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Kunstler: The Awful Lull

Public Policy

Spring unfolds at last in all its loveliness and Hillary sits back in repose like the matriarch of toads with a clear path to her toadstool throne, having swallowed the mouse-king Sanders. (She forgets that there are millions more mice under the thatched grass, including new mouse-kings awaiting.) And Trump with his bullfrog smile now casts his baleful eye on the two remaining gnats circling his lily pad. Yes, this magical week when the world bursts into leaf and flower, the life of our nation seems like a fairy tale.

Weeks from now when we’re used to the mild air and the greened world, going coatless and care-free, is when the storms of summer strike and the life of the nation turns from fairy tale to horror comic. Both Clinton and Trump are perfect representatives of the nascent forces moving towards some kind of civil war in comic book America.

Clinton perfectly embodies the fortress of the status quo, including especially her praetorian guard of black ghetto grandmothers, giving Hillary the false appearance of some sort of righteousness when, really, she has nothing to offer the greater crisis of black manhood, boxed into prison by the ancient crippling rules of federal welfare policy with its extreme penalties on active fathering. Otherwise, the stone wall of her status quo fortress conceals her privy council of Wall Street necromancers, and the fortune they have helped her lay up in the vaults of the Clinton Foundation.

All of which is to say that Hillary represents the forces that want to keep things just as a they are: rackets rampant. What can crush her triumph of fakery is the sudden manifestation of rackets collapsing under their own weight — a set of awful probabilities waiting to happen, ranging from riots at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia to an accident in financial markets jerry-rigged to mis-price everything for the purpose of funneling carry-trade gains into East Hampton. Look how she croaks about the triumph of the Affordable Care Act, as though it’s a great thing that Americans can shell out $10,000 a year for medical coverage that only kicks in after you rack up the first $6,000 in charges. (Forgetting for a moment that the costs are an hallucination of the “ChargeMaster” system designed to lavish six-figure salaries plus bonuses on the maestros in the hospital executive suites.) What a demonic fraud this woman is.

In terms of sheer persona on persona, Trump is not much better, a walking hood ornament on the faltering beater car that America has become. But at least he recognizes that the beater beneath him needs a complete overhaul, even if he can barely cobble up a coherent list of particulars, or name the mechanics who might be able to fix the damn thing. And, of course, a broad swathe of Americans whose lives have also come to resemble beater cars are very sympathetic to the impulses Trump radiates.

For example, I happen to agree that the nation needs to act on immigration, both on the problem of illegal immigrants and on limiting the quotas of legally admitted newcomers. The Left, sunk in its sentimental sob stories of “dreamers,” and its nostalgia for the Ellis Island romance of 1904, can’t conceive of any reason why the nation might benefit from, at least, a time-out on invitations. The idea undermines their world-saving fantasies. In my little corner of America, the computer chip factory run by Global Foundries (owned by the Emirate of Dubai) has just laid off the majority of its homegrown American technical labor force and replaced them with foreign technicians on H1B visas, thus creating x-number of new Trump voters among the laid-off, and rightfully so, I think.

Really, who says we have to invite every striver from other parts of the world where striving is more difficult? Let them improve the strive-osity of their own nations. Do the citizens already here not have any right to halt the influx and take stock of the nation’s circumstances for a period of time? If only Trump could speak clearly about these issues instead of simply issuing crude and rather dumb threats.

Enjoy this end-of-April lull in the action. Use the moment to gird your loins and perhaps get the hell out of the financial markets while the getting is good. I think you will see things liven up a lot as the heat rises and the seventeen-year locusts emerge from their long sleep underground in frightening storms.

Kunstler



20 Comments on "Kunstler: The Awful Lull"

  1. onlooker on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 2:57 pm 

    As always Kunstler has a way with words in describing the Dystopia which is America. His most cogent and pertinent point is how everything in this country has become a Racket. A way to funnel money upward. The disenfranchisement of Americans is pretty much complete. We have those on the govt rolls eking out a living, those with jobs and partial govt subsidies. Those with jobs barely making even though they have all the standards props of the Middle class life. Then you have the upper middle class working like mad to stay there, just so they can go on their annual Club Med vacation or some other fanciful vacation and brag about it. Finally, you have the super wealthy laughing at all the rest making out like bandits. Wow.

  2. george on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 3:18 pm 

    The name of his website says it all.

  3. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 3:24 pm 

    All the disenfranchised flock to Trump. Here’s a match made in comedy heaven.

    Louis Farrakhan Praises Donald Trump for Shunning ‘Jewish Money’

    “Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has praised Donald Trump for refusing to take donations from Jews in his race for the White House.

    According to the Anti-Defamation League, Farrakhan said in a sermon last week that the Republican frontrunner is the only presidential candidate “who has stood in front of [the] Jew­ish com­mu­nity, and said I don’t want your money.”

    Read more: http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/334609/louis-farrakhan-praises-donald-trump-for-shunning-jewish-money/#ixzz46s5nGe2H

    My advice to all the still sane Americans

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ufy9UXOeMw

  4. Plantagenet on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 3:48 pm 

    Nice to see Kunstler bashing Hillary for not any having any plans to fix America’s problems. But then, surely no one who has watched Hilalry’s career could ever have thought that Hillary cares about anything except making herself rich and famous and powerful.

    Cheers!

  5. Lore on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 4:29 pm 

    Kunstler, as always, has it correct to a point, but can’t see beyond his vision of a World Made By Hand.

    He never addresses key factors in our future which will upset his prediction of a world eventually going back to some Currier and Ives print.

  6. onlooker on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 4:36 pm 

    I think unfortunately where most predictions fall short is underestimating the terrible ecological mess we have made and are still making of this planet. The contamination, the forest cutting, the paving of natural areas and of course global warming are all contributing to making this planet virtually uninhabitable.

  7. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 4:46 pm 

    Kuntsler is defiantly right that everything is a racket and even the ones who took an oath to look out for their constituents are in on it. Doesn’t help when at least 90% of the constituents qualify as semi retarded.

    Warnings did not stop development in Colorado Springs’ landslide zone

    City officials have known about slide problems since 1990s but development has gone on almost unabated

    “COLORADO SPRINGS — A geologist knocked on Sherry Cripps’ door more than a decade ago and warned her that her home on Cheyenne Mountain was sitting atop a slow-moving, destructive landslide. He told her to abandon the home.

    Cripps dismissed the aging geologist as crazy until 2015, when his predictions came true. She and her husband Denny are close to abandoning their nearly unlivable home, as it is cracking in half and sliding off a hill. The Cripps and their neighbors are confronting a behemoth that lay dormant for years: a landslide zone one and a half times the size of Manhattan.

    Thousands of homes in the southwest corner of the city were built in the slide zone, despite repeated warnings from geologists who said the area was risky for development and recommended caution in approving construction.”

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29802052/warnings-did-not-stop-development-colorado-springs-landslide#comment-2640830328

    Ignore all scientists they are all alarmists. Listen to your politicians, economists and MSM screen readers. 4 years of journalism school to read a fucking Teleprompter.

  8. makati1 on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 6:16 pm 

    Perfect description of today in America!

    Perfect song description for early Americans and what you should do today. Thanks Apneaman. “Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills”

    Yes, the future will not be even as good as JHK claims. It will be hard, brutish and short, IF any of us survive.

  9. Apneaman on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 6:34 pm 

    Will the fracking horrors ever end?.

    SHARKANSAS WOMEN’S PRISON MASSACRE

    “When a fracking environmental accident rips apart the earth’s crust, the resulting hole lets out prehistoric sharks from underground. The sharks target a group of women and trap them in a cabin.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxT_CVG8RRM

    More high quality American culture. You can thank me later.

  10. Davy on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 8:12 pm 

    Come on people life is a racket then you die. If you are one of the lucky racketeers good for you. Count your blessing and watch your back because big changes are coming. If you got the racket up side the head, well sorry, yet, revenge is sweet and your hour may be near. History shows that civilization has always been a racket. We just fooled ourselves during a time of prosperity that things were different. That is a racket in and of itself.

  11. Go Speed Racer on Mon, 25th Apr 2016 10:21 pm 

    Onlooker — you said it so perfect.

  12. theedrich on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 3:47 am 

    Glad to see Kunstler recognizes the ominous cloud of dark locusts now descending on America.  And no, we don’t need kibitzing about our elections from anti-White, non-Americans like the Pithecanthropus Hongcouveriensis (whose family is turning yellow before his very eyes).  Zero population growth is the only rational policy available for America, despite what Hotflash opines with her “bridge-building” blather.

    It is true that Trump does not speak with the self-defeating nicey-niceness of Repubs like Mitt Romney and Bob Dole.  That is because he is speaking to the people who are suffering under the globalist and immigration policies of the preening and thieving upper classes with their high talk about America’s “responsibilities” to the rest of the world — under the “affluenzan” classes stealing the citizenry’s future.  His listeners understand the rough-and-ready, “unpresidential” speech that they themselves use.  They are tired of the narcotics explosion (which the banshee has said nary a word about), of seeing their jobs shipped abroad, of seeing illegals “do the jobs that Americans (allegedly) don’t want to do,” or simply be given every imaginable government handout because the Negro in the throne room thinks it will help his Demonic Party.

    The Demonics have all of the money and all of the media — including Fox News.  This election is an existential fight for them.  Thus they will pull out all the stops and almost certainly win the monarchy.

    But they will also enrage an ever larger portion of the American electorate.  And that may make for a true explosion in 2020.

  13. Davy on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 4:38 am 

    The collapse process is moving right along. Deflation is ticking. Depletion is ticking. Climate is abruptly changing. Population continues to grow.

    This may be boring stuff but it is a continued collapse marker event. We are increasingly seeing unfunded liabilities indications. These are population segments that thought they were solvent and now must reevaluate their lives. Have you done your reevaluation?

    “Major UK Pension Fund Slashes Benefits As Funding Crisis Spreads”
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-25/major-uk-pension-fund-slashes-benefits-funding-crisis-spreads

    “As we continue to cover the pension crisis that is unfolding in the United States (recently here and here), it is important to remember that these problems are not unique to just the U.S. One of the largest educator pension funds in the U.K., the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is implementing significant changes to the plan benefits as it becomes increasingly under-funded, just like its peers in the United States. The changes are drastic, and are meant to keep the fund solvent in order to at least pay some benefits rather than none over time. The plan represents 330,000 members across 400 institutions, according to its website.”

  14. Apneaman on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 12:27 pm 

    Collapse, Race, and Class

    “I’ve often been struck by the extent to which collapse-phobia is a predominantly white, middle-class phenomenon.

    It seems that whites, many of whom have very comfortable lifestyles and significant dynastic wealth, are the ones most terrified of collapse, however defined – stock market crash, empty shelves in the stores, civil order breakdown, panics, natural disasters, resource depletion, etc. They are the ones in panic mode–buying gold, stockpiling guns, buying rural land, hoarding supplies, learning how to forage, installing solar panels, stocking up on rice and beans, etc. Many of the people I have met who are concerned about economic collapse and environmental unsustainability have advanced degrees (not cheap), and live comfortable lives that I could only dream about in terms of expensive houses, families, and job security. By contrast, most lower-income people I have dealt are totally were unaware of the issues surrounding collapse–economic fragility, environmental destruction and climate change, our dependence on fossil fuels for everything, the creeping police state–and probably wouldn’t care too much if they did know about them.

    Now, you would expect the poorest people in society to be the ones most afraid of a potential collapse, not people who are quite privileged and well-off. After all, they are society’s most vulnerable people. Any collapse would surely hit them hardest, right? But that’s not what you see.

    The reason I think poor people are not very well-represented in the collapse community (to the extent that there is one) is because for them, the wealthy, white, middle-class fears have already been realized in their day-to-day reality.

    That is, they’re already living in the post-collapse world that middle-class collapsniks fear so much. The poor aren’t concerned about collapse because they’re already living it.

    more

    http://hipcrimevocab.com/2016/04/25/collapse-race-and-class/

  15. Apneaman on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 3:48 pm 

    MEGACANCER ~ Exploring the pathology of industrial civilization.

    Going, going……………

    “Take all of the seemingly complex movements of a single human lifetime and the whole circuitous path can be reduced to the single purpose of finding and releasing energy, thereby producing waste heat with the necessity of reproduction firmly encoded in their programming. Most humans want to take the route in life that allows them to acquire the most energy possible with as little effort as possible.”

    “Humans like to imagine afterlives, bury themselves in metal boxes and use grave markers, trying to convince themselves that they are something more than just a wisp of wind or wavelet in the sea. They seek archival media to preserve images or historical facts about themselves prior to their inevitable disappearance. Humans don’t want to know that they and their history are insignificant.

    So what can you say about humans? They are temporary, imaginary to themselves, dopamine/opioid controlled, spinning across the globe creating paths of destruction and waste heat as they satisfy their insatiable lusts for energy acquisition and conversion. Cancerous transformations, similar to man’s foray into technology will always be possible in the future as long as the apex predator neural development is adequately supported by energy/resource gradients such as forest, soils and herbivore populations, but the full-scale metastatic explosion seen today will not recur.”

    http://megacancer.com/2016/04/26/going-going/

  16. makati1 on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 5:40 pm 

    “The poor aren’t concerned about collapse because they’re already living it.”

    Absolutely. That is why the 3rd world will not have the pain of the 1st world when the SHTF. The degree of loss will be so much less, if noticed at all.

  17. makati1 on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 5:47 pm 

    “Humans don’t want to know that they and their history are insignificant.”

    I would preface that with: “Most…”

    Some of us realize that there is nothing after. Dust to dust is the reality. Knowing that make the one life we have, more important and worth living well. But death is also not to be feared for the same reason. We will not know it happened. There can be no sense of loss after death by the one who died. Only for the ones left behind. To leave behind good memories is the best epitaph we can have. How we live our life is more important than it’s length.

  18. Dooma on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 7:09 pm 

    I agree totally with you Mak. I have been to Manila and spend a lot of time in Vietnam.

    People in rich western countries such as mine and the US have no idea just how far they have a to fall when the world economy collapses. Most of these people have never left their wefare states and think that hardship is not being able to pay their credit card bill on time lol.

    Boy are they in for a big surprise when the proverbial hits the fan. And I agree that in countries where the day to day life struggle is already accepted as the norm, they will be far less affected as many are already subsistence farmers.

  19. Davy on Tue, 26th Apr 2016 8:03 pm 

    Dooma, I agree with you but you are leaving out one important point and that is the amount of people in these countries. This reality of overpopulation is one side of the 2 sided coin of doom. Consumption doom and population doom and they are both on the same coin but different sides. Heads you lose and tails you lose.

  20. Apneaman on Wed, 27th Apr 2016 3:01 am 

    The whole thing is so corrupt and they are barely even pretending. Nothing matters but the money. Check out how far CNN has fallen. From bad to worse. This is rock bottom. Not one fucking bit of integrity left.

    CNN Is More Focused On Running Fossil Fuel Ads Than It Is On Covering Major Climate Stories

    “If you tuned into CNN earlier this year, when NASA And NOAA announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record, you weren’t likely to see much coverage of that announcement. In fact, you were more likely to see an ad for the fossil fuel industry than a news story on how fossil fuels are driving the planet’s warming, according to a new report.

    The report, released Monday by Media Matters, looked at CNN’s coverage in the one-week periods following the news that 2015 set the record for the world’s hottest year (January 20-26) and that February 2016 was the hottest February in 137 years of recordkeeping (March 17-23). It found that CNN spent nearly five times as much time airing fossil fuel industry advertisements in these two week-long periods than it did airing coverage of climate change and the recent records. The network spent 23.5 minutes on ads from the American Petroleum Institute, compared to five minutes spent on news coverage on climate change.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/04/26/3772816/cnn-climate-coverage-report/

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