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Behold, the site of Bill Gates’s City of the Future! No, that’s not Mars. That’s 25,000 acres of barrel cactus and scorpions in the neighborhood of Tonopah, Arizona, about fifty miles from Phoenix. I suppose it seems a smart place for a city if you think water comes from iPhones, or that you don’t have to grow food anywhere near where people live, or that Happy Motoring will continue indefinitely by other means than gasoline. A lot of people believe these things — especially the “intellectuals-yet-idiots” beloved of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, Antifragile, and other books. Many of the people running things in America these days are exactly those intellectuals-yet idiots. They have no idea where this society is actually heading, only techno-narcissistic fantasies about a future of ever-more stuff materialized out of thin air (like the “money” issued by the Federal Reserve). Bill Gates has so much of this money, you wonder if he even knows what the managers, Cascade Investment LLC, and a real estate development outfit called Belmont Partners, are doing in his name. I predict that the $80 million so far given to this project will go up in a vapor and that nothing will ever be built here. Bill G can just write it off as a tax loss.

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

6 Responses to “December 2017” Subscribe

  1. malthuss December 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    if you think water comes from iPhones,

    Robots do not need water and Apple has the Ip, not Czar Bill.

  2. jayrome December 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Correct me if I am wrong but. . . isn’t this where all the nuclear waste has been buried along with used Dioxin, obsolete pesticides and garbage from bio-weapons manufacturing ? ? ?
    As you can see that eventually Nature heals the land and all is good.

  3. whoisbiggles December 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    Congratulations to the seller!

  4. ffkling December 6, 2017 at 3:04 am #

    ‘They have no idea where society is heading.”

    “They” know exactly the dystopian future that awaits us poor slobs. How else to explain BAU. How else to explain the multi-billion dollar enormous underground facilities still under construction. At one facility in the Ozark mountains of Missouri, so much tonnage of supplies is being off-loaded that a railroad spur was constructed right to the entrance that’s secured with self-sealing, 25’ wide, steel blast doors.

    Otherwise, TPTB would have already implemented a massive course correction. Instead, it’s damn the torpedoes full speed ahead toward the mass extinction abyss.

  5. SvrzoH December 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    ‘Bugsy’ Siegel’s spirit, (apparently) is still alive.

  6. bymitch December 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    Towns and cities come about due to some human activity.
    Usually around a natural resource and/or a common transport route.
    In the photo there appears to be some trail cutting across the plain but very little else to suggest building something viable.
    Unless there is something, in moonshine made from barrel cactus, or deep fried scorpions, I wont be riding the 50 miles on my camel, from Phoenix, to visit anytime soon.

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