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James Howard Kunstler

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Episode #73 - James Howard Kunstler and the Bad Bond Movie Script

Gold Goats 'n Guns Podcast

This week I sit down with author and columnist James Howard Kunstler to break down the strange activity of the Davos Crowd and their Bond-villian-like plans to remake the world and make it safe of commies and eugenics.From bitcoin to the dairy farmers in upstate New York, James and I discuss the deurbanization trend that's occurring as a result of this idiocy and the mistakes a lot of folks are making moving to the suburbs.Show Notes:www.kunstler.com

1hr 15mins

25 May 2021

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James Howard Kunstler: Adapting To The End Of The World As We Know It

Geopolitics & Empire

Geopolitics & Empire · James Howard Kunstler: Adapting To The End Of The World As We Know It #161 Author James Howard Kunstler discusses the end of the world as we know it and how the thinking class has gone nuts. He faults our unsustainable energy policies and how the “shale revolution” has only served […]


9 Oct 2020

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James Howard Kunstler On The Economic And Societal Influences On Where People Live

Bridge Builder Podcast

In this episode we’re talking about questions surrounding where people live, the economic and societal influences and even how COVID-19 may continue to influence these aspects of life. We’re joined by James Howard Kunstler. He is an author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger. He is best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere, a history of American suburbia and urban development, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic.In our mailbag segment we’re covering a question about voting from logistics standpoint. And stick around for the bricklayer segment – we take a step back from a question about how to cast a vote to provide you ways to help you inform your decision on who you’ll vote for.


21 Sep 2020

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James Howard Kunstler

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Mr. Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He moved to the Long Island suburbs in 1954 and returned to the city in 1957 where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from the State University of New York, Brockport campus, worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer forRolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. He has no formal training in architecture or the related design fields.He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, RPI, the University of Virginia and many other colleges, and he has appeared before many professional organizations such as the AIA , the APA., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.He lives in Washington County, upstate New York https://kunstler.com/

1hr 57mins

21 Sep 2020

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James Howard Kunstler: Living In The Long Emergency

The Peak Prosperity Podcast

Unsustainable systems, by definition, eventually break down. That’s been a key warning we at Peak Prosperity have been delivering for over a decade regarding the over-indebted global economy, society’s addiction to depleting fossil fuels, and accelerating ecological destruction.The coronavirus pandemic has placed such intense and unexpected strain on this unstable house of cards that its odds of toppling sooner have increased substantially. Few people understand this better — from the historic job destruction impacting tens of millions to the social anger starting to boil over — than James Howard Kunstler.

1hr 4mins

17 Jun 2020

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James Howard Kunstler: Living in the Long Emergency

The Strong Towns Podcast

If you’re like us, there are a few trusted guides you’ve looked to for help making sense of a world turned suddenly upside down. One of our guides has been James Howard Kunstler. The author of essential books like The Long Emergency, The Geography of Nowhere, and the World Made By Hand novels, Kunstler has for years been eerily prescient in his ability to imagine and interpret the future. Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn described The Long Emergency as “the most coherent narrative explanation I’ve read of the converging crises our society is living through, particularly when it comes to the triple threats of energy, economy and environment.” It's one of 15 books on the Strong Towns Essential Reading List, and somehow feels even more relevant today than when it was first published in 2005. Kunstler’s new book — Living in the Long Emergency: Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward — is once again spookily timed. We received requests from listeners that we interview him about the new book and the COVID-19 crisis...the very thing we were eager to do. So we’re especially happy to welcome Jim Kunstler back in this week’s episode of the Strong Towns podcast. In this fascinating and wide-ranging discussion, Chuck and Jim look at the impact of the crisis on the automotive and airline industries, our food systems, and more. They discuss the social upheaval being caused by COVID-19, including the understandable anger from people who see the federal government bailing out Wall Street while their own jobs disappear. They talk too about the problems not only with the argument that COVID-19 will launch a suburban renaissance — “All the signs are that suburbia is not only going to fail, but it’s going to fail pretty quickly and pretty harshly” — but also with some urbanists’ reflexive defense of cities. But this conversation is not just doom-and-gloom, Chuck and Jim also discuss how Living in the Long Emergency provides a ray of hope in dark days. Just in time, the book helps us understand what’s going on....and also how to create a healthy, vibrant, and enjoyable future. Additional Show Notes Kunstler.com Kunstler's Monday & Friday Blog KunstlerCast Living in the Long Emergency Support Jim Kunstler’s work on Patreon Strong Towns Essential Reading List (free ebook) Strong Towns Academy Previous podcast interviews with Jim Kunstler“It’s All Going to Have to Get Smaller” (September 2019) The Harrows of Spring (January 2017)

1hr 2mins

11 May 2020

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The Liminalist # 241: Reality-Based Living (with James Howard Kunstler)

The Liminalist: The Podcast Between

Return conversation with James Howard Kunstler, on Living in the Long Emergency, on the decline of community, morality, & humanity in times of immersive dishonesty and death wish culture. Part One: Riding the Long Emergency (0 – 27 mins) Making out in Hope, BC, riding the long emergency, parallel worlds, a frontier town, villages in Europe, the future of Europe, the shifting economy, rebuilding local communities, an agricultural county, industrial dairy farming in Washington county, New York, artisanal changeover, Living in the Long Emergency, covid-19 shutdown, Amazon’s effect on authors, extinction of the music business, the fate of movie houses. Part Two: Emergent Societies & Emergent Pathologies (27 – 53 mins) Business and community, the interrelationship of community parts, the acceleration of energy supplies, emergent societies, economic & social roles, human tendency towards hierarchy, the natural order of disorder, when parts of an interdependent system fail, human pathologies & pathological societies, from history to mythology, difference between growing up in the UK in the 1970s and the US in the 50s, an existential solution, the pervasion of dishonesty, education & medicine rackets, college loans & debt saves, race & gender hustling, the covid contraction, hostages of the healthcare system. Part Three: Death & Eternity (53 mins – 1 hr 23 mins) Perversions and inversions within institutions, macro-perversity, morality vs. spirituality, right relationship to reality, conscious life force, a death wish culture, immersive ugliness of the US   landscape, entropy made visible, agencies of death, terror management theory, the driving force of nihilism, death & hyper-activity, an absence of grace-notes, the degeneration of high-art, Samuel Beckett’s dictum, the comedy of unhappiness, contemplating the eternal, the astonishment of existence, the elasticity of time, Jim’s disciplines, Kunstler’s astrology, the top-heavy human, a tale of two cats. Part Four: A Still Moment (1 hr 23 – 1 hr 45 mins) Monastic life as solution for civilizations in trouble, the preservation of culture, The Canticle of Leibowitz, the fall of the Roman Empire, a time of great quietness, utopian communities of the 19th century, sexual & financial problems in communities, bundling Shakers, Fourier’s phalansteries, social organization of numbers, the question of hierarchy, the inverse hierarchy of monasteries, the measure of authority, rank presidential candidates, the president’s new clothes, how to make authority credible, becoming a reality-based person, constructing a coherent consensus, a common culture, an economic crack-up, the pain of deceleration. Part Five: The Shale Oil Miracle (1 hr 45 mins – end) The oil situation, peak oil, Gail Tverberg, prices dropping, demand destruction, shale oil, debt to cover oil production costs, an orgy of lending, the shale oil miracle, fracking, up to 13 million barrels a day, the evaporation of capital, the final contraction, stopping the pumping, Saudi & Russia, metroplex mega-cities, human gerbils. Jim Kunstler’s Blog  Autographed copies of Living in the Long Emergency Songs: “Pirates” by Entertainment for the Braindead; “Primitive” by The Groupies; “The Great Indoors,” by Dead Cinema; “Swing Gitane” by The Underscore Orkestra; “Changes” by Short Hand

2hr 1min

9 May 2020

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Coronavirus and Economics with James Howard Kunstler


James Howard Kunstler (born October 19, 1948) is an American author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger. He is best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development, The Long Emergency (2005), and Too Much Magic (2012). He blogs at Clsuterfuck Nation If you wish to support Hermitix please see our links below: Hermitix Patreon Hermitix Merchandise One off Donations at Ko-Fi Hermitix Twitter Links Support the podcast

1hr 11mins

9 Apr 2020

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Ep. 97: Things Have Changed, with James Howard Kunstler

Counterflow with Buck Johnson

Well, this is certainly the most bizarre time of my entire life and probably yours as well. The Coronavirus and all of the things it is affecting, well, it's like nothing I've ever seen. One thing of which we can be certain is that things have changed and things will remain changed forever after this. My guest today is James Howard Kunstler, and we talk about what has and what will change and what it might look like on the other side of this mess. James gives us his well informed, unique take, and as usual, he adds his own brand of wit. To read and hear more of Mr Kunstler's work, visit him here: Join the Libertarian Party through my link! Click here: Follow me on Facebook: Follow me on Twitter: Donate to the show here: Audio Production by Podsworth Media: Leave us a review and rating on iTunes! Thanks!


23 Mar 2020

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James Howard Kunstler - The Long Emergency

Wake Island

From the Ted Talk stage to Wake Island, today on the show we have social critic, lecturer, and author, James Howard Kunstler. His books include: The Long Emergency, The Geography of  Nowhere, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. James has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and MIT, to name only a few. His books are widely read and discussed by architectural critics, urban planners, economists and techno sceptics. You can subscribe to his blog, Clusterfuck Nation, at  kuntsler.com, where he also has a truly thoughtful and engaging podcast called KunstlerCast. ' Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wake-island/support


10 Feb 2020