James Howard Kunstler

Then What? – James Howard Kunstler

A theme in my 2005 book, The Long Emergency, was the counter-intuitive idea that the federal government, rather than becoming the omnipotent Big Brother Moloch so many feared, would instead spiral into impotence and become too incompetent and ineffectual to run everybody’s life. Another theme was that the USA was entering a political impasse comparable to the years that preceded the civil war, with many of the same old grudges playing out in disguise. What we’re seeing is an empire that had grown too quickly to even acknowledge it had become an empire, enter, just as quickly, the throes of contraction.

Gassy Politics – James Howard Kunstler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of KUNSTLER. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. First: Paul Sabin’s stupid op-ed in The New York Times Saturday shows how intellectually bankrupt and pusillanimous the “newspaper of record” has become, in step with the depraved and decadent empire whose record-keeper it supposedly pretends to be. Sabin…

Between a Rock and a Laugh Track – James Howard Kunstler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of KUNSTLER. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. After the British parliament put the kibosh on following the American punishment brigade to Syria, and then NATO, and the UN wrinkled their noses at the project, well, that pretty much left President Obama to twist slowly, slowly in…

September 2013 – Super-sized fake vernacular – James Howard Kunstler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of KUNSTLER. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. The new “farm” office campus of Epic systems, a medical software colossus, in Verona, Wisconsin. This agglomeration of super-sized fake vernacular rural building types is scaled just right for the super-sized racket that medicine has become in this land,…

KunstlerCast 244 — Interview With Michael Klare – James Howard Kunstler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of KUNSTLER. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. KunstlerCast 244 — Interview with author Michael Klare JHK interviews Michael Klare, author or The Race For What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources. Michael is also the author of Resource Wars, and Blood and Oil.…

The Self-Rehypothecation of Ben Bernanke – James Howard Kunstler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of KUNSTLER. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. How then did Ben Bernanke finally summon the fortitude to entertain tapering Federal Reserve bond purchases from $85 billion a month to, say, $84.7 billion a month come September 18th, the world may never know, but now the deed…

Let’s All Go Medieval- James Howard Kunstler

That voice! All a’quiver with the dread of self-knowledge that it is confabulating a story, much like the "money" that his Open Market Committee spins out of the increasingly carbonized air. His words fill the vacuum of the collectively blank American mind, where hopes and dreams spin like debris in an Oklahoma twister, only to fall incoherently on a landscape of man-made ruins. If Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke were hooked up to…

The New Abnormal – James Howard Kunstler

The collective state of mind in the USA these days may be even more peculiar than what went on in Germany in the early 1930s, when the Nazis were freely elected to lead the country and reconstructed the battered national psyche into a superman cult that soon beat a path to mass death and ruin. America has its own way of going crazy. We don’t goose-step to tragedy; we coalesce into an insane clown posse and stumble into it by pratfall — juggaloes dancing backwards off the cliff edge.