Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

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Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst?

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of peak oil, the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. While other experts debate this issue in measured tones, Ruppert doesn’t hold back at sounding an alarm, portraying an apocalyptic future. Listening to his rapid flow of opinions, the viewer is likely to question some of the rhetoric as paranoid or deluded, and to sway back and forth on what to make of the extremism. Smith lets viewers form their own judgments.

Collapse also serves as a portrait of a loner. Over the years, Ruppert has stood up for what he believes in despite fierce opposition. He candidly describes the sacrifices and motivators in his life. While other observers analyze details of the economic crisis, Ruppert views it as symptomatic of nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilization itself.

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6 comments to Collapse – An Ex-CIA Agent Talks About Peak Oil and Collapse of Civilization

  • patty

    AWSOME, I VERY MUCH AGREE with this presention.America wake up!
    SEARCH YOUR SOULS OR DIE. To ignore facts, is to perish. Start now to care for your life and that your children. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE.

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  • Strayhorse

    Disinfo. Why would anyone EVER trust a CIA operative to tell the truth? Especially when it is common knowledge that most law enforcement officers have been coached on how to lie on their reports and during trials. C’mon, who is this operative beholding to?

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    • The fact that he was thrown out from the CIA and attemps on nhis life alone is reason enough to listen. He was also thrown out of law enforcement is another reason to listen and the fact that what he predicted is happening right now is reason enough. Apparently you are still thinking like a caveman.

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  • H5mind

    The tagline is misleading, as Michael Ruppert was never a CIA agent. He was invited to join “the family business” while an LA cop, but refused. His book ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ should be required reading for anyone considering a career in law enforcement, finance, or politics.

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  • Fastlanenzation

    All you have to do is your own research and once you weed out all the crap you will find that 99.5% of what he says is true. The problem is people don’t want to hear it, they live life with blinders on, then there are the disbeliever’s who don’t research anything they just pull an opinion out of there ass like strayhorse, it can’t happen in their perfect world, but it is happening !

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