Jim Kunstler Warns, America Is About To Become An "Even More Fragile Place"

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Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Further proof, as if more were needed, that God is rather cross with the world’s number one exceptional nation: Hurricane Irma is tracking for a direct hit on Disney World. In the immortal words of the Talking Heads: This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.

Houston is still soggy and punch-drunk, with a fantastic explosion of breeding mosquitoes, and otherwise it’s not even in the news anymore. This week, the cable networks had their scant crews of reporters scuttling around Florida, asking the people here and there about their feelings. “What’s gonna happen is gonna happen….” I think I heard that one about sixty times, and there’s actually no disputing the truth of it.

For the moment, though (Friday morning), it’s a little hard to calculate the effect of a complete scrape-off, wash, and rinse of the state of Florida vis-à-vis the ongoing viability of the US economy. There’s going to be a big hole with dollars rushing into it and that will likely prompt the combined powers of the US Treasury, congress, and the Federal Reserve to materialize tens of billions of new dollars. Overnight the DXY plunged to a new low for the year.

Am I the only observer wondering if Irma may be a fatal blow to the banking system? The mind reels at the insurance implications of what’s about to happen. Urgent obligations triggered by an event of this scale can’t possibly be serviced. Look for it to snap the chain of counterparty leverage that has been propping up the banks, insurers, and pension funds on mere promises for years on end. Finance, both private and public, has been feeding off unreality since well before the tremor of 2008. The destruction of Florida (and whatever else stands in the way up the line) will be as real as it gets.

You’ve heard the old argument, I’m sure, that a natural disaster turns out to be a boon for the economy because so many people are employed fixing the damage. It’s not true, of course. Replacing things of value that have been destroyed with new things is just another version of the old Polish Blanket Gag: guy wants to make his blanket longer, so he cuts a foot off the top and sews it onto the bottom. The capital expended has to come from something and somewhere, and in this case it probably represents the much talked-about necessary infrastructure spending that is badly needed for bridges, roads, water and sewer systems, et cetera, in all the other parts of the USA that haven’t been hit by storms. Instead, these places and the things in them will quietly inch closer to criticality without drawing much notice.

The second major weather disaster this year may not be enough to induce holdouts to reconsider the issue of climate change, but it ought to provoke some questioning about the development pattern known as suburban sprawl, which even in its pristine form can be described as the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world. Surely there will be some debate as to whether Florida, or at least parts of it, gets rebuilt at all. The wilderness of strip malls, housing subdivisions, and condo clusters deployed along the seemingly endless six-lane highways that accumulated in the post-war orgy of development was an affront to human nature, if not to a deity, if one exists. There are much better ways to build towns and we know how to do it. Ask the shnooks who paid a hundred bucks to walk down Disney’s Main Street the week before last.

Apart from all that remains the personal tragedy that awaits, the losses of many lifetimes of work invested in things of value, of homes, of meaning, and of life itself. Many people who evacuated will return to… nothing, and perhaps many of them will not want to stay in such a fragile place.

But the America they roam into in search of a place to re-settle is going to be a more fragile place, too. A week or so after Irma has gone away, the ill-feeling that heaps this country like a swamp fever will still be there, driving the new American madness into precincts yet unknown.

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Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Special snowflakes are so screwed.

You might just have to learn to be adults.

Swampster's picture

You can't have a NATIONAL anthem (See jew run NFL)and a Jew World Order (But Israel can)

You can't have a Bill of Rights and a Jew World Order

You can't have a Free Russia and a Jew World Order, can you?

You can't have BORDERS and a Jew World Order(But Israel can)

You can't have a Nuclear North Korea and a Jew World Order

You can't have a NEW BORDER WALL and a Jew World Order, (But Israel can)

You can't have any White Countries in Europe (or anywhere else) and a Jew World Order

You can't have a Nuclear China and a Jew World Order

You can't have a Middle Class and a Jew World Order

GET READY TO WASH THE FEET OF YOUR 'nazi JEW MASTERS, GOYIM SHEEPLETARDS!!!!

It's Time to ICE THE 'NAZI JUICE, BEFORE THEY ICE YOUSE....

Swampster's picture

Imagine the jew run media and the jew controlled FBI not being able to identify these 'nazi jews posing as white supremicists....

http://www.dcclothesline.com/2017/08/16/signs-of-charlottesville-white-s...

BaBaBouy's picture

""Urgent obligations triggered by an event of this scale can’t possibly be serviced. ""

Oh Yeah ...?
= FED Print Print Print ...
= Unlimited Debt limit

SWRichmond's picture

suburban sprawl, which even in its pristine form can be described as the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world.

Fuck you, all of you who deem themselves worthy to decide how I should live.

847328_3527's picture

8 years of "Change you can believe in" has consequences.

peddling-fiction's picture

God is cross with the zio-stasi and fan-goi minions.

Jim, I am talking to you.

yomutti2's picture

Kunstler is a moron. Th elosses are insured, and the insurance companies are backstopped by the reinsurers, and the reinsurers will be backstopped by the Fed if necessary.

 

yomutti2's picture

By the way, you jew-haters are all morons as well.

 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I can only recommend to you go get sterilized, to rid the world of a new generation of dickheads.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yomutti, there are good Jews, Muslims and Christians.

They are few and far between.

Their unifying factor is the real discernment of Ruach Hakodesh (The Holy Spirit for Christians and Ruh al-Qudus for Muslims)

Having said that, any Zionist or secret brotherhood member will have splaining to do in the pit.

Lukewarm people keeping their head down, and fan-goy gangstalking perpetrators (lots of people) are headed towards the pit as well.

Use your free will wisely, and do not try to encroach on the free will of others, or else.

curbjob's picture

 

The first sentence provided a clue that the rest of the article would comprise of a very ill-informed opinion . 

 

"Further proof, as if more were needed, that God is rather cross with the world’s number one exceptional nation"

new game's picture

random thoughts from a thread worn book...

my way or the highway. lol. hey howie, it all happened for a reason.

there was no central planning. and i don't want h.k. or any other gov.org flunkie

telling me what type of bowl to shit in. fuk off and go suck a gov.org greenpeace, treehuggin world comin to an end climate change bullshit running outa carbon fuel lib tit...

ps. i eat meat too...

webmatex's picture

Then again if they opened up "public land" and allocated everyone 1 hectre to live on and built some wagons to get them there...

bloofer's picture

The flight to the suburbs--at least in the Kansas City area--was a direct result of the integration of the public schools. I don't even think housing integration had much to do with it, since segregation is still easily achieved by pricing blacks out of white neighborhoods.

Until the public schools were integrated, families were content to live single-family houses with a bit of a yard, on quiet urban streets, or in family-oriented apartment complexes. In the Kansas City area, most of the "white flight" was across the state line from Missouri into Kansas, since it was considered highly unlikely that the Kansas City Missouri School District would encroach on Kansas. If you moved to anywhere on the Missouri side, and especially within Jackson County, it was believed that you ran the risk of annexation--or at least forced integration--by the Kansas City School District.

This situation snowballed as the city proper was nearly emptied of all but minorities and the poor, and any effort to control crime was largely abandoned. Later, the city was flooded with immigrants, both legal and illegal.

The population increase of the US as a whole since 1965 has been mostly from immigration. So without immigration, I would think the modest population could have been accomodated within the cities, with just a modest increase in housing stock, as well as a similar modest increase in nearby small towns.

If you look at suburbia, it LOOKS like the white population has increased dramatically since 1965, but I think what's actually happened is that childless couples now feel they require a 4000-square-foot house, while families with five kids in 1960 would have considered a 1200-square-foot house quite spacious.

 

factorypreset's picture

"Am I the only observer wondering if Irma may be a fatal blow to the banking system"

 

Hahaha...yeah I'm sure the banks won't get bailed out this time around..........

NotApplicable's picture

Fed balance sheet might top $30T by the time everthing is "fixed," if 2008's expansion is any guide (I've long felt it would be $20T without any disasters added on).

Buh-bye, middle-class folks.

govtsucks's picture

The author should have stuck to his analysis of the insurance industry, but for some reason had to go off on a tangent about the evils of suburbia. He would prefer that we all be crammed into urban highrises with nightmare traffic and noise.

NotApplicable's picture

I take it you're not familiar with Kunstler, suburbia doom is his specialty.

It's even worse once you add the fact that he still believes in government, being a two-time O'bummer voter.

BaBaBouy's picture

""Urgent obligations triggered by an event of this scale can’t possibly be serviced. ""

Calling Janet, Calling Janet

Richard640's picture

HI SWAMPER----Jesus was a Jew so why not you?


--too bad ZH has become a kike-hating rag--this is the second anti-sheenie article in a few days by the SPAWN who wrote this article....kike-hatred is the result of an ancient trauma...when christianity--a variation of JEW religion was imposed on the pagan--the RESNTMENT was huge! They had to abandon their beloved organic-time and place-conditioned myths for essentially, a Levantine myth of a Gilgamesh/Yawheh deity—the pagans had to give up their life of constant war, plunder, enslavement, rape, torture and buggery for the values embodied in the 10 commandments…The RESENTMENT of this original trauma is deep seated in the gentile/christian subconscious…my advice to you is find another anxiety focus—quit obsessing about the kikes—look deep, deep within—here is a little exercise for you—go to google images and search for kirk douglas—find one of his fotos when he was in his prime…got it? Now keep that image in your mind and never again summon the image of soros, blankfein or whomever…looking at jut-jawed kirk will help u purge yourself of all the accumulated hatred u have stored up for the CHRIST-KILLERS…[btw, that was a false narrative written in the KRISTIAN bible by one of the authors]—it was a roman crime—go to amazon and buy=

Where Judaism Differed: An Inquiry into the Distinctiveness of Judaism by Abba Hillel Silver— I really think u you boys should drop the Kike hating nonsense—u might even want to covert…u would like the religion plus Kikes are a warm and funny people once u get to know them…exceptions admitted like some of the obnoxious new york KIKEs who are even hated by other KIKES around the U.S.

Richard640's picture

HI SWAMPER----Jesus was a Jew so why not you?


--too bad ZH has become a kike-hating rag--this is the second anti-sheenie article in a few days by the SPAWN who wrote this article....kike-hatred is the result of an ancient trauma...when christianity--a variation of JEW religion was imposed on the pagan--the RESNTMENT was huge! They had to abandon their beloved organic-time and place-conditioned myths for essentially, a Levantine myth of a Gilgamesh/Yawheh deity—the pagans had to give up their life of constant war, plunder, enslavement, rape, torture and buggery for the values embodied in the 10 commandments…The RESENTMENT of this original trauma is deep seated in the gentile/christian subconscious…my advice to you is find another anxiety focus—quit obsessing about the kikes—look deep, deep within—here is a little exercise for you—go to google images and search for kirk douglas—find one of his fotos when he was in his prime…got it? Now keep that image in your mind and never again summon the image of soros, blankfein or whomever…looking at jut-jawed kirk will help u purge yourself of all the accumulated hatred u have stored up for the CHRIST-KILLERS…[btw, that was a false narrative written in the KRISTIAN bible by one of the authors]—it was a roman crime—go to amazon and buy=

Where Judaism Differed: An Inquiry into the Distinctiveness of Judaism by Abba Hillel Silver— I really think u you boys should drop the Kike hating nonsense—u might even want to covert…u would like the religion plus Kikes are a warm and funny people once u get to know them…exceptions admitted like some of the obnoxious new york KIKEs who are even hated by other KIKES around the U.S.

peddling-fiction's picture

Maybe you should read John 8:1-19 to see if Jesus considered the Father of the Pharisees his own.

He did NOT, and he had many other sharper things to add about them. If you wish, we can share them.

Maybe you should hush now.

the artist's picture

what the fuck does that have to do with Creepy Azz Crackaah's comment? Nothing, thats what. 

The top of the comment sections are dominated by masterbators drirect from Kunstlers blog who revel in being "FIRST!"

Well fuck all y'all who got nothin better to do than rub your own crotch all day. 

Broner's picture

I came to this page just to make the following statement:

Anyone who is concerned about the future of the White People should be ashamed of reading and/or analyzing anything published by (((Kunstler))) and his (((likes))). Always, find out who talks to you before listening. There is nothing good coming form (((them))).

This page should have had no readers and its comment section should have been empty. And yet it is not, why?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Your ridiculous epithets, only able to laugh.

Socratic Dog's picture

Kunstler wrote a beautiful series of post-apocalypse novels, one of the best in my opinion.  To my mind, it gives him credibility.

And guess what?  It's about how (white) people manage under adverse conditions.

Broner's picture

Unfortunately, (((they))) always play both sides. Look not what (((they))) say but what they do. This is so fundamental to the JQ. Just look at what (((they))) did to Germany prior, during and after the WW1.

the artist's picture

If we are pissed enough to write about it then get pissed enough to vote with your $. Stop feeding the beast. They need your $ to function, its what they do so stop giving it to them. Unionize. Organize a systematic boycott. Seek out like minded people who you feel better about spending your $ with. 

Cash2Riches's picture

Face it, the United States Debt ceiling is never going to be enforced, it may as well be abolished. It will be raised time and time again, this, compounded with these problems is an utter recipe for disaster. Lets just get it over with.

U4 eee aaa's picture

Every time those liars go to the bar and lie about the debt ceiling, they carve another strip off their souls.

I say let it continue so the kids can see these perfect phonies for what they are.

That might be the catalyst for change

Ace006's picture

Correct. It's a regular poke in the eye for politicians whose profligacy, stupidity, and lust for power are such that they can't manage spending. Every time the "ceiling" is raised they are exposed. (We are exposed too for wanting a piece of what they dish out.)

[Edited.]

darkstar7646's picture

Not going to happen.  Either open fire or shut the fuck up.

ET's picture

Fatal blow to the banking system?

Fractional-reserve banking has survived centuries of war, famine, the Holocaust, disasters and much more.

The British pound sterling used to be worth a pound of Silver.

The US dollar used to be worth about 1.50 grams of Gold.

They still live on but are worth much less.

Toxicosis's picture

The derivatives market alone is close to 1.4 Quadrillion.  Do you think they would risk printing that much?

U4 eee aaa's picture

they will need to do a lot of diluting of the currency to fix this mess

quesnay's picture

A drought of hurricanes for a decade - it's a sign of global warming!

Hurricanes finally return and do what they've done for a billion years before - it's a sign of global warming!

If you don't get what I'm getting at. EVERYTHING is a "sign of global warming" to the true believers. Drought - global warming. Flood - global warming. No snow - global warming. Lotsa snow - global warming. Cold - global warming. Hot - global warming. Hurricanes - global warming. No hurricanes - global warming. Literally any weather event in any direction is used to claim global warming.

Give it a rest. "Global warming" left the realm of science and became a religion long ago.

Winston Churchill's picture

The UK gets them as well,around every fifty years, last one was 87.I'm sure the next one will be unexpected and caused by AGW.

The sheep will buy it as well,attention span of a retarded gnat.

New_Meat's picture

Ya hafta' get it right, its "Global Climate Change caused by Humans".  See, that explains it all much better.

Ray Bones's picture

Climate change = weather. 'Nuff said.

Uncertain T's picture

Climate Change is out..... The latest label, as of a month or so ago, is WEATHER EXTREMES, at least until that meme loses steam.  

the artist's picture

Weather = Impossible to predict even a week out given the full force of science ant tech. 

Climate = Sum total of all weather. Yet somehow easy as pie to interpret and extrapolate 100 years into the future. 

Retarded

Broner's picture

In case you did not notice, there is no 'Global Warming' problem anymore, there is a 'Climate Change' instead. 'Global Warming' was too specific, the 'Climate Change' covers all sorts of scenarios.

Newspeak is evolving, keep up.

Uncertain T's picture

Yes, we will all struggle to keep up with the changing narrative.... USDA drops Climate Change in favor of Weather Extremes....

 

https://usdasearch.usda.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=usda&query=w...

the artist's picture

Right out of the Frankfurt School. Fuck you Columbia. Fuck you Yale. Both schools build on the back of the slave trade. Shut them down first, then we can talk climate change and confederate statues. 

stormsailor's picture

YOUR POST IS A SIGN OF GLOBAL WARMING

U4 eee aaa's picture

it's as bad as the religion of evolution

Whalley World's picture

Actually, due to the disruption of the narrative with many cold seasons as of the last several years, it is now conveniently called, climate change.