Racketeering

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."

Americans Refuge In "Matrix Of Rackets" Is Failing

What remains of the accustomed standard of living in America is supported by wishing and fakery and all that is now coming to a climax as we steam full speed ahead into Murphy’s law: if something can go wrong, it will.

The Four Corners Of American Politics

It is clear by now that we have four corners of American politics these days: the utterly lost and delusional Democratic party; the feckless Republicans; the permanent Deep State of bureaucratic foot-soldiers and errand boys; and Trump, with his promise to bigly re-greatify this suffering land.

The Ugly Truth About Medicine In America

"The ugly truth, readers, is that medicine in the USA is a hostage racket. They have you in a tight spot at a weak moment and they extract maximum payment to allow you to get on with your life, with no meaningful correlation to services rendered - just whatever they could get. Until these racketeers are compelled under law to post their prices openly and transparently, no amount of tweaking the role of insurers or government policy will make any difference."

Protest Is Increasingly Becoming Criminalized In America

The historical space available for Americans to engage in public protest has been declining for many years during the Obama administration. Unfortunately, it appears this trend is about to get a lot worse following the DAPL protests and increased activism we’ve seen since Trump’s election.

"The Center Didn't Hold"

The campus Left and the Trump Right have escaped the categorical corrals they formerly occupied. And they may have left their customary official parties stranded and dying too. It may be fatuous to say whether that is a good or bad thing; it just is, for the moment. They are two halves of a polity so broken and so far apart that it is also hard to see how they might ever come back together into a consensus about how a society might operate successfully.