As day-by-day goes by do you even have a sinking feeling that none of life-as-we-know it, is sustainable? There’s a fragility to the things that we’ve built in our post-WW2 civilization that seems like it could topple over at any minute. It just doesn’t make sense. Surely we know there’s not really an endless stream of resources and a well-oiled machine that backs up the world that we’ve come to expect and rely on. If you want a completely different point of view on what that means long-term, then this podcast with James Howard Kunstler is a must-listen. He’s been studying where all this stuff is headed for quite some time.
Jim is an author and a critic with many non-fiction, novels and plays behind him. He’s also done a fantastic TED talk on “The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs,” a lecturer at universities like Yale, MIT, Harvard, Cornell, University of Illinois, DePaul, Texas A & M, West Point, and Rutgers University not to mention a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Slate.com, RollingStone, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Op-Ed page where he often covers environmental and economic issues. He’s even been on the Colbert Report.
Hopefully his point of view on how America is likely to get a lot smaller and how the different skills that we have as communities and individuals might need a really big change, gives your brain a wake-up call.
mentioned in this episode
- Why Do We Love Apocalyptic Movies? The Two Basic Rules That Make Them So Addictive
- Peak Oil Returns: Why Demand Will Likely Peak By 2030
- Trump’s Tax Plan Would Add More Debt Than Obama
- British oil industry warns it may collapse
- Notional Vs Real Wealth
- Subprime auto loan delinquencies hit six-year high
- Flint: It's not just about the water
- Plunging Manufacturing Numbers Mean That It Is Time To Hit The Panic Button For The Global Economy
- What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
- Most Urban Farmers Aren't Making a Living
- MSU leases downtown silos to urban farming startup
- There's a Place That's Nearly Perfect for Growing Food. It's Not California.
- NAM Members Stress the Importance of Our Inland Waterways
- Everything's Bigger in Texas - Even the Decline in Manufacturing
- "Boutique" farms feeding agricultural resurgence
- A Theory of Architecture Part 1: Pattern Language vs. Form