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Jim Kunstler on Romney & Obama: Pee Wee Herman vs. Captain Kangaroo

"The only issue in this election contest between Pee Wee Herman and Captain Kangaroo is how to do nothing to disturb the fantasy that we can keep living the way we do. I am coming to detest Mr. Obama for the unforgivable feats of doing absolutely nothing to oppose, resist, or remedy the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, and doing absolutely nothing to restore the rule-of-law in banking. Mr. Romney, at this point, can only be pitied as some kind of thought-experiment gone awry in an evil consumer product testing lab on a planet of oafs. His fecklessness has no modern analog. Next to Romney, Bob Dole looks Lincolnesque."

Read the whole thing: Duty, by James Howard Kunstler

Kunstler is the author of a bunch of books, fiction and non fiction, including World Made by Hand: A novel, The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, (A classic) The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (another classic) and his latest screed, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.

Hat tip to my friend the strangerr for the link.

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Bump for bishop Willard and Barack "I'm good at killing" Obama

Bump for Bishop Willard "White Horse Prophecy" Romney and Barack "I'm good at killing" Obama. Kunstler sure got it right about those two, didn't he?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Michael Nystrom's picture

Bump from Taiwan

Because I posted this, and completely forgot about it, only to find it through the bookshelf that Jon built ---->

Crap comparison.

I liked Capt. Kangaroo and even Peewee Hermann (lot's of Peewee's act had adult content that would sail over a kids head, good laughs).

How about.... rapist who likes to force you do to horrid acts and torture you VERSUS rapist who just outright does you then kills you painfully. Yeah, that's a good example.

excellent point

The dude that wrote the article is a great master of words, that much is obvious, but he has yet to wake up to the true nature of state. Also, I tend not to be attracted to that kind of doomsday self-loathing. I remain, much like the great Murray Rothbard, an optimist about the human race.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran

Captain Kangaroo is right!

As in kangaroo courts and other manifestations of total lawlessness operating under the color of law (i.e. Romney's Campaign/RNC/GOP).

PeeWee and Capt Kangaroo? LOL!

Mike; Now THAT's Humor!

The truth is funny..even strange at times.

Kunstler's "The Long Emergency" has prompted me to be on "standby ops" for some years now.(False Alarm?)

It will be interesting to see what he has to offer these days, as he sometimes makes Gerald Celente seem to radiate sunny days.LOL!

Still haven't figured out his agenda...oh..it's there somewhere, and I will gladly glean any info that is "useful" these days.

Thanks Mike

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Michael Nystrom's picture

Funny stuff, huh

Glad you liked it.

It it interesting about the Long Emergency turning out to be the false alarm. It seems like all the doom and gloom stuff does, doesn't it? I've got books on my shelves from the 70's talking about the end of the dollar.

Kunstler can be pretty bleak, you're right. Him and Gerald could sell a lot of beer to cry in, that is for sure.

Anyway, it is a funny like about Pee Wee and the Capt'n.

Not a false alarm

All signs point to the Long Emergency being true. Oil is consolidating at a high level even with high employment in the major economies. It should break out soon. (I realize that can also be explained by global QE)

Oil is millions of years of condensed solar energy. We burned half of it in a hundred years. This implies that high-tech needs to improve efficiency by at least an order of magnitude to continue our current life styles. It's not going to happen, not even close. Though, Kunster with his doomer talk seemingly doesn't understand the short term robustness of economies with such excess wealth as the U.S.

Check out John Michael Greer. He's as good of writer as JHK, no less pessimistic, and maybe better educated. He writes with much more human decency and grace though. Here's an article explaining, like the body sending resources to the brain and heart in an emergency, wealthy economies will survive in their current configuration for some time by diverting resources from the fringe to the center.


"The economies of the world’s industrial nations are utterly dependent on a steady supply of liquid fuels, and so a steady supply of liquid fuels they will have, even if every other sector of the economy has to be dumped into the hopper in order to keep the fuel flowing. As every other sector of the economy is dumped into that hopper, in turn, the demand for liquid fuels goes down, because when people who used to be employed by the rest of the economy can no longer afford to spend spring break in Mazatlan, or buy goods that have to be shipped halfway around the planet, or put gas in their cars, their share of petroleum consumption goes unclaimed."

And to tie it into RP economics:
"The one exception is the financial sector, since increasing the amount of paper value produced by purely financial transactions involves no additional capital, resources, and labor—a derivative worth ten million dollars costs no more to produce, in terms of real inputs, than one worth ten thousand, or for that matter ten cents. Thus financial transactions increasingly become the only reliable source of profit in an otherwise faltering economy, and the explosive expansion of abstract paper wealth masks the contraction of real wealth."
"Ever more elaborate towers of hallucinatory wealth, ably assisted by reams of doctored government statistics, will project the illusion of a thriving economy onto a society in freefall; the stock market will wobble around its current level for a long time to come, booming and crashing on occasion as bubbles come and go; meanwhile a growing fraction of the population will be forced to drop out of the official economy altogether, and be left to scrape together whatever sort of living they can in some updated equivalent of the Hoovervilles and tarpaper shacks of the 1930s."

And What a Splash was Made

...back then, by Kunstler...
It's apparent that your view of "GLOBAL TEMPERATURE CHANGE" is somewhat in line with his.
Please notice that I did NOT use the "global-warming" label, which has already been exposed,discouraged,dismantled, and dismissed.
But this is NOT the focus of the OP............

The interjection of GTC into this is more a tangent, more a byproduct of an agenda, more a distraction from the main article.
Like I stated; Kunstler has his agenda...
As observed.....Yours is quite apparent, and I'm not being judgemental here...please don't infer that.
Kunstler's writings are a good read, just as yours seem to be a good "clip and paste" knee-jerk response.....although I do appreciate the financial/monetary/wealth transfer segment...that's a given.

To each his own...it's a free country, etc.
In Kunstler's case....his global-warming-peak-oil-sky-is-falling diatribe served only to raise the prices of gasoline and heating oil, while "lining his pockets" with receipts from his book sales.

Funny how the "People Who Run Things" or TPTB always "telegraph" the next phase of "what will be", or "what to expect" with the willful assistance of the MSM....that also includes "books".

Fool me once shame on you....Fool me twice, shame on....who?
Everyone's got an agenda....and "Every Picture Tells a Story".

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!