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Archive | June, 2013

KunstlerCast 235 — Talking to petroleum geologist Jeffrey Brown

#235 — JHK talks with Texas petroleum geologist Jeffrey Brown about the global oil export-import scene, the shale oil situation, and the public’s misunderstanding of oil realities. Jeff originated the model for understanding the decline of global oil …

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Mid Year Digest

by James Howard Kunstler      Wondering why the money world got its knickers in a twist last week? The answer is simple: the global economy is breaking apart and its constituent major players are doing face-plants on the downhill slope of a no-longer-cheap-oil way of life.  Let’s look at them case by case.      more »

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KunstlerCast #234: George Mobus and Biophysical Economics

Released: June 20, 2013 JHK jaws with George Mobus, systems scientist from the University of Washington, Tacoma. George is a member of the Biophysical Economics group — not you mother’s economists, shall we say. I’m pretty much on-board with their reality-based discipline, however listeners will probably notice that George is a bit more doomerish than more »

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Paths of Folly

   by James Howard Kunstler      Societies periodically go insane. Fallacious memes sweep through a frightened and confused populace and bad things happen, bad choices get made. Two bad ideas in particular infect the American thought-o-sphere these days: 1) that non-cheap oil can keep all the rackets of consumerism going; 2) that we can more »

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KunstlerCast #233: A Conversation With Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform

Released: June 13, 2013 JHK chats with Jim Quinn, author of The Burning Platform dot com. Jim Quinn spent most of his career as a financial executive in the corporate world and now works on the business side of a major university (name of it omitted at JQ’s request). He’s a keen observer of the more »

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JHK’s Essay on Harvard’s “Landscape Urbanism” Program

  From the newly published book Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents      The Zombies of Gund Hall Go Forth to Eat America’s Brains by James Howard Kunstler             Long about the late 1990s, anxiety beset the mandarins in the architecture schools when a reform movement calling itself The New Urbanism more »

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Lighting the Fuse

     At first glance, the growth of the super snooper state revealed this weekend — like one of those giant, hidden funguses that spreads for miles under the forests of upper Michigan — is a striking discovery. But I maintain that there is an inverse correlation between the technical abilities of the government to more »

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Dmitry Orlov’s Excellent New Book

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This essay is a review of Dmitry Orlov’s excellent new book, The Five Stages of Collapse. I can’t recommend the book highly enough. Orlov is one of the great literary stylists of his generation as well as one of the leading intellectuals. Link to Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity A Review of Dmitry Orlov’s The Five more »

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My latest essay on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity Website

My latest essay on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity Website:WHY OUR CURRENT WAY OF LIVING HAS NO FUTURE Rampant malinvestment is creating scarcity of capital, energy & justice

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KunstlerCast #232: New Urbanism Special

Released: May 30, 2013 JHK chats with Andres Duany, a founding board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism about a new book (with a chapter by JHK) taking on the frauds and fakers at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and their so-called Landscape Urbanism program — since they never tire of attacking more »

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June 2013

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The street crossing that ain’t, Marlton, New Jersey.  

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Out On a Limb

     There is one supreme and universal law of human relations in all its manifestations, social, political, economic, cultural: people create no end of mischief in the hours when they are not sleeping. Any vision of history-yet-to-come must be predicated on this principle.       A correspondent of mine objected to the idea more »

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