‘American Oil Memes’ Is the Best Thing on the Internet Right Now

(ANTIMEDIA) — Memes have become the fabric of everyday internet life, and while many are often silly or flat out stupid, every once in a while, a new meme craze provides potent social commentary.

Last year, “If it pleases the crown” memes questioned the fundamental authority of government and mocked the widespread belief that we must submit to it. This year, a new page called American Oil Memes is brazenly (and hilariously) calling out the U.S. empire’s lust for the commodity, and their content is getting thousands of shares.

Here are some of the page’s top posts:

American Oil MemesSent by Meher Lahwar

Posted by American Oil Memes on Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Monday, March 19, 2018

Share it! Lets make American Oil Memes the meme of March!Idea: André Nunes

Posted by American Oil Memes on Friday, March 16, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Sunday, March 18, 2018

The trick to sleep well at night <3Like American Oil Memes for more!Submit your ideas to the page!

Posted by American Oil Memes on Monday, March 19, 2018

American Oil MemesSend your memes to the page

Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Posted by Andros O Sanchez M on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Monday, March 19, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Submit your memes to our page(y) American Oil MemesSent byJakub Ciach

Posted by American Oil Memes on Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

American Oil MemesCredits:Frédérick PatenaudeSubmit your ideas to the page

Posted by American Oil Memes on Thursday, March 15, 2018

Some of the memes draw on popular culture to make their point:

LmaoCredits:Burak Çakır

Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rip Mustafa :((y) American Oil Memes

Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Friday, March 16, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Monday, March 19, 2018

Another Spongebob meme calls out the war machine even more broadly, highlighting what happens when the U.S. invades a country:

Like us for more American Oil Memes

Posted by American Oil Memes on Saturday, March 17, 2018

And of course, there are plenty of display of memeception, using other familiar memes to make new memes:

We heard you like memeceptions :)Send us your ideas!

Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Posted by American Oil Memes on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Submit your memes to our page(y) American Oil MemesMeme sent by Ammar Alawneh

Posted by American Oil Memes on Friday, March 16, 2018

American Oil Memes

Posted by American Oil Memes on Sunday, March 18, 2018

The memes may be lighthearted, but they tackle a serious subject. A 2014 analysis by researchers at the University of Essex and the University of Portsmouth concluded that third-party forces are more likely to intervene in a nation’s conflict when “a) the country at war has large reserves of oil, b) the relative competition in the sector is limited and c) the potential intervener has a higher demand for oil.”

The page’s creator, who asked to be referred to as Paulo and also runs the popular meme pages 8Shit and 8Meme, told Anti-Media in a message that the sentiment has been around for quite a while, and that’s why the memes are so popular:

Everyone sees the news, everyone knows the true and main reason why America is involved in so many wars in countries on the other side of the world. It can’t be just to ‘restore peace’ or to give the countries ‘democracy.’ It’s no coincidence those countries are often fragile and have oil. They’re the perfect opportunity for America to drill into, and it has gotten so obvious that jokes about it finally started catching a trend. [It’s a] funny trend, but at the same time portrays a very serious and saddening problem.

As American Oil Memes simply describes itself:

Our page makes fun of the American hunger for oil.”

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include comment from the meme page’s creator.

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