America's "To Do" List

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by James H. Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

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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Jumbotron's picture

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.

Peter Pan's picture

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.

Big Slick's picture

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.)

 

macholatte's picture

 

TO DO LIST:

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

 

Big Slick's picture

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."

zhandax's picture

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.

Abbie Normal's picture

Noah only had to be right once.

zhandax's picture

He had something a bit more reliable than statistics

Dick Buttkiss's picture

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:

http://www.barefootsworld.net/nockoets0.html

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:

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/technology-progress-and-freedom 

CrabNuggetOne's picture

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!

Dick Buttkiss's picture

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 — http://files.libertyfund.org/pll/quotes/150.html — 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" — http://www.zerohedge.com/article/guest-post-transition-free-society — that, aided and abetted by technology, will free humanity to realize its all but limitless potential.

aVileRat's picture

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.

TLDR:

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.

 

 

 

zhandax's picture

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.

twinsdad's picture

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

twinsdad's picture

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

max2205's picture

Replace the free shit army with pay for your shit with your own money gang

Jumbotron's picture

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.

James_Cole's picture

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:

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/files/2013/09/Frey-Fig-1.jpg

chrissjg's picture

Although the FED is a problem, we need to get rid of ALL central banks wordlwide

chrissjg's picture

Although the FED is a problem, we need to get rid of ALL central banks wordlwide

markpower49's picture

This list is a typical leftist suthoritarian dope's ideas.

Stackers's picture

Institute congressional term limits, repeal the 16th and 17th ammendments, allow people to opt out of Social security and medicare.

kill switch's picture

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.

TBT or not TBT's picture

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.

Lumberjack's picture

We paid attention, they didn't listen.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

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.

Peter Pan's picture

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.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

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.

Peter Pan's picture

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.

Wilcox1's picture

Yeah, this fella is right.  Stapled together houses that don't last 15 years.  We're #1 alright, and world class too.

Peter Pan's picture

Which means you end up homeless even when you have a home,

Spastica Rex's picture

Not much I can find to disagree with, there.

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

Peter Pan's picture

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.

fonzannoon's picture

he meant this is the list for after the beheadings?

Landrew's picture

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.

ABG LINE's picture

The USD backed by PM's.

Sudden Debt's picture

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.

jusman's picture

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!  Sad...as I was very passionate about work.  Less so now, 8 years (I hope) from retirement and counting...

 

PeeramidIdeologies's picture

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....

Sudden Debt's picture

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.

PeeramidIdeologies's picture

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...

Landrew's picture

I would love to work for you! With you as my boss, we could build an empire.

Tinky's picture

All good ideas, but first, man the pitchforks!

ebworthen's picture

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.

GooseShtepping Moron's picture

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.

Dull Care's picture

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.

 

MickV's picture

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.