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KunstlerCast #191: Get Used to Being Uncomfortable

Rising Pessimism & Crony Capitalism in America Released: Jan. 26, 2012 James Howard Kunstler comments on the rising rates of pessimism in the U.S. in response to Capital cronyism, the disappearing American dream, and our own entitled wishful thinking. During the second half of the program he examines some of the cultural and lifestyle changes more »

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KunstlerCast #188: Forecast 2012

JHK’s New Year’s Resolution Released: Jan. 5, 2012 JHK discusses his 2012 Annual Forecast. He thinks this may be the year that we discover that shale gas and oil is just another bubble, simply a destination for hot money to make returns in a financial landscape that doesn’t offer many. He also mentions a recent more »

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KunstlerCast #186: John Michael Greer

Apocalypse Not, Green Wizardry and Techno-Narcissism Released: Dec. 22, 2011 John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent, The Wealth of Nature and, most recently, Apocalypse Not, joins JHK and Duncan by phone to speak about 2012 apocalypse scenarios, Green Wizardry, politics and techno narcissism. Greer explains how the 1970s were the last time that more »

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KunstlerCast #175: Despotic Christian Theocrats on the Rise

Spiritual Warfare in the American Long Emergency Released: Oct. 6, 2011 There’s a crazy Christian cult on the rise in the US and JHK believes Americans needs to watch out. The New Apostolic Reformation is a dangerous movement exerting its influence on the American political sphere during a time when this country is so fraught more »

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KunstlerCast #171: The End of Growth – Part 2

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Sept. 1, 2011 In the conclusion of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, techno-grandiosity, the fate of industrial aggriculture and the suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #170: The End of Growth – Part 1

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Aug. 25, 2011 In part one of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, political convulsions and generational conflict. *If you can’t wait more »

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KunstlerCast #156: Osama bin Laden & The Middle East

JHK Reacts Released: May 12, 2011 James Howard Kunstler shares his thoughts on the capture and destruction of Osama bin Laden and the future of U.S. relations in the Middle East. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_156.mp3 (21 MB | 24:52 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free Sponsor: This week’s sponsor is The Congress for the New more »

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KunstlerCast #153: 2010 U.S. Census Figures

Suburbia is Empowered by the Numbers Released: April 21, 2011 The 2010 U.S. Census figures have led to a newly empowered suburban electorate. But the figures also indicate that several major U.S. cities are increasing in population at their cores. JHK offers some analysis. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_153.mp3 (25 MB | 28:51 mins.) Listener Caller Line: more »

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KunstlerCast #142: Forecast 2011

Time for a Reset Released: Jan. 27, 2011 James Howard Kunstler speaks about his annual forecast for 2011. Although there are a lot of people out there cheering for a “recovery,” JHK believes it’s time for a reset. He foresees food shortages, financial strain and political troubles ahead. Read Jim’s Forecast 2011. Note: This episode more »

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KunstlerCast #140: Violent Rhetoric

The Arizona Tragedy Released: Jan. 13, 2011 JHK reacts to the tragic shooting in Arizona. He reflects on the gun ownership debate in the U.S. and his own conflicting thoughts about owning a gun himself. He discusses the power of violent rhetoric in our public discourse and evaluates his own use of strong language. He more »

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KunstlerCast #133: The Tea Party

A Vacuum in Progressivism Released: Nov. 11, 2010 JHK shares his thoughts on the recent U.S. midterm elections, the Tea Party, Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, and the problems of progressivisim. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_133.mp3 (26 MB | 37:13 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

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KunstlerCast #122: A Grand Wobble

The Systemic Failures of Our Financial Future Released: Aug. 19, 2010. JHK explains how the current financial problems around the world factor into his vision of The Long Emergency. Kunstler sees these systematic failures of finance as a threat to all of our fundamental economic arrangements, including our ability to live in an orderly society. more »

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Welcome Home To Slum Nation

     It’s sad to be a citizen of a nation that can’t do anything right. While BP was fumbling its “kill shot” into the Deepwater Horizon hole, and the dying pelicans were flopping in the poisoned marshlands, and rumors seeped across the Internet that nothing short of an atom bomb would avail to stop more »

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KunstlerCast #112: The Politics of Place

Inversion of Assumed Roles Released: May 20, 2010. James Howard Kunstler examines the politics of place. Are the suburbs more conservative than cities? Why are people who try to conserve the historic fabric of their towns branded as radical liberals, while the agents of destruction in those towns call themselves “conservative?” What is the historical more »

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KunstlerCast #107: Sprawl Defenders

The Arguments For Suburbia Released: April 15, 2010. This conversation was recorded one day before James Howard Kunstler was scheduled to debate Randal O’Toole at Brown University in Providence, RI. O’Toole is a well-known advocate for the suburban living arrangement. Host Duncan Crary chats with JHK about the pro-suburbia arguments in preparation for the debate. more »

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KunstlerCast #95: Where We’re At ’09

The Context of Current Events Released: Dec. 31, 2009. James Howard Kunstler takes a moment to examine where we’re at as a culture at the end of 2009. JHK shares his thought process leading up to his 2010 Forecast. Topics include healthcare, economics and foreign affairs. [Note: This podcast contains some cursewords.] Direct Download: KunstlerCast_95.mp3 more »

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KunstlerCast #77: Idiocracy

The Diminishing Returns of Information Technology Released: August 27, 2009. James Howard Kunstler believes that stupid Americans are exerting their political and cultural tyranny over the rest of us. No other society has produced a larger group of stupid people with as much money and means to express their thoughts, pleasures, ideas, biases, delights, and more »

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KunstlerCast #63: Obama’s High Speed Rail Corridors

JHK Examines the Top 10 Rail Corridors in the US Released: May 7, 2009. James Howard Kunstler responds to a listener call about the 10 “high speed” rail corridors the Obama administration is seeking to restore in the U.S. The phrase high-speed rail is a little misleading, though, because what Obama is looking to do more »

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KunstlerCast #44: Forecast 2009

Remembering Y2K Released: Dec. 25, 2008 Every year James Howard Kunstler publishes his annual forecast on his popular blog. For this installment of the KunstlerCast, Jim gives us a sneak preview of some of his predictions for 2009. Topics in this show include: phony baloney money, new economies, home deliveries, oil shortages and price increases. more »

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KunstlerCast #38: Obama

JHK Reacts to the Election of Barack Obama Released: Nov. 13, 2008 James Howard Kunstler shares his feelings about President-elect Barack Obama. For now Jim is hopeful that Mr. Obama can set a good example for decent behavior as he takes the helm of a functionally bankrupt government. In order to reform the systems of more »

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KunstlerCast #37: Impotent Politics

The Increasing Irrelevance of our Two Political Parties Released: Oct. 30, 2008 James Howard Kunstler muses on the increasing irrelevance of the two political parties in America. Neither party seems to be truly facing our energy predicament and the coming obsolescence of suburbia. Yet this is with the complete connivance of the voting public, which more »

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