Tag Archives: James Howard Kunstler

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    Peak Prosperity

    Peak Cheap Oil – Crash Course Chapter 20

    Still a very big, very real, threat to our way of life
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, November 7, 2014, 11:31 PM

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    Energy is the lifeblood of any economy.  But when an economy is based on an exponential debt-based money system and that is based on exponentially increasing energy supplies, the supply of that energy therefore deserves our very highest attention.

    What’s clearly at work here is that we’re finding more oil, but it’s expensive. Yet total global demand for oil will climb as developing countries expand their economies and world population continues to grow. Competition for hydrocarbons will become more fierce than it has ever been.

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    Reality-Optional Economics

    Cockamamie Stories Infecting the Body Politic
    by JHK

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 5:10 PM

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    The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a staggering phenomenon because little about it is conspiratorial; rather, it’s the consensual expression of a public that wants desperately to believe things that are untrue, and an economic leadership equally credulous, unmanned, and avid to furnish the necessary narratives that might preserve their jobs and perqs.

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    Off the Cuff: Anything Goes, But Nothing Matters

    That's the sorry state of today's "markets"
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, June 26, 2014, 5:04 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and James Howard Kunstler discuss:

    • Engineered Interference
      • Prices have no bearing on real market forces right now
    • Strange Bedfellows
      • Iraq's woes are creating all sorts of unnatural alliances
    • The End of Wishful Thinking?
      • We're losing hold of our happy delusions
    • The Resilient Living Learning Curve
      • Building skills often means failing a lot on the way
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    The State of the Deep State

    The monster in America’s closet
    by JHK

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:43 PM

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    We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I don’t believe in). 

    I like to say that I’m allergic to conspiracy theories because human beings are generally too inept to carry out schemes at the grand scale, as well as being poor secret-keepers. Insider knowledge is almost always swapped around, even in secretive organizations, often recklessly so, because doling it out confers status, tactical advantage, and sometimes money for the doler-outer. But the Deep State isn’t a secret. It operates in plain sight.

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    How To Oppose the Deep State

    Don't volunteer for victimhood
    by JHK

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 1:42 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • A middle ground approach is best at this stage
    • While the Deep State is threatened by its own dysfunction, a collapse will not be pretty for citizens
    • How not to volunteer for victimhood
    • Where hope lies

    If you have not yet read The State of the Deep State, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    On general principle, the sort of odious operations represented by the Deep State, including warrantless police actions, immersive surveillance, and even assassination, ought to be opposed by Americans who care about their country and the ongoing project of remaining civilized. The Deep State’s totalitarian tendencies are self-evident. Therefore, “we the people” are obliged to dismantle it as expeditiously as possible, ideally by voting for electoral candidates who vow to work toward that end, but by resistance if that fails. Political actions might include getting rid of all the redundant “security” agencies piggybacked around the CIA since 9/11; voting the Patriot Act out of existence; and introducing legislation to re-define the “personhood” of corporations and their putative “rights” to “free speech” as defined by flinging money at elections.

    However, the electoral process, being subject to the depredations and manipulations of the Deep State, may itself be too much a part of the problem at the present time. Resistance, on the other hand, can beat a fast path into the perilous realm of revolution and sedition, inviting punishment by the Deep State. For the moment then, the preferable action probably lies in the middle ground: political persuasion, speaking out against the Deep State. There is simply not enough of this now, especially among serious people in positions of authority. This, by the way, was exactly what turned the nation against the folly of the Vietnam War.

    It begs the question: where are the Bobby Kennedys, Gene McCarthys, and William Fullbrights of our time? Where are the visible people of stature willing to take a stand, to put their careers on the line? Not just…

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    Off the Cuff: Abnormal Times

    Our institutions no longer serve our interests
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:47 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Jim discuss:

    • The Dimming of US Legitimacy Abroad
      • Americans have a growing fear & distrust of our own foreign policy
    • Charity Begins at Home
      • Why are we sending $ abroad that is much needed at home?
    • Abnormal Times
      • We are so far from fundamentals that a correction is guaranteed
    • This Weekend's Seminar at Rowe
      • Kunstler will be participating
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    Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

    That it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean you're wrong
    by JHK

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:16 AM

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    It’s nerve-wracking to live in the historical moment of an epic turning point, especially when the great groaning garbage barge of late industrial civilization doesn’t turn quickly where you know it must, and you are left feeling naked and ashamed with your dark worldview, your careful preparations for a difficult future, and your scornful or tittering relatives reminding you each day what a ninny you are to worry about the tendings of events.

    Persevere. There are worse things in this life than not being right exactly on schedule

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    How Life Will Change

    Logistics and values in the post-industrial future
    by JHK

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:16 AM

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    Executive Summary

    • In a future defined by diminished economy, due to depleting resources, what can we expect?
    • A return to "old-style" cultural norms looks inevitable for:
      • Spirituality
      • Trust & Reputation
      • Values & Virtues
      • Leadership & Order
      • Education
      • Commerce
      • Jobs & Work

    If you have not yet read Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse? available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    The journey to where we’re going, the transition to the next economy and the society that comes with it, is liable to be harsh and disruptive. Network breakdown will be the order of the day. Money and goods will stop moving. People will lose a lot. They’ll lose property, imagined wealth, comfortable routines, faith in institutions and authorities. In some places they may lose personal security or freedom. Depending on how disorderly politics gets, we may lose family, loved ones, and friends. People will be very unsure of who or what they can depend on. We might expect pervasive desperation, anger, and despair.

    One thing I fully expect is…

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    Off the Cuff: It’s All About Resources

    Competition & conflicts are heating up
    by Adam Taggart

    Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:51 PM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Jim discuss:

    • What the Ukraine Is Telling US
      • Resources are at the heart of coming conflicts
    • US Oil Is Back Over $100/Barrel
      • The 'Long Emergency' is real
    • Age Wars
      • Generational friction is on the rise
    • The Social Dynamics of the Future
      • Why they'll likely feel quite different from today's
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    Off the Cuff: Distortions, Manipulations, Interventions & Perversities

    It's hard to chart a clear course these days
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, January 10, 2014, 1:03 AM

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    In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and James discuss:

    • Unpunished Crime
      • Justice remains very blind right now
    • Cultural Malnourishment
      • We are holding ourselves to lower standards
    • Options for Civil Disobedience
      • Will 'old school' protesting work anymore?
    • The Current Crack-Up Boom
      • Will 2014 be another 2013?
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