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KunstlerCast 246 — JHK Interviews Author and Ecological Economist Eric Zencey

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JHK interviews Eric Zency, author of The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Development. He is on board with the issues that the KunstlerCast is concerned with: the problems of an ‘infinite growth’ economy, the relationship between energy and money, and the fate of the planet. Eric teaches at the University of Vermont and Washington University in St. Louis.

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency and the four-book series of World Made By Hand novels, set in a post economic crash American future. His most recent book is Living in the Long Emergency; Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward. Jim lives on a homestead in Washington County, New. York, where he tends his garden and communes with his chickens.

7 Responses to “KunstlerCast 246 — JHK Interviews Author and Ecological Economist Eric Zencey”

  1. Karah September 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Teachers have a great way of defining things because they’re required to. Thanks.

    The conversation went off the cliff when he failed to harmonize intelligent design evident in the DNA structure with the THEORY of kinks in the system just work themselves out in the span of millions of years of evolution. Another theory along the lines of all the other ECONOMIC theories that do not pan out with reality.

    The “what’s going on in my world” introduction is great and should sandwich the interview at the end with a “what happens at the dump” featuring several book titles, newspapers, magazine articles, a lamp that no longer works and your observations of the entire observation including any monetary costs.

  2. Warren September 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Speaking of Greentopians how about this recent bit on nonsense from the newspaper of record

    “Our planet’s human-carrying capacity emerges from the capabilities of our social systems and our technologies more than from any environmental limits.

    The only limits to creating a planet that future generations will be proud of are our imaginations and our social systems. ”

    Overpopulation Is Not the Problem By ERLE C. ELLIS
    Published: September 13, 2013


  3. Bocaj September 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    I enjoyed the content of this podcast, but Jim you need to sort out your microphone, it’s far too sensitive and I can hear you licking your lips and I suspect that you were clipping your nails at some point in the first five minutes. I’m not an expert in AV matters but perhaps someone can give you advice on muting those ambient sounds?

    • Coilin MacLochlainn October 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

      Yes, I have found this same problem with your podcasts: a lot of lipsmacking, drinking water or coffee right up next to the microphone, disgusting loud slurping noises and swallowing sounds, also occasional through-the-nose snorts of laughter, all really annoying to listen to. You need to keep your distance from the microphone when you’re not talking and only drink when you really have to. You wouldn’t do these things if this was video and we could see you. But you’re forgetting we can hear you, all too clearly.

  4. Raieveny December 26, 2019 at 3:49 am #

    I endlessly admire Eric and would like to attend at least one of his lectures at the University of Vermont. In a way, it was he who aroused my interest in the current state of the world. Before that, I only checked with the help of reviews whether is papersowl legit and contacted them if I didn’t really want to delve into the problem. Right now I am using the Papersowl rather as a means by which I can deepen my knowledge or look at the problem from a different point of view.


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