Dec 142011

Avid readers of James Howard Kunstler know that if it’s Monday, “it must be Kunster.” Each Monday, Mr. Kunstler entertains his fans with a trenchant and colorful essay and on why the world is going to hell in a hand basket.

The point of bringing up people like Kunstler, Ann Barnhardt, Jim Sinclair, Glenn Greenwald and others is to remind you that there are sources of information and opinion that counter what we now quaintly refer to as the MSM (Main Street Media) which is actually big corporate media. It is also to encourage you to sample their thought process and to suggest that you make an effort to understand what they are warning us about.

Kunstler is the first guy I came across several years ago who got me thinking about how bad things could get. As his critics point out few of his predictions have come to fruition as yet. However, better to prepared early than scrambling to catch up.

So, I start Monday morning with Kunstler and that includes reading all the comments from his avid readers, most of whom chime in as well on Monday morning.

Kunstler is a journalist who got into architectural criticism, became a messenger for Peak Oil, is an artist and has launched a career as an apocalyptic novelist.

Sometimes it’s easier to decide if you are willing to validate a person’s opinion on unfamiliar subjects by listening to them pontificate on a subject with which you are extremely familiar. So if you have never been exposed to Mr. Kunstler’s non-fiction, fiction or weekly rants, listen to this 42 minute podcast on his Fall 2010 visit to Seattle. In this podcast Kunstler and his interviewer, who do have this kind of discussion on a weekly basis, provide their impressions of Seattle, it’s neighborhoods, Starbucks, the bus system, architecture, the library, Paul Allen, the monorail and a myriad of other subjects.


  6 Responses to “Kunstler”

  1. For those interested – an Ann Barnhardt interview posted two days ago (Dec. 12, 2011) on YouTube. Talk about “straight talk”. Yikes.

  2. My ‘must read’ stuff increasingly includes Yes! magazine, Sustainable Connections efforts, ReSources B’ham (Bob Ferris is amazing) … non-local authors like Francis Moore Lappe … Wangari Maathai (who died recently, too young but leaving the world a better & greener place). I find that spending too much time dwelling on the thoughts of people like Kunstler, Greenwald etc (who I do read) is debilitating without the balance of those realistic but energetic people who show ways forward, actively, with persistence and even joy.

  3. One person’s inspiration is apparently another’s debilitation.

  4. I am also a big fan of TomDispatch, to which one can subscribe for free at Tom Engelhardt writes some of the (4-5 weekly) articles; guest authors like Michael Klare, Andrew Bacevich,
    Bill McKibben, Jonathan Schell and Rebecca Solnit write others. I was introduced by TomDispatch to the work of the late Chalmers Johnson (Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire), for which I am grateful.

  5. Bacevich, in particular, is invaluable.

  6. […] lean toward getting my information from individuals who I have highlighted in past blog posts: Kunstler, Greenwald, Adams, Sinclair, Fosse, Rawles,  and others I have probably mentioned in passing: Dr. […]

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