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Artificial Scarcity and the Apocalypse of Politics
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Artificial Scarcity and the Apocalypse of Politics

One reason we fear so much is because life is dominated by competing groups of fear entrepreneurs who promote their cause, stake their claims or sell their products through fear. Politicians, the media, business, environmental organizations, public health officials and advocacy groups are continuously warning us about something new to fear....
The activities of these fear entrepreneurs serve to transform our anxieties about life into tangible fears. Every major event becomes the focus for competing claims on what you need to fear ...
Today the objective of politics is to gain consensus and to form a measure of unity around an otherwise disconnected elite. But whatever the intentions of its authors, its main effect is to enforce the idea that there is no alternative..
The precondition for effectively countering the politics of fear is to challenge the association of person hood with the state of vulnerability.
Anxieties about uncertainty becomes magnified and overwhelm us when we regard ourselves as essentially vulnerable. Yet the human imagination possesses a formidable capacity to engage and learn from the risk it faces.
There is always an alternative. Whether or not we are aware the choices confronting us depends upon whether we regard ourselves as defined by our vulnerability or by our capacity to be resilient.

One consequence of Western societies’ obsessive preoccupation with the apocalypse-to-come is that less and less creative energy is devoted to confronting the all too important problems that exist in the here and now. Take the global credit crunch unleashed by the sub-prime home loan crisis this year for instance.

In terms of its material impact, this was arguably the most significant event of the year. After more than a decade of economic stability, the world economy faces the threat of a major recession with important implications for people’s lives. This threat may not make an exciting plot for a sci-fi movie, but it has a direct bearing on the quality of life of millions of people. It also raises important questions about an economic system that is so heavily reliant on using fictitious capital to reproduce itself. Unfortunately, however, today’s future-frightened public debate about economics seems more interested in finding ways to transform capitalism into a carbon-free, green-leaning system than in discussing the steps we need to take to minimize the destructive impact of a global recession on people’s lives and aspirations.

A dangerous fallout precedent being set is that people on both the left and right believe wars are being fought in order to tap the last reserves of oil on the planet. The "coalition of the willing", whoever they may be for any given war, will not pay particular attention to refuting this claim because it allows them a reason to start and continue said war.

Even though many will see it as immoral, many will subconsciously attach it as a reason for the war. In reality the war is purely for profit, power and control, oil can be a part of that, but only if the peak oil claim is upheld.

If we continue to let the corrupt elite tell us we are wholly dependent on oil, we may reach a twisted situation whereby they can justify starvation and mass global poverty, perhaps even depopulation, even within the western world due to the fact that our energy supplies are finished.

Peak oil is just another weapon the globalists have in their arsenal to move towards a new world order where the elite get richer and everyone else falls into line.

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