Stories by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler says he wrote "The Geography of Nowhere," “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.” His 2008 novel, "World Made By Hand," was a fictional depiction of the post-oil American future. The sequel to that book, “The Witch of Hebron,” was published in 2010. Kunstler is a regular contributor to the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Op-Ed page, where he has written on environmental and economic issues. He blogs at subscribe to James Howard Kunstler's feed

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source:

There is almost no public chatter about President Obama's failure to rein in the banking system.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source:

Big banks' lack of accountability is now just another given in the so-called "too big to fail" fiasco of the U.S. recession and beyond.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2013, Source:

Big plans for the future for the world's biggest economies will take them both further down the hole.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2013, Source:

Something is really wrong with America.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2013, Source:

The coming implosion of big box retail implies tremendous opportunities for young people to make a livelihood in the imperative rebuilding of local economies.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2010, Source:

The lying starts at the very top in this country, exhibit A being the grand idea that we can run our cars on U.S. reserves of natural gas.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2010, Source:

Te inability to decode the clear and present dangers to civilized life is a failure of leadership and authority without precedent in the American story.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2009, Source:

We continue to be childishly delusional about our dark economic and environmental prospects. Unfortunately, reality isn't amenable to lies and spin.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source: Chelsea Green Publishing

Restoring the American railroad system is an excellent place to start recovering our sense of national purpose and faith in collective enterprise.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2009, Source:

Dear Mr. President, your assignment is to handle our economic decline in such a way as to avoid wars, civil disorder or both.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2009, Source:

The political theater of the moment in Washington is focused on the illusion that we can find new ways of keeping the old ways going.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009, Source:

Say goodbye to the 'consumer society.' Familiar touchstones of contemporary American life have to go. No more fast money and no more credit.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2008, Source:

The economy may go back up, but the decline in oil production can't be stopped. Does the president-elect know this?

Posted on: Nov 24, 2008, Source:

Why squander our remaining resources on a lifestyle that doesn't have a future?

Posted on: Oct 24, 2008, Source:

Are we headed for a deflationary period followed by a tidal wave of inflation?

Posted on: Aug 18, 2008, Source:

You have to ask what were they smoking over at the Pentagon and the CIA when they thought they could control Russia's close neighbor.

Posted on: May 21, 2008, Source:

There's a great wish for American finance to return to business-as-usual happy days of high profits, but there's just too much debt to swallow.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2008, Source: Chelsea Green Publishing

A suburban nation of snowmobilers, dirt bikers and NASCAR races -- all of it was made possible by the one-time blessing of cheap oil.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Kunstler argues that the coming age of energy scarcity will change everything about how we live in this country -- most of all our dependency on automobiles.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2007, Source:

The best way to feel hopeful about our looming energy crisis is to get active now and prepare for living arrangements in a post-oil society.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2007, Source: Orion Magazine

America invested most of its late twentieth-century wealth in a living arrangement with no future: Suburbia represents the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world. It's time for us to make other arrangements.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2006, Source: Salgamundi

Robert Bruegmann argues in his new book that urban sprawl will continue because people like it, but reviewer James Howard Kunstler counters that the petro-dependent suburban era is just about finished.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2006, Source:

The era of cheap oil is over, and lost with it an energy-rich way of life that billions of city dwellers have come to take for granted.

Posted on: May 29, 2006, Source:

We simply cannot face the fact that time has run out -- that our lease is expiring -- for a society dependent on cars.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2006, Source:

This could be the year that the hardships and difficulties I lump together as the 'long emergency' get some serious traction.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2005, Source:

When people of any political persuasion cry for America to pull out of Iraq they should be ready to understand that things won't be "back to normal."

Posted on: Nov 23, 2005, Source:

It would be nice if we could have a coherent public discussion about staying or going in Iraq, and you can't do that without talking about the oil of the Middle East.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Will New Orleans and the devastated region around it be rebuilt on the hollow premise of Cheap Oil?