Jul 052010

On Monday, I recommend starting your internet day with Mr. Kunstler’s weekly essay. You might not agree with each and every thing he says, not do I. But, he’s mostly on target.

Money Quote:

“My tea party would encourage the necessary downscaling of all the critical activities of American daily life, including the re-localization of food production, the rebuilding of local commercial networks, the revitalization of the small towns and cities, and the difficult transition out of extreme car dependency.”

Read the whole thing here.


  2 Responses to “On Monday It’s Kunstler”

  1. Like you I have followed Kuntsler for a while. He is a bit of Paul Revere on the sustainability issues. His big picture view of the forces at work is mostly well done. But his writer’s ego — fledged at Rolling Stone, with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson — pushes him to a lot of rhetorical hysteria. His one trick pony solution to our national dilemma is to resurrect railroads. This is one of his better entries. But I do not understand his outright bigotry towards the south — in his view, the land of NASCAR, redneck mouth breathers, Christian fundamentalist snake charmers, and gun toting inbreds straight out of Deliverance. An enlightened Northeast Yankee like Kuntsler should know better than to hate and villify half his countrymen. After all the Ivy League, urbane types principally from New England have governed us into this mess.

  2. I can’t disagree with you about Kunstler’s antipathy toward The South. Being half Southern I guess I could be offended but find that I’m not. I think he equates the South with NASCAR and wasting fuel. His comments about the South and the military are, I think, close to the mark. Kunstler has obviously read James Webb’s Born Fighting. http://www.amazon.com/Born-Fighting-Scots-Irish-Shaped-America/dp/0767916891/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278381085&sr=1-2

    It all may be moot if the South has to evacuate and move North, West and Northwest.

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