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Posts published by “James Howard Kunstler”

A Fog Of Mendacity

Those frightening sounds, sights, and odors on the wind this foreboding snowless winter — like emanations from some back ward of a global psychiatric hospital…

Man Down

Last week, in an incident that didn't get much attention in the national news, a man named Tom Ball set himself on fire in front…

A Flea In The Frog’s Ear

Imagine the fright mask that the Sofitel Hotel maid's face turned into when a black swan in the form of an international banking poobah waddled…

Make No Mistake

Taking in Charles Ferguson's excellent documentary, Inside Job, about the dark doings of Wall Street in our time, I confess I was awestruck all over…

Skidding Toward Fall

This economy has a destination for sure, but it's not in the direction where all eyes are trained in moist hopefulness: that glimmering horizon of…

What Is It?

The New York Times ran a story of curious import this morning: “MEL GIBSON LOSES SUPPORT ABROAD.” Well, gosh, that's disappointing. And just when we…

Right Over Our Head

I think America missed something. It must be the time of year, what with inhaling all those fumes from the charcoal starter… and fueling up…

Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?

Driving down the broad avenues of Cleveland, Ohio, was like flipping through the pages of a picture book about the rise and fall of our…

Rehearsals For A Civil War

The Tea Party appeals to the swelling numbers of the new former middle class angry at the sudden van­ishing of their accustomed perks and entitlements to a predictably comfortable suburban existence. They're mad at the government and hot for “liberty.” But how do they propose to maintain the hyper-complexities of suburban life without taxes to pay for fixing the countless roads their lives depend on or to run the gold-plated central school districts that seem to exist solely to provide Friday night football?

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