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JHK in The American Conservative: How a Massive Societal Shift Could Undo a Century of Ugly Building

James Howard Kunstler is the New Urbanism Fellow at The American Conservative. His monthly TAC columns appear in the New Urbs section. To support The American Conservative, click to read JHK’s essay there.   How a Massive Societal Shift Could Undo a Century of Ugly Building The new disposition of things will demand a revival more »

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Guest Post — Lockdown! An American in China Caught in the Corona Virus Emergency — by Evan Villarrubia

The following is a guest essay by Evan Villarrubia. “I feel stupid! And contagious!” — Nirvana The panic and lockdown state we are just exiting in Dali (southwestern China) has been by far the most intense historical episode I’ve ever experienced. I’ve gone through several deep emotional phase changes throughout this time. If I’d written more »

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The Law of the Jungle — Excerpt

Long ago — at least half a century — when mastodons roamed the boreal uplands of Vermont, and the commodious Checker cab ruled the streets of Manhattan, and President Kennedy met with leaders of newly-minted tropical nations who wore bone ornaments in their facial parts, a twelve-year-old boy named Jeff Greenaway was sent away from more »

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Guest Post — The Rise of the Dream-State: Trans Agendas, Gender Confusion, Identity & Desire (Three Parts) — by Jasun Horsley

A trenchant, brave, and important essay by Auticulture blogger, Jasun Horsley on the cultural mystifications of the popular transgender meme, and its role in the pernicious identity politics of our time. Click link below for Part 1 in full (Parts 2 and 3 to follow): The Rise of the Dream-State: Trans Agendas, Gender Confusion, Identity more »

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Kunstler’s Capsule Movie Reviews

It has been the main art form of our time, though its boundaries are eroding and it’s running into similar distribution problems as music and literature… so it’s hard to say how much longer the movies will be with us in the format we recognize. — JHK Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Dir: Martin McDonagh, with more »

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Edward Snowden — A Brave Young Man and a Heroic American


Interview with Edward Snowden by Steven Erlanger Q. There’s a campaign for President Obama to pardon you before he leaves office. For many people, you’re a whistle-blowing hero, and for many other people you’re a traitor who broke your oath and betrayed your country. Having knowingly broken the law and fled the jurisdiction of the more »

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Geography of Nowhere E-book Out

Geography of Nowhere

Published as an E-book for the first time! The 20th Anniversary edition With an entertaining new introduction by the author (sample) Still popular in the graduate schools of architecture and urban design, this is the go-to book about the fiasco of suburbia — “the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.” America more »

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Essay: The Future of the City

Author’s note: This essay originally appeared in The Baffler web-zine July 2016 The following was my original submission draft. It may contain some typos. The Future of the City by James Howard Kunstler One spring day not so long ago, I had a low-grade epiphany walking across New York’s Central Park from my hotel on the more »

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JHK on the “Strong Towns” Podcast with Chuck Marohn

Strong Towns Home Page or just play it JHK yaks with Chuck Marohn about “A History of the Future.” Should be of interest to “World Made By Hand” readers. The new World Made By Hand novel !! Is now available !! “Kunstler skewers everything from kitsch to greed, prejudice, bloodshed, and brainwashing in this wily, funny, rip-roaring, more »

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JHK Interview with Piero San Giorgio Aug 2014

This is a new and rather long interview done around Aug 1 with Piero San Giorgio, author of Survive the Economic Collapse, which was published in 2013 originally in French and then English and other languages. San Giorgio is a Swiss national who lives and works in Geneva. The setting is my living room.

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Reality Optional Economics

Just published at Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website. Click to Read there. by James Howard Kunstler      The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in his grave with envy. It’s a more »

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The State of the Deep State — The Monster in America’s Closet

Just published at Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website. Click here to read it there We’ve been hearing a lot about the so-called Deep State lately. What to make of this shadowy monster? Some observers link it to the paranoid fantasy called the New World Order, a staple of political talk radio (and a hobgoblin I more »

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Are You Crazy To Continue Believing In Collapse?

Just published at Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity website. Click here to read it there. That it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean you’re wrong….It’s nerve-wracking to live in the historical moment of an epic turning point, especially when the great groaning garbage barge of late industrial civilization doesn’t turn quickly where you know it must, and more »

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Off the Cuff – Jim Kunstler and Chris Martenson Chat

JHK was a guest on last week’s Off the Cuff chat with Chris Martenson at the Peak Prosperity website. Chris and Jim get into some pretty uncharted territory of conjecture about social behavior in an American future that is liable to be a lot different from what we’re familiar with these days. Click here for more »

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JHK Interview with Charles Marohn of

JHK Interview with Charles Marohn of Strong Towns ( I was a guest on Chuck’s podcast. We mostly talk about the ongoing financial fiasco. The Strong Towns mission statement: “…to support a model for growth that allows America’s towns to become financially strong and resilient. The Strong Towns approach ultimately requires a reorientation of emphasis and more »

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The Disenchantment of American Politics — And the Coming Uproar

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site.Read it there: Considering the problems we face as a nation, the torpor and lassitude of current politics in America seems like a kind of offense against history. What other people have allowed circumstances to run over them like so many ‘possums sleeping on the highway? The financial more »

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New Paintings — Gallery 8

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Un-Paving Our Way To Nirvana

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site:Read it there. You can’t overstate the baleful effects for Americans of living in the tortured landscapes and townscapes we created for ourselves in the past century. This fiasco of cartoon suburbia, overgrown metroplexes, trashed small cities and abandoned small towns, and the gruesome connective tissue of roadways, commercial smarm, more »

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Growth is Obsolete –Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site:Read it there. Good layout. Nice links…. by James Howard Kunstler The word that sticks in the craw of many who cogitate over economics is growth. The condition that the word refers to has proven disturbingly problematic in recent years, especially as world’s population continues to expand exponentially and the more »

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Returning to the ‘Real’ — The virtual is not an adequate substitute for the authentic

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site:Read it there. Good layout. Nice links…. by James Howard Kunstler      A paradox of life in these times is the inverse relationship between technological wizardry and the satisfactions of being a live organism in a real place (i.e., on the planet Earth).  It probably boils down to a more »

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Reality does not have an ideology: Class, Race, Hierarchy, and Social Relations in The Long Emergency

Just published on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity site:Read it there. Good layout. Nice links…. by James Howard Kunstler After the second novel in my World Made By Hand series (The Witch of Hebron) came out in 2010, I was beset by indignant reviews and angry letters from female readers over my depiction of gender and more »

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JHK’s Essay on Harvard’s “Landscape Urbanism” Program

  From the newly published book Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents      The Zombies of Gund Hall Go Forth to Eat America’s Brains by James Howard Kunstler             Long about the late 1990s, anxiety beset the mandarins in the architecture schools when a reform movement calling itself The New Urbanism more »

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Dmitry Orlov’s Excellent New Book

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This essay is a review of Dmitry Orlov’s excellent new book, The Five Stages of Collapse. I can’t recommend the book highly enough. Orlov is one of the great literary stylists of his generation as well as one of the leading intellectuals. Link to Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity A Review of Dmitry Orlov’s The Five more »

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My latest essay on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity Website

My latest essay on Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity Website:WHY OUR CURRENT WAY OF LIVING HAS NO FUTURE Rampant malinvestment is creating scarcity of capital, energy & justice

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Interview With Jack Spirko Of The Survival Podcast

Interview With Jack Spirko Of The Survival Podcast    

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