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8 Responses to “KunstlerCast 309 — Chatting with Raul Meijer of The Automatic Earth”

  1. Walter B November 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm #

    Very interesting and informative Jim, thank you. So good to hear a prospective from the European vantage point. If Raul is typical, then I would figure that the Old Countries and far harder to fool than the pubescent American mindset. That does not promote confidence in America’s abilities to deal with the future, which is surely approaching. Oh, that’s right, American’s do not have attention spans long enough to include caring about what is not happening right here and right now! Guess we are going in hot and without a functional plan. Probabilities of success?

  2. 100th Avatar November 14, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I had a good laugh with the last few lines where the host gets a dig in on his town not having any civic spaces to enjoy only to learn that his guest, over in Europe, is also without them.. and friends.

    And that’s our future. Perfectly rendered.

    • shabbaranks November 14, 2018 at 7:25 pm #

      The irony. Oops…..

  3. bigfun November 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

    ugh, james! i love your books and of course peak oil is eventually going to ruin suburbia and america with it. but you sound suspiciously like you’re being paid by russian intelligence to make a checklist of points, including that vladimir putin is doing well for russia. if you’re so hard up for funds that you need russian money, maybe you should write another book!

    • bigfun November 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

      also — don’t buy gold when it’s about to crash

  4. HappyMotorist November 20, 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Bigfun: Joe Biden is that you.

  5. DrGonzo November 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    Jim, you and Raul need to get a room.

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  6. RoseRogers February 21, 2019 at 1:23 am #

    Especially on Automatic Earth subjects of finance with economy. He’s totally based in Europe country, dividing his time easily between Athens and the Netherlands country. Tutor Help ,He lived also in Canada for so many years on my research.