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Kunstler: Slouching Towards Election Day

Public Policy

It’s getting hard to give a shit about this election, though you might still care about this country. The damage has been done to the two long-reigning political parties and perhaps that’s a good thing. They deserved to be dragged into the gutter and now they can either go through a severe rehab or be replaced by as-yet-unformed coalitions of reality-based interests.

Trump did a greater disservice all-in-all to the faction he supposedly represented. Their grievances about a grift-maximized political economy were genuine, and Trump managed to make them look like a claque of sinister clowns. This cartoon of a rich kid with no internal boundaries was unable to articulate their legitimate complaints. His behavior during the so-called debates verged on psychotic. If Trump loses, I will essay to guess that his followers’ next step will be some kind of violence. For the moment, pathetic as it is, Trump was their last best hope.

I’m more comfortable about Hillary — though I won’t vote for her — because it will be salutary for the ruling establishment to unravel with her in charge of it. That way, the right people will be blamed for the mismanagement of our national affairs. This gang of elites needs to be circulated out of power the hard way, under the burden of their own obvious perfidy, with no one else to point their fingers at. Her election will sharpen awareness of the criminal conduct in our financial practices and the neglect of regulation that marked the eight years of Obama’s appointees at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The “tell” in these late stages of the campaign has been the demonization of Russia — a way more idiotic exercise than the McCarthyite Cold War hysteria of the early 1950s, since there is no longer any ideological conflict between us and all the evidence indicates that the current state of bad relations is America’s fault, in particular our sponsorship of the state failure in Ukraine and our avid deployment of NATO forces in war games on Russia’s border. Hillary has had the full force of the foreign affairs establishment behind her in this war-drum-banging effort, yet they have not been able to produce any evidence, for instance, in their claim that Russia is behind the Wikileaks hack of Hillary’s email. They apparently subscribe to the Joseph Goebbels theory of propoganda: if you’re going to lie, make sure it’s a whopper, and then repeat it incessantly.

The media has been on-board with all this. The New York Times especially has acted as the hired amplifier for the establishment lies — such a difference from the same newspaper’s role in the Vietnam War ruckus of yesteryear. Today (Monday) they ran an astounding editorial “explaining” the tactical necessity of Hillary’s dishonesty: “In politics, hypocrisy and doublespeak are tools,” The Times editorial board wrote. Oh, well, that’s reassuring. Welcome to the George Orwell Theme Park of Democracy.

Of course neither Trump nor Hillary show any signs of understanding the real problems afflicting the USA. They don’t recognize the basic energy equation that has made it impossible for industrial economies to keep growing, or the deformities in banking and finance that result from official efforts to overcome these implacable conditions, namely, the piling up of ever-greater debt to “solve” the problem of over-indebtedness.

The beginning of the way out of this quandary will be recognition that the federal government is the greatest obstacle for America making the necessary adjustments to a world that has changed. If Trump got elected, I’m convinced that he would be removed from office by a military coup inside of a year, which would be an epic smash-up of our political machinery per se, comparable to the period 44 BCE in Rome, when the republic crashed. Hillary would bring a more measured discredit to the system with the chance that our institutions might be rehabilitated — with the cherry-on-top being Hillary’s eventual impeachment for lying, a fate that her husband and the late Richard Nixon both wiggled out of one way or another.


63 Comments on "Kunstler: Slouching Towards Election Day"

  1. makati1 on Tue, 25th Oct 2016 8:20 pm 

    The ‘Deep State’ is in control and will be until the US falls. The face in the White House is just entertainment for the peasants. Anyone who believes different is just ignorant of the facts. No vote is the best vote.

  2. Boat on Tue, 25th Oct 2016 8:34 pm 


    Much like claims of collapse I suppose I can slide some doomerism over on the shelf to make room for conspiracy.

  3. Northwest Resident on Tue, 25th Oct 2016 9:10 pm 

    This presidential election is doing a great job of publicizing the fact that the world as we know it is coming to a near term catastrophic end.

    Read the headlines: if Trump wins it will be instant economic collapse, if Clinton wins it will be WWIII and nuclear showdown with Russia.

    Presidential candidates and the media used to go to great lengths to portray a strong, economically healthy nation whether it was true or not. This time, just the opposite.

    The unified presidential theme this time is “everything is going to crash and burn, get used to it.” Excellent psychological conditioning perpetrated by the deep state and their affiliates. Subtle and powerful. Now suddenly my co-workers and girlfriend’s co-workers are all talking about economic collapse and how bad things are. The cat is definitely out of the bag.

    Preparing Americans for disaster, because it sure as hell is coming no matter which of the clownish actors “wins” the election. This is the Deep State at work, giving us a clue — and a little more time to prepare for the big-ass storm coming our way.

  4. GregT on Tue, 25th Oct 2016 11:18 pm 


    Why don’t you tell us all about what you don’t know about pretty much anything. If you could find a mentor for yourself, at about the grade 8 level, who would help you to string at least 5 words together to form a coherent sentence, I’m sure that the two of you together could write an entire encyclopedia.

    A great idea for a title?

    “The World According to Kevin.” or perhaps even a self help book; “How to Remain a Clueless Fucking Idiot, While Being Ignorant of the Blatantly Fucking Obvious.”

  5. GregT on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 1:45 am 

    “This presidential election is doing a great job of publicizing the fact that the world as we know it is coming to a near term catastrophic end.”


  6. dooma on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 4:50 am 

    “Dooma, I don’t watch TV, read Western papers, websites, or magazines, or listen to the radio. I live in the USA and can barely tell that this is an election year other than for reading a couple of things here at PO and a comment or two in my conversations now and then. When I tell people that I don’t believe in democracy and think that it is a stupid political system they usually stop talking about this shit immediately and go back to talking about plants and animals. The people that know me know better than to try and get me to talk about this bullshit.”

    JuanP, thanks for your insightful reply. There is some good advice in there. The fact is what happens in America will not stay in America. And that scares the bejeezus out of me. The saying that ignorance is bliss has some merit to it.

  7. Glen Bennett on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 9:07 am 

    The Green Party is not slouching. We are doing the honorable thing for people and country. The USA faces life threatening crisis and has debilitating maladies, that is the bad news. The good news is there is a doctor in the house with medicine for what ails us! Dr Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka can win this election and set a new course! You doomers can laugh over your beer about this country getting its’ ‘comeupance’, but when the dust settles none of you will be heroes because all you might have done is watch out for your own sorry rear ends. The USA daily engages in criminal activity and you guys laugh and say “I told you”. Nobody expects leadership out of you, but how about just a smidgeon of courage. The courage to look for solutions. You’re like a peanut gallery at the Coliseum.

  8. Apneaman on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 9:48 am 

    Thanks Glen Bennett. Thanks to you the “green party” and the entire corporate funded gatekeeper NGO industrial complex for saving us.

  9. Kenz300 on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 11:30 am 

    A sexist bully.
    A CON man with no moral values.
    This is what the RepubliCON party has become.

    The 281 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List

    A CON man with no moral values.
    This is what the RepubliCON party has become.

  10. Apneaman on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 11:36 am 

    Kenz, so you’re saying he is Bill Clinton 2.0? Agreed.

  11. beam_me_up on Wed, 26th Oct 2016 2:48 pm 

    Kenz wrote – “RepubliCONS are the reason the middle class is shrinking.. In the past the top 1% wanted to import all the cheap labor they could get Now the people are finally waking up but they do not realize they have been conned by the RepubliCONS.

    The RepubliCON elite want cheap labor.”

    Kenz, either you’ve been asleep at the wheel for the last 8 years or you are willfully ignorant. Both parties want unlimited immigration, ultimately for the same reason – it serves the interests of their 0.01% masters. The masters in charge of each party might be slightly different groups, but what they have in common is that neither group gives a hoot about the middle class. The parties exist to transfer what wealth still remains within the middle class to the 0.01% at the top.

    The system is corrupt beyond the point of repair. As an individual with no power to change things on a macro level, all you can do is vote your conscience and allocate the rest of your your energy to working within the rules of the game (corrupt as they may be) to your own advantage.

  12. Kenz300 on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 11:31 am 

    The family values candidate. Why do they stay with him ? In his own words he said:

    Paid no taxes, divorced how many times, degrades women, does not respect veterans and their families, is making money from his campaign funneling money to his businesses, has questionable charity contributions, filed for bankruptcy multiple times, takes huge tax breaks at the taxpayers expense, flip flops on issues, The top 1% want it all and the RepubliCON party will give it to them.

    A CON man with no moral values.

    This is what the RepubliCON party has become.

  13. beam_me_up on Thu, 27th Oct 2016 5:05 pm 

    And I guessed you missed those 50,000 wikileaks emails showing complete and utter corruption within the FBI, DOJ, DNC, AUC, CGI, Soros, Goldman Sachs, etc. on the other side of the political aisle?

    Kenz, most people grow up at some point and realize the world isn’t a simple contest between heroes and villains, angels and demons, black and white. You are still looking at the world through the eyes of a naïve 10 year old.

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