JHK at Chris Martenson’s Conference in Western Mass, April 25 – 27


Rowe Center

My essays appear regularly on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website. I’ve been invited to their annual conference at the Rowe Center in Western Mass (between Greenfield and North Adams, in the Berkshires — very beautiful there). Chris is the …

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All This and World War, Too?

     The situation in Ukraine hotted up this weekend and threatens to blow this morning with the Kiev government affecting to send “anti-terrorist” troops into the eastern cities where ethnic Russians seized buildings. (In the olden times of Europe, they had …

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Forward Guidance

     Guess what? There is none. Rather, the Federal Reserve practice of Delphically divulging its intentions ought to be understood as the master pretense of US economic life — the delusion that wise persons are actually in control of anything. The …

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April 2014

Behold the new Emerson College “complex” (s0-called) for television, film, and advertising production studies on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, designed by Thom Mayne of the firm Morphosis, which has been reviled on this site before for its techno-narcissistic archi-stunts. …

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KunstlerCast 251 — Yakking with Chris Nelder

KunstlerCast 251 — Yakking with Chris Nelder

JHK yaks with independent energy analyst and author Chris Nelder about the fine points of making an energy transition (or not) from the current economy into whatever the next one is. Chris is …

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Attention Deficit

   Apparently someone at the US State Department put out the fire in John Kerry’s magnificent head of hair, because he has stopped declaiming (for now) on the urgent need to start World War Three over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean …

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Weak Sister

     Was it such a good thing in the post-cold-war decades that the US was regarded as the supreme sole super-power? Look what we did with that privilege: fumbled around like an overfed stumblebum, blundering from one foreign occupation to another, …

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Deep State Blues

     Those of you too caught up in Lady Gaga’s latest cutting edge art project — she arranged for another woman to vomit on her while seated at the keyboard to show, well, I guess to demonstrate that not even vomit …

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KunstlerCast 250 — Chatting with Charles Hugh Smith

Kunstler 250 – Chatting with Charles Hugh Smith

JHK and Charles Hugh Smith, author and blogger at OfTwoMinds.com, yak about the Deep State, our favorite new word for what used be be known as the Establishment. We also touch on …

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Deep State Descending

      And so it’s back to the Kardashians for the US of ADD. As of Sunday The New York Times kicked Ukraine off its front page, a sure sign that the establishment (let’s revive that useful word) is sensitive to the …

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Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

Just published at Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website.

Click here to read it there.

That it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean you’re wrong….

It’s nerve-wracking to live in the historical moment of an epic turning point, especially when the …

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Let’s You and Him Fight

     So, now we are threatening to start World War Three because Russia is trying to control the chaos in a failed state on its border — a state that our own government spooks provoked into failure? The last time I …

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March 2014

Eyesore March 14_B
     Behold the new Health Center on Russell Street in Missoula, Montana — a demonstration that Murphy’s Law rules absolutely in American architecture and town planning. This is the back of the building; the front is oriented to the interior of …

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Off the Cuff – Jim Kunstler and Chris Martenson Chat

JHK was a guest on last week’s Off the Cuff chat with Chris Martenson at the Peak Prosperity website.

Chris and Jim get into some pretty uncharted territory of conjecture about social behavior in an American future that is liable …

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Savagery for All

     A glance through the annals of history tells us that the Golden Age of Ukraine occurred just as western Europe was emerging from its long, dark, post-Roman coma around the 10th and 11th centuries, A.D. After that, it …

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Forward Guidance

     “Guidance” is the new organizing credo of US financial life with Janet Yellen officially installed as the new Wizard of Oz at the Federal Reserve. Guidance refers to periodic cryptic utterances made by the Wizard in staged appearances before congress …

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The Smog of Fraud

     Team Obama pulled a cute one last week nominating Blythe Masters, JP Morgan’s commodity chief, to an advisory committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) which supposedly regulates activities on the paper trades in corn, pork bellies, cocoa, coffee, …

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JHK Interview with Charles Marohn of Strongtowns.org

JHK Interview with Charles Marohn of Strong Towns (Strongtowns.org)

I was a guest on Chuck’s podcast. We mostly talk about the ongoing financial fiasco.

The Strong Towns mission statement:

“…to support a model for growth that allows America’s towns to …

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Shake me, wake me!

     The rot moves from the margins to the center, but the disease moves from the center to the margins. That is what has happened in the realm of money in recent weeks due to the sustained mispricing of the cost …

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February 2014

Eyesore_Feb_2014Woe and alack a day! A sign of the times in a hyper-turbo-techno-industrial economy rocking in the throes of meltdown, a.k.a. compressive deflationary contraction. Lo, what was once a dollar is now seventy-five cents. In another month, it’ll be fifty …

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Like Your Hair’s On Fire

     The past two months I’ve taken in all but the final few episodes of Breaking Bad, America’s loathe letter to itself. What a metaphor for a nation’s transition from an ethos of earnest effort to a mood of criminal …

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Warrior Land

       Looking around America these days, if you can stand it, the sense of what it means to be a man has become a very shaky business. I was studying one particular tattooed moron, twenty-something, in the gym Saturday. He had …

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The Fate of a City

     I was born and raised in New York City, on the east side of Manhattan (with a brief intermezzo in the long Island Suburbs (1954 – 1957) though I have lived upstate, two hundred miles north of the city, for …

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The Disenchantment of American Politics — And the Coming Uproar

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site.
Read it there:

Considering the problems we face as a nation, the torpor and lassitude of current politics in America seems like a kind of offense against history. What other people have …

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Forecast 2014 — Burning Down the House

      Many of us in the Long Emergency crowd and like-minded brother-and-sisterhoods remain perplexed by the amazing stasis in our national life, despite the gathering tsunami of forces arrayed to rock our economy, our culture, and our politics. Nothing has yielded

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