Dangerous Mischief

21 Jun
Cuba Birnbaum and James Howard Kunstler (photo: Robert Birnbaum

Cuba Birnbaum and James Howard Kunstler (photo: Robert Birnbaum

I must be as big a lunatic as James Howard Kunstler because he makes sense to me. In fact he is currently my go to guy for cleansing the foulness that is obscuring my vision— a position from which only death removed the late and hugely insightful Joe Bageant

Here’a sample of Kunstler’s insight from his artfully entitled webjournal Clusterfuck Nation

The idea that on-line education is a sovereign tonic for economic vitality is just another gloss on the inane belief that technology can take the place of energy in the equation above. Tom Friedman, grand poobah, of The New York Times Op-Ed page is the cheerleader-in-chief for that meme, but it is accepted by virtually all authorities in business and politics, and their handmaidens in the academic chairs. As the American economy dissolves in an acid bath of capital scarcity and grievance, these idiots will be waiting for the next iPhone app that can power the electric grid — and thus all the new iPhones streaming out of the Apple factories of China into the hot little hands of nineteen-year-olds in Michigan taking “Macroeconomics” on the Kahn Academy website.

Those of you with vigorous constitutions might want more of this “truth speaking to inbred power” will no doubt hunger for of Kunstler’s post modern insights in his recent opus expiating on our oil economy’s immanent decline:

Too Much Magic by James Howard Kunstler

Too Much Magic by James Howard Kunstler

Currently reading Brown Dog by Jim Harrison (Grove/Atlantic)

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3 Responses to “Dangerous Mischief”

  1. Harvey Morrell June 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Does Brown Dog have any new material in it, or is it just a re-issuing of the 3 existing novellas in a single volume?

    • robertbirnbaum June 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

      Brown Dog has 5 previously published BD novellas and one new one…

      • Harvey Morrell June 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

        Thanks. That clinches it; I’m pre-ordering a copy. Anything new by Harrison is worth my money. Also, I forgot to thank you for the blogroll links before – I go to them quite often, especially Kunstler’s.

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