The Decrepitude Mounts

Utterly remarkable. Orwellian/Huxleyan almost beyond words. Peak Oil has arrived, or will VERY soon. Oil wars have already begun in earnest. The U.S. economy, and probably the whole world economy, has no answer to the former problem. The USA is actively working to ensure that the latter will continue and we’ll end up finding out whether Einstein was right that World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Meanwhile, what are the car capitalists doing? Check out Toyota’s shocking “Born of the Earth” advertising for its criminally wasteful Land Cruiser 200, a vehicle model that almost certainly spends less than 1 percent of its collective use-time doing anything resembling outback driving.

Remember this kind of material well, citizens. In 25 years, it will be recognized for the massive institutionalized depravity it is.

Robert Heilbroner used to say that “advertising teaches children that grown-ups tell lies for money.” We will soon have to explain to our own children that we sat by and allowed this outdated, infantile, pre-civilized practice — and the market-totalitarian technological and economic dictatorship its serves — to continue right up to the point of no return — or even beyond.

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