Fumbling Towards Collapse

Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! In all the smoke and fog emitted by Trump and his adversaries, it must be hard to make out the actual issues dogging this society, and even when you can, to find a coherent position on them. This was nicely more »

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“That War You Ordered….”

Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The gaslighting of the American public continues, with Gaslighter-in-Chief, The New York Times, whipping up a frenzy of Russia paranoia.* It reminds me of an old gambit in fly fishing called the “artificial hatch.” Trout like to gorge on mayfly more »

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KunstlerCast 287 — Piero San Giorgio and his New Book: “Women on the Verge of a Societal Breakdown”

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It’s a pleasure to welcome back Piero San Giorgio who came on the podcast some time ago to talk about his previous excellent book, Survive the Economic Collapse, a Practical Guide. I caught up with Piero on Skype at his home in Switzerland to talk about his new book, Women on more »

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Made For Each Other

Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Don’t be fooled by the idiotic exertions of the Red team and the Blue team. They’re just playing a game of “Capture the Flag” on the deck of the Titanic. The ship is the techno-industrial economy. It’s going down because it more »

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Left Behind

Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! By her public utterances, Betsy DeVos seemed spectacularly unqualified to lead the bureaucratic enterprise called the US Department of Education. But you really have to wonder: could she do any worse than the exalted mandarins of educational bureaucracy who preceded her? more »

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February 2017

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Behold, the 60-story Tipsy Lego Tower a.k.a. the M City Building proposed for downtown Mississauga, Ontario, Canada — Toronto’s little sister city to the west — designed by an outfit called CORE Architects. What original minds! Everybody and his uncle in the global architariat has been coming out with towers meant to appear tectonically unstable. more »

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An Informal, Anti-fake News, Counterfactual, Reality-optional Biography of President Donald Trump, a.k.a. “Wayne Newton”

Clusterfuck Nation Now appearing Mondays and Fridays Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! And so it happened years ago on the Trump family’s annual Christmas pilgrimage to Paraguay that Papa Fred and Mama Mary Anne fell in socially with the circle around Klaus Furtwänkler, Waffen-SS Gruppenführer (ret.) in the little resort village of Nueva more »

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The Purpose of Decadence and the Pleasures of Coercion

    Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Note to readers: This is last Friday’s blog. Clusterfuck Nation is now being posted twice-a-week, Mondays and Fridays, in the new news-rich reality! Look for a new blog Monday Feb 6! I guess you’ve noticed by now that the center didn’t hold. Instead of a secure platform for more »

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Furor Time

Note to readers: the Clusterfuck Nation blog will be going to twice-a-week publication with a nod to the increased liveliness of our national affairs. The second weekly blog will come out Friday mornings. Thanks for your continuing interest and support. — JHK Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It’s only taken a week for more »

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He Is Risen… But For How Long?

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! If the first forty-eight hours are any measure of the alleged Trumptopia-to-come, the leading man in this national melodrama appears to be meshuga. A more charitable view might be that his behavior does not comport with the job description: president. If he keeps it up, I stick to more »

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KunstlerCast 286 — Chatting with Jasun Horsley of the Liminalist Podcast — Double Edition

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! It’s a pleasure to welcome back Jasun Horsley, who presides over the blog Auticulture and The Liminalist podcast. Jasun is a UK ex-pat now living in rural British Columbia, Canada. He describes himself as a “high-functioning Aspergian” and his work often takes readers and listeners to the further more »

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The Cheeto Cometh

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! I dunno about you, but I rather enjoy watching the praetorian Deep State go batshit crazy as the day of Trump’s apotheosis approacheth. I imagine a lot of men and women running down the halls of Langley and the Pentagon and a hundred other secret operational redoubts with more »

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America Versus the Deep State

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The bamboozlement of the public is nearly complete. The Deep State has persuaded 80 percent of Americans that all news is propaganda, especially the news emanating from the Deep State’s own intel department. They’re still shooting for 100 percent. The fakest of all “fake news” stories turns out more »

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Kunstler’s Capsule Movie Reviews

It has been the main art form of our time, though its boundaries are eroding and it’s running into similar distribution problems as music and literature… so it’s hard to say how much longer the movies will be with us in the format we recognize. — JHK Elle (Dir: Paul Verhoeven, with Isabel Hubbert. English subtitles). more »

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KunstlerCast 285 — Byron King of Rickard’s Gold Investor

  Today I’m chewing the gristle of finance with Byron King. Byron is a geologist who currently writes a newsletter, in association with economist Jim Rickards, entitled Rickards Gold Speculator with Byron King.  It’s published by Agora Financial, of Baltimore, www.agorafinancial.com.  Over the course if his career, Byron worked in the oil industry, and has more »

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January 2017

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Beh0ld, this humdinger, The Wrapper” (artist’s rendering) designed by architect Eric Own Moss for Culver City, California, a dreary gerrymandered backwater of Los Angeles under the LAX flight-path. Is the building wearing a straight-jacket to prevent it from hurting itself? It demonstrates that the architecture “community” won’t tire of playing self-referential computer games with large more »

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Forecast 2017: The Wheels Finally Come Off

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! “There is no other endeavor in which men and women of enormous intellectual power have shown total disregard for higher-order reasoning than monetary policy.                                                 more »

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Exit, Hope and Change

  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Yes, that was a gag. By now, anyone in this country still of sound mind knows that Barack Obama presided through eight years of remarkable continuity — of changeless conditions that left a great many hopeless. As the days of his tenure dwindle, what do we make of more »

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The Deep State Blues

    Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Lest you wonder, not only did I not vote for Mr. Trump (or Hillary), but I relished heaping opprobrium on him during the election campaign. Just so you know, I’m not advocating for him, but I’m alarmed that the Deep State (the White House + the Intel more »

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Chatting With Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell dot Com

Today I’m yakking with Kate Wagner, the antic voice behind the marvelous website Welcome to MacMansion Hell, a humorous and opinionated blog that aims to educate the general public about architecture, design, and urbanism by making examples of America’s most despised architectural style. She is currently a master’s student in Acoustics as part of a more »

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Trumpxuberance… Until It’s Not

 Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! “Markets shrugged off the Brexit vote in a couple of days. They shrugged off Donald Trump’s election in a single day. They shrugged off the Italian referendum result in a couple of hours. Heck, in this mood they would shrug off an alien invasion of planet Earth.” — more »

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Edward Snowden — A Brave Young Man and a Heroic American


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


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


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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