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America's "To Do" List

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Submitted by James H. Kunstler via,

History is moving the furniture around in the house of mankind just about everywhere but the USA. Things have changed, except here, where people come and go through the rooms of state, and everything looks shabbier by the day, and lethargy eats away at the upholstery like an acid fog, and the walls reverberate with meaningless oratory. The USA is going nowhere because it doesn’t like the new place where history wants to take it.

That is, first of all, a place of far less influence on everybody else, in a new era of desperate struggle to remain modern. That fading modern world is the house that America built, the great post World War Two McMansion stuffed with dubious luxuries in a Las Vegas of the collective mind. History’s bank has foreclosed on it and all the nations and people of the world have been told to make new arrangements for daily life. The USA wants everybody to stay put and act as if nothing has changed.

Therefore, change will be forced on the USA. It will take the form of things breaking and not getting fixed. Unfortunately, America furnished its part of the house with stapled-together crap designed to look better than it really was. We like to keep the blinds drawn now so as not to see it all coming apart. Barack Obama comes and goes like a pliable butler, doing little more than carrying trays of policy that will be consumed like stale tea cakes — while the wallpaper curls, and the boilers fail down in the basement, and veneers delaminate, and little animals scuttle ominously around in the attic.

Everybody I know is distressed by this toxic languor, this sense of being stuck waiting in a place they want desperately to move on from — like the prison of elder-care where so many find themselves hostage to the futility of staving off a certain ending, while all the family resources drain into various bureaucratic black holes. Do we care that the generations to come will have nothing left, nothing at all?

This Memorial Day the usual pieties are noticeably muted. Few politicians dare to utter sanctimonies about our brave soldiers maimed on far-flung battlefields, when so many of them are stuck waiting alone in dark rooms with only their wounds and phantom limbs for company. If regular civilian medicine is a cruel, hopeless, quasi-criminal racket, imagine what medicine for army veterans must be like — all that plus an overlay of profound government ineptitude and institutionalized ass-covering

Even the idle chatter about American Dreaming has faded out lately, because too much has happened to families and individuals to demonstrate that people need more than dreams and wishes to make things happen. It’s kind of a relief to not have to listen to those inane exhortations anymore, especially the idiotic shrieking that “We’re number one!”

Others have got our number now. They are going their own way whether we like it or not. The Russians and the Chinese. The voters in Europe. The moiling masses of Arabia and its outlands. The generals in Thailand. Too bad the people of Main Street USA don’t want to do anything but sit on their hands waiting for the rafters to tumble down. My guess is that nothing will bestir us until we wake up one morning surrounded by rubble and dust. By then, America will be a salvage operation.

There’s a long and comprehensive To-Do list that has been waiting for us since at least 2008, when the nation received one forceful blow upside its thick head. We refuse to pay attention.

First item on the list: restructure the banks.


Other items: reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act; disassemble the ridiculous “security” edifice under the NSA; upgrade the US electric grid; close down most of our military bases overseas (and some of our bases in the USA); draw up a constitutional amendment re-defining the alleged “personhood” of corporations; fix the passenger railroad system to prepare for the end of Happy Motoring; rebuild Main Street commerce to prepare for the death of WalMart and things like it; outlaw GMO foods and promote local food production; shut down casino gambling.

That’s just my list. What’s yours? And when will you step out of this rotting house into the sunshine?


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Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:23 | 4796440 Jumbotron
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That's a good start for sure.

I would add 20 years to Life with a minimum of 20 years with a lifetime ban on holding a job in banking, finances, hedge funds or political power once released if still alive at the end of the 20 years for EVERY head of the top 20 banks in the country.

Plus strip them and their families of ALL assets.

There....that's my addition.

Oh...yeah...right, forgot.  Burn down the Fed and kill any politician who wants to reestablish it.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:44 | 4796481 Peter Pan
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No need to hang or ban anyone. Juust close down the FED. It's been the one financing the lunacy we have endured thus far.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:06 | 4796527 Big Slick
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Some of Kuntlser’s past messages ring true.  But lately he sounds like a 60,000 foot idealist, reigning down academic-type wisdom from some cabin far away.  In a past Martenson interview he admits twice voting for Obama.  Only once those like Kuntsler admit that they have been part of the lead-up to this problem, will we begin to consider their solutions. 

Harsh criticism?   Perhaps.  I’m just tired of reading this alarmist stuff on ZeroHedge for the past three years. 

My point of view is that there is nothing we can do systemically to improve the situation.  Advice like ‘restructuring the banks’ will ONLY be helpful (& feasible) after a crisis. 

My To-Do list is of things I can do personally to prepare for the crisis.  Even more importantly, I live life accounting for a crisis either occurring… OR NOT:


  • Focus on my family and close relationships
  • Buy PM (being comfortable with a level for a crisis or no crisis – i.e. no more than 20% total)
  • Resilience and self-sufficiency
  • Lead, and a way to propel it
  • Investing in a way that will not seem silly if it takes 40 years for the bottom fall to out
  • Investing in a way that will not seem silly if the bottom falls out 40 minutes from now


(Down-arrow me or agree with me.  I don't care.)


Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:42 | 4796639 macholatte
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1. Reinstate the rule of law and ENFORCE the laws on the books.

2. Break up the too big to fails.

3. Jail the too big to jails.

4. Break-up MSM


Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:11 | 4796719 Big Slick
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My boss told me something that is beginning to resonate with me:

"Macro-economists have correctly predicted 9 out of the past 3 economic crises."

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 23:46 | 4797417 zhandax
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Slick, you 'ol can kicker, you, nothing but collapse will fix any of this shit.  And until that happens, there can still be mo highs.  Lots of luck picking up those pennies from the track.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 18:30 | 4799880 Abbie Normal
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Noah only had to be right once.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 05:17 | 4801136 zhandax
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He had something a bit more reliable than statistics

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:35 | 4796659 Dick Buttkiss
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Like most critics of the status quo, Kunstler can't acknowledge the elephant in the living room, i.e., he can't acknowledge that the problem is the statist quo and that everything short of this is simply rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic:

Oh, and his endless rant about "techno-narcissism" is just Luddism wrapped in the nostalgia of "Happy Days."

There ain't no going back, Jim.  Down, yes, but not back.  At least if there is to be any hope for our species.

Sure, consumerism is dead, but consumerism is entirely a function of maintaining "aggregate demand" at all cost — i.e., of the Keynesianism that is but statism in its modern form.  So to bury consumerism, you've got to bury statism.  And to bury statism, you've got to embrace the emancipating power of technology: 

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 20:55 | 4796976 CrabNuggetOne
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Survival of our species will not rely on the US. Not everyone is the same as you (Americans). Not all states are the same either. The world will not end with your (US Gov) downfall. The good people of the US will have as bright a future as anyone on the planet once the world is free of the terrorism bought and paid for with reserve currency US dollars. Bring it on!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:11 | 4797221 Dick Buttkiss
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Excuse me, but where did I say anything about our species relying on the US? All I'm saying is that our species cannot rely on the state, period, and, on the contrary, must get beyond it if we are to survive and prosper. And while all states are ultimatey the same in that they are inherently predatory and parasitic — — I'm the first to say that the American state is preeminently so and thus should be the first to go, setting off a "devolution revolution" — — that, aided and abetted by technology, will free humanity to realize its all but limitless potential.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:04 | 4796702 aVileRat
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No, I think you have nailed it when you echo the general bear fatigue. That is common, but one must know when to actually go "bear" and when to just accept or know "going through the motions".

Kuntsler however has been veering deep into fundamentalist territory in the past year, because like all infotainment industries the radical must constantly push the envelope to keep his "edge", be it Lady Gaga or Taleb.


As a more rational editorial:

Restructuring the banks: Super, as Ben Englund would say "Spoon". What does restructuring the banks mean? Glass era banking while it limited securitization of wholesale banking products, the risk walls did jack fuck all to control the bubbles in tech (1987), S&L, retail speculation promotes or due diligence blockers (Enron, Tyco etc etc). Throwing in 1 more layer of regulation will likely do nothing but encourage more dark/OTC trading than what we see today. One thing to ask a financial illiterate crying for more "Glass Stegall", did Glass do anything to notify regulators on SIV or black pool laundering ? Did it do anything to prevent Iran/Iraq from oil laundering ? IF it did not work then, what makes you think it will work now?

US electric grid upgrades: Yes, an excellent idea and one I have been bitching about since armchair gas traders started crying about "gas shortages" this winter. To upgrade the grid would mean governance would have to return to the big utility companies. Who wants to be the first activist to take on a grid-co who has never invested greater than 10% EBIT for the last 30 years. Who wants to be the first buyside to tell the major grid players they have to deleverage and grow like a real company again. Want to take a wild bet which groups will lobby ISS against this ? Hint: Which sector and demographics love their 5% YTD coupons on nothing ? What will happen to that leverage and retail/pension yield should the USA go back into "hardware mode". Want to take a stab at how many are reliant on TEPCO or TRP yield for their middle/twilight consumer discretionary income ?

NSA and Big "R" recon. spending: NSA is actually a really small part of grey and white budget spending. That's all found in the public roll, so nothing groundbreaking in saying cutting out the overseas or mainbody intelligence agencies would be a drop in the bucket (less than 10 billion).

Cutting overseas bases: Sounds like a great idea on paper, but one small problem. GI Bill and Discharge education is the single largest trade/craft apprentice program in the US. GI VA benifits also make a major core of the US savings and wealth pool right now amid at risk demograhics. So you want to cut the army and base footprint ? Great: Just don't start crying when US contractors or trade bureau's suddenly feel a need to hire foreign contractors to maintain footprint defense from foreign backed kidnapping jobs back-end run by Triad/Cartels. Also, many foreign governments rely on piggybacking on US infrastructure/logistics support. Kill the base or base deployments ? Great, just don't feel buthurt when guys like Honeywell or GE decide to kill their Veterans Hiring programs or straight up nuke 30% of the overseas workforce. due to loss in support contracts with regional IT departments/logistics hubs.

Personhood of corporations: Anyone who brings this up should quickly speak to a lawyer, and then get their head around why the Corporation and limited liability was a hallmark for developing Risk-capital vs. full-liablity partnerships. Now take a quick google on what Corporate shells do for pensions and endowment trusts. Now do a google dive on what the corporation has done for regional education ventures (I'm not talking about EdEX, think Stanford or State University foundations). Beware of unintended consequences and the inequality that will evolve if you start to tug at well crafted threads.

Passenger rail systems: Already tried that in the 1970's. Want to do some google ? AmTrac, like US fiberoptic and the space program is very cash intensive and I doubt without jacking rates (and killing quality; like the Airlines) the retail level rail system will ever be feasable. Either quality will need to nosedive to Chinese level risk tolerances (at horrible R&D ratios, sucking capital from everywhere else in the economy for a pork project) or the US needs to rationalize their logistics footprint further beyond Amazon. Sadly, this will require accelerated retooling out of a "retail led" economy, which we are already witnessing.

Main street commerce: In 100 words or less explain to me how service quality, asset productivity or product depth will improve if we go back to 100 independent hardware stores per-state ? Co-Operatives and Trade Trusts do not count. Hint: the issue is not that folksy Mom & Pop are superior to Walmart/Target/Amazon, nor would their ability to service you improve significantly; TRADE CREDIT and the ability to sell at an AFFORDABLE LEVEL TO YOUR POPULATION, is what matters. Mom & Pop are needed elsewhere, ie: being productive engineers vs. Kiosk deadbeats.

Casino Gambling: Only an idiot would forget what happens to manipulated human conditions. I find it funny that a blogosphere that laments on the footprint spent on police state (Army bases, military intel footprint) in the same statement also wants to further ban vices. Do they forget the drug wars ? The roaring success of Prohibition ? chemical/retail product laundering & counterfiting ?

GMO foods: What is a GMO. Is Hard Kernel grains a GMO ? Is Jersey Cattle a GMO ? How about Sugarcane-5 ? No? GMO's are as old as Prostitutes. Killing the GMO would mean everyone in the world gets to shop at Whole Foods & Trader Jokes. One has premium crops which see a cost of produce 30% higher than a GMO, plus a 80% margin; add another 10% to the markup price when everyone is scrambling for a 4g tomato. Trader Joes ? Everyone else gets 3-day to rot food at 33% markup. And they think that's a real good deal, until they realize half of their food rots in the fridge after 1 week. I'm certain that level of regressive biotechnology will do wonders for human stability and population centers.


1. Bears are correct, the system is rapidly outgrowing the 1800's structural engineering it was built upon.

2. Half of what your average retail blog talks about is either mining your nostalga vein or feeding you half-baked solutions which wither under some quick google-fu or a halfbeat of common sense as to what the "solution" would reflex back onto society. And using that insight, what should be done to proactively fix the situation vs. tearing down the working programs ?

3. Everyone gets it, the world is fucked up: Bears need to start suggesting fixes vs. simple speculations as to "when" the programs will start to fail in an epic resonsance cascade.

4. Tyler gets it, which is why the site stands out for it's suggestive collection and education posts compared to the usual gamut of doom & glooms; and that's why many read it, to think differently about potential solutions.

5. Start thinking about what is NEXT ? How and what is making true value in this world of resource rent seeking (Hi2U Russia) and how can we "graft" that corporate DNA into the rest of the busted economy ? Let's assume this system is going to hard reset soon: How can the next generation HOPE to get it more right than the 1700-1800 builders developed it ?That would be an excellent series of discussions on ZH vs the usual ZOG 2-liners.

That took way longer to write than I intended. I'll shut up now.




Tue, 05/27/2014 - 00:00 | 4797439 zhandax
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A well considered and elucidated reply.  However, in response your evaluation of Glass Stegal, at least it prevented a nominal fifteen-digit derivative pile from accumulating.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:02 | 4796998 twinsdad
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Want change?
First we do away with the political donation system we have today and put in something else in it's place. Political contributions are done away with, and therefore politicians aren't "bought" by any group, public or private. Each person makes a one dollar donation on the 1040 form. 300 million folks, $300 million to campaign with, all evenly divided up to each qualified candidate and issue. The PBS is the only source for any form of "commercial" for any issue or candidate. Same with the states, 14 million in the state, 14 million collected for state issues. Again, only PBS runs adds, all fact checked and approved by unbiased folks for truth. No Unions, no Koch Bros., No Soros, nothing but public service adds on PBS, and the taxpayers have zero control of the funds. The voting public only pays one buck a head, no special interests of any kind can run a single add of any kind. Debates, run by and on PBS, using PBS folks, no other broadcasts of any kind.
14 hours ago

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:09 | 4798391 twinsdad
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Want change?
First we do away with the political donation system we have today and put in something else in it's place. Political contributions are done away with, and therefore politicians aren't "bought" by any group, public or private. Each person makes a one dollar donation on the 1040 form. 300 million folks, $300 million to campaign with, all evenly divided up to each qualified candidate and issue. The PBS is the only source for any form of "commercial" for any issue or candidate. Same with the states, 14 million in the state, 14 million collected for state issues. Again, only PBS runs adds, all fact checked and approved by unbiased folks for truth. No Unions, no Koch Bros., No Soros, nothing but public service adds on PBS, and the taxpayers have zero control of the funds. The voting public only pays one buck a head, no special interests of any kind can run a single add of any kind. Debates, run by and on PBS, using PBS folks, no other broadcasts of any kind.
14 hours ago

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:03 | 4796537 max2205
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Replace the free shit army with pay for your shit with your own money gang

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:11 | 4796564 Jumbotron
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The free shit army was established because of Federal Reserve manipulation and Ponzi Scheme banking and the whores of Washington D.C. (a.k.a. the politicians who write the laws for the Ponzi bankers and whom established the Fed in 1913)

Burn down the Fed and execute/jail the bankers and the free shit army disbands for the most part.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:26 | 4796596 James_Cole
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Everyone will soon become part of the permanent free shit army...

Depending on where you are on this list might want to ease up on tossing folks:

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:17 | 4798868 chrissjg
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Although the FED is a problem, we need to get rid of ALL central banks wordlwide

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:17 | 4798869 chrissjg
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Although the FED is a problem, we need to get rid of ALL central banks wordlwide

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 13:09 | 4798847 markpower49
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This list is a typical leftist suthoritarian dope's ideas.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:22 | 4796446 Stackers
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Institute congressional term limits, repeal the 16th and 17th ammendments, allow people to opt out of Social security and medicare.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:08 | 4796557 kill switch
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The16 th amendment was nerver ratified......


On January 10, 2008, the Federal District Court in Chicago issued a permanent injunction against Bill Benson on the grounds that by offering information demonstrating that the 16th Amendment was not legally ratified, he was promoting an abusive tax shelter. The Court then refused to look at the government-certified documentary evidence, deciding instead that the facts necessary to prove his statements true were "irrelevant."

What has America come to when the government we created to protect our rights can accuse us of lying and then prohibit us from presenting a defense in a court of law?

. . .


Watch the Benson Video

The Premise

The federal government rests its authority to collect income tax on the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—the federal income tax amendment—which was allegedly ratified in 1913.

"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

—The 16th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

After an extensive year-long nationwide research project, William J. Benson discovered that the 16th Amendment was not ratified by the requisite three-fourths of the states and that nevertheless Secretary of State Philander Knox had fraudulently declared ratification.

It was a shocking revelation; it reached deep to the core of our American system of government.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:05 | 4797006 TBT or not TBT
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Yeah, and the ACA bill, a revenue bill originated entirely in the Senate, which is unconstitutional. Very clearly so. Their dodge? The number of the bill was created in the House. Just the number. The senate changed the title, text, and every bit of meta data about it into something entirely different than the original bill, except just the number. They amended it, see, so that was constitutional.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:23 | 4796451 Lumberjack
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We paid attention, they didn't listen.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:25 | 4796453 CrashisOptimistic
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He's done better articles.  This one is worthless.

Those are all hand waving projects.  The only real project is destroy competing oil consumption around the world.  

Nothing else will work.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:32 | 4796463 Peter Pan
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Why so? Or are you of the view that the changes we have seen have been for the better?

An awakening will come and it will be rude unless we embrace it.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:54 | 4796501 CrashisOptimistic
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Embrace what?  Starvation from oil scarcity?  We import 8 million bpd and the shale sources will rollover soon.  

Who is going to forgo their imports to let us have 8, and 9, and 10 and more?  This ain't 2005 anymore.  China gulps oil at about 2X their gulp then.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:33 | 4796464 shovelhead
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Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:27 | 4796457 Peter Pan
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The problem is that America just can't seem to make a start. In fact it is living that adage of doing something something over and over again in the hope that things will change......which we all know is stupid.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:30 | 4796461 Wilcox1
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Yeah, this fella is right.  Stapled together houses that don't last 15 years.  We're #1 alright, and world class too.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:36 | 4796469 Peter Pan
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Which means you end up homeless even when you have a home,

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:35 | 4796466 Spastica Rex
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Not much I can find to disagree with, there.

I'll add: Eliminate the Federal Department of Education.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:41 | 4796474 Peter Pan
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Eliminate the Federal Department of Eucation?
Are you joking?
How will indoctrination of the younger generation take place?

If you really want to fix America just eliminate government for three years and let free commerce and free people re-establish the normal pattern of society as only they know how to flush the system of its crap and those that produce it.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:44 | 4796480 fonzannoon
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he meant this is the list for after the beheadings?

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 20:06 | 4796846 Landrew
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So are you saying ignorant people are the answer? De-funding education is your answer? Some are able to home school most are not. Allow states to turn education into a for profit madness like the prison systems have become?More education is what is needed not less.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:37 | 4796472 ABG LINE
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The USD backed by PM's.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:40 | 4796473 Sudden Debt
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It's like a company.

They start small and are flexible, hardworking and make a good amount of money.
They get ambitious and become bigger, and still a lot of the people who where there from the beginning are working there and keep up the pace.

30 to 40 years later... al the hardworking and flexible once are replaced by high degree suits who aren't flexible and who only talk the talk. And the company need twice as many people just to do the same amount of work.

another 30 to 40 years and you've got high degree suits who hire high degree suits who boss around high degree suits who order around twice as many workers to do the same amount of work. there's no real motivation in the company left and they have a fancy marketing crede made up by some suit at a coctail party that says they're all gods.

another 10 years and suddenly they have to fire some people. the suits protect themselves and fire the workers. suddenly, the suits have to do the work themselves... and the company goes bankrupt or is taken over by somebody who thinks it's a good deal and has a lot of "history" while history is only the memory of the first employees who nobody remembers by name.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:55 | 4796506 jusman
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I lived what you described...a few times.  Built a business for a multi-national TWICE...and the MBA suits destroyed it both times.  More important to fill reports and marketing plans than to actually satisfy customers and achieve the plans! I was very passionate about work.  Less so now, 8 years (I hope) from retirement and counting...


Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:07 | 4796551 PeeramidIdeologies
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You guys are spot on. People who have no idea what they are doing telling people, who know what they are doing, what to do, is the biggest failure of humanity. It starts at the bottom, literally, as I have explained below....

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:42 | 4796631 Sudden Debt
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The suits come in when the company doesn't know how to motivate people anymore and the guess they'll be safe by attrackting the highest degrees.

In my experience, it's the people who learn the job on the spot and who need to proof themselves and can't hide behind papers who make the difference.

But bog companies are affraid and selection officed and recruiters know shit about human resources and always go for the papers.

I remember when I went to those selection offices and there was a kid of 24 years screening me... I was a senior marketing manager and after checking his resume on linked in he was a assistent for 6 months and than he went to work for that headhunter.... 6 months... I'd never hire him in my team, that's for sure.
And than I'd explain what my work was and he just didn't understand it... at all...
Than he asked me if he could call former employers, my answer: no you can't. I didn't wanted anybody to know I was looking for a new job.
So he didn't know what to say anymore. Than he said: yeah... that's normally our strongest selling argument.... selling... strongest argument....
They have no clue or idea how to screen people... at all....
The company was Hays if I remember well.

I had the papers and the experience to get it all so I got a appointment.
So I went to that employer and he was asking the standard question so I asked him: what is there in a person you are looking for and what's you caracter.
That man was looking like a goldfish to me and he asked me why I asked that question.
So I told him, I'll only work for a boss I like and have respect for.
The HR director was sitting next to him and she said: How rude!
So I stood up... and told him: good luck. And I went off.

Employers are clueless these days. They surf the internet for tips on screening people and they all get the same answers. position, posture, eyes.. blablabla. Never gut feeling. And that's all that matters.
Me? I screen people in 2 minutes.
First I talk and I look how they listen.
Than I stop talking and I look at how they keep the conversation alive.
If you fail at 2, you don't get it.
For the job? I can teach them everything and people who can talk and ask questions can learn everything.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:32 | 4796763 PeeramidIdeologies
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See that makes sense due to the fact that you are tuned to look for someone who is confident and knowledgeable in the field in which they are applying. Those sixth sense perceptions you speak of will present themselves naturally to anyone who is accustom to receiving them, but again you highlight an issue of someone interviewing another for a position they may not fully understand, and therefor are unqualified themselves. The paper system we've created is not logical except for maybe a few who are intellectually inclined.

One of my favourite sayings apply's here; it's not how smart you are, it's how you are smart.

When I have had job interviews in the past I like to prepare by considering the type of position I will applying for, what will my responsibilities be, what kind of knowledge I have that will pertain to the job. And relax. The situation you have explained will often play out. The interviewer will lead the interview and eventually hand the conversation over to the interviewee to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge of the posting.
It is also key to remember that if you have reached that stage of the process, you are the one in demand, you have the power because you have the skills they are looking for. The employer is looking for someone just like you!

The part that pisses me off is that I see so many little things that could be done to make the world a better place and yet we have these idiots that have all the money, squabbling over this money that could be put to projects that would eventually enrich them anyways.
I could literally slap a motherfucker sometimes...

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 20:12 | 4796867 Landrew
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I would love to work for you! With you as my boss, we could build an empire.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:13 | 4797224 PeeramidIdeologies
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Your weird.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:43 | 4796478 Tinky
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All good ideas, but first, man the pitchforks!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:51 | 4796484 ebworthen
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I like your list.

I'd add a military coup ousting every single person in all branches (Executive, Legislative, Judicial) with a six month waiting period for new elections with the proviso that any member of government or industry violating the Constitution or breaking the law will be shot within one month of the offense - 7 person firing squad (one gets a blank).

Part of the coup would necessarily be the end of the Federal Reserve and the hanging of the bailout cronies.

Too late for anything politically, legislatively, or judicially to actually happen.

More than likely a slow sunset of the empire like:  Britain, France, and Rome.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 17:52 | 4796495 GooseShtepping Moron
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Other items:

1. Eliminate the MBA degree and dissolve the notion that "management" is function unto itself which can be converted from place to place and from business to business without local experience.

2. Shut down social media. Indefinitely suspend the business operations of Facebook and Twitter.

3. Dismantle telecom companies and convert the internet into a public utility.

4. Close the border, police it, begin deporting illegal aliens and cease accepting legal immigrants.

5. Absolutely repeal Obamacare.

6. Undermine the accreditation model of education. Replace all requirements for a license to teach, practice law, or practice medicine by a simple board examination which may be taken by anybody.

7. Institute a flat tax on consumption. Eliminate property taxes for those with less than $1 million in net worth.

8. Eliminate the direct democratic vote for POTUS. Have the supreme executive elected by electors democratically elected from each state (for now).

9. Pass a federal balanced budget amendment with teeth.

10. Uphold European civilization, the white race, and traditional moral values as things worthy to be emulated and preserved.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:29 | 4796604 Dull Care
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I agree with some of that. Here's mine.


1. End Public Education.

2. Only working males above the age of 35 have the right to vote.

3. Make income and property taxes unconstitutional on all levels. 

4. Eliminate all vestiges of the welfare state. No more SNAP, no more subsidizing bad behavior. Instill personal responsibility.

5. End no-fault divorce.


Do all that and society could potentially turn around for the better.


Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:06 | 4796512 MickV
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Kuntsler also ignores the biggest Constitutional disaster ever (the one that ended the "United States"). As a non Conspiracy theorist he feels he must ignore the Usurpation of the Presidency by an illegal non natural born Citizen (born British of a British subject father).

Barack Obama, domestic enemy of the United States, was put in place to oversee the destruction of the US by Cloward Piven strategy. When there is no legal executor of the laws then there is no law, and the law is only what evil men say it is--- it is staring him right in the face, yet his cognative dissonance won't let his mind accept the enormity of what has happened.

The first step is removing the Usurper, then hanging the treasoners in Congress that allowed him there. Anything else is a waste of time.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:19 | 4796579 kill switch
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He wouldn't give Mike Ruppert a dedication on his website because he doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories..about 9/11 which Mike Ruppert has many foot notes and his book Crossing the Rubicon... And also Webster G Tarpley in his book 911 Synthetic Terrorism made in the U.S.A.


This guy doesn’t want to be 7000 miles from what he considers tin foil hats...oh the shame of it...he is an elitist in his little conclave in the liberal upstate NY...Fuck him...

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:24 | 4796591 BeetleBailey
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Correct. A good, motherfucking march on DC, replete with axes, guns, knives and people angry enough to beat the ever loving SHIT out of every fucking DC politician there.

Fuckbama first. This fuck needs to be exposed for the fucking fraud that he is.

Then slapped around and pissed on.

Personally, I'd like to see numerous cuntrags and ass lickers on the Hill get the shit beat out of them. Live. On Tee Vee. Steel cage matches. Fat lips. Black eyes.

The fucks.

Then...burn K Street down to the GROUND.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:39 | 4796633 The Blank Stare
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Don't forget about the bunkers.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:52 | 4797153 Eahudimac
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I would like to see DC correspondents in a cage death match with senators. 

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:38 | 4797286 garcam123
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Boy They're lettin the know bothing kooks run wild here today!

All of you over-simplified kooks have no idea what it takes to operate a country.

I smell that this bunch doesn't like Blacks or poor people and that is what this country is full of.

I expect you responses will be to use your second amendment rights to "clear them out"


Stupid runs deep here, by the way!

Fuckin idiots!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:42 | 4797292 garcam123
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Boy They're lettin the know nothing kooks run wild here today!

All of you over-simplified kooks have no idea what it takes to operate a country.

I smell that this bunch doesn't like Blacks or poor people and that is what this country is full of.

I expect you responses will be to use your second amendment rights to "clear them out"


Stupid runs deep here, by the way!

Fuckin idiots!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:01 | 4796529 I Write Code
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You said:

Everybody I know is distressed by this toxic languor.

You mean, "Wound my heart with a monotonous languor"?  Where have we heard that before?

Yah.  Well, the first thing we-all did in 2008 was elect Obambus the Magnificent.  And the main thing we've done since then is live with it.

The problem is we weren't really given much choice.  Guess we're going to have to make our own choice, or else just sit here toxically langouring until the ten tons falls on our heads.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:01 | 4796530 Dull Care
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Shut down casino gambling? Go fuck yourself Kunstler. Some of us actually work in these industries.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:16 | 4796578 Jumbotron
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If you work in casino gambling you deserve to lose your job.

You are part of either :

A:  A mob backed industry

B:  A government backed industry

Both the same thing....both rigged to steal people's money.

You steal other people's money.....even if they understand they are giving it away....then you deserve to lose your job as well.

So...with all due respect....why don't YOU go fuck yourself ?

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:33 | 4796614 Dull Care
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Utter bullshi Jumbotront. You're telling consenting adults what to do with their money. The odds are well known and obviously in favor of the house, nobody is forcing players to come to our establishments. If you're stupid enough to gamble more than you can afford to lose then that's your problem.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:47 | 4796646 The Blank Stare
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I once walked into a casino in Windsor, a little intoxicated, looked around, then yelled (in my best James Douglas Morrison voice)




One of my best memories

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 23:52 | 4797424 MountainsRoam
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Surprising so many folks are on the ban shit bandwagon?? That is one of the biggest problems with this country, to much shit is banned haha

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:05 | 4796531 Duc888
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To do:


Lay off 95% of government workers.  Shut down Dept of Ed, Energy, HUD, Dept of transportation.  Fire everyone in the Dept of Offense and start a Dept of Defense which would be about 70% smaller than the current Dept of Offense.  State Reps must live in their home territory 11 months out of the year, same with Congress.

No income tax, roll out a user tax.  Let the gas tax go to funding repair of infrastructure instead of being plopped into the general slush fund.  Fund the country on Import tariffs, same as we did 150 years ago.   Max campaign funding is $50 per person, ZERO dollars per corp or organization.  Corporations have no 'rights".   None.    All board members on all corps will be held personally liable for the actions of the corporations.


It's a start....


Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:02 | 4796533 PeeramidIdeologies
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Although it may seem to be an insurmountable task, things are never as difficult as they appear once you begin taking small steps in the desired direction. The problems have been identified, and there are a multitude of possible solutions. There isn't a person above the age of an eligible voter that wouldn't want to see some meaningful change in their environment, which in itself is a massive amount of possible capital. All the ingredients are present except the right leadership.

The problem with today's leadership is the over bearing level of control. The only thing these politicians and business leaders need to do is step aside and allow this organism known as humanity to adapt and provide for it's self. This will work. I know this because I meet extremely smart, motivated people everyday that are investing time and intellectual capital into their own little corner of the world as we speak. They understand their situation and the situation of their situation, but they are unable to make the necessary adjustments because the person above them is controlled by the person above them, who is controlled by the person above them, whom has no comprehension off the minute details that can make or break a process.

Which brings us to the verity of; A firm foundation on the bottom, creates a stable position at the top

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:26 | 4796580 I Write Code
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Restructure the banks (yes), reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act (yes); disassemble the ridiculous “security” edifice under the NSA (no); upgrade the US electric grid (yes, against EMP); close down most of our military bases overseas (and some of our bases in the USA) (no - if anything, increase domestic national guard bases); draw up a constitutional amendment re-defining the alleged “personhood” of corporations (gibberish); fix the passenger railroad system to prepare for the end of Happy Motoring (no - in urban areas short range electric cars and computerization is a much better solution); rebuild Main Street commerce to prepare for the death of WalMart and things like it (I dunno, you want to close down Amazon?); outlaw GMO foods (no) and promote local food production (yes); shut down casino gambling (shut down my losses only).

"Restructure banks" needs to include "turn a thousand leading banksters into dogfood".

Put major effort into thorium reactors and desalination plants.

Repeal Obamacare but make some *real* inroads on the problems of care cost and quality.

Gots to do something about income distribution and the 0.01%, though I'm danged if I have any easy solutions as to exactly what.

Bring back 10,000,000 manufacturing jobs from China, at whatever it costs.

Bring back ice cream in real half-gallons!

Oh yes - rein in the Supreme Court, automatic retirement at age 72, no ability to overturn laws passed by Congress or else the House can override any SCOTUS decision, video all proceedings and publish with the decisions if not before.

Outlaw all terms of secrecy in patent cases and arguably in all cases adjudicated by the state.

New federal mandate that clothing stores must stock men's pants cut to shorter inseams - current standard of 29 is too long, I'd go 27 or 26.

Make American Idol and all other "reality" shows publish the raw vote numbers at the end of the season - as I believe they already largely do in Europe.

... and many other equally critical items

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:41 | 4796620 q99x2
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Suprise, America is gone M'Fers. I'm not sure which district we are living in now.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 18:38 | 4796626 BeetleBailey
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I will trust the U.S. government more...a little more.... when:

1) they totally repeal the "Patriot Act" and NDAA and Agenda 21.
2) they place significant tariffs on non- strategic imports to encourage manufacturing growth in the U.S.
3) they reverse course within the EPA and focus their effort on permitting an "all of the above" energy strategy to attain and maintain U.S. energy self sufficiency
4) they defund DHS, NSA, BLM and TSA
5) they arrest the entire Wall Street crowd responsible for the 2008 - 2013 meltdown
6) they arrest and prosecute every "Special Trade Representative" since 1990
7) politicians no longer lie about their political orientation to get elected and rigging elections
8) they stop promoting racial division and focus on promoting unity of American citizens
9) when they respect private property rights
10) when we reduce the number of felonies prosecutable in the U.S. to 50% of the current number
11) the Federal bureaucracy recognizes that they work for us while we don't work for them
12) we no longer allow a "private" prison system
13) they allow and encourage timber harvesting, cattle grazing, mining and oil and gas development and other productive uses of public lands in the west
14) when they do away with the "conservation" system put in place to make Federal payments to owners of "fallow" agricultural lands
15) when we stop sending hundreds of billions of U.S. tax payer dollars overseas
16) when they outlaw all insider trading by elected officials.
17) when the IRS and those Dems Senators are brought to justice for crimes against Americans and when those who stood by for 8 hours and did nothing for the 4 brave dead patriots in Benghazi are brought to justice.
18) when they enforce and uphold our immigration laws.
19) when the media and government stops race baiting and using race and homosexuality as a political platform for their agendas.
20) When all American's have freedom of speech and expression without being persecuted, freedom to bear arms as they wish without being put on some list,
freedom to go wherever the want without being tracked, traced or listened in on,
freedom to any kind of healthcare they want without penalty,
freedom to choose what kind of subjects to teach their children in school and to object to any non necessary and non essential subject being taught to their children without the risk of the parents being sued or labeled something or their children being expelled or what not for objecting,
The freedom to be and live free!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:30 | 4796760 atthelake
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Have a French Revolution

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:38 | 4797099 LithiumWarsWAKEUP
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    from the 'broken tablet' that Moses? dropped on his way down the mountain,,,,"all herbs I've made shall be respected and used by ALL who want to be a Policeman, to join a Military, be a Banker, or a Politician,  once you have 'come of age' (mature emotionally, etc) "Ye shall partake and be happy".  It's the 11'th Commandment...(I'm pretty sure). 


 uuhhh,,,,-Term Limits for US Supreme Court. 12 years? enough.

-Ditto for Congress and Senate.

-only 1 person of any family to hold office of President.

-how's the Drug Problem in Portugal? Anyone heard?? So,,,legalize ALL of it.

    -all Police of the world shall ingest aforementioned 'herbs' before being allowed to be a policeman.

-ditto for ALL Military, Bankers, and Politicians. IOW,,,ya gotta TRIP first, gang. (I highly recommend at night, in one of those 'dark spots' on the map,,,such as the 'no coverage' areas of the cellphone maps,,,sorta like the place I live)

-also required of all Bankers, Politicians, Military, and Police to watch ALL Yutoob vids of George Carlin and Bill Hicks before admittance to any of these organizations.

     We pass this Law of Earth TONIGHT and we shall soon have the 'changes' we need. also watch Zeitgeist...   fun stuff.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:45 | 4797118 orez65
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"... fix the passenger railroad system to prepare for the end of Happy Motoring ..."

Totally full of s**t!

This is the liberals favorite collectivist wet dream, 19th century technology for the 21st century sheeple.

It must be because liberals feel that when we all get packed inside a passenger train we all become "more equal".

Or because they are so sexually frustated that trains are a phallic symbol to them.

No, poop heads, passenger trains are not the answer, driverless cars are.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:50 | 4797302 Dr. Bonzo
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I've taken the Shinkansen on numerous occasions, and I assure you, there's nothing 19th century about flying across the ground at 200 mph.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:55 | 4797141 orez65
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"... rebuild Main Street commerce to prepare for the death of WalMart"

What is the matter with this obsession with destroying Walmart??

You don't like Walmart? don't shop there. Why must you destroy it?

You think that their workers are "abused". Bull s**t, I know people who work at Walmart and they are perfectly happy.

You want to pay more for what you can buy for less at Walmart? go ahead, do it and shut the f**k up!

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 06:46 | 4797706 meterman
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Sadly orez65 it is not the "you" that you accuse who is destroying Walmart. It is the insane fiscal policies of our government criminals that are destroying our entire economy. There will be no bargan goods soon for Walmart to sell. The cheap stuff the American consumer thrives on will disapear along with affordable food. Stock up on rice.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 08:48 | 4797931 wearef_ckedwith...
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#1  -  Dismantle the Fed.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:54 | 4797160 orez65
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"... shut down casino gambling"

Why is it that "mommy" has to keep you from gambling?

If you think it's wrong to gamble, don't gamble.

It's the parent's, the church and society that need to teach people that gambling will bankrupt you, not the Government.

Grow up you irresponsible s**t head!

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 21:58 | 4797175 orez65
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"That’s just my list. What’s yours?"

Abolish the Federal Reserve and fractional reserve banking. Use only gold and silver as money.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 22:55 | 4797306 Dr. Bonzo
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Leave me the fuck alone.

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 23:18 | 4797349 Sages wife
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Every public servant will be required, upon notification, to answer random questions from the general citizenry, on national television, and on the record, not more than once a month.  No exemptions.





Mon, 05/26/2014 - 23:23 | 4797360 Sages wife
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Every public servant will be available to answer random questions from the general citizenry, on national television, and on the record, not more than once a month.  No teleprompters.  No spokesmen.  No censorship.  No exemptions.





Tue, 05/27/2014 - 00:38 | 4797485 Joe A
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Funny, I thought it would be a list of countries.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 04:47 | 4797650 Postal
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Bambi, Star, Princess,...

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 06:42 | 4797700 Chuck Knoblauch
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If we don't use tax policy to re-industrialize North America, we're finished.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:05 | 4797993 gcjohns1971
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- Why should 'WE' restructure banks?  Don't we simply have to stop bailing them out and let nature take its course?  Prosecute Fraud aggressively, and let nature take its course. 

Laws of men cannot replace the laws of nature or economics.

Isn't this business of 'Collectively' deciding what's best for OTHERS' property what got us in trouble in the first place? 

If they fail, let them fail.  Then let someone else buy up the usable assets and give it a go.

- Glass Steagal?  Why? Wasn't the problem  intervention in the mortgage market through Fannie and Freddie leading to bad loans? Wasn't the root of the problem in government intervention?  Why intervene again?

- Personhood of corporations?  The problem isn't corporate influence over Centralized Power.  Influence is unavoidable.  When Oligarchs exercise control directly rather than through their corporations is it better?  I think not.

 Centralized power means a would-be Oligarch need only write a check.  Decentralization means he has to convince many people, write many checks.  Ergo- the problem is the Centralization.

- Why fix trains?  People can decide for themselves their preferred transportation.  Cost is an input to the decision.  We don't need to shove people into trains at gunpoint.

- Prepare for the death of WalMart?  Why?  More intervention, to make more problems, requiring more intervention. 

Isn't the kind of collective intervention Kunstler advocates the same as that which caused the problem?

Kunstler - like the very people who led us into this mess - is an interventionist.  His methods couldn't make a number 2 pencil.  

Kunstler - and those like him - want to  dismiss Economic Laws and replace them with Government Laws.   

He, like they, will discover that is an impossible task.

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