Clusterfuck Nation

by Derrick Bostrom


One of my favorite blogs doesn't share out-of-print records or PDFs of old comics. It doesn't keep me abreast of the current state of my online rights and it doesn't offer handy lifehacking tips. It doesn't even link back to this site. All it does is sound a weekly deathknell for our "non-negotiable" way of life.

James Howard Kunstler is the author of "The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century" and "Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape." In his online "diary," he expounds upon his theories, hitting the same note week after week: oil production is about to pass "peak," our lives are about to change drastically, and we're in so profound a denial about it that disaster is a certainty.

He's like an after-dinner game: give him any topic and he'll bring it back around to his key theme in a couple of sentences. And he's right: our culture is so wrapped up in the availability of cheap oil that the transformative effects of it's imminent removal from the scene will be incalculable. But I'm not here to debate nor endorse his points; I'm neither a geologist nor a geopoliticist. I am one, however, who derives great pleasure from the lather Kunstler works himself into, week after week.

I can particularly recommend the January 2nd column, where he makes his predicitions for 2006:

The suburban housing bubble and its related activities were predicated on the idea that we could continue building out a living arrangement dependent on cheap oil and methane gas, and that all the subdivisions and strip malls would retain value for decades to come. Of course, this was the central delusion of the suburban sprawl economy, because it was obvious to anyone who gave the situation more than a cursory glance that cheap oil and gas were the things we were least likely to have in the decades to come.

By the time Kunster is finished, the Dow is down below 4000 and the world is poised for global war with China in the lead spot. And, oh yeah, the Democrats continue to not offer an alternative, for they too subscribe to Dick Cheney's "non-negotiable" American way of life. (Well, they do.)

I'd love to go on and on about it, but better you go visit:

Clusterfuck Nation by James Howard Kunstler

Just be sure you turn the lights out when you leave.