James Howard Kunstler: Russian Hysteria An Exercise In PsyOps

Via Fareem of NewsVoice.com,

James Howard Kunstler is an author, social critic and public speaker — - whose work has been published in estimable journalistic stables such as Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has also hosted his own lecture as part of Ted Talks discussing public spaces in urban life.

James spoke to Newsvoice editor Erik Sandberg on a host of issues including the ongoing hysteria around Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, his feeling on Trump’s appointment, and how his career in journalism progressed to writing novels.

Russia hysteria is a dangerous and an idiotic exercise in pysops

The media over the last few years has indulged in wild speculation around U.S. - Russian relations. And as seen, the run up to this weeks meeting at Helsinki between the leaders of the two nations has been no different.

James believes the ongoing Russia investigation, the election of Donald Trump and the defeat of Hillary Clinton has made a certain class of people in the U.S. irrational.

I think that the thinking class in the United States has literally lost its mind. Donald Trump’s persona is so odious that it’s just driven them mad and he’s like a giant splinter in the eye of the thinking class.

A registered Democrat, Kunstler doesn’t believe that the Russians interfered in the U.S. election in any meaningful way. And any efforts to punish or antagonize them are crazy and dangerous. The ongoing expansion of NATO, playing war games at Russia’s borders and the destabilizing of Ukraine has consolidated bad relations with Russia stretching back to the Cold War.

History repeats itself tragically when the thinking classes of powerful nations start to behave extremely irrationally

Interfering with trade can be a possible precursor to war

“Doing anything to interfere with trade and erect barriers and put up tariffs might be a dangerous thing to do,” says Kunstler.

IMF’s most recent report estimates trade tensions across the world could cost global economy $430 billion. Kunstler opines we are now leaving behind 75 years of relative peace between the great powers of the world for a period of much greater competition manifested in things like these trade and tariff wars.

Just about everything ends up on the web and very little of it is curated

Finally, Kunstler ponders on the current state of the media and publishing industry. A prolific author, he is best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere (1994), The Long Emergency (2005), and most recently, the dystopian novel World Made by Hand followed by three sequels in the series.

He points out to the flurry of matter put out with publishers experimenting what works in an environment that lacks “the gatekeepers in culture.”

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chubbar Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:15 Permalink

This is just fucking outrageous! From the link below:

"She was appointed to her current position two days after her husband found out that the New York office of the FBI found 650,000 emails on a lap top in another criminal case.

The emails were from and to Hillary Clinton.


A press conference was about to be held disclosing the discovery of new evidence.

What effect would it have on Hillary Clinton's Campaign for President?

Nothing if Mrs. Strzok was promoted.


Her husband, Peter Strzok, was in charge of the FBI's probe into the Clinton Foundation. He gets a second check working for the CIA.


Spouses have no duty to testify against each other in most court jurisdictions. They can if they choose to.

brushhog powow Sun, 07/22/2018 - 14:08 Permalink

Are people really acting irrational or are they simply being portrayed that way?When I think about it, all the crazy stuff that has been happening has all been something shown to me by the media. I have not personally witnessed any change what-so-ever in my normal interactions with people. In my world nobody appears to even be paying attention to the news anymore.

You look at the footage of the recent "riot" in Portland, the whole thing was obviously staged, and directed. It was fake from the handfull of rioters shot to look like a large crowd, to the fake nonexistent "proud boys". To the over-the-top police in riot gear. Looked like about 12 paid for actors on each side, a bunch of pro camera men, and a few movie directors. The police looked fake or in on the charade at best.

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eyesspy powow Sun, 07/22/2018 - 19:28 Permalink

Absolutely spot on. However its a little deeper still. The Soviets North Korea and Cuba were instrumental in opening the floodgates that ran European colonialism out of southern Africa. Let us even deeper.  According to the trajectory of the head of the snake (the deep state back then) during WW1 it was headed to eat Russia which it almost achieved during WW2. So what we are witnessing is an enraged cartel that almost ran off with Russian resources that Putin put a stop to.

There is more as this is just the physical aspect. There is a spiritual aspect that again involves Africa.  

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east of eden Boing_Snap Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:15 Permalink

And therein lies the problem. How do you (short of a global war) cull these psychopaths out? There are so many of them now, I am sure if a proper study was done it would find they outnumber 'ordinary' humans by a factor of 2 to 1.

Violence is obviously not the way forward.

Previewed one of Chris Hedges latest books today on Amazon, and the thinking that was being presented was that it is never 'force' per se that wins a revolution (although the narrative does posit that a minimum armed force is also necessary), it is always formulating policies that the 'lumpen', i.e. the proletariat, can sign on to. Once you have them on your side, you win. Now obviously, they are not going to jump ship and lose what little trickle down they do get now, and trashing them will only make them retreat further into their burrows.

So, what piece of bait could we use to get them on board?

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Boing_Snap east of eden Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:23 Permalink

I find if you hit them with reality they aren't armed with anything, and if you have an audience whom are unsure prior to the exchange the audience starts to at least lean towards your side. Peer pressure is a useful tool.

Currently talking with some of my more moderate liberal friends they're seeing the corruption on both sides now. So I'm seeing a shift, and it's starting to expand, I'd say at least 20% of people are moving away from the standard left/right in fighting and are looking elsewhere. That's a move from the 5%.


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east of eden chubbar Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

After reading a couple of your links, it suddenly occurred to me that yes, Trump is getting them one by one, but, nobody knows how deep the rat's nest is. Are 'they' simply surrendering 'disposables' one by one, hoping to run the clock out? Could be.

Maybe instead of onesies, twosies, we need a direct frontal assault with everything we can put together. 

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Endgame Napoleon samsara Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

He is right that left-wing and some rightish intellectuals have a visceral, irrational reaction to Trump, mostly due his personality, but it also stems from the way that Trump has exposed the Democrats’ betrayal of American labor.

For decades, Dems have sided against US workers on the following matters:

  1. mass waves of wage-cutting, welfare-eligible  immigrants who can afford to work for low pay due to their freebies from .gov for instant-citizen kids;
  2. the offshoring to cheap-labor havens in Asia and Latin America of over 6 million jobs with breadwinner wages, just between 2000 & 2010, along with the SS contributions that would have been made.

These things could not be more anti-labor, contradicting everything the post-WWII Democratic Party stood for.

Trump lifted the veil, revealing the unholy marriage between neoliberal Democrats and the global corporations that have sold American workers down the river. Since it conflicts with their theory that Dems are for the little guy, progressive intellectuals hate him for it.

Will Trump really do anything different than neoliberal Dems—that is another story. But due to showcasing their hypocrisy, he is a PR thorn in the side of progressive intellectuals.

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SixIsNinE Endgame Napoleon Sun, 07/22/2018 - 16:51 Permalink

as a young boy i read the newspapers - biggest early story of course was watergate and Nixon resigning.

as i watched Reagan get shot and all that ensued, then the .goob being outed dealing cocaine in the mid 80s and dirty dealing all over the place ...

i never could see myself identifying as a single side of the double-sided coin of fraudulent hucksters red/blue democraps & repulicants

my dad this year finally made the move to independent party status.

Yeah !   any of you reading this can do it too.


oh, by the way, as i reported during the Trumpus Maximus campaign win - out here in Colorado the fakestream is so skewed towards the Dims it's not even funny.  and the social organisations do NOT talk at all about any controversy.  the churches (i've visited several here that my folks went/go to) absolutely avoid any current issues.

I was stunned - even when Trump made a point of trying to give back churches a voice (silenced by the non profit status)  i've not seen any evidence of any churches around here cheering that on or even acknowledging the issue.


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Bendromeda Strain SixIsNinE Mon, 07/23/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

out here in Colorado the fakestream is so skewed towards the Dims it's not even funny

Betcha the "Commonwealth" (something that Governor Bradford tried in Plimoth Colony, almost killed them) of MA and "me too" little sister RI can run circles around CO when it comes to DNC talking points. Homosexual former PVD mayor David Cicilline's shrieking defense of Peter Strzok in congress was portrayed as "people's champion" moment.

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ebear samsara Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

The problem with holding a popular position, especially when your career depends on it, is that it's very difficult to change your views without suffering potentially serious consequences.  I'll give Kunstler the benefit of the doubt for now. Much like Andrei Nekrasov who exposed the Magnitsky fraud, he's alienating the true believers in his entourage, which means at the very least a smaller audience, and possible vilification by his peers.

Sam Harris has experienced something like this, as those who follow him will know.  Harris, Kunstler and Nekrasov all hold positions which I strongly disagree with, but I believe they're all intellectually honest and will change their positions once confronted with the facts.

A basic truism holds that change occurs at the margin.  As more of the the so-called "thinking class" break with the official narrative, others will be encouraged to follow.   Kunstler may be signaling a paradigm shift here.  I would cautiously support that and see where it leads.

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Brazen Heist II Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:21 Permalink

No shit its psyops. And so are the White Helmets - oscar-winning staged actors on behalf of the regime change bandits. Another group of mercenaries that will be evacuated to Western countries on orders by the evil imperial Anglo Zionist cabal. 

Fuck you MI6, CIA and Mossad, dirty scoundrels and disgrace to humanity.

MusicIsYou Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:26 Permalink

Yep, it could lead to war. So? I guess those who are most in love with the world are worried about war. You might miss out on one more latte, or one more soccer game, you might miss out on one more person drooling over wanting to be you. You might miss out on seeing your grandchildren growing up just to be another debt slave energy hog. Oh how inconceivable. The truth is it is very easy to read people's minds, in that it is easy to see people drive around in their convertible cars or riding motorcycles while looking around thinking to themselves "Everybody wants to be me." The thing is, most people have so little going on in their brains that it isn't worth mentioning.

SantaClaws Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

"He points out to the flurry of matter put out with publishers experimenting what works in an environment that lacks 'the gatekeepers in culture.'"

Oh no.  Who should be the gatekeepers, James?  You want us to trust you to choose?  No thanks.

MusicIsYou Sun, 07/22/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

Some people think how great it would be to be able to read minds. But the truth is that most people's thoughts revolve around themselves, and activity is so marginal it is not worth mentioning. Basically people's thoughts revolve around "What can I have that makes others envious", and the only reason many people would like to be able to read minds is to make others envious. Getting down to the nitty gritty of it all, people are pretty damn boring.