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Kunstler: Fairy Tale

Public Policy

Am I imagining that Oprah Winfrey launched her presidential campaign last night at the Golden Globes Awards? Well, why not? Unlike the Golden Golem of Greatness, skulking fiery and furious in his lonesome White House tweet chamber, Americans of all identity persuasions love Oprah. Unlike the president, who attained “stable [for now] genius” status without ever reading a book, Oprah displays real curiosity about this vexing and wondrous world, and an eagerness to engage with it. Unlike the maestro of the janky Trump brand, with his penchant for serial bankruptcy and stiffing the help, Oprah appears capable of running a business empire.

Let’s face it: the Democratic Party has no other figure of gravitas on the bench. Everybody trusts Oprah, probably even more than the erstwhile Barack Obama, with his dogged allegiance to Wall Street and his fifty percent taint of innate white male cis-hetero patriarchical depravity. Oprah might be the Democratic Party’s last best hope before it collapses into the mausoleum of US political history, where the Whigs, Free Soilers, and Anti-Federalists lie a’moldering.

Politics in this land has failed in its effort to become show business, while show business is succeeding wildly in its attempt to replace politics. All Washington can produce these days is a succession of tedious irresolvable soap operas. Hollywood is enacting a grand moral drama of clear-cut heroines and villains, victims and oppressors, sticking to archetypal story-line of our lifetime: the campaign for freedom, equality, and decency. Show business loves the desert sunshine; politics is mired in the Potomac swamp. Oprah even has better hair than the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Oprah herself is an object lesson in the social and political themes that America dares not talk about: a person of humble origins who succeeded wildly in American life by signing onto a once-sturdy and now-fading common culture. In fact, Oprah probably embodies all that remains of American common culture, and the multitudes adore her for it. They are reassured to know that the binding verities still exist. She moves in a realm where blackness and whiteness are emphatically irrelevant — which is surely a relief to people of good will who are sick of race-hustling from all quarters. Though she has credibly acted plenty of sharecropper roles in the movies, Oprah speaks English beautifully and doesn’t apologize for moving up from the ghetto patois of her rough childhood. She may not write all her own material — such as Sunday’s Golden Globes speech that may live on like MLK’s I Have a Dream oration — but she delivers her message with conviction. And who knows, maybe she did compose all or part of it.

One upshot of this is that Oprah might be capable of squaring the circle of America’s black-white racial quandary, which Mr. Obama could not accomplish: namely, restoring the idea that we have more in common as countrymen (countrypersons?) than the artificial barriers of the cultural Marxists falsely insinuate; that skin color, ethnic origin, religious order, and gender do not define adequately what we can be in the world, and maybe we would be better off putting those things aside and just work earnestly to bring out the best in ourselves without excuses..

This country is dying to put its house order. I daresay this is true of the great majority including the immiserated flyover folks who got snookered by Mr. Trump, and the big city hipsters who are coming into their years of power in the awful dimming of American prospects, and maybe even some of the suits in the corporate C-suits who still possess tattered memories of high school civics. I’m not promoting Oprah for president, but just you watch: somebody will. It is going to happen. The country faces enormous problems and predicaments, and the one-man soap opera at the center of it all is doing nothing but sucking all of the oxygen out of the room, leaving everybody else to choke and strangle.

Kunstler



228 Comments on "Kunstler: Fairy Tale"

  1. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:22 am 

    Russia exports most of its crude oil production, mainly to Europe

    NOVEMBER 14, 2017

    https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=33732

    Stop acting like an idiot MM.

  2. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:26 am 

    Davy

    The truth comes out why greg has such a hard on for Russia. Because they are strong religious! Greg is a religious person! LOL No wonder he bugged out away from society! He most likely thinks Jesus will come back and save him! LOL Ill bet if you dressed up in nice suit and waved your arms a lot you could sell Greg some magic beans!

  3. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:28 am 

    Greg

    When did I say they didn’t export any oil? Nice try on the straw man though! You religious lunatic! In Jebus Name!

  4. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:30 am 

    MM,

    Grow up.

  5. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:31 am 

    Greg

    Russia peak

    http://crudeoilpeak.info/russia-peak

  6. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:33 am 

    Greg

    I am not the one who believes in fairy tales..Stop projecting!

  7. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:55 am 

    Indeed. We are currently in a unprecedented phase of global expansion all across the board.

    Now here are the facts

    OCED Economic Growth GDP Per Capita 1970-2015 (0.5%)
    https://imgur.com/a/HXBkr#Bv4I4AF

    Millimind can’t grasp that I was talking about 2017-2018, not 2015.

    Next he deceptively suggests that between 1970-2015 average OECD growth was 0.5%. The truth is very different if you open the graph.

    A few indicators of the Dutch economy, pretty representative of the rest of the Euro-area:

    https://www.ad.nl/economie/huizenprijzen-fors-in-de-lift-grootste-stijging-in-16-jaar~a6e396c7/

    (Housing prices increasing in the elevator: largest increase in 16 years)

    https://radar.avrotros.nl/nieuws/detail/vraag-naar-vliegreizen-stijgt-sterkt/

    (Strong increase demand holiday flights)

    https://rtva.nl/2017/01/aantal-vliegbewegingen-schiphol-bereikt-jaar-maximum/

    (Number of flight to and from Amsterdam airport increased with 6% last year)

    https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2017/33/sterkste-banengroei-sinds-2008

    (Strongest increase employment since 2008)

    https://www.nu.nl/economie/4788402/overheidsschuld-voldoet-eerst-in-zes-jaar-europese-norm.html

    (Dutch public depth dives below 60%)

    https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2017/46/export-groeit-met-bijna-7-procent

    (Growth Dutch export 7%)

    Economic growth 2017: 3.3%

    In other words: the Dutch (and European economy) are booming. ALL important indicators are in the green.

    So millimind (another “Canadian-Ukrainian” from Vancouver?) as usual is lying through his teeth.

  8. davy on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 12:01 pm 

    “In other words: the Dutch (and European economy) are booming. ALL important indicators are in the green.”

    “Booming”, lol, what is the definition of booming” Get real neder. Europe has recovered somewhat from the 08 crisis without solving its debt problem. BIG YAWN.

  9. Antius on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 12:06 pm 

    “We have been in another great depression for the last 11 years. Depression means “Depressed Economic Growth”..And notice the Nazi’s are back just like during the first depression. History repeats…Next time before you argue something make sure you are educated first”

    OK Mastermind, my wrong. Whatever happens next will be whatever is worse on the scale of economic crapness than a depression.

    I don’t think we’ve one even in our grandparents living memory. Does it even have a name?

  10. Antius on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 12:20 pm 

    “In other words: the Dutch (and European economy) are booming. ALL important indicators are in the green.”

    The year 1928 was a good year for the US economy too. Look at the table:

    http://www.usstuckonstupid.com/sos_downchart.php?year=1900_2010&units=b&chart=gdp&bar=0&stack=0&size=l&title=&color=c

    Between 1928-29 GDP grew by 7.4%. Looking at the numbers that year, people might have concluded that everything was going really well, blissfully unaware of the shitstorm about to hit them.

    Over the next five years, US GDP declined by an average of 8% per year. A lot of people who had been millionaires put pistols in their mouths.

    Whilst the US and other economies are not healthy, we have yet to face consequences that bad. We are not in a depression yet, but I suspect we soon may be.

  11. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 1:03 pm 

    “We are not in a depression yet, but I suspect we soon may be.”

    Permanently. No more 1st worlders, 3rd worlders everywhere. Some in the upper echelons will still remain in power. The same as it ever was.

  12. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 1:31 pm 

    Just to be clear;

    I see a series of steps down, until the bottom falls out of society, then Katey bar the door.

    Leading up to the depression, my father’s and mother’s sides of the family were poor dirt farmers. During the depression, they were still poor dirt farmers.

    My wife’s side of the family were US Americans, living in the cities. New York, and Atlanta?, if my memory serves me correct. They sent their children back to the family farms, because they couldn’t afford to take care of them anymore.

    This time will be different however, there will be no end to the ‘depression’, and it will simply continue to get more depressing.

  13. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 2:13 pm 

    Greg

    We have bee in a depression for the last 11 years. And you are right unlike the last depression where USA and global GDP boomed after the 11 year period. We have no boom coming. Only an economic collapse.

    Do you know what an economic collapse means? That is every corporation and social program going bankrupt at once. that means people eating people!

  14. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 2:15 pm 

    “Russia peak”

    Thanks for the link MM. It show Russia as still being a net exporter of oil by 2040.

  15. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 2:16 pm 

    Greg

    We are in a depression that is why the Nazi’s are back. Just like during the first one..History repeats! Studies show only an increase of economic growth and prosperity can lead to open and tolerant societies.

  16. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 3:05 pm 

    “We are in a depression that is why the Nazi’s are back. Just like during the first one..History repeats! Studies show only an increase of economic growth and prosperity can lead to open and tolerant societies.”

    That is precisely why I was so immensely looking forward towards peakoil.

    Helas, no such luck.

    F* you Heinberg.

  17. MASTERMIND on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 3:10 pm 

    Greg

    There are no exports without a global economy in place. So I think you are putting the cart in front of the horse.

  18. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 3:19 pm 

    “Permanently. No more 1st worlders, 3rd worlders everywhere. Some in the upper echelons will still remain in power. The same as it ever was.”

    Time for a good war.
    Aim: blowing up the post-1945 order, aka the West.
    And get rid of Christianity and return to “Roman values”.

    Antius is giving the good example.lol

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Antius_Crescens_Calpurnianus

  19. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 3:24 pm 

    http://archive.is/czPuH

    The Nation

    “A New Poll Shows the Public Is Overwhelmingly Opposed to Endless US Military Interventions”

    There is only one last intervention required: the one against Washington.

  20. Antius on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 3:32 pm 

    You cannot please everyone. But if you control the routes of trade and have the world at its throat, it matters less 🙂

  21. Boat on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 4:12 pm 

    If you had been putting a steady stream of income in the stock market for the last 30 years you would understand what booming means. Sorry if you were to young or not well read enough to understand this simple principle.

  22. Makati1 on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 4:56 pm 

    Boat, that casino money is only numbers. Unless you cash out BEFORE the crash it is fairy dust. And, if you do not invest it in things of real value that you can hold in your hand, it is worthless paper. Most are too greedy to cash out before the crash … or too slow.

  23. onlooker on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 5:33 pm 

    Boat, the booming is about to go bust
    The Fed is Screwed – They Know It – 3 Bubbles Set to Pop

    https://www.learcapital.com/news-blog/the-fed-is-screwed-they-know-it-3-bubbles-set-to-pop

  24. GregT on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 7:48 pm 

    “If you had been putting a steady stream of income in the stock market for the last 30 years you would understand what booming means. Sorry if you were to young or not well read enough to understand this simple principle.”

    Would that be the reason why you still haven’t retired, or even paid off the bank’s rent to own home that you live in?

  25. Makati1 on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:12 pm 

    Greg, I always ask a financial advisor why they are not rich and retired. I get the most blank looks sometimes. Or they spew some excuse, that is also illogical. They are all charlatans.

    Define charlatan: one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability. Hmmm anyone we know? lol

  26. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:18 pm 

    Communist media on hind legs as Trump called Haiti and parts of Africa “shithole countries”:

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/shithole-countries-donald-trump-soll-haiti-und-teile-afrikas-drecksloecher-genannt-haben-a-1187414.html

    Trump is right of course but the media decide what you have to think.

  27. Cloggie on Thu, 11th Jan 2018 11:34 pm 

    Wow, Henry Kissinger calling a spade a spade:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5242089/War-Jews-non-Jews-says-Kissinger.html

    “It’s a war between the Jews and the non-Jews’: Henry Kissinger tells Wolff there was a growing rift in the White House between former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Jared and Ivanka Trump”

  28. Cloggie on Fri, 12th Jan 2018 12:09 am 

    Autonomous flying, brought to you by Boeing:

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/11/boeing-shows-off-prototype-unmanned-electric-vertical-takeoff-landing-cargo-aircraft/

    In fact it is nothing new as it was already demonstrated at 9/11 that autonomous flying works like a breeze.

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