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Michael C. Ruppert was uniquely qualified to write and speak about energy issues, corruption, politics and economics long before Bluemark Films’ 2009 documentary “Collapse” became a critically-acclaimed, worldwide sensation heralded by critics all over the world and about which film critic Roger Ebert wrote, “My bullshit detector never moved off zero… Above all else see “Collapse”. That film has now been viewed more than six million times around the world.
The film’s companion book, upon which the film was based, “Confronting Collapse” has shocked politicians, economists, academics and everyday people with its simple clarity, and bluntly accurate (if stark) assessment of where the human race stands at the end of the Age of Oil. Michael’s longtime readers are not surprised. Mike has an unprecedented track record as an investigative journalist, accurate energy-related, economic, military, and geopolitical analysis and prediction, which has been established over decades, both in his former newsletter “From The Wilderness” (FTW), and in his first book, “Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil”, (New Society, 2004).
FTW, which ceased operations in late 2006, archived more original reporting on Peak Oil and related topics than any other publication at the time. It also produced some of the hardest-hitting investigative journalism of the Clinton and Bush-Cheney eras.
FTW subscribers included major decision makers, members of congress and mainstream media. Mike has lectured in eight countries and at more than 20 universities. Mike has addressed California’s prestigious Commonwealth Club and given more than 200 radio and TV interviews as well as appearing in more than 15 independent films. “Crossing the Rubicon” is in the Harvard Business School and many other university libraries. The startling accuracy of the predictions he made in that book and in FTW prompted a 2008 surge in its popularity among the people who keep America running as the economic crash which Mike had predicted for so many years became real.
Mike was born an only child in Washington, D.C. into a family with deep connections to the U.S. intelligence community. Mike graduated from UCLA in 1973 with honors in Political Science. He interned for L.A.’s Chief of Police and was groomed by officers with connections to the CIA. After graduating in June, 1973 Mike graduated from the LAPD Academy as Valedictorian. He was assigned to South Central L.A. where he earned near-perfect evaluations and many commendations for investigation, bravery and attention to duty.
Mike resigned from the LAPD in late 1978 after receiving death threats for refusing to participate in operations involving CIA drug smuggling into the U.S. As a whistleblower, Mike spent years in his own wilderness before revelations and government documents confirmed his allegations. He came into the public spotlight after a 1996 confrontation with then CIA Director John Deutch. Many credited Mike’s fearless performance on live TV with costing Deutch what was considered to be a guaranteed appointment as Secretary of Defense.
In May of 2006, after being contacted by Mary Tillman, mother of pro-football star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, Mike and his Military Affairs Editor, Stan Goff (US Army Special Forces, retired) spent days analyzing and decoding 2000 pages of Army records. The AP, Washington Post and L.A. Times (among others) stories which broke the Tillman case open in August and September were virtual cut and pastes of FTW’s original copyrighted series from June of 2006. Every congressional handout which forced eventual hearings was from FTW. Nine officers, including three generals, were disciplined and the sudden resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was a result of the FTW series.
In 2010 Mike founded Collapse Network, intended to concentrate essential news stories and facilitate relocalization. “Relocalization”, says Ruppert, “is the only hope we have to build lifeboats that can save as many lives as possible as human industrial civilization comes to an end and as a new and uncertain era with unforeseen challenges leaves us asking not what kind of a world we can save, but what will be left to pass on to future generations.” In the spring of 2012 – after multiple “points of no return” were crossed, including climatological, environmental, social, economic, and military Mike “fired” himself from the Collapsenet, giving the company to the staff who had worked to build it. Hr realized that in the official and accepted world none of these problems would ever be solved using the tools, approaches and concepts that the world accepts.
In August of 2012 Mike relocated from lush Sonoma County California to the remote San Luis Valley at 8,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies to pursue spiritual awareness and solutions while keeping a close eye on the increasingly irrational behavior of homo sapiens, the climate, the unweaving of industrial civilization, the extinction of 200 species a day as theme music for the birth of a new age of human existence.
As a singer/songwriter Mike has co-written and sung many songs with the band New White Trash. With band mates Doug Lewis and Kristen Vigard (the original Broadway Annie) New White Trash is currently finishing its second album “Inner Reach” scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. His specially selected music is an essential feature of every show.
Fans wishing to write to Mike or his dog Rags may do so by writing to Mike Ruppert, 27378 Red Cloud Ave., Moffat, CO 81143.