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Tom Luongo is the voice behind the Gold, Goat’s ’n’ Guns  blog and podcast, often featured on Zero Hedge and other sites. Tom describes himself as a former research scientist, amateur diary-goat farmer, anarchy-libertarian, and obstreperous Austrian economist. He built the house he lives in and he’s a lot of fun. 

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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.

21 Responses to “KunstlerCast 356 — Tom Luongo Lays It All Out”

  1. autistocrates March 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm #

    Tom is legitimately a genius. Real renaissance man too. Top notch podcast.

    Great work on the hosting side JHK! Tom, much like Dave Collum, is at his best when the host is listening intently but also helping him keep his points organized.

  2. Dr. Coyote March 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks for this episode. It’s not often that half-way through I think “hm, going to listen to this one again, with a notepad.”

  3. crbrown25 March 23, 2022 at 7:15 pm #

    Thank you so much for the content James. This is the best podcast on the internet.

  4. MontanaMan March 23, 2022 at 11:27 pm #

    Tom Luongo, talks like he’s on some kind of drug that has him sped up! At about, 7,500 RPM. My God. He reminds me of every slick Willey used car sales man, used boat salesman which are even worse.

    let me clarify this part of my statement before certain type folks get so bent out of shape. No I do not mean that he’s a hustler and that he’s trying to hustle people out of funds or hustle them out of their time which is so precious these days.

    He’s clearly very smart, but if he would slow down and I mean really slow down in his speech ?, his delivery, it would be so much more, let’s say, “Impactful.”

    I pulled out between “5 & 10 minutes”. that’s all I can take. He spits words out like 3030 caliber bullets. And it’s like he doesn’t even slow down to catch his breath. Whew boy.

    • 2Bornot March 24, 2022 at 6:34 am #

      You pulled out too soon MM; premature pull-out but we’ve all been there.

      Fascinating conversation right to the end. Hit many nails square on the head. Bang.

      My only question… in the early minutes, “They, They They’ ..who are ‘They’?

      People would like to know.

      Maybe Tom, or Our Host, could enlighten us soon?

    • MaryQueen March 24, 2022 at 11:21 am #

      It’s how he talks, I got used to it. Patience, cowboy.

    • Walter B March 24, 2022 at 1:21 pm #

      My wife always told me that I spoke not only too fast but said too much for people to understand and that I lost a lot of them in the course of a 1- or 2-minute speech. I saw her point and she was right. I never changed my ways though because I could not see the point in trying to get through to people that I had to speak slowly and simply to because they don’t get it anyway.

      Go back and listen and pause and go back after taking notes if you have to. There is much excellence and truth in this conversation, trust me. He speaks quickly perhaps because we are running out of time.

    • HowardBeale March 26, 2022 at 7:04 am #

      Just another Gold nut.
      Hey Luongo, who’s going to have anything of value to buy your gold with when the house of cards falls?
      When this goes down, why live? You won’t be able to go outside safely…

      • Walter B March 26, 2022 at 10:20 am #

        Gold and silver will certainly have a window of usefulness in the event of a cash collapse, though once goods become scarce, the only thing that many will still trade for food will be lead, if you know what I mean. Those that have will need a way to keep from losing it to those who want and who have lead and a means to deliver it at high velocity. Funny how alchemists of old were always trying to turn lead to gold. All you had to do it back it with gunpowder.

        • HowardBeale March 28, 2022 at 10:22 am #

          Agree. 100%.
          I don’t know much, but unlike those unfortunates that Mark Twain–or whoever– commented on, I do know what I know and what I don’t, and it’s all so.
          Canned beans and cabins in the woods ain’t gonna work.

    • TaxDonkey March 28, 2022 at 4:54 am #

      Didn’t bother me although I have ADD and probably other stuff too. What gets me is when somebody says “uh” too often. Tried to listen to Francis Boyle the other day. He had some really interesting stuff to say but he said “uh” every 5 seconds. Could not focus.

  5. MaryQueen March 24, 2022 at 11:21 am #

    Excellent interview, James, really riveting, thanks.

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  6. Walter B March 24, 2022 at 1:15 pm #

    Two generations that were raised on hating the Russians and now they are in the wheelhouse of power in our government – NO DOUBT! While our old German Grandmother’s certainly warned us all that “You can never trust the Russians”, many of us also understood that the American government was far less trustworthy and downright evil, and even more so today. Ask an American Indian or any of the modern countries that we invaded to plunder. To me it seems pretty clear, the Russians are tough people that you do not want to invade and are a people that could never handle colonialism or the takeover of other countries very well. Britian and America, on the other hand, well they are true global terrorists. I think that we are being exposed as exactly that now and that is not going make for a fun time down the line.

    As far as US leadership being purposefully incompetent is concerned, I think it is a brilliant plan and is working well. The idiots in charge will do whatever they are told, and the American people will restrain from the righteous anger and reply that they should be taking at the exposition of the fact that we are being “ruled” and played by idiots. It’s not acceptable to tar and feather retarded people you know. (No offense to retarded people).

    Kill ’em all and take their stuff is the mantra of modern American foreign policy and far too many fat and happy American citizens approve of that. If paybacks are ever on the menu, there are going to be a lot of whining assholes crying, “I wasn’t me”, but acceptance is guilt, period.

    Perhaps I am too cynical, but the Midterm elections will be of no value and as evidence I will point to the “election” of 2020. Why would there not be a repeat? Get away with it once and it becomes the norm. Sorry, there will be no more elections. At least not any honest ones.

    Great work, great interview Jim, I enjoyed it immensely.

  7. thirdcoastlegend March 25, 2022 at 12:22 pm #

    Yet another top shelf podcast!

    Speaking of California, Chris Martenson just posted an excellent and terrifying breakdown of 8 (yes, eight!) bills in the California state legislature intended to implement medical martial law using Covidism as a cudgel:


    I agree with Mr. Luongo that the globalists are going to do an incredible amount of damage. I am not as optimistic that we will be able to recover from it.

    I also agree with the comments about Putin. Considered in a very narrow frame, his impressive endurance of the vitriol hurled his way is reminiscent of Trump’s.

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the midterm elections. I think we’re going to see a replay of the sorts of shenanigans that occurred around the 2020 elections.

  8. Joh329 March 25, 2022 at 2:12 pm #

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting you having Tom on your show since you went on GGG last year. This did not disappoint.

  9. HowardBeale March 26, 2022 at 6:56 am #

    As a teacher for 30 years, I can confidently say, “People who really–REALLY–know what they’re talking about don’t talk fast. This guy is a charlatan.
    That is not to say he doesn’t know things that are obvious to anyone who studies this stuff, but the wanton use of jargon and his relentless need to sound smart tells me he is on a stage.
    Don’t trust him for anything.

    • geo March 28, 2022 at 5:02 pm #

      Really, Howard, that’s what you took way from this conversation? What did you teach, softball? I’m glad you are retiring, my grandkids will be in school soon..

  10. Alfred March 26, 2022 at 11:21 am #


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  11. lsewell March 30, 2022 at 11:31 am #

    Great podcast! Thank you.


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