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Kunstler: The Pause That Refreshes

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Let’s take a breather from more consequential money matters at hand midweek to consider the tending moods of our time and place — while a blizzard howls outside the window, and nervous Federal Reserve officials pace the grim halls of the Eccles Building.

It is clear by now that we have four corners of American politics these days: the utterly lost and delusional Democratic party; the feckless Republicans; the permanent Deep State of bureaucratic foot-soldiers and errand boys; and Trump, the Golem-King of the Coming Greatness. Wherefore, and what the fuck, you might ask.

The Democrats reduced themselves to a gang of sadistic neo-Maoists seeking to eradicate anything that resembles free expression across the land in the name of social justice. Coercion has been their coin of the realm, and especially in the realm of ideas where “diversity” means stepping on your opponent’s neck until he pretends to agree with your Newspeak brand of grad school neologisms and “inclusion” means welcome if you’re just like us. I say Maoists because just like Mao’s “Red Guard” of rampaging students in 1966, their mission is to “correct” the thinking of those who might dare to oppose the established leader. Only in this case, that established leader happened to lose the sure-thing election and the party finds itself unbelievably out-of-power and suddenly purposeless, like a termite mound without a queen, the workers and soldiers fleeing the power center in an hysteria of lost identity.

They regrouped briefly after the election debacle to fight an imaginary adversary, Russia, the phantom ghost-bear, who supposedly stepped on their termite mound and killed the queen, but, strangely, no actual evidence was ever found of the ghost-bear’s paw-print. And ever since that fact was starkly revealed by former NSA chief James Clapper on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Russia hallucination has vanished from page one of the party’s media outlets — though, in an interesting last gasp of striving correctitude, Monday’s New York Times features a front page story detailing Georgetown University’s hateful traffic in the slave trade two centuries ago. That should suffice to shut the wicked place down for once and for all!

The Republican Party, to avoid going full-Whig and sliding down the laundry chute of history, made a bad deal for a new figurehead who is liable to make the party look way worse than it could ever accomplish on its own. This golden boy has dragged the party poobahs to the put-up-or-shut-up room of our nation’s capital — the place that Senator Rand Paul was searching high and low for last week — where they are charged with reforming the country’s health care racket. It looks for now like they will cook up a toxic farrago of new giveaways to their patrons in the hospital cartel, the insurance companies, and pharma. The voting public already detects the odor of 30-day-old carp in the first tastings of the dish. There’s a fair chance that the recipe will end up getting tossed in the capitol dumpster, and that in itself could finish the party because there’s little question that the current system known as ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act (not) is something like a fatal tumor in the nation’s craw. If the effort to fix that fails, the Republicans complete their transformation from the Party of No to the Party of Just Go.

The Deep State seems eager to sever its connections to both putrifying parties and attempt to run the groaning colossus of government ad hoc if necessary. The military and intel chains of command remain intact, along with their “assets,” and one can easily imagine anxious meetings of scenario-running in the back rooms of the Pentagon and the Langley frat house. What if…? “What if we just smoke the fucker?” an old Agency warrior remarks offhand, and the roomful of colleagues pause in their cogitations to weigh the notion. Some of them nod and make a moue, and others just cough into their sleeves. One young striver in the back mentions “a little something” they’ve been working on that involves hairspray and a neurotoxin derived from the Gaboon viper….

And then there is our President himself: Donald J. Trump, in the awesome solitude of his Twitterverse dome. A strange destiny brought him to his place in history thus far, and many of us surveying the scene lo these many months kind of get it: the festering disgust with the other three corners of American power; the dismal fall of the middle class into a purgatory of repossession, idleness, opiates, and tattoos; the accelerating purposeless of the dwindling consumer economy; the matrix of racketeering that systematically drains everyone’s financial mojo while adding humiliation to the shoddy service it delivers; the pointless, costly wars in faraway places and their conversion into permanent shit-holes; the disgraceful disfigurement of a once grand national landscape into a wilderness of dying malls and freeway ramps.

So, onto the scene strides The Donald, a giant among the squalling midgets of our time, with his promise to bigly re-greatify this suffering land. I suppose he means well in his torturous way. So did a lot of other figures in history who found themselves at the top: Idi Amin, Uncle Joe Stalin, Vlad the Impaler, King Leopold of Belgium, Adolf You-Know-Who, Pol Pot. The list of the well-meaning is very long.

Kunstler



29 Comments on "Kunstler: The Pause That Refreshes"

  1. Ghung on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 2:56 pm 

    “What if we just smoke the fucker?”

    Yeah, I’m betting there’s a lot of that going around. As for the list of ‘giants’ in the last paragraphs, I’m pretty sure that possibility isn’t (yet) on most Americans’ radars, whether or not they supported Trump, though I’ve seen some assholes who are delighted with the idea. It certainly all adds up to one sick society.

  2. BobInget on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 2:57 pm 

    Goddamn, this guy sure can write poetry.
    Sadly, in this fight we need prose.

  3. penury on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 3:25 pm 

    Gee Jim, don’t hold back, tell us what you really think. So far I am in agreement and that is not a good sign.

  4. Sissyfuss on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 5:30 pm 

    Kuntski is trying to give form to the chaos of the present day polity.
    That’s like trying to describe DJTs hairdo.

  5. makati1 on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 5:52 pm 

    Good summary, JHK. ANYONE is better than Killary Clinton and her warmongering mafia. He might buy us four years (8?) until another insane warmonger gets a chance at the red button. Chaos in America is better than a world war any day. Bring it on! (Chaos that is.)

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 6:09 pm 

    The Titanic is sinking and Kunstler takes his drill and drills a few holes more in the hull.

    The stepping down from unipolar status is going to be a long and painful process. It could take some time until the crash. It took Russia a full decade between the crash of 1991 and the arrival of Vladimir the Great in 2000, before some “green shoots” appeared between the crumbling concrete of the old order.

  7. Davy on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 6:29 pm 

    Clog, too bad Europe is already fallen and never to rise again despite your fantasy. Europe won’t be the next great power, sorry.

  8. Cloggie on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 6:58 pm 

    Syria tells a different story.

  9. Truth Has A Liberal Bias on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 7:21 pm 

    Fat old lazy whites will quickly lose possession of Europe as the exodus of people flee failing states in MENA makes its way to the land of milk and honey. Just look at the culture and the demographics; hard and hungry 20 somethings vs old stupid lazy white losers. It’s not hard to see who’s gonna be winning that round. What’s Cloggie gonna do about it, hide the remote?

  10. Apneaman on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 7:30 pm 

    mak, Hillary and her war Mafia? That’s just an excuse from men who fear vaginas who are more successful and powerful then them. The War mafia has been in uninterpreted business for a long time before that pants wearing cunt was even born. How many years since the empires inception have they NOT been in a war? When has intimidation and threats Not been part of empires playbook? Blaming her for shit that’s already been happening and will continue regardless is just the flip side of blaming Trump for every pre existing environmental cancer and AGW. Might as well blame him for heartburn and dental cavities too. Me, I’ m not that insecure. I hate Hillary for the same reasons I hate the rest of the monkey people, because they are monkey people. Makes no difference to me if they have tits or not.

    y’all go ahead and tell yourselves that your safe from nuke war now that the wicked witch is gone. Tell yourselves.

  11. GregT on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 7:50 pm 

    “It took Russia a full decade between the crash of 1991 and the arrival of Vladimir the Great in 2000, before some “green shoots” appeared between the crumbling concrete of the old order.”

    Russia just recently embraced capitalism, and is still a major exporter of oil and natural gas. Capitalism has already run it’s course in the US, as has taking resources from everybody else at the end of a gun barrel.

  12. makati1 on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 8:17 pm 

    Ap, I never said we were safe from nukes, just that the most rabid, war mongering psychopath since Hitler got shoved aside in her bid for control of the red button. Trump is less likely to push that button, but Pence would. THAT is why I hope Trump stays alive and in power until the U$ goes into deep depression, chaos and civil war. When the fighting is internal, the chances of it being external will diminish. That is the way I see it.

  13. makati1 on Mon, 13th Mar 2017 8:39 pm 

    Truth, and Erdogan is about to send another 2+ million refugees north.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-13/turkey-says-migrant-deal-has-ended-may-unleash-millions-refugees

    Could they be considered WMDs? LOL

  14. dooma on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 1:48 am 

    This was shown on our televisions in Australia last night and is well worth a watch: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/02/06/4613094.htm

  15. dooma on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 1:54 am 

    Sorry, wrong link. Please excuse our strange accents…lol

    http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/03/13/4633037.htm

  16. dooma on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:00 am 

    What I would give for and edit function. This is the correct link and well worth it, eventually.

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1704H006S00

  17. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:10 am 

    Russia just recently embraced capitalism, and is still a major exporter of oil and natural gas. Capitalism has already run it’s course in the US, as has taking resources from everybody else at the end of a gun barrel.

    I think you are soo right Greg. The question of course is what is going to replace capitalism? Beats me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o6-bi3jlxk

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-used-to-keep-a-book-of-hitlers-speeches-by-his-bed-according-to-his-ex-wife-a6765391.html

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/world/europe/bannon-vatican-julius-evola-fascism.html

  18. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:29 am 

    Oh no! Apneaman (“Friedman-Friday”) has been lying all the time! What else is new?

    http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/arktis-schuld-am-eis-schwund-ist-nicht-nur-der-mensch-a-1138311.html

    Even the leftists of der Spiegel and Obama satraps have dug up an article from Nature that says that climate change is NOT entirely anthropocentric (Nature link in article).

    The Arctic ice cap may have had the smallest dimensions this “winter” in recorded history (merely since 1979), the question is: whose fault is it? Nowhere is temperature increase higher than in Arctic regions.

    But scientists in the EU and US agree that there is a natural variability in the dimensions of the ice cap, unrelated to CO2 levels.

    The wind patterns seem to be an important contributing factor. Think up to 50%.

    There are several cycles, with a period of 5, 15 and 70 years respectively.

    P.S. in unrelated news, Merkel has postponed her meeting with the Donald, who no longer wants to be her boss despite her yearnings. The weather is too cold in North-America.

    Here the pictures. Warning, graphic:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10552968/US-weather-in-pictures-Polar-vortex-brings-big-freeze-to-North-America.html

  19. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:42 am 

    Fat old lazy whites will quickly lose possession of Europe as the exodus of people flee failing states in MENA makes its way to the land of milk and honey.

    Why don’t you worry about the US, that has a far worse demographic balance. THALB only knows Americans and now think that all “whites” are like that. I can assure you that Europeans have a far stronger sense of identity than that “nation of immigrants” in North-America. Historically Europeans have far more talent for hard-core right-wing policies than natural born commies in North-America. And this time there are no Soviets around to do the heavy lifting for you. Instaed, the new-born Russians are no longer your friends. And don’t count on the Chinese either. And if I read Kunstler’s article carefully I can only conclude that the nationalists and the “Maoists” are just waiting for the correct moment to go at each others throat. Have you already chosen sides when the moment arrives when you HAVE to decide, THALB? Maoist, right?

    Just look at the culture and the demographics; hard and hungry 20 somethings vs old stupid lazy white losers. It’s not hard to see who’s gonna be winning that round. What’s Cloggie gonna do about it, hide the remote?

    Hide the remote? We have our fences installed in Eastern Europe where you are still talking about it. It is true that the treacherous Western European regimes of Obama Stadtholders are still picking the slobs up from the Libyan coast, but do I have to remind what in history invariably happens to Stadholders of a dying empire? No?

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/38/b0/e6/38b0e6b51485e9f4d435b62d9d5ee79d.jpg

    Merkel will suffer the same fate as Ceausescu.

    The beauty of the coming “troubles” will be that we can save money on uniforms.

  20. Davy on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 2:56 am 

    Clog the only thing natural about current variation is we humans are natural and that is where it ends. We have disturbed the entire planetary system with our human activity. If you want to dismiss the results as natural variation then acknowledge humans are natural so this is a natural process like cyanobacteria that caused the Great Oxygenation Event and many think a Snowball Earth. But don’t try to take humans out of the equation and say this is naturally variability because that is disingenuous. Variability this quick and this dramatic is more than natural it is our doing and normal variation.

  21. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 3:08 am 

    Scotland applies for new Scottish independence referendum:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39263613

    This time the chances of success are better than last time. The Scots, who were maneuvered into the UK when their elites screwed up financially and the English offered to bail them out… on the condition of a merger with London in 1707…

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

    …are now smelling their chance to escape from the rule of majority Islamic London (Scotland is still pristine Scottish with only 4% “impurities”)…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Demographics

    …and remain part of the European world.

    It is one more sign of the coming total geopolitical collapse of Anglosphere:

    https://s17.postimg.org/6wwnomfpb/worldmap.jpg

    Or as one of the most senior British politicians, the conservative Michael Heseltine has called Brexit: an unmitigated disaster.

    Not because Heseltine is such a Euro-lover, he isn’t like most Westminster politicians, but because there is no serious alternative for the EU in 2017 for Britain.

    The silly queen may dream of a “reintegration of the US as a junior member of the British Commonwealth”…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/23/donald-trumps-love-royal-family-may-see-united-states-join-commonwealth/

    (you can’t make this stuff up)

    …the point is that nobody will give f* about that isolated windy rainy island Britain. After Brexit, the entire City will move to Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt because all the economic action will be in Eurasia, requiring banking. And Scotland got that message.

    America will descend into civil war between the deplorables versus the Chosenites and their commie white rabble and non-whites (“Maoists” as per Kunstler). The last thing anybody could care about is Britain.

    Once Merkel is down and out (if she is lucky she manages to escape to Santiago de Chile, like her former boss Erich Honecker)…

    http://media0.faz.net/ppmedia/aktuell/1490527284/1.1656474/default/das-ehepaar-honecker-1993-im.jpg

    …France and Germany will turn to Moscow and the merger of military resources of a nuclear armed population base of 740 million, that will support the deplorables in North-America… in order to get rid of Washington-Wallstreet and its Chosenites once and for all.

    I hope it is understood that the coming intervention won’t have as its purpose to keep the US empire alive.lol

    #WhiteLivesMatter

  22. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 3:24 am 

    @Davy – what’s your point? What action do you advise? “Being right” doesn’t mean shit if you have no course.

    Regarding Dutch conditions: I love climate change (although people in Calcutta are excused to have a different opinion): longer Spring, Summer and Autumn, shorter Winter. Longer growing seasons, better harvest. Lower space heating requirements. No need to hibernate in Southern Spain in the Winter for old folks (with money).

    What’s not too like.

    This “Winter” there was no ice here and only a few hours of wet snow. When I cycle to the supermarket, no overcoat required.

    I don’t see much disadvantage with global warming if it can be restrained to 2 degrees Celsius max., which seems to be realistic.

    #SupportEnergyTransition
    #LogarithmicLinkTempIncreaseCO2Levels

  23. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 3:42 am 

    Erdal Balci, liberal Dutch Turk whistle blower about his 400,000 fellow Turks living in the Netherlands and their true intentions:

    Under Erdogan in a few years time Turkey will be a world power again.

    http://tinyurl.com/hnku4ls

    The vast majority of the “Dutch” Turks support Erdogan, hate the Netherlands and are nationalist as hell.

    And there are 400,000 of them.
    Dutch army: 48,000

    Not to exaggerate: there are still 15 million Europeans in Holland, 13.5 million Dutch and 400,000 Turks are no match for 48,000 armed professional killers, so this Turkish Erdogan newspaper can dream all it wants:

    https://twitter.com/dersi4m/status/840827760511766528

    Let’s even hope they provide the pretext for a major cleanup operation.

    Yesterday the largest Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf opened with: “We are here the boss”:

    http://www.geenstijl.nl/archives/images/telegraafwiezijnhierdebaas.png

    The picture showing a downed Turk “protester” and a police dog with a taste for Turkish Kebab (“new balls please”).

  24. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 4:17 am 

    Yesterday the main political debate between libtard PM and Trump hater Mark Rutte vs the champ of the Dutch deplorables and Trump admirer Geert Wilders:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOB08lo3qEA&t=2057s

    Debate in Rotterdam Economic University. All the students, who will get the good jobs and are ready to betray they countrymen in “the hoods”, support the libtard.

    In the current Dutch situation, after then Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh murders, Geert Wilders is even during the debate forced to carry a bulletproof vest and lives in constant hiding, moving from one government safe house to the next.

    This situation will only be solved after the coming Great Divorce, that will be organized from the moment the US empire will begin to “fold”, USSR-1991 style.

  25. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 4:23 am 

    The latest polls reveal that Rutte has a small lead over Wilders:

    http://frontbencher.nl/peilingen/

    It is also clear that the Sunday standoff between the police and the Turks benefit both Rutte and Wilders. Something that probably will continue to have its effect today, the last day before the general election.

    The outcome of the Dutch elections are unlikely to be a game-changer, because unlike the UK and US with their “winner-takes-it-all” systems, in continental Europe we have coalition systems and “cordon sanitaire” behavior of the US empire system parties, who systematically exclude nationalists.

    But it would be an important symbolic sign if the PVV would at least manage to become the largest.

  26. Davy on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 5:00 am 

    “@Davy – what’s your point? What action do you advise? “Being right” doesn’t mean shit if you have no course.”
    The point is honesty per a wealth of data and common sense. In fact it is a fucking no-brainer a grade school child could understand. Human induced climate disturbance combined with natural variation is at work. The results so far are extremes in variation.

    I have made it clear on this board in numerous ways what the actions should be at different levels for different purposes.

    “Being right” So, are you saying I am right?

  27. Davy on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 5:03 am 

    “The vast majority of the “Dutch” Turks support Erdogan, hate the Netherlands and are nationalist as hell. And there are 400,000 of them. Dutch army: 48,000.”

    Clog all your talk about the failing US and now you need to look right down the street. LOL. Poetic justice.

  28. Cloggie on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 5:58 am 

    “Being right” So, are you saying I am right?

    What I am saying is: “where is your plan”?

    Waiting for the general die-off to being? You only have a private plan. Do you have a plan for your people? Who are your people anyway?

    Clog all your talk about the failing US and now you need to look right down the street. LOL. Poetic justice.

    I love what is happening in the Rotterdam streets and Turks admitting that they have no interest in ever “becoming Dutch”.

    For starters because they couldn’t in the first place.

    I love that Turkey is steering away from the West. Let them have their neo-Ottoman empire they can be proud off. I have no problems with proud Turks. I have problems with proud Turks waiving Turkish flags on Dutch soil.

    I love it because I know what is going to happen next: the complete demise of this insane western multicult experiment, spearheaded by the kosher-run US overlord and their satraps in Europe. I love it because I know what is going to happen next in both America and Europe. And I am not talking about the failing US but about the failing US empire, a significant difference. Large numbers in America will be fine and so will Europeans. And we will find a lot of ally’s in the US who will prefer to live “European lives” rather than being a member of an ever darkening America that is running an ever less credible global empire.

  29. Davy on Tue, 14th Mar 2017 6:32 am 

    Clog, we all have a private plan and it is called life. What society is doing in regards to renewable energy is the only positive I see at the macro level. Most everything else is just keeping the racket going. Your techno optimism is part of the racket but where renewables are concerned it is a positive.

    Yes, I have a private plan that is applicable to others. It acknowledges decline and a die off process but I do not elaborate one for each and every individual because the subject is too broad and expansive for a few comments. It is best to focus on one’s local using a template checklist of do’s and don’ts. These are pretty obvious if you stick around this board. Over the past 4 years many quality actions have been discussed. There is plenty of information available on the internet. The key is the starting point of leaving denial then the rest falls into place.

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