Where to Begin With James Howard Kunstler's Many Books?


To James Howard kunstler. Jim, you were just talking about the long remedy. The long emergency. Now that's your book from 2005. Would that be the primer to read on what we're discussing if somebody is listening and they say, I don't get this. And the 2012 companion, which is called too much magic. Wishful thinking, technology and the fate of the nation. And what does that reference? Well, it's about what the response to the lung emergency is tending to be a kind of techno narcissism. This idea that technology is going to rescue us from this dynamic set of problems and quandaries that we face, the problem we face with our basic primary source energy supply, petroleum, the quandaries we face over the disorders of finance, the quandaries we face with farming and food production, geopolitics, these things are all related with the winding down of the global economy, which was our mode of operation. But you make 40 years. You make it sound inevitable. It is inevitable. And to me, I guess my question is whether when you talk about people acting crazy and you talk about it, a lot of these things to my mind, at least do have answers. And others, I think it's not like we just have to say, okay, everybody's going to be confused about how many sexes there are or whatever. We all know there are two. I mean, most people just know that. But we live in a world where the elites who have the microphones act as though. No, no, no, no, that was ten minutes ago. We all decided it's no longer true. You're not going to have any success with those arguments because those arguments are all a deflection of the greater question, which is how are we going to live in the decades ahead? How are we going to reorganize American life?

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