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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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Slowly, Then All at Once

   Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The staggering incoherence of the election campaign only mirrors the shocking incapacity of the American public, from top to bottom, to process the tendings of our time. The chief tending is permanent worldwide economic contraction. Having hit the resource wall, especially of affordable oil, the global techno-industrial more »

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Signs of Desperation

   Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Idiocy and mendacity are a bad combo in the affairs of nations, especially in elections. The present case in the USA displays both qualities to near-perfection: on one side, a boorish pseudo-savior in zero command of ideas; on the other side, a wannabe racketeer-in-chief in full command of more »

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A Pleasant Lull

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! A pleasant lull lies over the land where today fewer people labor honestly — and some labor gruelingly for too little — while a matrix of rackets sustains the illusion that our living arrangements have a future. Is Quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the minds of the millions moiling more »

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Trending

    Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Would fate permit it, the election of Hillary Clinton will be the supreme and perhaps terminal act in an Anything-Goes-And-Nothing-Matters society. Yet, even with the fabulous luck of running against a consummate political oaf, she struggles to get the upper hand, and she may land in the White more »

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Dark Dynamics

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! What the world is witnessing, without actually paying much attention, is the death of our debt-based economy — that is, borrowing the means to thrive in the now from a future that can’t really furnish it anymore. The illusion that the future would always provide was a legacy more »

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Burning Down the House

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! There’s a new feature to the Anything-Goes-and-Nothing-Matters economy: Nothing-Adds-Up. The magicians who pretend to measure the growth of GDP (Gross Domestic Product — the monetary value of all the finished goods and services) came up with a second quarter “adjusted” figure of 1.2 percent. That would have to more »

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ZZZZZZZZZZZ….

Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Wake the fuck up! Today we turn from the sordid dumbshow of Election 2016 to the parlous mysteries of finance and economics behind our sick politics. Most of the commentary in the mainstream special needs news media is based on the incorrect notion that the current disposition of more »

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Let the Games Begin!

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Hot air balloons may be crashing in Texas, but in Philadelphia last week sainted Hillary, draped in spotless white privilege robes, floated through the glassiest ceiling of all on mighty gusts of saccharine gas. The good wife… the good mother… tireless fighter for the rainbow outcasts and gender more »

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The Odious Versus the Tedious

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! You thought the Republican convention was a ghastly spectacle of royal Trumpery (and Iago-style backstabbing featuring the arch-asshole Ted Cruz)? Now comes the Democratic Annunciation of I’m-With-Her-It’s-My-Turn, the incarnation of crony corruption in our late-state Republic of Racketeering. Remember that old movie, The Exorcist, with its demonic spewage more »

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A Dark Prospect

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! I was in the streets of Chicago in 1968 during the Democratic Convention. It was only a few months after Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were shot to death. The “establishment,” as we called it back then, was all set to nominate Vice-president Hubert Humphrey who had more »

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Lit and Sputtering

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! You can see where the trajectory of events is leading. The country will be distracted by racial strife this summer while the global banking system implodes, disabling trade relations and the super-long supply chains we depend on for all common goods from oil to fresh food. Unless the more »

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Out Out, Damned Email!

Support this website by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The mighty Shakespeare in his direst night sweats could not have conjured up the Clinton family in all their sharp angles and dark corners, but we can try to reconstruct the scene last week on Loretta Lynch’s plane out on the Phoenix airport tarmac. Former president Bill steps more »

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Death to All Zombies!

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Wait a minute. They’re already dead. Brexit just reveals that not everybody’s brains have been eaten. A viral contagion now threatens the zombified institutions of daily life, especially the workings of politics and finance. Just as zombies exist only in the collective imagination, so do these two principal more »

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Burnt Toast

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! At a most troubled moment in history, both major political parties appear set to nominate time-bomb candidates for president with a fair percentage chance of blowing up their own campaigns and the parties themselves. We’ve been living in the era of anything goes and nothing matters — that more »

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The Desperate and the Disparate

As you may know, kunstler.com was under a brutal Denial of Service (DoS) attack for several weeks. My web and server technicians have worked hard to get the website and blog back up. Fist-bump and salutes to them — JHK  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! As I was leaving Detroit very early Sunday morning to more »

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Nausea Rising

Dear Patron, As you may know, kunstler.com is currently under an aggressive Denial of Service (DoS) attack. My web and server technicians are working to get the website and blog back up and live soon (though it’s going to cost a pretty penny). In the meantime, here is today’s blog. Please share this with any more »

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The Fat Lady Always Sings Twice

Over the last few days a hacker attack has been successfully thwarted The comment section is temporarily down because the hacker was loading malicious code on it. We’ll get it back up ASAP * * *  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! That was the week Hillary began to look like the candidate who fell more »

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Lower Away!

  Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! I hope you’re enjoying these horse latitudes of the political year, when the seas suddenly turn glassy and the Berning sun begins to roast all the diverse and inclusive hands on Hillary’s deck, who wait in anxiety for the first sign of a fresh breeze to push more »

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Border Lines

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! If the Obama Justice Department was really honest about its “guidance” on transgender bathrooms, it would have stated clearly a requirement to provide a new, separate, third category of bathroom or changing room for people identifying themselves as transgender. This would have given such persons a safe, private more »

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Trumptopia

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! For years, it was easy to see the political storm clouds gather over Europe with its fractious coalitions and its ancient babble of conflicts. Marine Le Pen’s Daddy, severe old Jean-Marie, was on the scene in France decades before Donald Trump ascended to glory on the noxious clouds more »

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Send Out the Clowns

In this decade of maximum peril, a prankish God delivers two maximally detested candidates to lead the faltering nation as events run ahead of all the convenient narratives. For instance: the idea that Republican “insiders” can block Trump’s path to the nomination. The insiders may be phantoms after all. For instance, the loathsome Koch brothers more »

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The Awful Lull

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! Spring unfolds at last in all its loveliness and Hillary sits back in repose like the matriarch of toads with a clear path to her toadstool throne, having swallowed the mouse-king Sanders. (She forgets that there are millions more mice under the thatched grass, including new mouse-kings awaiting.) more »

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The Elephant Cometh

 Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The elephant’s not even in the room, which is why the 2016 election campaign is such a soap opera. The elephant outside the room is named Discontinuity. That’s perhaps an intimidating word, but it is exactly what the USA is in for. It means that a lot of familiar more »

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The Mystery Revealed

Support this blog by visiting Jim’s Patreon Page! The mystery is at last revealed: why does the field of candidates for president score so uniformly low in trust, credibility, likability? Why are there no candidates of real substance, principle, and especially of real charm in this scrim of political basilisks? (Surely there are many people of more »

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