Tag Archives: New York Times

  • Podcast

    James Howard Kunstler: It’s Time To Be Honest With Ourselves

    The major systems our society relies on are failing
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11:55 PM


    The ever-eloquent James Howard Kunstler returns to our podcast this week to discuss the dangers of the 'comprehensive dishonesty' he observes in our culture today.

    We occupy ourselves with distractions (e.g., the fear du jour that our media continually manufactures) and diversions (e.g., our empty social media addiction), while ignoring the erosion of the essential systems around us. Making matters worse, the leaders we assume are focusing on these issues aren't or are woefully out of their depth.

    It's time for society to take a hard look in the mirror and be honest about the shortcoming it sees. Identifying them then opens the door to deciding what to do about them.

    Without the courage to be honest, we condemn ourselves to a failing status quo that likely has little remaining time left.

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  • Blog

    Breaking Free From The Captured Media

    Why the mainstream press is freaking out
    by charleshughsmith

    Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:55 AM


    Why is the mainstream media freaking out right now? 

    For the first time in American history, the entire weight of the corporate mainstream media failed to persuade the citizenry. With advertising revenues sliding along with the citizens' trust, the MSM is flailing about in a self-destructive fit of hubris.

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  • Insider
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    Fixing the Mess We’ve Made

    A better future is in our reach, if we act now
    by JHK

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 2:18 AM


    Executive Summary

    • The prevailing trends of the next several decades: contraction, down-scaling & re-localization
    • How these trends will manifest in commerce, politics, employment & infrastructure
    • Those who adapt now will be positioned to thrive
    • Act now – ask forgiveness, not permission

    If you have not yet read Part I: We've Dug a Pretty Damn Big Hole for Ourselves, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    We may never again restore trust in giant institutions ranging from the U.S. government to Harvard University to The New York Times. They have probably squandered their credibility and their legitimacy.

    Anyway, the trends now moving human affairs are taking us away from both gigantism and the growth imperative that these things represent. The trends of the present moment in history are contraction, down-scaling, and re-localization.

    Managing contraction is the only safe reality-based political response to the situation, and there is no constituency for it – though contraction is emphatically underway whether we like it or not, and it would be advantageous if we could manage our way through it rather than let it become a disorderly rout in which people starve and the rule of law disintegrates altogether.

    As for re-localization and downscaling, there is a highly visible, easily identifiable constituency…

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  • Blog

    Gretchen Morgenson: Wall Street Really Does Enjoy a Different Set of Rules Than the Rest of Us

    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:24 PM


    Gretchen Morgenson has earned a Pulitzer-winning career from exposing abuse and conflicts of interest on Wall Street. In this interview, she confirms that there is indeed a second set of rules enjoyed by our elite financial institutions, largely unfettered by the constraints that apply to the rest of us.

    Consequences for failure and fraud are very different under this second set of rules — in fact, they’re practically rewarded. Accountability, by all prudent measures, has become non-existent. The extraordinary measures the U.S. deployed to deal with the great contraction in 2008 only served to exacerbate these imbalances.

    What’s sorely needed now is a national dialogue on whether we’re willing to allow this to continue. What benefits are we receiving by enabling these elite to enjoy such different standards? What type of system and rules might work better for our interests?

    Sadly, beyond the disorganized Occupy Wall Street outrage that has waned in visibility, there is no real cogent, organized public debate focused on this right now. A big reason is that Washington is actively avoiding such a dialogue. It was fundamentally complicit in creating the underlying factors resulting in the ’08 collapse and it doesn’t want brighter light helping the public understand that more clearly.

    As a populace we have a decision to make: Are we going to get more engaged and start articulating the reform we want to see? For if not, we’re making a passive decision to allow the wealth gap to widen further.

    In the meantime, Gretchen sees a lot of instability in financial markets that have been allowed to balloon further even though the underlying causes of the ’08 crash haven’t been resolved. She cautions investors to avoid risk (despite the Fed’s encouragements), pay down debt, and have a defensive plan in place should the markets suffer another serious correction in the near future.

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  • Blog

    It’s Official: The Economy Is Set To Starve

    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 5:08 PM

    Part I: It’s the End of the Oil As We Know It…

    If you have already read Part I of this report, please click here to go directly to Part II.

    Once a year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) releases its World Energy Outlook (WEO), and it’s our tradition here at ChrisMartenson.com to review it.  A lot of articles have already been written on the WEO 2010 report, and I don’t wish to tread an already well-worn path, but the subject is just too important to leave relegate to a single week of attention. 

    Because some people will only read the first two paragraphs, let me get a couple of conclusions out right up front.  You need to pay close attention to Peak Oil, and you need to begin adjusting, because it has already happened.  The first conclusion is mine; the second belongs to the IEA. 

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