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Kunstler: A Place of Your Own

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Do you know your place? In these days of hysterical Wokesterism, the question would surely provoke a riot of cowbell-clanging Antifa cadres, fainting spells in the congressional black caucus, and gravely equivocal op-eds from David Brooks of The New York Times. Yet it’s a central, unacknowledged quandary of our time that so many Americans have no place and suffer terribly from it.

Human beings need a place in the social order, in the economic order, and in actual geography in order to function optimally in a life fraught with the normal challenges and difficulties that reality presents. Let’s take these places in reverse order.

It’s a fact that most Americans live in everyday environments that are, at best, not worth caring about, and at worst actively punishing to human neurology. Have you taken a good look at the American landscape and townscape lately? How do you feel venturing down the six-lane commercial boulevards lined with cartoon architecture? Either anxious or numb, would be my guess. Or a Main Street of empty storefronts? Or an avenue of looming, despotic glass skyscrapers? Or a vast subdivision of identical McHouses where the buffalo once roamed? Is it any wonder that Americans require more antidepressant medication than people in other lands? Or, that failing to find treatment, they self-medicate with alcohol, opiates, sugary snacks, and anything else that takes them out of the soul-crushing reality of their surroundings.

I don’t think you can overstate the damage we’ve done to ourselves in the sheer material arrangement of our national life. A decade ago, I sat in on many zoning board meetings called to approve new WalMarts and other chain-stores around my region of upstate New York and southern Vermont. Inevitably, the companies organized a claque of locals in the meeting hall — itself a depressing, low-ceilinged chamber of cinder blocks and fluorescent lighting — to fill the seats and yell in support of “bargain shopping.”

That was some bargain they got. The chain-stores got approved and the Main Streets died, but that wasn’t the end of it. This dynamic also destroyed networks that gave local citizens an economic and social place. Locally owned business people were the caretakers of the town. They took care of two buildings — their place of business and their home. They sat on library, school, and hospital boards and donated money to running local institutions. They employed people who lived in town and there were consequences for treating them well or badly. There was even a time in this country when local business people wouldn’t dare to put up an insultingly ugly building.

A lot of this economic behavior has produced the social perversities of our time. Exterminating an entire class of local merchants has eliminated the heart of the American middle-class and grotesquely concentrated the nation’s wealth among corporate leviathans who comprise one percent of the population. It also eliminated the place where young people learned how to do business, preparing themselves to try ventures of their own, and to make a place for themselves in the world.

What is your place now? A cubicle in the marketing department of Old Navy? An aisle in the Home Depot? A desk in the Diversity and Inclusion office of some State University, pushing to sort the student population into racial and sexual categories because all other ways of belonging in society are gone? Or do you occupy ten square feet of sidewalk with a tarp and a shopping cart? None of those places are liable to furnish a personal sense that life is worth living.

Those of you out there still sincerely clamoring for “change” might start asking yourselves if you have a clue about finding a place worth caring about in this country and what it might actually take to get there, including the revision of a lot of ideas in your head that you take for granted. Hint: if you’re looking for it in the current political leadership you are probably wasting your time and energy. If you’re looking for it in some group identity, you may not ever discover the power in your own individual ability to make choices for yourself.

Kunstler



17 Comments on "Kunstler: A Place of Your Own"

  1. Lucifer on Sat, 9th Mar 2019 9:25 pm 

    I have a place of my own, anyone of you are welcome to join me.

    If you have a warped sadistic mind you might actually enjoy my humble abode, lol.

  2. DerHundistLos on Sat, 9th Mar 2019 10:26 pm 

    In what is otherwise a good essay on the decline of small town America, it’s a shame Kunt feels motivated to throw out extraneous red meat that has nothing to do with subject of his posting in an obvious attempt to satiate his Trumpian paymasters.

  3. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 3:17 am 

    Its important to know your place in this world.

    Your place in this world brings meaning
    and spiritual fulfillment.

    My place is next to a burning dumpster fire,
    hurling in aerosol spray paint cans, wood
    pallets, sofa cushions, quarts of motor oil,
    and old tires. Watching the black smoke
    blot out the evening sky, and hoping the
    cops don’t show up.

    Only then have I attained my spiritual
    destiny, and my place in this world.

  4. AFDF on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 3:24 am 

    gotard
    u don’t have no feelings for supertard
    makato
    eurotard
    all the beautiful and ugly women
    all the discovery
    culture
    all nastiness
    muzzies
    beauty
    humanity lost forever
    don’t get me wrong, a burning sofa sounds good and brings warm. don’t forget a pack of good beer

    but we have ran out of energy to ever hope of getting off this gravitational well

    we’re stuck here. it’s hell and putin is going to destroy us all

  5. Sissyfuss on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 11:16 am 

    Our fossil fueled orgy is coming to a close and with it our cushy lifestyle. If and when climate chaos retards our harvest cycles then we shall lose our interest in cheap plastic junk as we fixate on procuring enough calories for our continued existence. Forget Keto, the in diet will be the Venezuelan.

  6. Dredd on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 11:28 am 

    That place is a land down under (You better take cover).

    It is sinking “underer” all the time.

  7. Dredd on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 11:29 am 

    (You better take cover).

  8. makati1 on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 7:50 pm 

    Emigrate now!

  9. AFDF on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 7:53 pm 

    there is is the aswange/makato
    wb makato

  10. JuanP sock on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 7:54 pm 

    AFDF on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 7:53 pm

  11. JuanP on Sun, 10th Mar 2019 7:54 pm 

    there is is the aswange/makato
    wb makato

  12. Davy on Mon, 11th Mar 2019 6:27 am 

    “Democratic Presidential Contender Tulsi Gabbard Takes a Strong Stand For WikiLeaks and the Freedom of Press”
    https://tinyurl.com/y4yu2n6f the gateway pundit

    “If the government can change the designation Wikileaks from being a news organization (Obama Admin’s designation of Wikileaks) to a hostile intelligence agency (Trump Admin’s designation), then any entity – online and offline – is in danger of being designated a ‘hostile intelligence service’ if they carry out investigative reporting that the US government or a particular administration considers to be hostile to itself,” Gabbard wrote in a series of tweets on Saturday. “This will have a chilling effect on investigative reporting of powerful government agencies or officials, including the president, intel agencies, etc. This is a serious breach of our constitutional freedoms and every American – Democrat, Republican or Independent – must stand up against it.”

  13. AFDF on Mon, 11th Mar 2019 1:01 pm 

    Davy on Mon, 11th Mar 2019 6:27 am
    wow rly?
    i wish matako would wake up for all night lemon party and attack supertard.

    wikipeaks benefited trump so there’s a reason trump branded them terrorists.

    the libtarding by supertard never ends

  14. Theedrich on Wed, 13th Mar 2019 3:10 am 

    The vulpine Dems+RINOs affect ignorance of reality.  There is, in their view, no crisis whatsoever at the southern U.S. border.  There are no international human-smuggling gangs infiltrating America.  There are only suffering paupers from Central America (and elsewhere in World 3) who need to be lovingly cared for by Yankee caregivers with billions of free dollars extracted from Whitey.  In the view of the Sörös-bribed politicians, there should be no such thing as national borders.  Only immoral deplorables, bitterly clinging to their xenophobia and without “American values,” would hold anything different.

    Thus America is immobilized, able only to launch war upon defenseless, non-nuclear states whose wealth and health can be destroyed.  The masses are meanwhile sinking into a cultural morass unknown since the decline and conquest of the Byzantine Empire over half a millennium ago.  Consider the outward manifestations:

    – the clothing worn by lemmings today mimics the rags formerly worn by destitute paupers;
    – the Hollywood-induced, half-shaven facial appearance of many men gives the appearance of down-and-out, unwashed members of the underclasses.
    – tatoos are needled into vast numbers of the proletariat to show how “different” they are and to signal unintelligible “messages” of unspecified types.
    – narcotics from cannabis to the latest suicidal drugs (e.g., fentanyl) are now becoming de rigueur among large swaths of the populace.
    – the startling explosion of homelessness which virtue-signalling politicians refuse to handle effectively.
    – the belief that there are no consequences to anything, and that life is meaningless, except for the dark-skinned races, while Whites are guilty of all the evils of history.
    – the perversion of the English language in the interest of “inclusivity”:  use of the pronoun “they” in place of “he or she,” and the like;  the use, by many media talking heads, of the preterite as a past participle instead of the true perfect participle, as in “They have went to the store.” or “John and him are going to the scene.”  And slovenly language in general by media hacks who have obviously flunked their English courses.

    – the increasingly popular push toward legalizing political theft and other crimes in order to establish a new millennium of labor-free fun and sloth, with government-provided healthcare for all, and universal irresponsibility.  (Note that, in advance of this paradise, there must be universal abolition of the death penalty, because even convicted murderers are “victims” of White society.)
    – the grotesque economic and financial corruption by globalist mult-billionaires which is eviscerating the foundations of our civilization.
    – the clandestine expansion of the military-industrial state-within-a-state to threaten the globe with nuclear annihilation if it does not subject itself to the omnivorous will of Washington.
    – the collapse of the U.S. Congress as a legislative body able to deal with truly substantive issues such as untrammeled immigration or the cessation of American wars of aggression.
    – the inability to stop borrowing nation-impoverishing sums to pay for the insatiable demands of the masses;  hence Congress’s gigantic Ponzi scheme now leading to national bankruptcy.

    Symptoms such as these are merely outward manifestations of the decision by the collective Western Caucasian deepsoul to commit genosuicide.  One does not need a Ph.D. in history or in psychology to see this trend.  And it is impossible to imagine that an iron-willed leader like those seen in some of the non-Western countries will appear and stop the American-led culture of self-murder.

    Because that would be against American values.

  15. makati1 on Wed, 13th Mar 2019 3:37 am 

    So true, Theedrich. The US had the greatest opportunity in all of history to be the perfect country, but they gave it up for greed. I now sit on the sidelines watching it slide into total ruin. 328 million people and who is running/ruining the country? Trump, Bolton, AO-C, Pelosi, Pense, and on and on. Not even bottom of the barrel scrapings. These come from under the barrel.

    Trump is a casino owner/professional bankruptcy con.
    vs.
    Putin, an ex KGB/intelligence agent and the most popular leader in the world today.

    What doe that say about America and it’s future? LMAO

  16. Davy on Wed, 13th Mar 2019 5:47 am 

    “Putin, an ex KGB/intelligence agent and the most popular leader in the world today.”

    Bullshit, have any references. Wow that is a makato if I ever seen one.

  17. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 13th Mar 2019 11:17 am 

    Poor Theo spends all day ranting and complaining on sites that have no merit to his arguments..Just like Clogg..

    Peak incel losers..

    LOL

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