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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

James Howard Kunstler, Reactionary

When last we discussed Mr. Kunstler, he had had it up to here with immigration:

The New York Times editors seem to think that if they tell enough sob stories about illegal immigrants in their ongoing sentimental series “The Way North,” that the national debate will turn into a giant pity party and the nirvana of a human peaceable kingdom will come true, with no consequences — except for more interesting cuisine in states that formerly subsisted on Salisbury steak and pie.

The New York Times, like just about every other institution in the progressive orbit, has surrendered its collective brain to a morass of feelings, longings, and promptings that leads ever deeper into a wasteland of dishonesty. As a long-time registered Democrat who started voting in the year of Watergate, I resent being taken for a ride to the place where anything goes and nothing matters. And especially where nothing matters less than clear thinking and straight talk.

Jim was just getting warmed up.

He says the US has no interest in the Ukraine, and Russia does:

In both cases, Russia owed its survival to the vast expanse of flat geography represented by Ukraine where “General Winter” was able to carry out his own defensive operations of relentless howling wind, snow, sub-zero temperatures, and frostbite that eventually vanquished the invaders. Through most of modern times Ukraine has been under the explicit “protection” of the Russian Czars or has been an outright province under the former USSR. Hundreds of years before that, Kievan Rus was the center of an emerging Russian culture and kingdom that only later picked up and moved to Moscow.

You get the picture: Ukraine has a long association with Russia, a principal association, not always happy, sometimes tragic, but a fact of life and history that the US and its foolish stooges in the EU bureaucracy now wish to challenge for absolutely no good reason. Does anybody who is not whacked out of his/her head on crack, or focused like a laser beam on the gender schism within the Kardashian Klan, remember when the US ever challenged the Soviets over Ukraine? No. And for the excellent reason that we accepted the relationship for reasons stated above. So, whose idea is it now that we should start World War Three over this remote region where so many other reckless adventurers came to grief? And what, by the way, do our people mean by “defensive weapons?” Are not most modern weapons designed to work both ways? Anyway, I see the list includes “anti-armor missiles” (i.e. tank-killers) and “drones,” the latter presumably guided by comfortable American military gamers effortlessly targeting pixelated “bad guys” between Slurpee gulps and taco bites, not exactly American Sniper style.

Hates scale:

Those necessities include freeing a hostage public from the tyrannical clutches of corporate despotism — the evil empire of big boxes, big burgers, big pharma, Big Brother — and the atrocious rackets fostered by them that masquerade as an economy. The template of the life we have known is broken and the pieces within are flying apart, and no amount of wishing or promising can keep them going. If this society is even going to survive, the people have to smash their way out of this template prison, probably against the efforts of the people and organizations now running it merely for their own benefit.

The future is telling us very clearly: get smaller, get finer, get more local, get less complex, get less grandiose, do it now. Do you want to eat food in the years ahead? Better make sure you live in a part of the country where small-scale farming and backyard gardening is possible because the General Mills Agri-Biz GMO Cheerios model will be folding its big tent along with its financing agents in the debt Ponzi banking system.

Do you want to have a personal economic future? Think about what you can do to make yourself useful in a local economy made up of your neighbors. And if you live in one of the thousands of soulless, neighborless suburban wastelands that amount to nothing but big box and big burger plantations, you better get out and find a real town in some other part of the country.

He's as disgusted by Bruce Jenner as I am:

Bruce Jenner’s journey to transgender sainthood was interrupted Saturday on the road to Malibu, and with it perhaps the Kardashian Klan’s hopes and dreams for achieving supremacy of the known universe. All of America was twerking at the news because that is what we do and who we are now. The nation’s attention these blizzardy days would have otherwise gone straight from the Super-bowl halftime hallucination to the stupendous narcissistic grandiosity of the Grammy Awards. America becomes, day upon day, one gigantic act of “performance art” geared to shocking a bourgeoisie that has dwindled so deeply that, curiously, there may be absolutely nobody left to shock.

Of course the Kardashians are a mere metaphor for what has happened to this country, and Bruce Jenner is a metaphor for what has happened to American men. Maybe that’s why they persist in the spotlight. It is a well-known fact that motorists on a highway always slow down to see just what happened at the grisly scene of the accident. We can’t take our eyes off these freaks and geeks.

And again, sees no reason why Ukraine should be a casus belli with Russia:

It is heartening, finally, to see Europe attempt to creep away from the intrigues of our Klown Konfederacy at least in the current matter of Ukraine, that poor perpetually over-trodden land of potato-eaters lately torn asunder by America’s idiotic wish to wrest it away from Russia’s 1000-year sphere of influence. Merkel and Hollande stole over to Moscow last week to confab with Mr. Putin. They evidently omitted to inform the haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, Secretary of State John Kerry. Who would want that mule-faced ninny at the table? The Europeans are beginning to say some sane and arresting things, such as: Russia and Europe are part of the same civilization — note the implication that perhaps America is not so much in that club anymore. Perhaps it should be left twerking out on one of its fabulous lost highways until it is all twerked out.

Finally, calls for a return of classical masculine virtues:

One thing is clearing up: Europe does not want or need to start a war with Russia at America’s insistence. What America needs is a war with itself, a war against the lazy narcissism that has left it susceptible to armies of grifters and racketeers, because ordinary people were too busy twerking and jerking to pay any real attention to the systematic dismemberment of their culture. Waiting in the wings is a whole category of human endeavor quaintly known as virtue, lately absent in the collective consciousness. What a shock it would be if Americans began to witness acts of fortitude and valor among us.

Looking forward to Mr. Kunstler's continued contributions.

7 comments:

Toddy Cat said...

Pretty soon he'll be driving a muscle car and moving to the Suburbs. Welcome aboard, Jimmy!

Chris said...

Kunstler is frustrating because he's among the small group of obviously smart liberals that almost gets it. I was listening to an interview with JHK on the Strong towns podcast. (nice white guys from Minnesota, who understand how bad our infrastructure problem is) but Neither JHK or the host could admit the problem was excessive amount of r selected minorities. Incapable of maintaining the vast infrastructure that's been built.
I also find that his anti southern and anti religious secular Yankee parochialism off putting, it seriosly skews his ability to think cogently about things. For example his disdain for the tea party is unmerited and stupid, but because the tes party is religious, Southern and white they must be idiots

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Yes. Their trust in a high-tax welfare state is quite misguided. Commenting on some excerpts from Kunstler's books that he posted at his site, I mentioned that tribalism would surely make a comeback in a de-industrialized world. A few shocked exchanges with Kunstler's leftist fans, and I pointed out they had made their own bed by bringing the Old World tribal divisions to American soil. I'm optimistic it gave a few of them something to chew on.

Chris said...

Perhaps its JHK's secularism, or his old working class left sympathies, but he simply can't see that nearly everything he has a problem with about cities is a direct result of diversity. It simply does not compute for him that different people act in different ways. In a way its the same "only UMC liberal Americans are Real" attitude that's afflicted our foreign policy since at least 1989.

Peter Blood said...

The return of tribalism to American whites would mean trouble for James Jew Kunstler's tribe, for sure.

Kunstler says some good things. He also called rural and Southern Americans "Cornpone Nazis."

Toddy Cat said...

"rural and Southern Americans "Cornpone Nazis."

And of course, a lot of those Southern Evangelical "cornpone Nazis" are about the only friends Israel has left, so by all means, James, let's piss 'em off...

For intelligent people, no one can be stupider than Jews.

Dave said...

As someone who has read a couple of JHK's books and infrequently reads his blog, I do think he "gets it", but like most white liberals, can't bear to say it out loud.
Several years ago he mentioned "black misbehavior", his term, in reference to one of the many problems plaguing urban America.
He gets it, but probably won't ever let the cat completely out of the bag. Like most white liberals, he simply moved to a rural whitopia to plant carrots and corn in his back yard and pretend that all that urban ugliness is a figment of someone else's imagination.