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Last commentary posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
The Exponential vs. the State
Whenever the singularity occurs, vast numbers of people will be left behind, refusing to get the nano-tech 'upgrades' necessary to keep up with the augmented Jones'. It will be a very turbulent time, not fun. However, as Kurzweil has pointed out, inevitable.
7/20/2022 at 4:39 PMPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
Who will protect us  (2)
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not about crime, and it is not about sport, or hunting. It is about the people maintaining a free society.

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

And it does not say, guns, rifles, or howitzers. It says 'arms', as in armaments. Many think...
6/21/2022 at 4:18 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Square Mile City
This might work in some coastal metro areas of the U.S., but not likely anywhere else. 'Merica, is not Europe, we have an agrarian based culture, were even a small patch of land is desired by most.
12/27/2021 at 3:30 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Trials of Wokery  (10)
To answer your last question Jim, not soon enough.
2/16/2021 at 2:04 AM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Springtime for GameStop  (2)
Does the dollar have value? Everybody is desperately seeking yield, who cares about value. What we have been seeing lately, IMO, is not investment, but desperation and panic.
2/1/2021 at 10:17 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Man Who Isn’t There  (7)
I wonder how many will vote in the next election? Perhaps there will be 400 million votes for the glorious leader.
Yes, I can count, that is more than the current population, though by then who knows.
My bet is actual will be less than 10%, reported will be greater than 50%.
2/1/2021 at 9:58 PM  3  2  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Flying Blind  (8)
It would be really great if it were the scale and scope of the government that was shrinking, however, "the long emergency" feeds right into their agenda. Continued growth, continued government solutions to the emergency situation, that of course end up making it worse, requiring, in many people's minds, more government "assistance".
You got one thing right for sure JHK, the government is becoming less an...
1/26/2021 at 3:17 PM  4  1  Rating :  3 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Zeitgeist Wants What the Zeitgeist Wants  (8)
The country seems to be lurching toward a cold civil war regardless of anything Trump may or may not do. Doing nothing might be all it takes to heat up the conflict.
When Texas goes, how many other states will follow? We're tired of being a poorly represented colony of DC.
1/19/2021 at 4:19 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Insurrection Versus Insurrection  (9)
Interesting times. Trump may have the intel, and the authority, to take action, but does he have the political power? Who will act on his orders?
1/12/2021 at 3:31 PMPermalink
 Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
Federalism, Not Breakup  (4)
What you describe sounds somewhat similar to the way WY secedes in "Molon Labe" by Kenneth Royce. A sort of complete nullification of Federal meddling in State affairs.
1/5/2021 at 4:07 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
In Darkness Visible  (9)
Jim C. - what we are more likely to get is several million pissed off Joe Six Packs.
1/4/2021 at 11:59 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
With or Without  (9)
How about a good old fashioned war to cover their tracks, Clinton style.
11/9/2020 at 2:28 PM  2  3  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Last Round-up at the Wokester Corral  (6)
Unfortunately Mr. K., the 'tyrannical and sadistic insanity' will remain embedded in government even if the Demos don't get the Blue Wave they desire. The only hope is to pull the teeth from the beast, or muzzle it, or as Mr. Trump says, 'Drain the swamp.'

Ironically, your experience of being deserted by the Democrats, is happening on the Repo side as well. Neo-Cons may be new, but they are certainly ...
10/27/2020 at 3:23 PMPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
Why do we continue to venerate the State  (3)
A proper diagram of the spectrum of government is more circular.

.....................Total State
.......................No State

I know it's ugly, but the site would not respect the white space, so '.' for spacing.

Total State on the Left is Socialism/Communism
Total State on th...
10/20/2020 at 2:54 PMPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
Not too much freedom, please!  (3)
I agree with what you have stated above, I am in fact one of those awaiting the collapse. However, a problem I and probably most Libertarians have is that the State exists whether or not I give it my consent via participation in elections. And, if I do not participate in influencing the government via elections, I am still subject to the application of force that will inevitably come if I do not comply with th...
9/21/2020 at 4:16 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Let The Dogs Out  (7)
Your question was probably rhetorical, but the answer is $$$$$$$$$$$$. When you own the politicians, you are probably safe from a political attack.
8/21/2020 at 3:25 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Position Statement  (9)
Despite his deformities, Mr. Trump obviously loves this country, and is doing what he thinks is best to save it. While it is quite plain that the Democratic Party hates America, and is openly working to tear it down. That is pretty much what the next election will come down to, try to save the country, or finish destroying it.
The Libertarians would like to do a reset back to the Jeffersonian era, but that...
7/14/2020 at 2:33 PM  3  3  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Requiem for George Floyd  (7)
Hi Gypsy, I thought we generally had more in agreement than not, but se est la vie.
No worries, sorry for the mis-reading.
6/25/2020 at 12:58 AM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Requiem for George Floyd  (7)
If you are referring to my comments, you need to read them again, or perhaps I need to write them more clearly. I don't think James is any more or less racist than the average person. I was trying to point out that part of the problem is how we talk about it. To paraphrase Morgan Freeman, we need to STOP talking about race. The problems of urban decay are not necessarily based on race, they are definitely bas...
6/22/2020 at 8:34 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Requiem for George Floyd  (7)
Habits of speech need to be addressed by all parties in America. You correctly identified that Black American's patterns of speech are holding them back, it makes them sound unintelligent, when that is not the case.
However, many of your remarks, while technically correct, can be interpreted as purely racist, when that might not be the intention. For instance, "Many cities are run by black mayors, police c...
6/10/2020 at 11:49 PM  4  3  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Turning and Churning  (8)
Gypsy, I think a mule will cost you twice that up front, and about $1000 per year to feed, plus farrier and vet calls to keep it healthy. Of course, if you have a big enough pasture, you don't have to pay out of pocket to feed it, but then you aren't growing food for humans on that land either.
4/28/2020 at 7:26 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Great Conundrum  (3)
How does society deal with 90% of the population suddenly being useless in a world made by hand? What do all those ad execs and fashionistas in the cities do when the time is right for fighting in the streets? If farmers can't be paid for feeding the masses in the cities, why continue? These are the questions that I'd like to see addressed.
The bill comes due, and the system must clear the imbalance, but ...
4/28/2020 at 2:59 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Turning and Churning  (8)
I think James' model of the collapse is slightly off. He is correct that the pandemic did not cause the collapse, the lockdown did. But what is the root cause, why were the dominoes so perfectly set for collapse? I think it was the central banks inflating the economy ever higher until the balloon popped in 2008. Then they began inflating at a new rate of several trillion a year to compensate for the giant ho...
4/28/2020 at 2:42 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Black Swans, Dead Cats, Live Bats, and Goodbye to All That  (7)
We will have to wait and see. It all comes down to demand. The current glut of supply will probably take a couple of years to clear. After that, if there is sufficient demand for energy, then there will be ready supply.
3/26/2020 at 9:50 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Black Swans, Dead Cats, Live Bats, and Goodbye to All That  (7)
JHK - sometimes I wonder if you understand economics. Oil is cheap 'because' demand is down, and supply is way up.
So, energy inputs to the economy are dirt cheap right now, the time when you need it actually to restart the wheels of industry. Bad for energy producers, but good for everybody else.
Perhaps in the long run, more than ten years out, shale will peter out, but for now, there's more cheap en...
3/16/2020 at 7:33 PM1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Things Take a Turn  (3)
JHK may be correct as far as the world of finance goes. but to say that will bring about a world made by hand, is a bit of a stretch.
However, if he is correct, and supply chains collapse and food production becomes a 19tth Century cottage industry, then we will likewise back track to a 19th Century population.
That means digging about 6 billion graves, by hand.

Gypsy, in addition to the tractor...
3/9/2020 at 10:10 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
This Ain’t No Foolin’ Around  (5)
Jimmy, there has not been a real 'market' since CB's were allowed to exist. Certainly not since the Plunge Protection Team was brought on line in '09. About 100 years after the CB's formed.
You are both right and wrong when it comes to the re-industrialization of 'Merica. It won't be the same as it was, it will be vastly more efficient. What the USA does best, when the government gets out of the way, is ...
3/3/2020 at 4:03 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Slapstick Suicide  (7)
Trump's true genius in winning the presidency has been to run against the most horrendous opponents. How could he be so lucky?
2/7/2020 at 11:23 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Forecast 2020 — Whirlin’ and Swirlin’  (5)
One thing you overlook in your 'Long Emergency' and the end of cheap oil, is food. Food prices are tightly coupled to energy prices. If energy becomes scarce, food will become scarce.

A major driver of the Arab Spring uprisings was a spike in food prices, it was preceded by a spike in oil prices to over $100 /bbl.

If you are correct about the energy industry collapsing in 2020, then there wil...
12/31/2019 at 4:29 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Death Throes of a Party  (8)
Death throes indeed. The Demos remind me of the Terminator dropped into the crucible of liquid steel, thrashing about, and finally vomiting up all of it's previous identities as it tries to escape its fate.

Hasta la vista baby!
11/11/2019 at 5:25 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Fumes of Fanaticism  (6)
So much excrement flying in so many directions, that a fan must be hit shortly, then even more of 'it' will be flung about.

Gypsy, I will join you for that beer.
10/29/2019 at 6:55 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
New Book Proves That The U.S. Can Have Better Healthcare At One-Quarter The Price  (3)
This sounds similar to how Texas manages it's electricity grid.
9/11/2019 at 6:33 PMPermalink
 Nathan Lewis - New World Economics
“Mass Shootings”  (5)
Bingo! These are the pesky facts that politicians and their lapdog media do not want you to think about.

As L. Neil Smith once said, I paraphrase, "Gun control is the only issue that matters. It is the Vulcan mind meld that will tell you what a politician really thinks about you. If they don't trust you with a gun, you cannot trust them at all." They see you as a subject to be ordered about.
An u...
8/23/2019 at 12:52 AMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
There Is No Normal  (4)
The World Made by Hand is not coming, if it does, the first thing made by hand will be graves. Billions of graves, dug by hand.
All the great inventions of the preceding centuries are not going away. Fossil fuels will not be going away, they will simply be used more efficiently. What will be going away is waste. Instead of huge energy intensive factories, and shipping lines to move the products; products...
8/20/2019 at 9:42 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Going Where, Exactly  (7)
I wonder where history will put the collapse. Like a recession, the collapse of a society is only apparent long after it is underway. Some, such as yourself, Rand and Schiff, have been pointing out the eminent or inevitable for quite some time.
When will we recognize that we are in the third section of Atlas Shrugged? September 2nd is a strong contender.
6/10/2019 at 3:15 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Prelude to a Fiasco  (4)
Well, a circus must have its side show, with attendant jerks, geeks, and bearded ladies.
5/31/2019 at 7:58 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Golem Strikes Back  (5)
The whole Russia-Gate fiasco may in the end turn out to be the best gift the Demos could have given Mr. Trump. Enabling him to fulfill his #1 campaign promise to drain the swamp.
5/28/2019 at 2:16 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Egon von Greyerz - Matterhorn AM
What do you expect from government? Neither the UK nor the US are capitalist societies, they are slightly less restrictive socialist countries. The proof that the US and UK are socialist is in the money. Who owns the money? Where does it come from? It is government owned and issued, so no transaction no matter how small is a private transaction because it must be done, by law, with government paper.
5/21/2019 at 6:58 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Crisis What Crisis  (4)
Yes! A return to constitutional government is what is in order.
5/13/2019 at 3:15 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
An Empire of Bullshit  (7)
JHK - you get 5/5 for the headline alone.

Will the Swamp explode in a giant gaseous fumarole, killing all those within range of the noxious gasses? One can only hope.
Stay tuned. It might be as entertaining as watching MSM reporters on election night. 😊
4/19/2019 at 4:56 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Curse of the Thinking Class  (4)
The problems are systemic, the system itself is the problem. None of what you described, can be fixed by working within the system. Once it collapses, we will have the opportunity to make real changes to the system to get rid of the cause of many social problems. Unfortunately, those who will be making the new system will have been educated by the old system. They will be operating with their government iss...
4/9/2019 at 4:52 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Buyer’s Remorse  (8)
Gypsy, you give Mr. Trump far too much credit for all these actions. Who actually performed the bombing, killing, torture, and overthrowing? What agencies in the alphabet soup of the DC swamp were running the operations?

The unelected government bureaucracy, a.k.a. The Swamp, is the real power, and the real problem. I believe 'collusion' is in the job description for half these agencies. Kudos to JH...
3/27/2019 at 5:46 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Deadly Serious  (4)
Conservatives generally treat others with gentleness and compassion. This is often mistaken for weakness by the Left.
Big Mistake. Don’t poke the bear.
But the Left just can’t help it. It is in their nature.
The left takes the food out of the bears mouth, and when they get bitten, propose pulling the bear’s teeth.
As the president said, “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough ...
3/22/2019 at 4:05 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Blind Leading the Deaf and Dumb  (5)
The economic depression looming ahead will be violent, but it could also be very short. All that is required is for the government to get out of the way of the people, and there will be an explosion of economic activity. Look at the bounce we got from a very small step back by the government in the form of the tax reform. Think about the economic boom if a Flat Tax plan were implemented. Enormous resources d...
3/19/2019 at 2:43 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Climate Change Religion and Related Cover-Ups: What the Hell Is NASA Hiding  (7)
You must believe it's true because the State Science Institute did a study that shows it to be the truth.

Global warming, Climate Change, call it whatever you want, it is just another tactic of the collectivists to control the people.

The Green New Deal is childish in conception. Wishing will make it so, and it is your job, as an adult, to make all my childish wishes come true. You can see fr...
2/20/2019 at 3:57 PM  3  2  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Wolf Richter
The Most Splendid Housing Bubbles in America Shrink  (1)
The rise in interest rates has likely taken the wind out of the sails of the housing market. It has not yet become a headwind, but things have gone slack.
1/30/2019 at 3:30 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Battle Royale  (5)
"Boundless rage", does seem to be a characteristic of the collectivist Left.
1/22/2019 at 3:18 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Coming Attractions  (4)
You are correct, history does recycle. And it has been long enough that all those who remember first hand what the last cycle of collectivist revolution was actually like, what life was like behind the wall, they are all gone. Yet we have Venezuela sitting in front of us as a stark warning, DON'T GO THERE. Very few are paying attention.
If we do have a collectivist revolution, it will be interesting to se...
1/22/2019 at 3:06 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Mark O'Byrne -
“Collapse Of Civilisation Is On The Horizon” – Attenborough Warns World Leaders  (2)
The Climate, it's complicated.
Look up the 100,000 year problem. Basically, the Earth has been in an Ice Age about 70 - 80 % of the last one million years.
It is currently warm, enjoy it while it lasts. It may be quite cold in the future. Climate change may not be comfortable for all, it may not be pleasant, but it is not the end of the world either.
12/11/2018 at 10:47 PM  2  2  Rating :  0 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Scientists: The Globe’s Food Supply System Is Broken
People need to stop following academics as if they know everything. Science is about continuously evolving your knowledge based on a process of testing what you think you know and proving it true or false. You have to be able to acknowledge that you were wrong, change your opinion and move on. Most Eco-evangelists cannot do that. Here is one notable exception,
12/4/2018 at 7:25 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Midterm Endgame  (5)
The fascist socialist system that runs this county is a conglomeration of patriotic nationalism and a giant bureaucracy. It is a million headed monster with no center to attack. That is why no president no matter how well intended and honest can ever have any lasting impact on the beast. The only way to have any impact on it is to starve it, remove it's food supply. Money.
There are two ways to do this:<...
11/2/2018 at 10:51 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
School Daze  (6)
@bfsiedel, While I agree with much of what you posted, regarding whether or not school is broken depends upon one's expectations of public school. It is possible to learn in public school, but I think warehousing/baby sitting is the primary utility of public school. Of course parents Want their children to get a quality education, but parents Need to work. Things are changing, slowly. Home schooling and coo...
3/15/2018 at 2:23 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
And Now the Schiff Memo  (8)
JHK - with every point in every paragraph of this editorial you show why Trump was elected. Basically, Joe Six-pack was sick and tired of the DC swamp dwellers stealing his paycheck and using the money to crush him. Trump was chosen to be the proverbial bull in the china shop, thrashing the institutions that Joe would like to have thrashed himself.

Trump is causing many bureaucrats and politicians to ...
2/26/2018 at 10:08 PM  3  1  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Stormy Weather  (10)
I'm not a Trump fan either, but he got one thing right, he picked the perfect candidate to run against. HRC is perhaps the largest crocodile in the swamp.

I heard a great quote this morning on NPR. The Angolan President was vowing to fight corruption. "The problem with fighting corruption, is that corruption fights back."
1/29/2018 at 9:46 PM  3  2  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Fairy Tale  (5)
Everybody assumes that Oprah would be a Democratic candidate, why? She may share their views on many things, but I bet she has conservative views on many things as well. Why should she associate herself with the DNC, after the way they treated their own. No integrity in that organization, they'll stab you in the back while smiling to your face if it suites their current political agenda. Oh, wait, isn't that ...
1/11/2018 at 5:23 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
“Fire and Fury”  (10)
Reading JHK's posts is becoming a lot like watching CNN. Very Egyptian, living in the land of d' Nile. They simply cannot comprehend or accept that Trump was elected, and that he is still in office, that he is alive.
It drives the Left stark RAVING mad. Very entertaining. snark.
1/8/2018 at 4:32 PM  1  3  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
A North Korean EMP Attack Can Create 90+ Fukushimas in the U.S.  (2)
In it's attempt to get clicks via fearmongering, as you correctly pointed out Mr R., this article missed the real threat from an EMP. Hinted at in the photos, the power distribution grid would have many failurs. Just about everything in modern civilization is computer controlled and/or electircly powered. And these things are where the vulnerability lies. The internet and power generation may survive, but the...
12/21/2017 at 5:24 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Darkest Hours  (5)
This tax cut was a good start, but much more needs to be done. Anything that reduces the size of the government is a good thing for the people. This tax bill does not do that directly, but it puts the squeeze on the government, so that it must cut spending, shut down (yippee), or collapse.
Perhaps when Armageddon does not arrive, people will see that more cuts are warranted. A flat tax for the average cit...
12/20/2017 at 2:51 PM  1  3  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 Hugo Salinas Price -
Prospects for Gold II  (1)
The devaluations of the yuan and the dollar will be against gold, not everything. It is really a revaluation of gold, not a devaluation of currency. In the deal China is rolling out, as you describe it, China accounts for this in that the gold purchases will be on the open market at the freely floating price of gold. This is the critical difference between gold and currency. Gold's value in real terms is fai...
9/26/2017 at 7:39 PMPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
What's Killing the Jobs Market  (18)
It is hard to know where to begin to respond to your comment Recusant. You do not seem to understand how markets work. So, I'll throw out some points in no particular order.
* All the examples you gave of capitalist vices happened with massive government oversight and regulation. And in some cases, outright cooperation, as in the case of Obamacare which removed the need of corporations to have to sell the...
9/13/2017 at 7:18 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Stock Market Correction Hasn’t Begun to Begin! It Will (And North Korea Has Nothing to Do With It)
This bubble has been deemed TBTP (Too Big To Pop). Central banks have outright said in public that they will do "whatever it takes" to prevent it. No sharp objects allowed. Only obtuse economic analysis.
8/16/2017 at 12:12 AMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Battle of the Behemoths  (5)
Who's going to feed all those billions of people in the city? How's the food going to be produced, and moved to the starving masses in the mega-cities? The thing I see missing from the discussion is the fact that a world made by hand cannot support the number of people currently living. The first thing that the hands will be making are graves, there will be billions of graves, dug by hand.

I think th...
8/11/2017 at 5:02 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo - lewRockwell
The Folly of Democratic Socialism  (5)
@ Recusant - I totally disagree. Capitalism is not for business, it is for the individual. Socialism only succeeds to the degree that it does not choke off Capitalism. Once the last vestiges of Capitalism are abandoned, Socialism collapses. Socialism makes one a slave to your fellow man's need. Capitalism, on the other hand, requires voluntary participation in a transaction. If either party to a transactio...
8/9/2017 at 5:57 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Words and Deeds  (8)
+1 Doom. It's almost like Lib-bot.
7/31/2017 at 7:25 PM  2  2  Rating :  0 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - ShtfPlan
Guess What Happens In States Where Food Stamp Recipients Have To Work  (1)
@ Recusant,

Your last sentence hints at the root problem - socialism has made (low wage) work illegal in this country. To provide a low paying job, one must break the law. Minimum wage laws and other government programs have priced many people out of the workforce. The work still needs to be done, so it must be done illegally (under the table). Much of the food production in the U.S. relies on this ...
7/25/2017 at 9:54 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Lighten Up to Tighten Up  (4)
I don't think the Deep State wants to take on all the Red States.
7/3/2017 at 4:47 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
When the Deal Goes Down  (2)
But, but, but... the Mega Banks all passed their stress tests. Unemployment is at historic lows, the stock markets are all near record highs, and real estate values are up. Didn't you get the memo Mr. K, that everything is just fine.

I kind of doubt that Joe Public has swallowed all the statistical excrement that is being shoveled out by official sources. I think a great many have decided to play t...
7/3/2017 at 4:20 PMPermalink
 Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Capital
Republicans Craft the Next Great Healthcare Failure  (3)
Peter Schiff's new nick name, The Nail Gun, 'cause he nailed it over and over again. Blam, blam, blam.... Every point, spot on.
The last two paragraphs are pure gold.
6/28/2017 at 7:54 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Absent Without Leave  (6)
Perhaps all the international shenanigans are the smoke and mirrors intended to obfuscate the view of the looming financial catastrophe. When the bank holiday arrives, nobody will have been paying enough attention to save their bank accounts. Bail-outs? Oh no, we don't do that anymore. It's bail-in time, and you are not an account holder, you are a share holder. Here's your share of the pain, enjoy your new...
6/19/2017 at 6:03 PM  3  0  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Do You, Mr. Jones…  (6)
What JHK, and most Progressives, fail to understand is that the majority of America is best represented by the Freedom Caucus, and the T.E.A. Party which are both mostly Libertarian. Not the Neo-Con Fascists a.k.a. the Republican Party, or the Liberal Progressive Fascists a.k.a. the Democrat Party.
Since no Libertarian Party candidate could muster the resources of either major political party, Joe Sixpack h...
5/31/2017 at 11:45 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
A Paler Shade of Gray  (8)
Government run [anything] = poorly run [anything].
For example,
Healthcare = VA
Finance = Fed has devalued the currency by 98%, and caused or worsened two depressions.
Postal = ha ha ha. The phrase, "Going Postal" didn't come from nowhere. Horrible service and generally unhappy employees.

People working for government agencies have no skin in the game. There are no consequences f...
5/8/2017 at 2:50 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Left Behind  (3)
Perhaps Secretary DeVos's primary purpose will be to dismantle the Dept. of Education. Woo Hoo! Stop wasting money on ineffective education that really is just warehousing and indoctrination. Let parents decide what is best for their children.

The flight to the suburbs that you have often decried, and forecast its demise, was largely fueled by families' desire to raise their kids in a better environm...
2/13/2017 at 2:52 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
He Is Risen… But For How Long  (10)
I was thinking the same thing Jim C, when I read this article. The old Progressive bias showing through once again. And it is all Progressives, not just JHK. I thought it was amusing that there was a program on, I don't remember what media channel, the other day titled "The End". A bit dramatic eh? It made me chuckle when I highlighted it in the program guide and I saw that it was about Obama leaving office...
1/24/2017 at 4:46 PM  4  1  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Hugo Salinas Price -
The Further Decline in International Reserves  (2)
Mr. Salinas Price,

President elect Trump may be aware of this line of reasoning which you have outlined. Perhaps an orderly withdrawal, is the best possible course for the U.S. and the world. I doubt that you are a champion of the status quo, so what would be some alternatives to the U.S. peacefully retreating from it's role as Empire builder?
My suggestion would be truly free trade. Secure borde...
1/17/2017 at 2:53 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Cheeto Cometh  (5)
Doom, .... and that is why the Cheeto was elected. Among other things.

@JHK - I too enjoy watching the establishment, especially the media, struggle to cope with reality. The Commie News Network is reduced to trying to interpret, i.e. spin the Donald's tweets. It's frickin' hilarious. How dare he communicate directly to the people. That press conference was an instant classic, like Reagan telling a...
1/16/2017 at 10:48 PMPermalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Reader Questions and Comments on Productivity, Stagnation, Protectionism, Jobs  (2)
12/1/2016 at 4:27 PMPermalink
 Bill Holter - Jsmineset
It's a small club ...All Roads Will Lead To Gold!  (3)
This is the kind of news that is not being reported because the m.s.m. are all atwitter that there's a man in the ladies room, sort of.

Oh, by the way, Puerto Rico defaulted, and will continue to do so. But I guess that's not 'news' either.
5/17/2016 at 3:29 PMPermalink
 George F. Smith - Barbarous Relic
From here to anarchy
Many fine points. I agree, lets go stateless. Now what? It is the typical Libertarian conundrum. No initiation of aggression/force is fine, but the state will not go down without a fight, and they will use force. So there are two options:
1) If you have the masses all lined up ready to participate in a stateless society, and they are prepared to be mowed down a la India, and just keep on coming, then t...
3/21/2016 at 3:29 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Hugo Salinas Price -
The Fundamental Flaw of 'Mainstream Economics'  (4)
While your argument may be sound, you have missed, or left out, something even deeper. The flawed premise upon which all Modern Economics is based, that premise being that central planning is preferable to individual choice.
You talk about economics being the study of individual human choice/action, but then fall into the collectivist trap by accepting that these institutions should even exist, i.e. the Fed...
10/21/2015 at 2:55 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Parties Crawl Off to Die  (18)
Why does no one vote Libertarian? People say, "Don't waste your vote on a party that won't win." But what good is your vote if you waste it on a party that is just going to maintain the status quo. You can bet that if you vote Demo or Repo, that is what you'll get, a good can kicking maintenance of the status quo at all costs (to the middle class and poor). If the 50 to 60 % of the population that does not vo...
9/15/2015 at 6:01 PM  3  1  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Clash of Civilizations  (11)
You state that the, "orgy or wealth is coming to an end." However, I have a question. When you make enough money to buy a dozen nuclear powered air craft carriers each and every year, for over 30 years, what do you do with all that wealth? Answer: you bury it. As you remove one asset from under the ground, you convert the surplus wealth into another durable form, and you bury it for the future.

The ...
1/13/2015 at 9:16 PM  3  0  Rating :  3 1 AnswerPermalink
 Andy Sutton
The Death of the American Middle Class with Graham Mehl  (8)
Who is John Galt?
9/10/2014 at 8:06 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Down the Memory Hole  (12)
One of JHK's best IMO. And, this is just a short list of the many such 'forgotten' events.
9/10/2014 at 2:39 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Coasting Toward Zero  (22)
Jim, I don't know if JHK actually wants a world made by hand, or sees it as an inevitable outcome of the current system. Because government will not voluntarily be cut back, no matter how people vote in the Demopublican duopoly elections. Demos (Liberals) deep down hate mankind and want it eradicated to save Mother Earth. Repos (neo-cons, aka Facists) want to rule mankind in a New World Order.

I thin...
6/3/2014 at 2:26 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Venezuela Decrees "All Properties Leased for 20 Years Will Be Sold to Tenants in 60 Days at Governme  (7)
The people of Venezuela and other socialist states should pay attention to this.

The looters with guns in Venezuela (government) are seizing the property of disarmed victims, who have been vilified in public opinion. Now that it is no longer safe to lease property in Venezuela, who will provide this service in the future? Will the new 'owners' of propert...
4/8/2014 at 2:41 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Jesse - Le Cafe Américain
Thomas Frank: Pity the Billionaires, Marxism for the Master Class  (11)
Jim, I didn't think it was possible to summarize Atlas Shrugged in once sentence, but you proved it could be done. You nailed it.
2/18/2014 at 5:54 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
The Smog of Fraud  (30)
I agree Jim, JHK spoiled the article with the last paragraph, but I still give it a thumbs up as the BEST JHK rant I've seen. He spit his venom in (mostly) the right direction for once.
2/11/2014 at 3:12 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide  (34)
When reading JHK posts, I often get the impression of a cynical Chicken Little or Kermit the Frog, "the sky is falling you a-holes, ahhhhhhh." Waving arms with middle fingers extended. He obvously hates modern America, and longs for the early 1800's.

However, I did enjoy the last paragraph's metaphor of the tide of $$$$'s that will inundate our shores when the Credibility Bubble bursts on the bond mar...
8/20/2013 at 9:58 PM  1  9  Rating :  -8 Permalink
 Ron Paul
What No One Wants to Hear About Benghazi  (23)
Your response is almost as good as the post, and has the advantage of brevity. However, you disparage the long cherished past time of tilting at windmills. tsk tsk tsk.
5/13/2013 at 7:44 PMPermalink
 Hugo Salinas Price -
How to get the US economy going again  (3)
So, close to a perfect solution (as perfect as it gets anyway). Government intervention in any market distorts the market, so instead of having the government mandate some semi-fixed price for gold, why not just shut down the paper gold market. A physical only gold market would very quickly find, AND maintain, the equilibrium price. And the gold would flow, ballancing trade just as H.S.P. descibed. This model if...
4/29/2013 at 6:04 PMPermalink
 Ron Paul
Homeschooling: The Future of Liberty  (20)
You hit the nail on the head. The whole point of the Prussian model (what most Western countries use for publik school) is to prevent proper socialization by separating the children by age. It makes them much easier to manipulate and indoctrinate.
4/11/2013 at 8:46 PM  3  1  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Things went awry  (19)
Jim C is right though. The contradiction is quite glaring.
3/18/2013 at 7:42 PM  2  6  Rating :  -4 Permalink
 Andy Hoffman
Ammunition Sold Out!  (7)
As Vox noted, excellent response. I was being lazy, but you took the time to make your points.
3/15/2013 at 4:08 PM  0  2  Rating :  -2 Permalink
 Andy Hoffman
Ammunition Sold Out!  (7)

You have no idea what Capitalism really is, what we are experiencing now is NOT Capitalism, it is Fascism, a.k.a. Crony Capitalism. This country has not opperated on a capitalist system in over 100 years. Certainly not since the formation of a central bank.
3/14/2013 at 2:06 PM  5  4  Rating :  1 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Fortress of Lies  (27)
Have to dissagree with you on this one JC. I think JHK nailed it, for once.
3/11/2013 at 8:20 PM  12  1  Rating :  11 Permalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Yum! The McRib is Back, Get Yours Today (After You Find Out What's In It); The Secret's  (1)
So, you trust the government to find and report these things? This got past the government, just like the LIBOR mess did, and the banking industry is as regulated as it gets.
What is needed is an independent free-market solution. Something like Underwriters Labratories for the food and drug industries. Then consumers would not only have the power, they already do, but also reliable information.
2/6/2013 at 11:30 PM  1  1  Rating :  0 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Cattle Drive  (28)
I dunno Jim, I think JK was closer to reality this time, closer than usual anyway. The thing about shale oil is that it is really only economical to produce when oil prices are high. There are other oil sources in the US though that are not as high cost to produce, and the government does a good job of getting in the way, and taxing it to death.
2/5/2013 at 12:13 AM  5  0  Rating :  5 Permalink
 Ron Paul - Texas Straight Talk
Has Capitalism Failed   (20)
The best financial forcast I think I have ever seen. Simply amazing that this was written in 2002. Wish I had seen it then.
1/10/2013 at 2:33 PM  2  1  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
We are very much in agreement on the state of things and what to do to be prepared. You are farther along than I, but we'll manage.

The zombie hord is going to be a scary and unfortunate situation.

I don't blame technology for any of our modern problems though. Without technology, there were, and maybe will be, a lot fewer people alive in the world. Certainly, many people have, and will, die...
1/8/2013 at 9:33 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
Ha Ha! I am not JC. I disagree with him quite often, he goes too far. But on this occasion, I agreed with him. So, I take his posts on a case by case basis. That was my point in the previous comment that the Liberals don't even bother to read his posts, they just flame him regardless of what he writes.

Regarding technology and the economy, I think you have them confused. A failure of the economy wi...
1/7/2013 at 5:35 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 1 AnswerPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
Wow! Jim, you must really have hit a nerve. The liberals don't even read your posts, they just Flame On! Rational discussion is not an option. I guess they are really looking forward to getting down in the mud of a world made by hand. Or, maybe they think that somebody else will do the work for them. Not me!
Perhaps they don't realize that a simpler society, close to the land, means that everybody has t...
12/19/2012 at 6:03 PM  4  8  Rating :  -4 2 AnswersPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
America the Horror Show  (27)
It is a rare day indeed where both JK and JC make points.
Yes, American culture is degraded. Families are falling appart. But this is not because we have tract housing and strip malls, roads, parking lots, etc... And JC is correct to point this out.
The degradation of American culture is due to, as JK points out, the absense of the father in many families. Why? Largely because of government progra...
12/17/2012 at 9:32 PM  3  5  Rating :  -2 1 AnswerPermalink
 Mish - Global Economic Analysis
More Nannycrat Insanity: EU Wants to Ban Youth Unemployment  (4)
My friends and family often quip, "What chapter are we in?", when reading news stories like the above. The reference is of course to 'Atlas Shrugged'.
Oh, well. Who is John Galt anyway?
12/6/2012 at 4:13 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Homeless  (26)
What's this??? Rational thought! How dare you sir. :-)
12/5/2012 at 10:36 PMPermalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Apocalyptoween  (19)
Ha Ha!
10/29/2012 at 6:49 PM  2  3  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 Doug Casey - Casey Research
On the Five Reasons not to Vote  (11)
Jim - I pretty much agree with you right up until your last statement. Robama or Obomney, whatever you want to call them. There is very little substantive difference between the two.

So, I am going to throw my vote away, nudge nudge wink wink, on Gary Johnson.
10/25/2012 at 7:03 PM  1  0  Rating :  1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Heretics Unite !  (30)
Excellent response Jim. You nailed it, and managed to keep it short. I sometimes write whole essays in response to JK, but then delete them for being long winded.
10/15/2012 at 7:38 PM  2  3  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 Ron Paul
A Republic, Not a Democracy  (101)
I'd rate this article 10 stars if I could.
9/12/2012 at 10:03 PM  23  5  Rating :  18 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Zeitgeist Failure  (52)
I noticed that too, that JHK does not seem to have a problem with totalitarianism, just dictators that don't herd the sheep in the way he , JHK, thinks is best for us.

It is the basic problem with Democracy, inevitably people try to use the government to dictate the behavior of their countrymen. To control them for 'their own good.'
9/11/2012 at 8:28 PM  7  35  Rating :  -28 Permalink
 Nelson Hultberg - Afr
Clint Eastwood and Disrespect  (49)
We here in America also watch US politics with a kind of amused horror. However, it is somewhat less amusing due to its proximity.
9/6/2012 at 7:09 PM  4  2  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Lew Rockwell
Ron Paul and the Future  (45)
I don't know where you got the idea the Ron Paul promotes anarchy. Everything that I have ever read that is attributed to Representative Paul, has advocated returning government to the limitations set forth in the Constitution.
8/28/2012 at 8:16 PM  40  1  Rating :  39 1 AnswerPermalink
 Lew Rockwell
The Only Choice on November 6th  (43)
Romney = limited government???? You have got to be kidding me. He's from Taxacheusets. He is a sign of the times for the GOP, Neo-Cons. He's a leftist Republican, at best he's a Fascist. Obamacare was based on Romneycare for crying out loud.
8/17/2012 at 6:41 PM  4  3  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Ron Paul
Legalize Competing Currencies  (21)
I second the motion.

Why not have competition? Other government institutions have competing counterparts in the private sector.

However, I see no reason why it would not be possible, right now, to set up savings accounts in gold or silver. It seems to me that the restriction is on transactions being performed in ferns, err FRNs., not savings. So, in order for your debit card to complete a t...
8/14/2012 at 11:02 PM  2  0  Rating :  2 Permalink
 David Galland - Casey Research
Marx Madness : Burn the Boats, Kill the Chickens  (13)
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6/26/2012 at 9:27 PM  0  1  Rating :  -1 Permalink
 James Howard Kunstler
Still standing amid the wreckage  (8)
The New Urbanists are just more socialist central planners with an architectural bent. A group such as this would never even consider that an individual person not only has the right to decide where and how they want to live, but that the individual is also the most qualified to make this decision. A free societey and central planning are incompatible, whether it be social, economic, monetary, or whatever.
5/15/2012 at 8:32 PM  4  3  Rating :  1 Permalink
 Mac Slavo - shtfplan
Body Armor: Because If You’re Shooting Down Range, You Can Bet Someone’s Shooting Back At You  (8)
Don't waste your breath. The people for whom this article is intended have a different world view. In other words, they live on a different planet.
The way they see things, it is possible that the sort of violence that is going on in Greece and Spain, and the "Arab Spring", could happen anywhere in the world, including the U.S. They seem to think that something as trivial as a war with Iran might cause ...
5/2/2012 at 7:09 PM  4  2  Rating :  2 Permalink
 Tom DiLorenzo
Rethinking America’s Supreme Judicial Dictatorship  (10)
George F. I think your sarcasm with just woosh right over the heads of many folks. However, I appreciated it. :-)
4/19/2012 at 2:44 PM  1  2  Rating :  -1 Permalink