Energy depletion & the US descent into fascism
By Dale Allen Pfeiffer
Journal Contributing Writer
Oct 23, 2006, 00:58
In October of 2001, a little over a month after 9/11, I
wrote an article titled The
Background is Oil. The hypothesis laid out in this article was that the
2000 US presidential election resulted in a coup of neocons and oil interests
who had taken control of the US in order to prepare for the coming peak and
decline of world oil production. Furthermore, this coup engineered the 9/11
terrorist attacks to further their own interests.
Before 9/11, the
coup was hampered by lack of support from both the public and Congress. The
tragedies of September 11 washed all resistance away in a flood of rabid
patriotism. As a result, the coup was able to hijack the US political process.
Over the coming years, starting with the USAPATRIOT Act, the coup has been able
to strip us of our constitutional rights, in preparation for the civil unrest
which will come from the peak and decline of oil production and the resulting
The day after 9/11,
the junta announced that the US would undertake a "War against
Terror;" that is, a war without end, directed against whomever the junta
should label as an enemy state. The war was actually a cover for the
consolidation of military empire and a worldwide grab for control of energy production.
Never mind that terrorism can never be ended through warfare, but only
exacerbated (see Restating
After writing the article The
Background is Oil, I shopped it around very eagerly. This
message needed to be heard by as many as possible. There were many people, both
within the US and around the world, who did not believe the official story of
9/11 and the "War on Terror," but without this knowledge of the peak
oil motive, it was very difficult to understand why the junta was proceeding
with such a Machiavellian scheme, nor why the power brokers behind the junta
would condone this madness.
For the next month, I sent this essay out to every
alternative news service and periodical I could think of. None of them would
touch it. I had just about given up on having the article published. As a final
option, I would put the article out on the web myself, through email groups and
my own website. As a last chance, I tried sending the article to From the
Wilderness, a newsletter that I knew little about but which seemed to be
putting out information about 9/11 that no one else would touch.
Whatever my subsequent thoughts and feelings about From the
Wilderness, I owe Mike Ruppert a debt of thanks for publishing this article,
and all of the material that followed it. Within the next few months, The
Background is Oil traveled all over the web and was translated
into many different languages.
In January of 2002, I followed up on this article with
another entitled What Next for the
Oil Coup? In this article, I proposed that if the US had
suffered an oil coup that was using 9/11 to make a global energy grab, then we
should be able to make some predictions based on this hypothesis. Looking at
the top oil producing countries, I stated that the most likely targets of an
oil coup would be Iraq, Iran, and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia would also be
important, but its ties to the US could be shored up by the occupation of Iraq
and the military bases established in the surrounding area. I also threw in a
few other countries devoid of energy resources, but which the US considered to
be enemy states -- countries such as North Korea and Cuba. Within a week of the
publication of this article in From the Wilderness, Bush gave his infamous
"axis of evil" address. And in the years since, the countries listed
in this article have been the almost exclusive focus of the "War on
Over the years since I first wrote about the oil coup, the
Bush junta has fulfilled all of my worst expectations. The junta has invaded
Iraq, though it is now clear that Iraq represented absolutely no terrorist
threat to the US. US military bases now surround the Middle East and the
Caspian region. And now the junta is very eager to invade Iran. Only in their
attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuelan
Presidente Hugo Chavez has the US junta been thwarted. And it is hoped that
Presidente Chavez can continue to outmaneuver the junta.
The junta has also managed to mothball the Geneva Convention
and the US Constitution. The US now has an official policy of sanctioning
torture, concentration camps, and limitless detention without filing formal
charges. The junta has instituted a policy of preemptive strike known as the
"Bush Doctrine." The US can now attack any country that it perceives
to be a threat, without provocation.
At home, the junta
can conduct domestic spying without court approval. It can label US citizens as
terrorists and then imprison them without charge. If you think this only
applies to naturalized citizens, think again. In the last few years, the junta
has made it very clear that it views environmental activists as terrorists.
Environmental activists are now languishing in prison (and in some cases, even
dying there) for destruction of property, while right-wing militants are
allowed to continue plotting murder. (See Sourcecode: Eco
Dissent/Not Terrorism.) And the junta has announced that antiwar activists
and others who vocally dissent will be monitored for possible terrorist
The Bush junta has
wracked up more high crimes than any previous administration. Yet Congress has
granted them full immunity. Any attempt to impeach Bush and Cheney for lying
about the reasons for invading Iraq is dead in the water. And the junta is now
pursuing the very same tactics with regard to Iran.
In preparation for the economic havoc that will follow the
decline of energy production, the junta has made sure that bankruptcy
proceedings will not excuse the general public from their consumer debt. The
stage is set for the working class within the US to become indentured servants
(see Peak Oil
& the Working Class). Yet,
very few are aware of what is in store for them, and most would not believe if
it were mentioned to them.
Internment camps have been prepared within the US, capable
of housing many thousands of dissenters. And plans are now being formed to beef
up border security, including building and maintaining fences along the
southern border. The entire US is being transformed into a prison. Repressive
immigration legislation is being pursued by Congress, supposedly on behalf of
the US working class. Yet a "War on Immigrants" will be no more
successful at halting illegal immigration than the "War on Terror"
will stop terrorism. The premises of both wars are false, and the junta knows
this. The "War on Immigrants" is ultimately about repressing the
working class, both internationally and within the US (see Energy
Depletion and Immigration).
presented several years ago in The
Background is Oil has become the thesis for a new documentary, Oil, Smoke
and Mirrors, which can be viewed freely online courtesy of Google
videos, or which can be purchased on DVD directly from the producers.
I heartily recommend this documentary; it should be watched by every citizen of
the US. There is little time left to prevent our descent into fascism, and far
too many people are not even aware of it.
For those who
require more convincing that 9/11 was an inside job, I recommend 9/11;
Press for Truth. In this documentary, the 9/11 Family Steering
Committee tell their own story, using Paul Thompson's 9/11 timeline to make it
very clear that we have been lied to about the tragedy of September 11. This
documentary is only available for purchase as a DVD, but it is well worth $15.
Finally, the story
of the attempted Venezuelan coup is told in The
Revolution will not be Televised. This
documentary can also be found on Google videos. Most US citizens do not even
know that the US supported the attempted overthrow of duly elected Venezuelan
Presidente Chavez. In the US, Chavez is portrayed as a madman, a terrorist, and
a dictator. This documentary makes very clear that he is none of these things.
Presidente Chavez, in fact, has a much better record than George W. Bush for
supporting democracy and free speech.
Upon viewing this documentary, it becomes very clear that
the reason the coup failed was because of the people. The people rose up
against the coup, and it was their uprising which encouraged loyalists within
the military to stage a counter-coup. Without a doubt, Chavez is an excellent
tactician. But he is also sincerely a man of the people. And without popular
support, his government would have succumbed long ago to US intervention.
The Withdrawalof Consent
documentary also explains that what is lacking in the US is an informed and
active public. The oil junta has succeeded because the US public remains
uninformed and indifferent, locked into a state of denial that is almost
psychotic in its disconnection from reality. If the US public would rise up,
the game would be over.
majority of US citizens are dissatisfied with Bush, but they are not truly
aware of how close we have come to fascism. Those who are now waking up still
place their faith in the electoral system. By the time they realize that
democracy is dead in the US, it may very well be too late for them to rise up.
The system does not serve us. It is high time that we took our founding
fathers' advice and rebelled against this corrupt system and the plutocracy
that controls this country.
It is quite likely that the Republicans will retain
control of Congress in an election rife with irregularities. However, even if
the Democrats manage to take control of Congress, we can expect no changes from
them. Both parties are owned by the power brokers behind the oil junta. Whoever
is in power, the US will continue its slide toward fascism and totalitarianism.
We do have a chance yet. It will take a few more years
before the junta has completely transformed our society. We have to act now.
The age of consumer capitalism is at an end. It will most
likely dissolve into some form of debt servitude or corporate feudalism. Yet,
even this will be a dying system in the face of energy depletion, global
warming and many other problems resulting from over a century of conspicuous
consumption. If we continue to support this system, then the blood is on our
We can, instead, turn to a system based on relocalization,
democratic decentralization, community and quality of life. But we will have to
break free of the plutocracy to do so. They would never tolerate any change
that might strip them of even a portion of their power. They would rather live
in a dying police state where they remain at the top.
We cannot continue to go along with the plutocracy. Whether
we are indifferent, uninformed or in denial, the blood will be on our hands.
Our only option is to withdraw our support from this system and actively seek
to replace it.
In a past article (Peak Oil
and the Working Class), I suggested that what was needed was a new
working class movement. The working class, within the US and elsewhere, had to
stop serving their masters. A true general strike would take back all power
from the plutocracy and stop the junta dead in their tracks.
When I wrote that article, I was attacked on several fronts.
Mike Ruppert and Jamey Hecht contended that because of outsourcing, the working
class in the US could no longer carry off an effective general strike. They
said that nobody would be bothered by a strike of hairdressers and salespeople.
I still insist that a real general strike, encompassing the entire working class
-- blue and white collar, truckers and salespeople, farm workers and engineers --
would shut down the system. It was because of this disagreement that I left
From the Wilderness to put out the article on my own.
In that article, I suggested that the IWW might be the ideal
union to organize such a movement. I was then very surprised to be attacked
from within the IWW. Perhaps some members of the IWW are too misinformed to see
what is happening, or perhaps they are blinded by denial. If the IWW does not want
to foster a true worker's movement then it can no longer call itself a
revolutionary union. In that case, it is little more than a worker controlled
business union. Due to my great admiration of the IWW, such a failure saddens
It is up to you and me to defeat the junta and the
plutocracy. We must act, and we must act quickly. Failing, we will be lucky if
we only fall into debt servitude. If the coup succeeds, then it is quite
possible that many of us, myself included, will simply disappear.
The government and the media are both against us. And they
are intent on reigning in the Internet just as soon as possible. We have a very
brief window of opportunity remaining -- a few years at most. It is time to do
what we can.
I urge you to read all the materials listed at the end of
this article, and view the documentaries I have mentioned. Then I urge you to
pass this article along to everyone you know.
This system is suicidal, nor can it be reformed from within
the system. It is time to withdraw our consent. The bookstore at our website
offers a number of books that will help you to do this. I apologize that the
bookstore is an Amazon affiliate, but many of these books are hard to come by
Personal withdrawal from the system is a start, but it is
not enough. We must organize and work toward a complete general strike. Only if
the entire working class refuses to serve, can we take back our own power and
return this world to sanity.
So far as sabotage is concerned, right now it is probably
too early for major acts of sabotage. At present, the government and the media
would likely spin such acts against us. Only when we have gained the
understanding and support of the public can we successfully engage in sabotage.
Yet, it is the duty of the sane and conscientious person to do whatever he or
she can -- short of harming other people -- to stop a system bent on the
destruction of the planet and the increase of injustice and human suffering.
And, after all, sabotage will never be as effective as a
successful general strike. We must take back our power and stop the madness.
Anything less is suicide.
Further Reading& Viewing<>The
Background is Oil
This was the first
published article stating the thesis that the US 2000 electoral coup and 9/11
were both about energy depletion. The arguments contained in this article are
as valid today as they were in 2001.
This article helps explain what the "War on Terror" holds in store
This article helps to explain just how
important energy depletion will be to all of us. It has been expanded into a
book from New Society Publishers. The book also contains many resources for
those seeking solutions to this problem (CSA's, farmers markets, food banks,
community agriculture organizations, etc.) The book is available in bookstores
or directly from the publisher, New
Peril, Part 1
Peril, Part 2
This 2-part article explains just how drastic our situation is on this planet.
Collapse of Complex Systems
to the New York Local Solutions Conference, April 2006
These articles explain why there are no technofixes for energy depletion. And
they explain that, at best, technofixes would only buy us a little time and
likely make the situation worse in the long run.
Oil and the Working Class
What is ahead for the working class, and what can we do about it?
Depletion and Immigration
Why closing the borders would not work and would ultimately hurt US workers.
Why the War on Terror will only lead to more terrorism.
An excellent documentary
expanding the thesis of The Background is Oil. This documentary should
be viewed by everyone.
You owe it to the victims of 9/11 to watch this video. And, as we are all
victims of 9/11, you owe it to yourself
Revolution will not be TelevisedDale Allen Pfeiffer is a science journalist, a
geologist, a novelist, and a noted authority on energy and related geopolitical
issues. His 2003 article, Eating Fossil Fuels, has been read by hundreds of
thousands throughout the world, and has been proclaimed as one of the most
important journalistic pieces of the decade. His follow-up articles, Learning
from Experience; North Korea and Cuba, have also been widely read. Recently,
information provided by Mr. Pfeiffer has been used in presentation before the
US Congress, and the French and Australian Parliaments. His epic novel, "Giants
in Their Steps," has been praised as a compelling portrayal of human
compassion and bravery, and a poignant plea for the protection of our remaining
wilderness. The third issue of The Mountain
Sentinel is now available for purchase.
Riveting. Watch this if for no other reason than to see an example of the sort
of informed and active public which is the best insurance of continuing
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