & industrial civilization will teeter on the brink of collapse. Best be prepared! Peak Oil could herald a Golden Age of Anarchy. In Leviathan's ashes, we could create new decentralized communities of mutual aid, solidarity against oppression, & egalitarian harmony. May this be a map to the terrain ahead!

Friday, October 07, 2005

How Can We Prepare for the Coming Crisis?

When the avalanche begins, life will begin to become more and more chaotic. We will find ourselves torn between the desire to cling to what we have and know, or moving and readjusting into a new way of life. The latter choice is going to be the most difficult to take, since we can’t know ahead of time what that new life will be like—we will be literally making it up as we go along. But in times that demand action, uncertainty and hesitation can be costly. And if you are locked into your current way of life and thinking, or if you cling to complacency and denial, you’ll be like a deer in the headlights. It’s going to be very tempting to think: “This is America!…Things can’t get that bad…Our leaders say they can solve this problem if we just all tow the line…Somehow I’ll weather the storm…”. And maybe that’s so…. But it is very, very unlikely that not taking responsibility for your life is going to be the proper response to a large-scale crisis. Also, our media and government are hardly quick to admit the truth, so it’s likely that they will continually report that things seem to be “turning up soon”…even as the long slide continues to unfold.

Seeing how critical the problems are for our way of life, I know that it’s going to be extremely difficult for things not to snowball out of control. And I’m not the only one. The number of level-headed, educated, intelligent people to foresee disaster for the American way of life is growing quite large. If you’ve found this website, you’re probably already traveling within that circle. But it’s important to understand that at some point soon that number will reach a kind of critical mass, and that’s the point when the people who have not prepared will find themselves already left behind.

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(by Steven Lagavulin)

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