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I’m talking with David Collum of Cornell University. Dave is Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Chair of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He’s better known in the blogosphere as a witty and dauntless forecaster of matters finance and political, and it’s always good to check in with him during times of turmoil.

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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.

8 Responses to “KunstlerCast 283 — Catching Up With Forecaster David Collum”

  1. georob November 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm #

    Jim – Thanks for what seemed to me to be a subtle but strong dig at owning tobacco stocks at the end of the interview. You really have to be deficient in basic human decency and morality to value money enough to be part of that industry, legal or not. David Collum lost all my respect. How do you sleep at night knowing you are profiting from the miserable death of millions? And I’m not on a high horse but there is a line people with a conscience don’t cross.

    On a lighter note – with all the college students glued to devices and social media, at least full-blown struggle sessions are unlikely! And – for the record – bellbottoms were cool.

  2. Happy In The Negev November 22, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Thanks so much for this, Jim! I had not heard of David Collum before this or at least I don’t remember that I did. In any case, I will be on the look out for more of his thoughts. Mr. Kunstler, I am very glad you have your thoughtful insights to chew on in my life! Though you may be the last thinking Democrat left today, over time, your ideas and writings have influenced me in wonderful ways. We don’t have a Democratic Party nor a Republican Party here in Israel, however, we do have a full spectrum of political propagandizing rentiers. When people demand to know with which group do I self-identify, I have taken to call myself an Anarcho-capitalist. This usually safely ends the inquisition as few have a clue as to what an Anarcho-capitalist is, but it sounds intimidatingly dangerous. All the best!

    • Happy In The Negev November 22, 2016 at 8:01 am #

      Oops! I meant to say, “Mr. Kunstler, I am very glad I have your thoughtful insights to chew on in my life!”

    • routersurfer December 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      Nice party tag. I’m a bit of an anti capitalist but welcome you to JHK’S blog of great ideas. Which of JHK’S book do you like the best? For me The Long Emergency and Too Much Magic. The novels are a gas also. Getting ready to read all four of the World Made By Hand in order over the winter break. Welcome and Peace!

  3. Walter B November 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Thank you James, I enjoyed it immensely. It is terribly sad however that a person has to come here to the Technosphere in order to find such astute conversations rather than being able to experience them first hand in our daily lives. You spark an actual jealousy in me being able to enjoy such enlightened chats. Thank you so very much for sharing them with us! Have a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. routersurfer December 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

    Dr. Collum is still one of my favorite guests. Will always look forward to the exchange of ideas you have with him. I agree that American Oil is sold below cost. Fun and games in credit. The next few years will be a hoot. Still the best podcast on the net.


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