Edward Snowden — A Brave Young Man and a Heroic American

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Interview with Edward Snowden by Steven Erlanger Q. There’s a campaign for President Obama to pardon you before he leaves office. For many people, you’re a whistle-blowing hero, and for many other people you’re a traitor who broke your oath and betrayed your country. Having knowingly broken the law and fled the jurisdiction of the more »

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A Christmas Orphan

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A Christmas Orphan 11-year-old Jeff Greenaway hears his mom and dad argue one night after an office Christmas party. He infers from their garbled squabble that he is an orphan, found in a willow basket on the welcome mat outside their New York apartment. Thinking now that his parents are imposters, he steals away to more »

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The Harrows of Spring

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Goodreads says: “The Harrows of Spring is a moving and gripping novel that completes the story of the quaint upstate New York town of Union Grove, thrown into a future world that in many ways resembles the nineteenth century. In Union Grove, early spring is a challenging season, known as the “six weeks want,” a more »

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Geography of Nowhere E-book Out

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Published as an E-book for the first time! The 20th Anniversary edition With an entertaining new introduction by the author (sample) Still popular in the graduate schools of architecture and urban design, this is the go-to book about the fiasco of suburbia — “the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.” America more »

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A History of the Future

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For the townspeople of Union Grove, New York, the future is not what they expected it would be. In this arresting work of speculative fiction, social critic James Howard Kunstler takes an imaginative leap into the future, a few decades hence, and shows what life may be like following the long emergency, after the terminal decline more »

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The Deepening Deep State

 Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! One amusing angle on the news media broadside about Russia “hacking” the US election is the failure to mention — or even imagine! — that the US incessantly and continually runs propaganda psy-ops against every other country in the world. And I’m not even including the venerable, old, more »

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December 2016

Click here for slide show Mixed use suburban style: golf course housing “community” located right next to the county prison. This is among many images from Ron Pollard’s new photo survey of American landscape horrors, We Kill Everything. Enjoy the slide show which so strikingly depicts the sorry condition of our nation’s spirit as expressed more »

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The Rediscovery of Men

     Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! This must account, at least in part, for the post-election hysteria among the social justice folk and their mentors at the Prog end of politics, especially those bent on suppressing or eliminating men. Of course, it’s only been the last year or so that their long-running more »

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Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation

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The nationally best-selling author of “The Long Emergency” expands on his alarming argument that our oil-addicted, technology-dependent society is on the brink of collapse—that the long emergency has already begun. Published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in July 2012. “Followers of Kunstler’s writings and attendees of his many lecture appearances will recognize the take-no-prisoners style, more »

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KunstlerCast 283 — Catching Up With Forecaster David Collum

  I’m talking with David Collum of Cornell University. Dave is Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Chair of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He’s better known in the blogosphere as a witty and dauntless forecaster of matters finance and political, and it’s always good to check in with him during times more »

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Boo Hoo

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! America didn’t get what it expected, but perhaps it got what it deserved, good and hard. Daddy’s in the house and he busted straight into the nursery and now the little ones are squalling in horror. Mommy was discovered to be a grifting old jade who ran the more »

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What Now?

Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Not to put too fine a point on it, America coughed up Hillary Clinton like a hairball last week — the catch being it then had to swallow the Cheeto-colored bolus called Donald Trump. It was worth it to see the fog of Hillary-smuggery lift across the cable more »

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The Garden 2015 – 2016

I kind of let the garden report slide for a couple of years. Apologies. Below is where things stood on Christmas Eve 2015. As you can see, I began the project of converting the grass paths to wood chips as winter began. I made one conscious blunder: I lay down high-quality landscape cloth directly over more »

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The Fat Lady Has a Sore Throat

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! A mighty nausea wells up across the land as the awful day cometh. Who will receive the black spot of fate on Tuesday? I wouldn’t want to be him or her on that dreadful day. The flagship of Modernity has lost its vaunted mojo and nobody knows what more »

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November 2016

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Behold the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Caltech in Pasadena, California, designed by Thom Maynes’ Morphoses team. I’d call the style “Bizarro Corbu” after the early Modernist, Le Corbusier (human name: Charles-Édouard Jeanneret). Bizarro derives from the trope in the old Superman comics, “Bizarro World: an alternative universe of industrial madness populated by sub-humanoids with more »

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Halloween Nation

Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! What was with James Comey’s Friday letter to congress? It looks to me like the FBI Director had to go nuclear against his parent agency, the Department of Justice, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, his boss, in particular. Why? Because the Attorney General refused to pursue the Clinton more »

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KunstlerCast 282 — Shrinking the Technosphere with Dmitry Orlov

  Dmitry Orlov is back to talk about his new book, “Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on the Technologies that Limit Our Self-sufficiency and Freedom.” It can be ordered at his website: cluborlov.com. Dmitry is the author previously of “Reinventing Collapse,” “Communities That Abide.” “The Five Stages of Collapse,” and several books of essays. more »

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Slouching Towards Election Day

    Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It’s getting hard to give a shit about this election, though you might still care about this country. The damage has been done to the two long-reigning political parties and perhaps that’s a good thing. They deserved to be dragged into the gutter and now they can either more »

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The Odor of Desperation

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It must be obvious even to nine-year-old casual observers of the scene that the US national election is hacking itself. It doesn’t require hacking assistance from any other entity. The two major parties could not have found worse candidates for president, and the struggle between them has turned more »

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Essay: The Future of the City

Author’s note: This essay originally appeared in The Baffler web-zine July 2016 The following was my original submission draft. It may contain some typos. The Future of the City by James Howard Kunstler One spring day not so long ago, I had a low-grade epiphany walking across New York’s Central Park from my hotel on the more »

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Wounded Elephant

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Last night’s debate raises some interesting questions, such as: would the Romans have elected Caligula if given the chance to vote? Can the Republican party recover from Donald Trump? If the party poobahs “pull the plug” on Trump, as some are threatening to do (that is, cut off more »

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KunstlerCast 281– Chatting with Steve St. Angelo about Oil and Finance

Independent researcher Steve St. Angelo started to invest in precious metals in 2002.  Later on in 2008, he began researching areas of the gold and silver market that, curiously, the majority of the precious metal analyst community have left unexplored. These areas include how energy and the falling EROI – Energy Returned On Invested – more »

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October 2016

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Behold, “The Vessel,” designed by one Thomas Heatherwick for the gigantic Hudson Yards apartment project on Manhattan’s West Side (developer: the Related Companies). This ridiculous “urban landmark” (so-called) will be 15 stories high, composed of 154 flights of stairs and 80 horizontal landings. Heatherwick says the idea is based on “the ancient step-wells of India.” more »

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Sizing Up the Endgame

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! All Hillary had to do last week was show up and stand at a podium for ninety minutes without swooning while Donald Trump barked and grunted his way through the half-assed press conference we like to call a “debate.” It was all I could do to keep watching more »

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Trauma Programming

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! As the nation awaits the gruesome spectacle of the so-called debate between Trump and Clinton in an election campaign beneath the dignity of a third-world shit-hole, we are once again up to our eyeballs in manufactured racial strife led by the deliberately prevaricating New York Times. Read today’s more »

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