The Bible put a new political conception on the
table: a state of a single nation that is united, self-governing, and
uninterested in bringing its neighbors under its rule.
For centuries, the politics of Western nations have been
characterized by a struggle between two antithetical visions of world order: an
order of free and independent nations, each pursuing the political good in
accordance with its own traditions and understanding; and an order of peoples
united under a single regime of law, promulgated and maintained by a single
In recent generations, the first vision has been represented by
nations such as India, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland—and of
course by Britain, in the wake of its turn toward independence. The second
vision is held by much of the leadership of the European Union, which
reaffirmed its commitment to the concept of an “ever closer union” of peoples
in the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, and has proceeded since then to introduce
EU laws and currency into most member nations, as well as requiring the free
movement of populations among most member states.
The United States, committed from its founding to the ideal of an
independent national state, was for the most part able to maintain this
character until the Second World War. But in the face of competition with the
Soviet Union, and especially after the end of the Cold War, it has deviated
from this model of national independence and has increasingly sought the
establishment of a worldwide regime of law that would be enforced upon all
nations by means of American power.
The conflict between these two visions of the best political order
is as old as the West itself. The idea that the political order should be based
on independent nations was an important feature of ancient Israelite thought as
reflected in the Hebrew Bible (or “Old Testament”). And although Western
civilization, for most of its history, has been dominated by dreams of
universal empire, the presence of the Bible at the heart of this civilization
has ensured that the idea of the self-determining, independent nation would be
revived time and again.
Why the Bible Supports
Why is the Bible so concerned with the independence of nations?
The world of Israel’s prophets was dominated by a succession of imperial
powers: Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria, and Persia, each giving way to the next.
Despite their differences, each of these empires sought to impose a universal
political order on mankind as a whole, the gods having sent them to suppress
needless disputes among peoples and to create a unified international realm in
which men could live together in peace and prosperity.
“None hungered in my years or thirsted in them,” Pharaoh Amenemhet
I wrote a few centuries before Abraham. “Men dwelled in peace through that
which I wrought.” And this was no idle boast. By ending warfare in vast regions
and harnessing their populations to productive agricultural work, imperial
powers were in fact able to bring to millions a relatively reliable peace and
an end to the threat of starvation.
No wonder, then, that the imperial rulers of the ancient world saw
it as their task, in the words of the Babylonian king Hammurabi, to “bring the
four quarters of the world to obedience.” That obedience was what made
salvation from war, disease, and starvation possible.
Yet despite the obvious economic advantages of an Egyptian or
Babylonian peace that would unify humanity, the Bible was born out of a
deep-seated opposition to this very aim. To Israel’s prophets, Egypt was “the
house of bondage,” and they spared no words in deploring the bloodshed and
cruelty involved in imperial conquest and in the imperial manner of governing,
its recourse to slavery and murder and its expropriation of women and property.
All of this, the Israelite prophets argued, stemmed from Egypt’s
idolatry—from its submission to gods who would justify any sacrifice so long as
it advanced the extension of the imperial realm of peace and kept the
production of grain running at maximum capacity.
A Viable Alternative to
Was there a viable alternative to universal empire? The ancient
Near East had much experience with localized political power in the form of
city-states. But for the most part, these were helpless before imperial armies
and the ideology of universal empire that motivated them. It is in the Bible
that we find the first sustained presentation of a different possibility: a
political order based on the independence of a nation living within limited
borders alongside other independent nations.
By nation, I mean a
number of tribes with a common cultural inheritance, especially a language or
religion, and a past history of acting as a body for the common defense and
other large-scale enterprises. The Bible systematically promotes the idea that
the members of a nation should regard one another as “brothers,” and Mosaic law
offered the Israelites a constitution that would bring them together in what
would today be called a national state.
The king of such a state would be drawn “from among your
brothers.” Its prophets, too, would be “from among you, from among your
brothers.” And so would its priests, appointed to guard the traditional laws of
the nation and teach them to the king “so that his thoughts should not be
lifted above his brothers.” Moreover, Moses sets boundaries for Israel,
instructing his people to keep their hands off the lands of neighboring
kingdoms like Moav, Edom, and Ammon, which deserve their own independence. As
he tells them in God’s name:
Take good heed of yourselves therefore. Meddle
not with [the children of Esau], for I will not give you of their land. No, not
so much a foot’s breadth. Because I have given Mt. Seir to Esau for a
possession. . . . Do not harass Moav, nor contend with them in battle, for I
will not give you of their land for a possession, because I have given Ar to
the children of Lot for a possession. . . . And when you come near, opposite
the children of Ammon, harass them not, nor contend with them, for I will not
give you of the land of the children of Ammon any possession, for I have given
it to the children of Lot for a possession.
Nor are these passages unique. Throughout the Bible, we find that
the political aspiration of the prophets of Israel is not empire but a free and
unified nation living in justice and peace amid other free nations.
The Bible thus puts a new political conception on the table: a
state of a single nation that is united, self-governing, and uninterested in
bringing its neighbors under its rule. This state is governed not by foreigners
responsible to a ruler in a distant land but by kings and governors, priests
and prophets drawn from the ranks of the nation itself—individuals who are, for
just this reason, thought to be better able to stay in touch with the needs of
their own people, their “brothers,” including the less fortunate among them.
Israelite Kings Ruled
Under Law, Not Above It
In addition, because the Israelite king is one of the people, and
not the representative of some abstract universal ambition, his powers can be
circumscribed to prevent abuse. Unlike the kings of Egypt or Babylonia, the
Israelite king under the Mosaic constitution is not empowered to make the laws,
which are the heritage of his nation and not subject to his whim.
Nor does he have the power to appoint the priesthood, thereby
making law and religion subservient to him. Moreover, the Mosaic law limits the
king’s right to tax and enslave the people, just as the limitations on Israel’s
borders prevent the king from embracing the dream of universal conquest.
important to notice that the Israelites’ conception of the nation has nothing
to do with biology, or what we call race. For
biblical nations, everything depends on a shared understanding of history,
language, and religion that is passed from parents to children, but which
outsiders can join as well.
Thus the book of Exodus teaches that there were many Egyptians who
attached themselves to the Hebrew slaves in fleeing Egypt, and that they
received the Ten Commandments (more accurately translated as the “Ten
Precepts”) at Sinai with the rest of Israel. Similarly, Moses invites the
Midianite sheikh Jethro to join the Jewish people. And Ruth the Moabite becomes
part of Israel when she is ready to tell Naomi “your people is my people and
your God is my God,” her son being the forefather of King David himself.
But the ability of Israel to bring these foreign-born individuals
into its ranks depends on their willingness to accept Israel’s God, laws, and
understanding of history. Without embracing these central aspects of Israelite
tradition, they will not become a part of the Israelite nation.
Adapted excerpt from
“The Virtue of Nationalism,” by Yoram Hazony. Copyright 2018. Available from
Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group,
Hazony (@yhazony) is
president of The Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and author of “The Virtue of
Hat tip The Feral Irishman
There is an article
on Zerohedge discussing the Fourth
Turning which places America in the same 80-100 year cycle, or
what is called a “saecula” as it was during the Revolutionary War, the
Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II. This is something I had been
thinking about for some time, not the saecula, I’m not that smart.
I was thinking about how we
are in a time that seems natural. Okay, getting here required a lot of
manipulation over generations of the average working folks first indoctrinated
into the concept of communism through labor unions. Labor unions are about the
only functional thing a communist can produce and its success is often used to
transition the working person into the communist ideology, i.e., the
collectivist urge, but it never acknowledges the ultimately corrosive nature of
the relationship between employer and employee. Eventually, the rising costs of
avoiding strikes prices the goods beyond the point where the employee can
afford to purchase it, except out of loyalty and all consumers do not share
that loyalty, so they find cheaper alternatives, killing the host.
While the adults were being
indoctrinated into the collectivist fold as a means to better their lives, the
children were indoctrinated into the concept of the “goodness” of the state,
because they were being taught in state-run schools by teachers who benefited
from the collectivist notion of labor unions. The media swung hard left to back
up and substantiate this indoctrination.
Where the sense that this
is all natural, despite the manipulations employed, is that everything in
nature is in the process of growth or decay. In 1776 the British Empire was
reaching its apex of growth and was beginning the process of decay. In 1860 the
United States had grown from a fledgling republic to a world power, but the
Constitution adopted in 1787 was at that 80 year mark and had taken as many
assaults as it could stand and something had to break.
Everything has its own set
of hypocrisies. Free speech is great, but through free speech comes the weapons
with which to abolish free speech, so it cannot be completely free, but when it
is restrained enough to guarantee it, it is essentially lost. The Second
Amendment right to keep and bear arms works until the proliferation of arms
puts too many in the hands of those who would use them to overthrow the system
that guarantees it, but the minute that right is diminished in any way, it
establishes the means to regulate it out of existence. Assisted fully by a
communist dominated media.
hypocrisies on enough levels and concerning enough areas of life leads
naturally from freedom to bondage. Everything that makes us free costs us
freedom, there is no way around it because human nature is a process of
progression, it is never static. The minute one group can get another group to
accept any concession whatsoever, it becomes the starting point for decline of
one group and the starting point of ascension for the other. When the group
that is ascending reaches its apex, it will come under attack and eventually
fall by the same dynamics that it rose.
This is America in 2018.
The communists in America have been growing stronger and stronger, using the
institutions of the republic against itself, demanding more and more
concessions. The communists feel they are at their best and can topple the
republic. The manifestations of this truth are groups like BLM that call for
the assassination of police officers with the support of some in government;
Antifa that aggressively assault Trump supporters does so with support from
some of those in government; caravans of illegal immigrants seeking to break
down the border between Mexico and the United States with the support of some
of those in government signal that the destruction of America is being abetted
by those in government.
That belief comes from the
concessions already made by normal Americans, who do not generally see
aggressive actions being taken against them individually. They don’t recognize
an assault on their institutions for what it is, a crumbling of the republic on
a piece by piece basis. They accept some reductions of free speech as a means
to keep the peace in their relations with other Americans who might come from
different cultures or backgrounds. They accept some reductions in the right to
keep and bear arms as a means to keep peace with authorities. They accept some
reductions in their right to privacy as a means enhance their security.
But, when none of these
concessions keep the peace with others, with authorities or make them safer,
they begin to question the wisdom of those concessions. This is evident in 2018
on a number of levels. The effort to avoid labels of racist, bigot, homophobe,
Islamophobe have not worked. They are still labeled as such no matter how
compliant they are to the new dictates of the communists behind them and a
growing rebellion is the result.
While there is no way to
unravel the complex and interconnected web of deceit and insurgency behind the
communist putsch through peaceful means, there is a chance to swing the balance
of power more into line with the republic and away from the communists. That
chance is offered up in the 2018 election. The communists have put their best
foot forward, but a way to kick that foot out from under them would be a
resounding defeat in the 2018 election; not as a solution, but as a statement
and encouragement to others to resist the communist narratives
The election will solve
nothing other than to deal a defeat to the communists who have been on a
winning streak for a very long time. It would be one small defeat, but at this
point they have suffered none. The Bret Kavanaugh confirmation was but the
result of a skirmish. It was like a scaled down version of Fort Sumpter. It
hardened hearts and clearly marked the divisions, the tactics and the winning
response to those tactics.
The communists will use
false flags, they will use deception and they will use the power of government
to punish their enemies and reward friends. But, the election of 2018 could (I
don’t say would, because that is unclear) enable Trump to go after the deep
state in a way that exposes some of the communists as actual traitors and
subject them to punishment as such. That is an optic that could result in
others choosing to defect rather than suffer the same punishment.
Even unraveling some of the
diabolical actions of deep state actors will not solve the institutional
problems America has with countering communism. That is a long and difficult
road that cannot rule out that violence might be inflicted upon the republic on
the idea that some have been brought to justice. In fact, that might drive
violence for which the republic must be prepared to counter. Communism has to
be engaged aggressively and in every arena encountered up to and including
victory in a civil war.
Therefore it is vital that
Americans recognize that the attacks upon their institutions are not individual
issues, but are coordinated to appear that way while the overall strategy of
complete destruction is implemented.
From the transcript of the Darkstream:
The problem is that Americans
don't understand that the frontier closed over one hundred years ago. These
people are not coming to America to become Americans, they're invading America
to demand tribute. There's an old saying about the Danegeld: once you pay the
Danegeld you'll never be rid of the Dane. The United States brought in
immigrants, brought in refugees, and all they did was encourage more. And
that's why the United States is falling apart.
The average IQ has fallen by as much as eight points. The country is literally stupefying itself,
enstupidating itself, however you want to describe it, the country is actively
lowering its standard of living and its ability to maintain its infrastructure.
It is not sustainable. Trump understands what is politically possible better
than me, that's true, but it's not about politics. War is not about politics.
When Clausewitz talks about war being politics by other means, that's the whole
point, it's about other means. Once you're in the realm of defending borders, that's not
something that you need to win support for, you either do it or you don't, and
if you don't do it then you have failed. It's that simple.
Gordon says the entire West is infested with that mentality. That's absolutely
true and it's not an accident. It's a mentality that has been pushed
systematically on the West by a coalition of peoples whose interests are
intrinsically anti-Western. It's not a single group of people. It's not just
the Jews, it's not just the socialists, it's not just the various immigrant
peoples, it is a coalition of peoples whose interests are in general
opposed to the interests of the Western people.
Now the West has brought it on
itself, you know. The fact that the West colonized these other
countries, the fact that the West imposed their economic systems and their
currencies and their legal systems and everything else on other countries, is
now coming back to bite the West. This is a normal reaction to empire. If you
study the empires of the past, whether you study the Athenian empire, whether
you study the Roman empire, whether you look at some of the Chinese empires,
whether you look at the German empire, whether you look at the British empire,
all of these empires were fundamentally weakened by the nature of their having
established their rule over foreign nations because it's a relationship that
goes both ways. When you set up a colony in another nation you obviously affect
that nation, but that nation also affects you. That's why the Dutch have an
issue with the people who obtain Dutch citizenship through living in the
This is a historical
pattern that repeats itself over and over and over again, and the logic of
empire is what is now destroying the United States empire. People say,
well, you know, the US is not an empire, we don't have an emperor. Well, who
was the emperor of the Athenian empire? You can't name it, there wasn't
one, because an empire is not about what you call the ruler or rulers, it's
fundamentally about whether one nation is ruling over a series of other nations
A reader is reminded of the historical cycle described in the ancient Chinese
The latest Darkstream immediately brought to mind the famous opening lines
of Three Kingdoms:
“Here begins our tale. The empire, long divided, must unite; long united,
must divide. Thus it has ever been.”
The urge to unite speaks to man’s hubris and arrogance, and the eventual
division, to the inevitable end of that folly and hubris.
The massive campaign to label credible media sources as 'fake
news' has been happening for a while. More social media pages are being deleted
as a result of this campaign. Expect to see many more before the 2020 election.
Why should an authority figure have to decide what is real and
what's not? Are we not capable of reading, examining sources, and deciding for
ourselves what's plausible? What is going on here, and how is it possible that
any justification exists?
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open
society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret
societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that
the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far
outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is
little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its
arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the
survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is
very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized
upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official
censorship and concealment. – JFK
If you haven’t already heard, Facebook has completely shut down
hundreds, if not thousands of Independent media pages over the last year.
Some of the biggest pages include The Free Thought Project and The
Anti-media, with millions of followers each, and years of sourced journalism.
These pages, among others, became targets a long time ago. Working directly in
the field and behind the scenes, I can tell you that all of us have been aware
of the censorship initiative for a long time because it started approximately
three years ago now. The complete deletion of multiple pages kicked off by
popular media figure Alex Jones, was followed by a massive campaign of “fake
One thing we need to remember here is, this isn’t about democrats
vs republicans, it’s about the elite preserving their control, and at the
moment, they are using the DNC as the mouthpiece for that. Thus, anything that
slandered Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, for example, was
labelled as fake news, even if evidence and credible sources were used. This is
because she is part of that elite.
This is cyber false flagging at its finest, where authority
figures at Facebook and within government agencies decide for the people what
is real, and what is not, These tactics are complemented by a large
mainstream media campaign that created awareness about fake news. Monkey see,
Many believed what media and social media did during that
election, and still now, and take on the opinion that people cannot just say
what they want on the internet. This has some validity, but ultimately, the
fact that Facebook pages with credibility were deleted makes it quite clear
what’s going on here. These pages presented declassified documents, information
about corporations and mainstream media, real whistleblower testimony and more.
Yet still, they were deleted. The population should be able to examine a source
of information and determine for themselves if it’s credible, not have an
authority figure do it for them.
We don’t need fact checkers, we ourselves should be those fact
checkers! We have a responsibility to our planet to be those fact checkers, and
not let authority figures with a tremendous amount of power, wealth, and
conflicts of interests do it for us.
“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee,
but rather because we as citizens, we as users of these services, help each
other. We talk and we share and we point out what is fake. We point out what is
true. The answer to bad speech is not censorship, the answer to bad speech is
more speech. We have to exercise and spread the idea that critical
thinking matters, now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be
getting more popular.” –Edward Snowden (source)
Facebook A Revolving Door
Facebook has become a revolving door like Monsanto, with
high-ranking DARPA employees, like Regina Duggan, who has since left Facebook,
and people from similar backgrounds now spearheading their mission. What is
Facebook’s mission? Well at the moment it seems to be censoring of information.
Their key strategy is to label everything as fake news to build an excuse to
delete Facebook pages that are dissenting voices.
You see, independent media, like CE, became extremely popular,
receiving many millions in website every single month, that traffic came from
Facebook. Independent media outlets were greatly surpassing mainstream media in
their power and voice. This is something people on the outside can’t really see
as all of this happens, but I am on the inside, so I see exactly what’s taking
shifting away from the small group of people who have controlled media since
media’s inception. Independent media brought to light a number of facts that
threaten the agenda of the global elite, like intelligence agency/government
connections to mainstream media for example, and their plans in the middle east
to basically invade, take-over, and establish a government that suits the Deep State’s best interests.
There are several examples from all fields that surround human life, from
healthcare to politics, and it all seems to be controlled by one massive
conglomerate at the top. We’ve been writing about this for nearly a
The Deep State Has Power Due To Our Unconsciousness
They (global elite) continue to do what they are able to do
because of human consciousness. The more people who consider this a “conspiracy
theory” and turn their heads away, the easier it is for them to continue and
have power. I don’t understand how so much information can come to light, yet
when it’s deemed a “conspiracy” theory” within mainstream media, everybody
simply follows the rhetoric, without doing any investigation or research for
themselves. If you don’t look into it, don’t share an opinion on it.
“Condemnation without investigation is the height of
ignorance.” – Einstein.
All of these media sources were operating normally until Donald
Trump became president, and until Hillary Clinton, Obama, Bush, etc were
outed as global elite puppets. Heck, the Clinton’s and John Podesta have even
referenced Wikileaks before that became ‘fake.’ Despite operating with
credibility for more than a decade before the accusations. What does the media
operating normally mean? Still manipulating the public, but at least they were
reporting on both sides as a whole. Now, it’s quite different.
Donald Trump is extremely vilified not because he allegedly is/was
racist/sexist, but because he threatens neoliberalism and neoconservatism, the
American empire, one that continues to try and push an Orwellian state type of
existence, which seems to be ramping up every single year. Trump was not
supposed to win, and no this isn’t about democrats vs republicans or that Trump
is a saviour. The Deep State responded like they always do every time something
‘goes wrong,’ they blamed Russia, as well as media outlets like Collective
Evolution and others. Some of which have now been deleted as mentioned
Trump is Not The Solution, We Are
Things are getting pretty ridiculous, but they’re too late. Even
if they do succeed in deleting more independent media sites from social media,
they cannot erase them from the internet. Yes, social media platforms were
great for spreading information across the internet and for having more people
become aware of it. It really showed what people were interested in, and what
people wanted to see, but clearly, we do not live in a democracy and that
People are still going to search for information, and alternative
forms of information, given the fact that what they see coming from the
mainstream is usually highly suspect and questionable. More and more people see
it this way because our consciousness continues to shift. Social media
platforms do not control the awakening but have been a great tool to grow it,
but it’s something that cannot be stopped. The more we awaken and truly see
past the political games, the more we pull power from the power grid that keeps
all this in place.
of this seems to be taking place with perfect timing before the 2020 election.
No doubt that the Deep State will want to take back the presidency, but
ultimately, we need to see the bigger picture here. We need to see what politics actually is,
and the past few years alone have provided us with the opportunity to see.
It’s nothing but elite people, corporations and the financial
elite that have become drenched with so much power that they have been able to
direct human will and use it for their own selfish purposes. With powerful
revelations that have come to light, like elite pedophilia and ritual abuse,
and extreme corruption, why do we still participate? Why do we choose to elect
these people? Why do we believe we live in a democracy when what people want to
look at, and what the majority of people want to have done (like
GMO-labelling), is completely censored? Why are harmful ‘things’ surrounding us
constantly when we have science showing it’s not safe, like cell phone towers
etc. It’s simply because power lies within the corporatocracy. Decisions aren’t
being made with the best interest of humanity at heart, and this is why the
system is failing because it’s not actually for the people.
Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be
laid by strictly legal means … We have a well-organized political-action group
in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a
one-party state … It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our
Government … This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century…
This group … is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the
courts. It is practically irremovable. – Senator William Jenner (source)
Before 2020, they’re going to want to silence anything that
creates awareness about the corruption, deceit and lies that have dominated the
presidency and the entire military-industrial complex for years.
The fact of the matter is:
“The conscious and intelligent
manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important
element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism
of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of
our country. We are governed, our minds are moulded, our tastes formed,
our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays
(“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928 (note that Bernays’ book, Propaganda, begins with the above quote).
This is what’s unravelling, and the stronger the push the unravel
it, the stronger the reaction and response from the deep state.
Recognize what’s happening, the massive censorship of information,
coupled with the ridicule or finger pointing, or even arrest of people who
choose to voice an opinion in opposition to the rhetoric that’s constantly
spewed by mainstream media, which in turn is usually believed by the masses.
At the same time, independent media represents a shift in
consciousness. A shift in our perceptions, thoughts, feelings and general
self-awareness about our own planet is changing, and thus, change has been
sprouted in multiple different areas, including political corruption and the
stranglehold it has over our world.
We are more aware, but there is still some ways to go…
A good chunk of work has been done. A massive transformation of
consciousness has taken place and it seems that a global mass is growing
closer to a critical mass. The censorship of independent media is irrelevant in
a sense, because the shift will continue to happen, change will continue to
happen, and information that the deep state does not want the public to become
aware of will keep making its way into transparency.
Independent media will continue to have the opportunity to share
information because of a lack of credible information and plain truth within
the mainstream. People are hungry for it, and will seek it out themselves.
The thing is, independent media needs BIG support. Not just
sharing the information, but also funding it. You can help support CE here.
The demand for Collective
Evolution's content is bigger than ever, except ad agencies and social media
keep cutting our revenues. This is making it hard for us to continue.
In order to stay truly
independent, we need your help. We are not going to put up paywalls on this
website, as we want to get our info out far and wide. For as little as $3 a month, you can help keep CE alive!
the U.S. Shale Industry produces a record amount of oil, it continues to be
plagued by massive oil decline rates and debt. Moreover, even as the
companies brag about lowering the break-even cost to produce shale oil, the
industry still spends more than it makes. When we add up all the negative
factors weighing down the shale oil industry, it should be no surprise that a
catastrophic failure lies dead ahead.
course, most Americans have no idea that the U.S. Shale Oil Industry is nothing
more than a Ponzi Scheme because of the mainstream media’s inability to report
FACT from FICTION. However, they don’t deserve all of the blame as the
shale energy industry has done an excellent job hiding the financial distress
from the public and investors by the use of highly technical jargon and BS.
example, Pioneer published this in the recent Q2 2018 Press Release:
placed 38 Version 3.0 wells on production during the second quarter of 2018.
The Company also placed 29 wells on production during the second quarter of
2018 that utilized higher intensity completions compared to Version 3.0 wells.
These are referred to as Version 3.0+ completions. Results from the 65 Version
3.0+ wells completed in 2017 and the first half of 2018 are outperforming production
from nearby offset wells with less intense completions. Based on the success of
the higher intensity completions to date, the Company is adding approximately
60 Version 3.0+ completions in the second half of 2018.
the information Pioneer published above wasn’t all that technical, but it was
full of BS. Anytime the industry uses terms like “Version 3.0+
completions” to describe shale wells, this normally means the use of
“more technology” equals “more money.” As the
shale industry goes from 30 to 60 to 70 stage frack wells, this takes one hell
of a lot more pipe, water, sand, fracking chemicals and of course, money.
the majority of investors and the public are clueless in regards to the
staggering costs it takes to produce shale oil because they are enamored by the
“wonders of technology.” For some odd reason, they tend to overlook the
simple premise that…
STUFF costs MORE MONEY.
course, the shale industry doesn’t mind using MORE MONEY, especially if some
other poor slob pays the bill.
Industry: Deep The Denial
to a recently released article by 40-year oil industry veteran, Mike
Shellman, “Deep The Denial,” he
provided some sobering statistics on the shale industry:
put somebody very smart on the necessary research (SEC K’s, press releases
regarding private equity to private producers, etc.) to determine what total
upstream shale oil debt actually is. We found it to be between
$285-$300B (billion), both public and private. Kallanish Energy
Consultants recently wrote that there is $240B of long term E&P debt in the
US maturing by 2023 and I think we should assume that at least 90 plus percent
of that is associated with shale oil. That is maturing debt, not total debt.
… By year end 2019 I firmly believe the US LTO industry will then be
paying over $20B annually in interest on long term debt.
own self-touted “breakeven” oil price, the shale oil industry must then produce
over 1.5 Million BOPD just to pay interest on that debt each year. Those are
barrels of oil that cannot be used to deleverage debt, grow reserves, not even
replace reserves that are declining at rates of 28% to 15% per year… that is
just what it will take to service debt.
own “breakeven” prices the US shale oil industry will ultimately have to
produce 9G BO of oil, as much as it has already produced in 10 years…just to
pay its total long term debt back.
Mike’s figures, I made the following chart below:
(For charts and graphs link to website
public and investors need to understand that “oil breakeven costs” do not
include capital expenditures. And according to Pioneer’s Q2 2018
Press Release, the company plans on spending $3.4 billion on capital
expenditures in 2018. The majority of the capital expenditures are spent
on drilling and completing horizontal shale wells.
example, Pioneer brought on 130 new wells in the first half of 2018 and spent
$1.7 billion on CAPEX (capital expenditures) versus 125 wells and $1.36 billion
in 2H 2017. I have seen estimates that it cost approximately $9
million for Pioneer to drill a horizontal shale well in the Permian.
Thus, the 130 wells cost nearly $1.2 billion.
the interesting thing to take note is that Pioneer brought on 125 wells in 2H
2017 to add 30,000+ barrels of new oil production compared to 130 wells in
1H 2018 that only added 10,000+ barrels. So, how
can Pioneer add five more wells (130 vs. 125) in 1H 2018 to see its oil
production increase a third of what it was in the previous period?
the U.S. shale oil industry continues to spend more money than they make from
operations. While energy companies may have enjoyed lower costs when the
industry was gutted by super-low oil prices in 2015 and 2016, it seems as if
inflation has made its way back into the shale patch. Rising energy
prices translate to higher costs for the shale energy industry. Rinse and
when the stock markets finally crack, so will energy and commodity
prices. Falling oil prices will cause severe damage to the Shale Industry
as it struggles to stay afloat by selling assets, issuing stock and increasing
debt to continue producing unprofitable oil.
the U.S. Shale Oil Industry will suffer catastrophic failure from the impact of
deflationary oil prices along with peaking production.
While U.S. Shale Oil production has increased exponentially over the past
decade, it will likely come down even faster.
Putin’s Orthodoxy: A Few
Hints about His Religious Views
Vladimir Putin is fairly mute
about his own religious views. Being a member of the Communist Party is no
evidence of atheism. Its evidence only of conformity. Party membership was
essential for having any a career of any substantial kind, especially in the
security services. Military and police careers were, as in all societies,
attractive to patriots and nationalists, though it had to be a “Soviet” rather
than a specifically Russian nationalism. However, he does say that he was
secretly baptized by his mother at 18 months in Petersburg at the Cathedral of
the Martyrs Alexandria and Antonia of Rome. From this, it is safe to say that
Putin was secretly taught the faith from a young age.
to his mother, it was the day of St. Michael and all the Angels, so it had to
be November 21st. Putin’s views are, in his own words, to be internal, and never
the subject of a show. The cross that his mother gave him at the Sepulcher Church
in Jerusalem he wears always. In his house many years ago, a fire broke out
from the heating unit of the sauna malfunctioning. Worried that the cross,
which he had left near his bed, was gone forever, once of the workmen found it
perfectly intact in the midst of all the rubble.
stated on Larry King that he sees this event as a miracle and a “revelation.”
His personal commitment to Orthodoxy never wavered afterwards. Normally he goes
to obscure, rural churches to spend the holidays, wishing to avoid the cameras
and distractions of the major cities. His natural constituency is the Orthodox
population, who, as polls have stated since the mid 1990s, trust the patriarch
more than anyone else in Russia, even more than Putin himself.
Slobodan Milosevic, Putin is clearly comfortable and at home in an Orthodox
setting, and his ritual movements are smooth and comfortable, not jerky and
artificial as might be expected for a hypocritical display. Milosevic was noted
for his awkwardness in Orthodox churches in the 1990s, suggesting he had no
experience in them. The only time he seemed slightly stiff is when, upon
kissing an icon, the background noise was of hundreds of cameras taking
is one of the videos in which Putin reveals the origin of his faith.
It shows us the following:
first speaks about his Baptism: 02:00
believes in the traditional Russian family: 04:03
65,000 Russians defend the Church: 08:02
Orthodox bikers in the new Russia: 10:52
acknowledges the saints and martyrs murdered by the communists: 11:45
is far superior for the church than Peter the Great and many others.
Non-Orthodox monarchs in Russia history include Peter I, who was a materialist
Freemason. His successor, the mockery “Catherine I,” who was a former
prostitute from Germany taken as war booty by Peter. She was placed on the
throne in mockery, similar to the French Revolutionaries placing a prostitute
on the throne of the Bishop of Paris during the terror. Lord Biron, a Freemason
who ruled while the two “Empress Annas” tried on outfits), Peter III who was a
Lutheran, soon murdered by, Catherine II, a Deist and vehemently anti-Orthodox
and anti-Russian. Alexander I dabbled in the occult, while Alexander II was
generally secular. At the same time, these and other monarchs placed atheists
and masons as head of the synod on a regular basis. Putin is far more Orthodox
than those monarchs.
concern with ecumenism with Rome is puzzling. His constituency is Orthodox and
nationalist. He has only to lose with this policy. Yet, no one else on earth
right now has done more to strengthen and spread Orthodox than Putin and the
Moscow Patriarchate. On February 13, 2012, Putin condemned the Red Army in
the Russian Civil War. In 2012, 65,000 gathered at the Cathedral of Christ
the Savior in Moscow to defend the church against Pussy Riot and other attacks
on it. This is the new Russia.
in 2001, Izvestia interviewed Putin’s spiritual father, the Archimandrite
Tikhon (Shevkunov) of the Sretensky Monastery. This was December of 2001,
probably prior to anyone really knowing too much about his policy agenda. The
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is
really an Orthodox Christian really, and not nominally. He confesses, receives
communion and is aware of his responsibility before God for the ministry
entrusted to him from on high and for his immortal soul. The burden and
severity of the problems he is undertaking to solve and his responsibility for
these is truly enormous. Anyone who really loves Russia and wishes her well can
only pray for Vladimir Vladimirovich whom the Providence of God sent to deliver
Archimandrite was himself sent to prison by the old KGB and had members of his
family perish because of them. Thus, Putin’s background in this organization
did not initially endear him to the President. However, he soon was convinced
of Putin’s Orthodox mind. In his book, the Archimandrite writes:
Combining the modern Russian
state with past forms, Putin has undertaken a huge effort to connect it to the
heavens. The construction of churches, the reconstruction of destroyed
parishes, monasteries and the revival of Russian shrines has become an urgent
matter for Putin. For the dark, soulless landscape that was imposed on Russia
after 1991 – one dominated by nihilism, anger, and nonsense mercantile scams –
Russia was in a condition completely unsuitable for any future development.
Anything built in this context, any laboratory or university, immediately
plunged into the abyss of a toxic lifestyle. The restoration of churches and
monasteries is truly the creation of huge sewage treatment plants which are to
filter and processing the fetid waste of the 1990s. It is the construction of
spiritual filters through which passes the poisoned spirit of the Russian
his visit to Valaam, Putin stated that “without Orthodoxy, there would be no
the website of the Valaam monastery, they speak of the sincerity of the
President’s faith. They state that visiting the northern shrines was a “turning
point” for Putin and began a sincere conversion. He ensured that there was a
minimum of meetings and no talk of politics. On August 16th of
2001 Putin first began his pilgrimage and acted like an “ordinary believer.” He
walked the three kilometers to the main monastery to St. Nicholas’ skete. He
then decreed that the island of Anzer be granted officially to the church and
more specifically, the monastery of Solovki.
the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Rus under St. Vladimir,
Today, when people are again
looking for moral support, millions of our fellow citizens see their Russian
Orthodox religion as a beacon. Trust the wise pastoral words of the Russian
Orthodox Church. Her selfless, educational and social service demand respect.
Her public authority and peacekeeping efforts aimed at strengthening the
harmony and stability of Russia, as well as her efforts to restore the
historical ties among peoples, and especially with our compatriots abroad, has
been her legacy. It is also important that a new level of state-church
relations has developed. We act as genuine partners and as co-workers in solving
the most pressing domestic and international challenges in the implementation
of joint ventures for the benefit of our country and people.
the 90th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate, Putin
The Patriarchate of the Russian
Orthodox Church helped the people survive the agony of the 20th century.
It helped defend the faith, to unite the flock and to save not just the church,
but the ideas of Christianity. And later, already in a revival of religious
life, the Church has helped continue his tireless service. And today, we
appreciate the desire of the Russian Orthodox Church to return the ideals and
values to Russian society that for centuries were our spiritual landmarks
is common to condemn Putin for being a “KGB agent.” the truth is that the
security services of any nation attract nationalists. Few doctrinaire Marxists
existed in the USSR. This is the exclusive domain of capitalist universities.
Putin has condemned Marxism and communism. He has stated that the fall of the
USSR was a great “catastrophe.” Indeed it was: Solzhenitsyn said the same. The
destruction of the Soviet economy in a few years and its liquidation into the
bank accounts of a few Jewish oligarchs is well known. The USSR was preferable
to the 1990s in Russia. The life expectancy of the Russian male went down to
under 60 years.
be a career man of any kind in the USSR, one had to join the party. Spouting a
few slogans that no one believed is a minor price to pay for the ability to
feed one’s family. Putin clearly (albeit secretly) rejected the party’s
atheism. He was and is a Russian nationalist. My book, Russian
Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin (TBR Press, 2012)
shows this at great length. I’ve translated some speeches and writings that
have not seen the light of day in the west. The revelations of Putin’s secret
baptism make sense out of his post-soviet career and ideological development.
Readers should buy directly from The Barnes Review (the publisher of this book)
due to the fact that Amazon and other retailers are deliberately charging
outrageously high prices for it).
videos and then imagine an American president saying the same things about
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