Author: James Howard Kunstler

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...

Crisis? What Crisis?

Crisis? What Crisis? by James Howard Kunstler For the Progressive Democratic “Resistance” (PDR), post-Modernism is in full flower. They have ruled objective reality inadmissible. There are only stories — his story, her story, they’s story, zhe’s story, and you must...

Going South

Going South by James Howard Kunstler A 25 percent tariff on Chinese goods coming into the USA. That’ll git her done, all right — if you mean pulling the plug on America’s holographic economy. For about thirty years this is...

Deeper into the Dark

Deeper into the Dark by James Howard Kunstler “Impeachment is too good for him,” Nancy Pelosi declared of the president on Thursday after “his lapdog” — as she styled Attorney General William Barr — refused to be whipped by grandstanding...

Tom Petty was Right

Tom Petty was Right by James Howard Kunstler How to account for Americans being the most anxious, fearful, and stressed-out people among the supposedly advanced nations? Do we not live in the world’s greatest democratic utopia where dreams come true?...

Blowback Is a Harsh Mistress

Blowback Is a Harsh Mistress by James Howard Kunstler In this universe of paradox, inequity, ironies, and fake-outs one strange actuality stands above the rest these days: that the much-reviled President Trump was on the right side of RussiaGate, and...

An Empire of BS

An Empire of BS by James Howard Kunstler After two years of gaslighting the public while it blew smoke up America’s ass, the Jacobin news media enjoyed its final feeding frenzy with the release of the 400-page Mueller report. They...

Useful Idiots on Parade

Useful Idiots on Parade by James Howard Kunslter Anyone interested in glimpsing the Wokester media mentality in full intellectual-yet-idiot smuggery might check out Slate’s Political Gabfest (i.e. podcast) from this past Saturday, titled “The Wahoo Edition.” The Gabfest’s three regulars,...

Cascading Cat Litter

Cascading Cat Litter by James Howard Kunstler And so now Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been dragged out of his sanctuary in the London embassy of Ecuador for failing to clean his cat’s litter box. Have you ever cleaned a...

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch by James Howard Kunstler Having disgraced themselves with full immersion in the barren RussiaGate “narrative,” the Resistance is now tripling down on RussiaGate’s successor gambit: obstruction of justice where there was no crime in the first place. What...

Biblical Anxieties

Biblical Anxieties by James Howard Kunstler The sore beset people of this land may be good and go**am sick of politics, RussiaGate, and Trump-inspired social strife, but they may soon have something more down-to-earth to worry about: Biblical floods and...

Wokester’s Nightmare

Wokester’s Nightmare by James Howard Kunstler The tides are shifting. Something’s in the wind. And it’s not just the fecund vapors of spring. The political soap opera of RussiaGate ended like a fart in a windstorm last weekend, leaving Mr....

Buyer’s Remorse

Buyer’s Remorse by James Howard Kunstler That’s what played on CNN, NBC, and The New York Times yesterday as they struggled to digest the parting meal Robert Mueller served to the RussiaGate lynch mob: a nothingburger with a side of...

Coercion Meets Its Match

Coercion Meets Its Match by James Howard Kunstler Like the fabled spring zephyr came news that the Golden Golem of Greatness, (a.k.a. President Trump) signed an executive order that would withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not...