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Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the US in the mid-1970s. He holds de­grees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, In­ternet commerce, network security and advertising. Starting in 2005, Dmitry has published hundreds of articles, three books and 10 collections of essays focusing on the forthcoming collapse of the United States specifically and Western civilization generally. He has given numerous talks and interviews, and delivered keynote addresses at many conferences. His work is translated into many languages. His latest forays are into the subjects of the abuse and misuse of technology, the various myths, religious and otherwise, around which different societies are organized, and the unfolding civilizational clash between the West and the rest. Dmitry lives in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, with his wife and son. His work can be found at cluborlov.wordpress.com, patreon.com/orlov and subscribestar.com/orlov. 

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16 Responses to “KunstlerCast 348 Revisiting “Reinventing Collapse” with Dmitry Orlov”

  1. lsewell August 19, 2021 at 7:50 am #

    This was fantastic. THANKS.

  2. snagglepuss August 19, 2021 at 8:56 pm #

    Leningrad! Jim, you possum, you know it’s now called St. Petersburg!

    A place I would love to visit. I adore Orlov. Have his book the ‘Meat Generation’, and will be ordering the new one.
    He’s very funny. I’ve just downloaded this interview and cannot wait to listen to it.

    Dmitry Orlov has given me a great respect for Russia, Putin, and really helped me understand what’s really going on behind the nonsense in the Ukraine, what really happened with Crimea, and many other interesting world events that are distorted by the mainstream media.

    Thank you Jim and Dmitry.

    • Socrates-Detroit September 19, 2021 at 11:25 pm #

      When Orlov was born, it was called Leningrad.

      Now it is called St Petersburg (again).

      So JHK is correct.

      I thought the interview was excellent.

      The thing I found most interesting was the West’s attempt to get Russia and China to join then was rebuffed.

      I think this is all about power, the COVID being the latest, most devious and most effective scheme to concentrate power at the top.

      In the process, the “elite” are destroying the west in general and the US in particular. If/when the Chinese elite move to fill the vacuum, what then? Will the Davos crowd give us back a little freedom so the USA/West can become stronger?

      Orlov said the US is impotent and “cannot win a war with anyone, let alone a strong country like Russia or China.”

      Orlov chooses his words well. The US may not win, but it possesses an awful lot of destructive power, conventional as well as nuclear. So it can cause a lot of damage even if it doesn’t “win”.

  3. fattigmann August 20, 2021 at 7:21 pm #

    With all due respect, Mr. Kunstler, your guest’s views should be taken with a grain of salt. He spent half his life in the Boston area and on a boat and thinks he understands America. He doesn’t. He says that Americans are wealthy by some persisting backroom deals with wealthy foreigners. He does not understand the hard work and sacrifice that built and continues to build this nation. He currently lives in St. Petersburg and claims to speak for all Russia. Everything I’ve seen indicates that the average Russian loves American culture, contrary to his assertion that Russians are only interested in their own fascinating country.One of my Russian friendd in Chicago says that, without the Revolution, Russia would be a giant Norway now. In short, the guest is the self-important engineer type that did a miserable job engineering a planned Soviet economy.

    • FriendOfPacepa August 23, 2021 at 12:10 am #

      I agree – his statements are rhetorically slick, but it is too monolithically anti-american. His description of Trump, his dispassionate description of the USSR as a pretty smoothly running machine, etc. A BIG grain of salt. We have problems, and he pointed many of them out well, but it was oftentimes overboard.

  4. ASHAMED August 21, 2021 at 4:38 am #

    Interesting interview, James. Thanks.

    Your audience, by and large, seems connected by some subterranean, mycological network that pings each node from time to time, nurturing an ancient urge to set things straight; to awaken angrily from our collective bad dream.

    I joined your audience long before I had ever heard the name, James Howard Kunstler, by listening on the regular to The Ron Smith Radio Show, here in Maryland. At some point in the ‘90s, you were a guest on his show, and I heard you, and counted you among the few people worth paying attention to. Ron, the “voice of Reason, is gone now, but you and Dmitry Orlov and others remain. Mysteriously, we find each other, like rivulets find the stream, which then finds the river.

    I hope you keep soldiering on, James! And here are two suggestions, or requests, if you will, for Kunstlercast guests: Jimmy Dore and Bret Weinstein. I think they fit right in — I can easily imagine Ron Smith and yourself in lively conversation with them. We, your audience, very much need to hear these conversations between voices of reason, like yours and theirs. I wish you could find time for more Kunstlercasts. Hope springs eternal.

    Thanks again, Mr K!

  5. thirdcoastlegend August 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm #

    Another tour de force like last week’s podcast!

    Thank you James and Dmitri!

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  6. mabelgood August 23, 2021 at 11:59 am #

    Orlov is a so inspirational person for the young generation around the world. The technology has changed almost everything in the our living needs- you could visit this website for managed It services and any IT related tasks!

  7. mrmiller August 23, 2021 at 4:33 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I’m waiting to make a full judgment on Dmitry. My initial impressions of him were very good, and I was even convinced recently to buy one of his books. So far at least, while his statements are shockingly accurate at times, sometimes he veers off the side of the road into a ditch. Sometimes I honestly don’t know whether I am merely lacking enough information in my limited worldview to discover that he’s actually correct, or if he just wants to believe whatever he wants to believe.

    Having said that, I really enjoy hearing what he has to say and have actually already learned a lot from him. He’s actually one of my favorite guests!

  8. zencyclist August 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm #

    My opinion only: best Kunstlercast I’ve heard over the 4-5 years I’ve been tuning in. I’ve listened through twice now and plan to again soon. Recommend everyone give it a second go round at least. So much information not available elsewhere to be gleaned from this one. Straightforward, concise, and yes very funny. Thank you Jim and Orlov!

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  10. SouthernYankee August 25, 2021 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you Jim for this podcast; I love Orlov’s work, as I do yours Now, if only there was a way to filter out people who use the blog the advertise their own services.

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  11. Putrid_S September 6, 2021 at 4:13 am #

    Just take the vaccine guys so we can all go back to normal



  12. SvrzoH September 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm #

    Excellent conversation.
    Odd absence of the very vocal commentators from the blog.
    I do not need to guess, I am certain that I know why.

  13. anmariwakaranai October 18, 2021 at 7:22 pm #

    Hey SvrzoH thanks for reccomending this, loving Orlof!


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