Geopolitical issues become more complicated as efforts to achieve domination of world resources intensify. In the regime of weapons proliferation between warring oligarchies, both the United States and the Soviet Union were driven to the point of economic failure. Amid the proliferation of high-tech weapons systems and erudite scientific research, an obsolescent commodity was insidiously elevated above the limits of reason. Petroleum became the focus of world capital and capital transactions. Petroleum is the accessible power, the practical resource which has fueled the engines of oligarchic labor. Having far fewer requirements than uranium reactors, having far less hazardous aftereffects than nuclear means, oil has been the very blood pumping in the oligarchic heart. The supposed new order is really a denned and very obvious recapitulation of a former Old World Order, one whose themes demand a complete return to simplistic technological methods. It is here that we discover the reversals of otherwise natural progress in dictated directions, the source of a prolonged obsolescent world state. But these directives do not exist in a vacuum. Indeed there are other Houses, and Houses war against one another.
The revenues reaped through the total domination of any utility are not the empowering influence behind oligarchic ascents. It is the control of utilities which brings elevations. When once the world utility market has been made completely subservient to and dependent upon a fueling source, any House which holds that source will ascend. The revenues are secondary and even tertiary considerations to those for whom control is the central theme. The various reversals in thematic direction, throughout the last one hundred technological years, have represented those instances in which the geopolitical influence interrupted natural progress. Progress and social improvement through technology, working class themes of reason and logic, does not exist for those who wish control and mastery of world conditions. Any system judged to have potential for the greatest proportion of supply and demand, a system which offers highest control potentials, will be aggressively sought by Oligarchies; and sought, regardless of thematic working class notions of progress. In the minds of oligarchs, progress is a condition which their manipulations establish. For these personages progress is an ephemeral, an expendable and arbitrary fluctuation in a world state which they repeatedly demonstrate ability in producing.
This is why we have seen the complete reversal, from futuristic nuclear industries to obsolescent oil industries, in the very years when nuclear perspectives were being espoused with greatest social force. Oligarchs assessed each emerging technology against a central theme of control. POWER IS HAD IN THE CONTROL OF THINGS MADE NECESSARY. When once it was realized that technology ran on fuels, then oligarchs strove to own and ration that fuel. The control was the means through which power came, not the money earned. If a system required a rationed fuel, that system became the “universal” proliferation, the addiction by which working class society was enslaved. Whenever new technologies emerged, having no dependence on rationed supply, that technology was destroyed.
Fuel and energy themes have historically proven themselves to be the central focus of necessity, the lever in the hand of the powerful. In this latter part of the Twentieth Century, petroleum has been the fuel on which technology has been made dependent. Ownership of oil is control only because of the cup which one wields to mete it out. The price of oil is insignificant. It is the cup which holds the control. Fuel and Energy drive the relentless wheels of Industry, and maintain the precious Control. Energy is the demand, oil the rationed supply. Energy is the single valuable commodity. And of all energy supply, the rationed supply of oil is the power. How fitting, that rock sludge should be the earthly claim to power! But petroleum does not exist for its own sake.
One observes the fact that 65 percent of the world petroleum supply finds itself focussed in Saudi Arabia, a remarkable statistic. The common misconception is that the Arabian Peninsula contains an exclusive excess of petroleum; a supply otherwise unsurpassed in the world. But this preponderance of supply is based solely on the geopolitical exploitation of this region. Indeed there are reserves throughout the territories of the world which dwarf those of the Arabian Peninsula, a fact which appears all the more strange when one considers the sheer richness of oil reserves in several other locales. What made this region more attractive to oligarchic development had much to do with the original inaccessible nature of the locale. When first engineered to produce its supply, certain highly attractive features brought the investments of a single House at the turn of the century. Inaccessible, isolated, easily acquired, and geopolitically unchallenged. This fact alone became all too evident during the First World War, when a cluster of national alignments revealed the significant Houses originally desirous of controlling the region. To this day, the Arabian Peninsula commands the attentions of a major House. Perhaps it is before the dictates of this world dominating House that all Houses have too long done obeisance. But from where is the perceived power of petroleum derived?
Petroleum is not valuable for the wealth which it brings. Petroleum is valuable for the control which it brings. This required a complete world proliferation of fuel-dependent technology, a feat accomplished throughout the early Twentieth Century by several originally competing Houses. For petroleum to acquire a control potential, one requires a utility which relies on petroleum. In the latter part of the Twentieth Century, petroleum was coupled to the generation of electrical power. Thomas Edison was used to achieve this control factor. The social dependence on utility is a need which has been addicted to electricity. The need of those who wish electric light is now withheld by those who hold the oil. It is thus that the power of cruel mastery is transformed into need. Earthly power moves through phases, from willful intent to electric light. Earthly power now flows back from the needy to the cruel. It is a 60 cycle rhythm by which the subservient draw light from cruel masters, while cruel masters draw life from the subservient. An alternating current.
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