Collapse, The Movie

<em><noscript><img src=From the acclaimed director of American Movie, comes this portrait of radical thinker Michael Ruppert, a former Lost Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, (who 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).

?Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recalls his career as a radical thinker and shares his visions of the crises humanity is facing. Drawing from the same news reports and data available to anybody with an Internet connection, and is especially passionate about the issue of “peak oil,” a concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world is running out of fossil fuel.


For example, did you know that there are 10 calories of hydrocarbon energy in every calorie of food consumed in the industrialised world? Think of fertilisers, pesticides, transport, packaging, farming machines, etc.

His apocalyptic vision of the future is haunting, spanning the crises in economics, energy, environment and what will come unless we as humans evolve a new social model. He calls for a change, as Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, are all outdated concepts based on the assumption that there are infinite resources available on earth.

Want to know how bad it is? Take a look at Derivatives: In Sept. 2008, there were over $700 trillion of derivatives in notional value. Total­ling far more than all the money in the world! Collapse, aside from being a stark reminder that a recovery will just return us to the same position, is also a portrait of a loner. Ruppert, standing up for his beliefs despite fierce opposition, has sacrificed a lot to get his message out, which is nothing less than the collapse of industrial civilisation itself.