Author: James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler – Going to financialization hell in a handbasket of deplorables

As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy. By James Howard Kunstler Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, […]

James Howard Kunstler – On a collision course with stark reality

By James Howard Kunstler The staggering incoherence of the election campaign only mirrors the shocking incapacity of the American public, from top to bottom, to process the tendings of our time. The chief tending is permanent worldwide economic contraction. Having hit the resource wall, especially of affordable oil, the global techno-industrial economy has sucked a […]

September 19th

James Howard Kunstler – LOL’s labor lost

By James Howard Kunstler A pleasant lull lies over the land where today fewer people labor honestly — and some labor gruelingly for too little — while a matrix of rackets sustains the illusion that our living arrangements have a future. Is Quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the minds of the millions moiling around their backyard […]

September 5th

James Howard Kunstler – Slouching toward Washington

By James Howard Kunstler Would fate permit it, the election of Hillary Clinton will be the supreme and perhaps terminal act in an Anything-Goes-And-Nothing-Matters society. Yet, even with the fabulous luck of running against a consummate political oaf, she struggles to get the upper hand, and she may land in the White House with the […]

August 29th

James Howard Kunstler – City living, city dying

By James Howard Kunstler As I was leaving Detroit very early Sunday morning to catch a plane after the Congress of the New Urbanism, I saw the breaking story about a “shooting incident” in an Orlando nightclub, but the first reports did not detail any fatalities. Only after we landed was the shocking news of […]

James Howard Kunstler – Electile dysfunction

By James Howard Kunstler Considering that the 2016 election looks like a Dark Age puppet show — Pantalone and La Signora smacking each other with dildos — we forget this spectacle is serious. Rather large matters are at stake, such as the continuity of governance, the legitimacy of the two major political parties, the credibility […]