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KunstlerCast #51: Seaside Revisited

The Future of New Urbanism is Urbanism Released: Feb. 12, 2009. James Howard Kunstler is back from a visit to the American South. He reports on two New Urbanist developments outside of Montgomery, Alabama. In many ways Kunstler believes that the new urbanist model of building 400 acre “traditional neighborhoods” out in the green fields more »

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Poverty of Imagination

          Venturing out each day into this land of strip malls, freeways, office parks, and McHousing pods, one can’t help but be impressed at how America looks the same as it did a few years ago, while seemingly overnight we have become another country. All the old mechanisms that enabled our way of more »

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Road Trip

          “We will not apologize for our way of life….”      This unfortunate phrase from President Obama’s otherwise sturdy inaugural address, echoed through my mind last week as I cruised the suburban outlands of Montgomery, Alabama. All the usual commercial furnishings of consumerist America hugged the flattish ochre and dusty-green landscape of played-out cotton more »

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KunstlerCast #49: After the Plastic Fiesta

Goodbye Vinyl Siding, Hello Mr. Repair Man Released: January 29, 2009. Many everyday items in our lives are made from petroleum byproducts like plastic. But James Howard Kunstler believes that the rising costs of petroleum will change our relationship to plastic products. In the future, people might actually start repairing items rather than just throwing more »

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New Yorker Article Featuring Jhk

The New Yorker January 26, 2009 The Dystopians; Bad times are boom times for some. by Ben McGrath SECTION: FACT; American Chronicles; Pg. 41 Vol. 84 No. 46 LENGTH: 7208 words A year and a half ago, with real-estate prices falling, Dmitry Orlov, a forty-six-year-old software engineer from Leningrad, sold his apartment in the Brighton section of Boston, along more »

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State of Cringe

     Just as Mr. Obama has danced into the oval office, we’ve arrived at a moment when a lot of people have a hard time imagining the future. This includes especially the mainstream media, which has reached a state of zombification parallel to that of the banks. But even in the mighty blogosphere, with its more »

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KunstlerCast #48: From Suburbia to Peak Oil

Fossil Fuels and Our Built Environment Released: January 22, 2009. James Howard Kunstler tells the story of how he came to learn about peak oil while writing about suburban sprawl. Topics include The Yom Kippur War, The Hubbert’s Curve, the New Urbanists and the strong relationship between suburban sprawl and diminishing supplies of cheap fossil more »

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Hope and Fear

         Tomorrow at noon, Barack Obama steps into the shoes of Lincoln, FDR, Millard Fillmore and forty other predecessors — this time as the wished-for Mr. Fix it of a nation run into a ditch. Surely over the months of transition, someone with a clear head and a fact-laden portfolio has clued-in the new more »

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KunstlerCast #47: Credit Crisis

How the Suburbs Were Loaned into Existence Released: January 15, 2009. James Howard Kunstler believes the credit orgy that was the background and basis for our era is over. It will become increasingly harder to lend money into existence and Americans will probably have to pay as they go with what they have. Kunstler explores more »

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Out of the Woodwork

     When rocket attacks from Gaza were answered by Israeli air strikes, a great outcry of empathy for the beleaguered Palestinians rang out world-wide — along with growls of objurgation and anathema aimed at Israel from certain quarters in the USA. They showed up in my world as a raft of Jew-hating e-mails (read them more »

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KunstlerCast #46: Highway to Hell

The Campaign to Sustain the Unsustainable Released: Jan 8, 2009 A listener caller asks James Howard Kunstler about President-elect Barack Obama’s massive proposed stimulus package, which will probably be used to rebuild America’s highways. Along with the auto industry bailout, Kunstler thinks this major proposed investment in our highway infrastructure may be a last ditch more »

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Farewell GWB

           A prankish fate put George W. Bush in the oval office to keep America stupid. The nation was far from ready to see where it was going in the 21st century, and he was just the figure to keep it that way, with his void of curiosity, his allergy to reading, and more »

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KunstlerCast #45: JHK’s Resolutions 2009

Duncan Answers Questions about Podcast Released: Jan 1, 2009 In this abbreviated edition, James Howard Kunstler shares his New Year’s resolutions for 2009. He also sets some personal goals for finishing the sequel to his post oil novel, World Made by Hand, and gives some details on what that book will be about. For the more »

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Clusterfuck Nation Archives (2002 – 2008)

May 2008 to Dec 2008 Dec 2007 to May 2008 Sept 2007 to Dec 2007 April 2007 to Sept 2007 December 2006 to April 2007 October 2006 to December 2006 June 2006 to October 2006 April 2006 to June 2006 December 2005 to April 2006 September 2005 to December 2005 May 2005 to Sept 2005 more »

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Forcast for 2009

      There are two realities “out there” now competing for verification among those who think about national affairs and make things happen. The dominant one (let’s call it the Status Quo) is that our problems of finance and economy will self-correct and allow the project of a “consumer” economy to resume in “growth” mode. This more »

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KunstlerCast #44: Forecast 2009

Remembering Y2K Released: Dec. 25, 2008 Every year James Howard Kunstler publishes his annual forecast on his popular blog. For this installment of the KunstlerCast, Jim gives us a sneak preview of some of his predictions for 2009. Topics in this show include: phony baloney money, new economies, home deliveries, oil shortages and price increases. more »

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Legitimacy Dwindles

      Zounds! Public sentiment toward the accelerating economic fiasco has shifted, seemingly overnight, from a mood of nauseated amazement to one of panicked grievance as the United States moves closer to an apparent comprehensive collapse — and so ill-timed, wouldn’t you know it, to coincide with the annual rigors of Santa Claus. The tipping point more »

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KunstlerCast #43: Missing Teeth in the Urban Fabric

Empty Spaces in the Streetscape Released: Dec. 18, 2008 James Howard Kunstler explains the negative effects that empty building lots have on the urban streetscape. These empty spaces or “missing teeth” are dead zones that are repellent to pedestrians. But, at the moment, our car crazy society prefers to keep those dead zones for surface more »

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Change You Won’t Believe

      The peak oil story has not been nullified by the scramble to unload every asset for cash — including whomping gobs of oil contracts — during this desperate season of bank liquidation. The main implication of the peak oil story is that we won’t be able to generate the kind of economic growth that more »

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KunstlerCast #42: Victorian Stroll

19th Century Urbanism in 2008 Released: Dec. 11, 2008 James Howard Kunstler joins host Duncan Crary for the Victorian Stroll in downtown Troy, NY. During this annual event, the city evicts the automobile from the streets and 21st century people discover how pleasurable it is to explore this 19th century urban fabric on foot. Kunstler more »

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KunstlerCast #41: Private Property

Community ownership and the diminishing role of government? Released Dec. 4, 2008. James Howard Kunstler says the notion that Americans have a long tradition of being able to do whatever they want with their land is a fallacy. This false notion is really just the result of a propaganda campaign by the promoters of suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #39: Water Transit

The Future of North American Shipping Released: Nov. 20, 2008. James Howard Kunstler responds to a listener question about the future of water transportation in North America. There is a fabulous inland waterway system in North America that is going to become very important again. But, if we want to remain serious about trade in more »

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KunstlerCast #38: Obama

JHK Reacts to the Election of Barack Obama Released: Nov. 13, 2008 James Howard Kunstler shares his feelings about President-elect Barack Obama. For now Jim is hopeful that Mr. Obama can set a good example for decent behavior as he takes the helm of a functionally bankrupt government. In order to reform the systems of more »

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KunstlerCast #37: Impotent Politics

The Increasing Irrelevance of our Two Political Parties Released: Oct. 30, 2008 James Howard Kunstler muses on the increasing irrelevance of the two political parties in America. Neither party seems to be truly facing our energy predicament and the coming obsolescence of suburbia. Yet this is with the complete connivance of the voting public, which more »

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KunstlerCast #36: The City (1939) – Part 2

The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary Released: Oct. 23, 2008. In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to the second half of a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by more »

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