Racketeering

"First They Came For The Statues..."

"...many citizens await Monday’s spectacle of a total solar eclipse in parts of the country. They apparently don’t realize that another eclipse has been underway for months: the total eclipse of reality across the entire landscape of the USA."

Half Of Detroit's Mayoral Candidates Are Felons

Half of the candidates running in next Tuesday’s mayoral primary – the first since the city emerged from Bankruptcy protection in 2014 - have felony convictions on their records.

'Narratives' Are Not 'Truths'

"The American polity is not thriving. It has been incrementally failing to meet its needs for quite a while now... It is drunk on the untruths it tells itself in the service of playing games to avoid meeting its real needs. Narratives are not truths."

Kunstler Fears "Violent Revolt" As "Soft Coup" Against Trump Looms

"The whole nauseating spectacle will be attended by violent popular revolt of region against region and tribe against tribe in a great civil explosion of long-suppressed angst...Too many nasty forces are vectoring in on the scene to overthrow the dream state America has been languishing in."

Why Has The Thinking Class Of America Abandoned Thinking?

The abiding enigma of this tormented era remains: why has the thinking class of America abandoned thinking? The answer is: it’s the reaction to their own failure. Failure to do what? To produce the utopia that Gnostic liberalism promised - a perfect world based on altering human nature.

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A smart device in a home called the police during a domestic violence incident.

It appears to have been a reaction by the device to the abuser yelling at his girlfriend, “Did you call the sheriffs?” The device heard “Call the sheriffs,” and did so.

Kunstler Exposes The "Financial Ass-Rape" Of American Healthcare

If you seek to know why this country is in so much trouble, check out the lead reports about the health care reform bill in today’s New York Times, WashPo, and CNN. You will find there is no intelligible discussion in any of them as to what’s actually ailing US health care. All you get is play-by-play commentary about which political tag-team is “winning,” as if this were a pro wrestling match...

One Man's Reality Check From "A Corner Of Flyover Red America"

"I live in a corner of Flyover Red America where you can easily read these conditions on the landscape - the vacant Main Streets, especially after dark, the houses uncared for and decrepitating year by year, the derelict farms with barns falling down, harvesters rusting in the rain, and pastures overgrown with sumacs, the parasitical national chain stores like tumors at the edge of every town."

The Big Contraction - An Interview With James Howard Kunstler

"We’ve been sowing the seeds for our predicament since the end of World War II. You might even call this process “The Victory Disease.” In practical terms it represents sets of poor decisions with accelerating bad consequences..."

American Healthcare - A Racket Of Rackets

"If you thought banking in our time was a miserable racket - which it is, of course, and by 'racket' I mean a criminal enterprise - then so-called health care has it beat by a country mile, with an added layer of sadism and cruelty built into its operations."