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Kunstler: Meow

Public Policy

For all his blunders and stumbles in his first half-year as President (cough cough), Donald Trump seems to have more lives than Schrödinger’s Cat. Or maybe it just seems that way. Or maybe he isn’t really there at all (like the news these days). Maybe Trump only represents one comic probability in an infinite number of universes of probability, both comic and tragic. I begin to understand why the folks in Hollywood are having a whack attack over the chief executive: you can’t storyboard this bitch; it’s like leaving The Three Stooges on their own in a sound stage to re-make Gone With the Wind.

But then, you begin to wonder: is Russia really there, or is it, too, just another figment of possibility? Don’t try to figure that out by reading the oracular observations of The Washington Post. These days Russia seems to be at once everywhere and nowhere, like the Devil north of Boston in 1693. For example, this fellow Jeff Sessions. Have you noticed that his name rhymes with Russians? Hmmmm. And wasn’t he caught chatting with the Russian Ambassador at the very same convocation of Republicans that picked notorious colluder Donald Trump to stand for President? That’s enough of your damn evidence right there!

Yes, things are passing strange in the world’s greatest democracy these days. To me, seeing the thing through an historical lens, it’s looking more and more like the Salem Witch Frenzy meets the French Revolution with a spin of quantum confusion on top. Right now we’re in the first phase, sheer political lunacy. Beliefs have become ungrounded from the facts of life. The guy whom fate or a prankish deity put in the White House doesn’t even fit the template of the world’s most infamous heads-of-state. I’m sorry to dredge up old Adolf, but really, Hitler himself seemed to have a much firmer idea about what he was doing than Trump does.

The ObamaCare reform fiasco looks like a tipping point toward a strain of toxic political paralysis that might literally kill the government as we’ve known it. Over the many months of debate, congress never even got around to raising the salient issue: that the 18-or-so-percent of the economy “health care” represents consists largely of outright racketeering. Well, they sure blew that one. The major parties are disintegrating before our eyes, despite the seeming sense of decorum that senators present on TV. The public may seem to be mentally on vacation, snoozing on the beach in the midsummer doldrums, but something vicious is in the wind offshore.

I’d actually go further now than the “soft coup d’état” scenario that has Trump run over by the 25th amendment. It will happen, of course, but it will not satisfy anybody. Mike Pence will prove to be as ineffectual and unpopular as Trump, and he will be drowning in financial and fiscal problems, and he will get no help from the legislature in resolving any of it, and before too long there may be a general in the White House — or attempting to run things from someplace else, if he can. The whole nauseating spectacle will be attended by violent popular revolt of region against region and tribe against tribe in a great civil explosion of long-suppressed angst.

Too many nasty forces are vectoring in on the scene to overthrow the dream state America has been languishing in. Most of them involve money (or “money”) and the questions of how can we possibly keep paying for the way we live in this country, and who exactly has been fobbing off with the former wealth of every rusted and busted community in the land? It’s going to start in the stock and bond markets and it will be soon. And then the US Treasury will destroy the dollar trying (again) to save the banks. And the bank accounts will be frozen. And the loans will stop being paid. And the SNAP cards are going to stop working, and pretty soon the just-in-time deliveries to the supermarkets, and the resupply to the gas stations, and there won’t be much that Mike Pence can do about it. He’ll be shoved aside and the military will have to try to restore order in the land. When they do, it will not be the same land we sang about back in the fifth grade. Up in a cloud somewhere over Ohio, maybe, Schrödinger’s Cat will be gazing down on us, grinning.

Kunstler



18 Comments on "Kunstler: Meow"

  1. Davy on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 6:58 am 

    “I’d actually go further now than the “soft coup d’état” scenario that has Trump run over by the 25th amendment. It will happen, of course, but it will not satisfy anybody.”

    I doubt it will happen or it would have happened by now. The Democrats are disintegrating as we speak and the Republicans are showing just how awful at leading they are. Trump will fade away just as this Russian nonsense will. All these superfluous issues will fade away into a series of crisis that are ahead lurking and ready to surface. Just be patient because the reality of crisis is near. That crisis may be a long drawn out one or a violent one or maybe both. We are in the vicinity of a gathering chaos.

    Those who see the US disintegrate from Asia and Europe should be careful what they wish for because they are in the same boat of overshoot and late term civilization dysfunction. Asia especially depends on the US for food and markets. This is a universal condition that is present in all nations now in varying degrees and presentations. We are one big human civilization that will decay and decline together and if we don’t watch it crash together.

  2. Makati1 on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:47 am 

    Trump will be allowed to complete the destruction of the U$. It is only theater to distract the serfs from the real issues that are going to make their live miserable in the near future. A collapse of their cherished way of life. The 2X4 of reality knocking them to the ground. The end of the dream.

    Do I say this from spite? Nope. I have family and friends there that will suffer. I just see it happening and nothing I or anyone can do to stop it. It happens to every empire. The higher the empire, the farther the fall and the harder the landing.

    It is time that there is payback for the death and pain they allow their government to cause all over the world, and now in the Ps. If the U$ survives for a few more years, it will be alone. The Western countries are turning East and away from America. That is being hidden from Americans by their MSM and fluff distractions, but country by country, it is happening.

    The next few years are going to be ‘interesting times’ in the Chinese way.

  3. AM on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:50 am 

    @mak stop knocking President Trump. He cut aid to birth control so he did right. We need to empower women and have them do the killing.

    4 more years

  4. Cloggie on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 9:47 am 

    Book review from James Howard Kunstler’s “A history of the future”

    http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-18/review-a-history-of-the-future-by-james-kunstler/

    Back home no one knows much of anything about what has become of the nation. Thus, it’s a complete surprise when Daniel and Evan learn that America has fractured into three separate countries. The most colorful of these is a confederation of southern states called the Foxfire Republic, led by a former country singer named Loving Morrow. Described by Kunstler as a case of “Dolly Parton meets Hitler,”2 she preaches hatred of various minority groups that allegedly stand in the way of a return to progress.

    It’s coming, James, but it won’t be “southern states”. Instead the heartland is more likely as the “Final Frontier” for European-America, a territory also known as the Mississippi bassin, between the Rockies and Appalachians as natural borders:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_River#/media/File:Mississippiriver-new-01.png

    Your tribe can have Upstate New York and make room for all those Israelis who do not fancy too much living in a Palestine that is part of a Neo-Ottoman empire.

    #ClashOfCivilizations

  5. Cloggie on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 9:59 am 

    Clinton supporter Bloomberg wants America to support Trump:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-bloomberg-trump-2020_us_594aea76e4b0a3a837bcd11e

    …and concentrate on 2020.

    Translation: the optimal Dems candidate Mark Zuckerberg is only 33 years old, where the law says that you can’t be a president under 35:

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

    Translation: Bloomberg proposes to “sit out” Trump and prepare for the return of his deep state to power in a regular fashion by 2020. An impeachment on improper grounds could trigger unwanted violent responses. Easy does it.

  6. bobinget on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 11:44 am 

    At this stage President Trump should be bargaining
    with SpecialCouncil for a plea.
    DJT knew, before taking office, he was guilty of money laundering, huge ‘loans’ from Russian mobsters, sales of overpriced NYC real estate will prove as much.

    Why was the obvious question never asked seriously, what exactly are you hiding Donald?
    We knew about the four bankruptcies, two casino money laundering fines, phony Trump University settlement, “Hollywood tape”, etc. What caused you to Tweet about pardoning yourself when other crimes were about to be discovered?

  7. Plantagenet on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 12:39 pm 

    There won’t be a coup or an impeachment or a resignation. Instead we’ll stumble toward the 2020 election when Kamala (the new Obama) defeats Trump and returns the Ds to power, leading to yet another cycle of paralysis and incompetence.

    Cheers!

  8. Anonymouse on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 3:09 pm 

    Why do you tell us how ‘obama’ has been orchestrating all this amerikant nonsense, you know, from ‘behind the scenes’, plantaretard. You know you want to. You must really miss your hero, obomber, since you keep trying to find ways to shoe-horn the ex-spokesmodel of the uS into every little retard comment you puke up here.

    And just who are these ‘d’s you keep referring to anyhow moron? Is ‘d’, your shorthand for ‘dumbass’ or ‘dipshit’, delusional even?

  9. shortonoil on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 4:30 pm 

    It looks like a little more hyperbole from Mr. Kunstler. If this mysterious, and all powerful Deep State wanted to get rid of the Orange Wizard why haven’t they just killed him. They appear to have pasted on that option. But he may be right on one point; the question of how much of it is real, and how much is just choreography to keep the populous distracted. Since obviously they don’t want to really get rid of him, or they would have if they could, and if they couldn’t they aren’t that powerful, the whole show is just some form of distraction.

    Ever get the feeling that something is coming, and you aren’t going to like it!

  10. Dredd on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 5:00 pm 

    “soft coup d’état”

    Well said.

    Historically, most incarnations of the concept “coup” are not civil war scenarios, rather they are like people finding an alternate route to the head of the line (A Tale of Coup Cities – 13, Will The Military Become The Police? – 10).

  11. Dredd on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 5:18 pm 

    “soft coup d’état”

    Well said Mr. Kunstler.

    For example, Gerrymandering is a type of sof coup …

    (Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gerrymandering Case May Be Most Important Decision SCOTUS Faces).

  12. DMyers on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 7:33 pm 

    “…the 18-or-so-percent of the economy “health care” represents consists largely of outright racketeering.” [quoting K from the article]

    Say it again, brother. No one else will.

  13. Makati1 on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 8:18 pm 

    How American’s are getting screwed…

    “The Economic Collapse Began Long Ago”

    “The (U$) economy has been shrinking roughly 3% to 5% for the last sixteen years. Because of the magic of compounding interest, the economy is less than HALF what it once was when you factor in the REAL rate of inflation. More people, less than half the pie.

    Now, do you see why everything’s gone for shit? Now, do you see why so many people are out of work, or if they do have jobs, why they cannot make ends meet? Even good jobs pay half what they once did. Lousy jobs pay even less. Bullshit inflation statistics hide the real decline.”

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/07/23/the-economic-collapse-began-long-ago/#more-155290

    And the slide continues…

  14. Makati1 on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 9:05 pm 

    “Report: Mental illness ‘major public health concern in the United States'”

    https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2017/07/22/Report-Mental-illness-major-public-health-concern-in-the-United-States/9561500744104/

    ” Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.

    Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    Overall, almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year, researchers said. They reviewed national surveys on drug use and health.”

    As I have been saying, insanity rules in America.

  15. DMyers on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 10:34 pm 

    “As I have been saying, insanity rules in America.” Makati1 7/23/17 9:05 pm

    Mak, I’m listening, and I hope someone else is, because I say that five or ten times a day. We’re talking about a serious confusion, where normal people are insane, but they’re still considered normal.
    In other words, I believe we are speaking not about those who have been labeled but about those who have not been labeled but seems they should be.

    But when it comes to the ” Nearly 1 in 5 American adults…” business, I offer, respectfully, some caveats.

    1. Mental illness, in label form, is subjective. Anyone who doesn’t fit in is subject to the label. There was once an anti-psychiatry movement, featuring Thomas Szaz, as I recall, and a famous British psychiatrist, R.D. Laing. As a close relative, I would mention Ivan Illich, who wrote prolifically against the Medical Industrial Complex at around the same time. The subjectivity and political nature of the labeling (or labeler) entities were the issues underscored by the antis.

    2. Mental illnesses have proliferated in part due to diagnoses with medicinal/chemical treatment protcols (i.e. simple solutions) which ultimately enrich the mental health industry and big pharma.

    3. Mental illness has long been a label of choice for eliminating political, familial, or waste-basket category people.

    Take the statistics as you will, my friend, but recognize that mental illness, as defined by the appointed definers, is, in fact, not factual.

  16. Makati1 on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 11:11 pm 

    DMeyers, but then explain “snowflakes” as in, don’t say anything that might upset me or invade my dreams. Safe spaces.

    Explain the rising suicide rates?
    The rising drug use?
    The rising stupidity like “Creationism?
    The ides among the so called ‘leaders’ of the U$ who actually believe a nuclear war is winnable and that they will survive?

    Should I continue the list? It is long.

    Denial of obvious facts is a form of insanity. Do you notice the number on this forum who fit that description? I do. Maybe 1/3 to 1/2. The U$ is descending into the ‘dark ages’ in so many ways.

  17. DerHundistlos on Sun, 23rd Jul 2017 11:47 pm 

    Anonymouse-

    Brilliant commentary and funny as hell!!!!!

  18. Cloggie on Mon, 24th Jul 2017 2:36 am 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBYcuJb6Qb0

    George Friedman is hardcore kosher US deep state and member of the club you dear reader are not in (George Carlin).

    At [1:43] he says the essential: if Russia and Germany are united they would be the only force that could threaten us. Our prime interest is to prevent that from happening.

    That was 2015. Meanwhile this arrogant pr*ck won’t be smiling that much anymore, now that the deep state has lost the presidency and the president is busy waging war against Friedman’s ilk most potent weapon: the media.

    Even Kunstler, who for ethnic reasons is quietly loyal to the deep state, has to admit this possibility:

    The whole nauseating spectacle will be attended by violent popular revolt of region against region and tribe against tribe in a great civil explosion of long-suppressed angst.

    This is not going to happen as long as Trump remains in the White House.

    That other deep stater Bloomboig is worried too and urges leftist America to accept Trump and sit him out until 2020.

    Meanwhile the Pentagon is producing alarmist reports saying that the American Empire is imploding.

    The real end of the US empire will be initiated by three events, probably in that order:

    1. Trump stepping down/assassinated/not reelected, somewhere between next month and 2025 and return of the deep state to power
    2. China feeling strong enough to challenge the US over the South China Sea and the US deep state biting and armed conflict erupts
    3. Certain “regions” in the US, alarmed at the prospect of having to fight a war in the globalist interest of the deep state only, will attempt to secede and begin an insurgency.

    Friedman should take note that Macron as a first act of government invited Vladimir Putin to Versailles with all egards and played nice to Donald Trump as well, despite differences.

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