Author: James Howard Kunstler

The Yin and the Yang of It

The Yin and the Yang of It by James Howard Kunstler The New York Times staffers wanted to change the paper’s longstanding motto, All the News That’s Fit to Print, to something more cutting edge, more of-the-moment, more congenial with...

He Did What… ! ? !

He Did What… ! ? ! by James Howard Kunstler The only trouble with the conspiracy theory that hundreds of prominent and powerful people wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead is that Jeffrey Epstein might have wanted Jeffrey Epstein dead even more...

Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening by James Howard Kunstler Now that everyone and everything not “woke” is a racist, a white supremacist, and a domestic terrorist, the mau-mauing of America is complete. The mug of strong English tea on my desk (a beverage...

Race Hustle

Race Hustle by James Howard Kunstler When the shining city is at hand, a special slum will be built for me and my meanness. I will be the person, if that’s what I am, in the slum; there will be...

A Purview of Dust

A Purview of Dust by James Howard Kunstler Who imagined that in the climactic scene of the blockbuster RussiaGate fantasy, when the curtain was ripped away, the Wizard at the controls would turn out to be… Captain Queeg! We need...

What Goes Around

What Goes Around by James Howard Kunstler Just how dead is the RussiaGate story — and how brain-dead are the House Democratic Committee chairmen, Nadler (Judiciary Committee) and Schiff (Intelligence Committee) to haul RussiaGate’s front-man, Robert Mueller back into the...

Final Voyage

Final Voyage by James Howard Kunstler And so the four horsepeople-of-color arise, at once the glorious avatars of Wokesterdom in all their incendiary wrath, and the butt of ridicule among a pretty big chunk of everybody else in this land....

What Looms Behind

What Looms Behind by James Howard Kunstler Don’t hold your breath waiting for a coherent pre-election debate about the mother-of-all-issues facing this republic, namely, that we can’t afford the living arrangements Americans think of as “normal” anymore. This quandary has...

Nemesis Rising

Nemesis Rising by James Howard Kunstler Where are Clintons, these dog days of summer? The Hamptons? Salty, sunny Martha’s Vineyard? Under a rock somewhere in the Chappaqua woods? Fate is turning in more than one uncomfortable way for the once-charmed...

I Hear That Train a’Comin’

I Hear That Train a’Comin’ by James Howard Kunstler Think of the American two-party political system as two ramshackle freight trains running towards each other over old, neglected tracks, on a one-year collision course. Will there even be two parties...

Ghosts of the Fourth

Ghosts of the Fourth by James Howard Kunstler Here in the Battenkill Valley in far upstate New York, the bones of the small towns are still visible while the flesh of the economy that built the towns is now long...

Stagecraft

Stagecraft by James Howard Kunstler The playwrights of yore had a neat way of resolving sticky plots: when it seemed all was lost among the confounded mortals on stage, a supernatural figure would descend from the riggings above the proscenium,...

Say Anything!

Say Anything! by James Howard Kunstler My favorite moment in the Wednesday night “B” Team installment of the Democratic primary debates was Julian Castro’s “defense” of transgender abortion rights. Say what…? I almost dropped my bag of Dinamita Mojo Criollo...

House Party

House Party by James Howard Kunstler As the first of 12 presidential debates blows in at mid-week like an evil patch of bad summer weather, twenty candidates vie for the position of Ole Massa on the Democratic Party plantation, and...

Crazyland

Crazyland by James Howard Kunstler Surfing the cable channels the evening before my Friday a.m. blog duties, I came upon Sean Hannity at Fox News completely losing his shit in a colloquy with Geraldo Rivera about the Iran drone incident....

The Truth Versus Your Truth

The Truth Versus Your Truth by James Howard Kunstler Who knew that these mid-cycle days of the long emergency (i.e. the collapse of techno-industrial economies) would feature the willful abandonment of reason by the thinking class of Western Civ, and...

Sometimes Things Turn

Sometimes Things Turn by James Howard Kunstler A February night in 1924, in a Manhattan concert hall owned by the Aeolian piano company… the wailing, warped, and flatted clarinet glissando that opens George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blueannounced the 20th century’s...

Going Where, Exactly?

Going Where, Exactly? by James Howard Kunstler In response to what has become a nation of shameless racketeering, vivid wealth disparity, and shocking destitution on display in city streets, the party of the common man seeks remedies in the redistribution...

Rumors of War

Rumors of War by James Howard Kunstler The race to economic collapse is an international competition sparking threats and tensions summoning the specter of war. The imploding center of this collapse is that of industrial technocracy based on fossil fuels....

The Golem Strikes Back

The Golem Strikes Back by James Howard Kunstler Not long ago, few Americans of the thinking persuasion might have imagined that such a well-engineered republic, with its exquisite checks and balances, sturdy institutions, and time-tested traditions would end up as...

The Tranquilizer

The Tranquilizer by James Howard Kunstler A mental health assessment of the Democratic Party suggests that identity politics had lately turned into an identity crisis. Years of staying woke finally produced hallucinations and violent outbursts. It was time to medicate...

Free For All

Free For All by James Howard Kunstler WASHINGTON — House Democrats, frustrated by President Trump’s efforts to stonewall their investigations and eager to stoke public anger about the president’s behavior, are pinning their diminishing hopes on Robert S. Mueller III...