Kunstler: Blowback Is a Harsh Mistress

Summary: RussiaGate is too big for easy summary. And we know too little about it. James Howard Kunstler connects the dots and speculates about a future in which truth emerges and justice is done. This seems unlikely to me, but shows the range of futures that lie ahead for America. Strange futures.

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Blowback Is a Harsh Mistress

James Howard Kunstler at his website.
Reposted with his generous permission.

In this universe of paradox, inequity, ironies, and fake-outs one strange actuality stands above the rest these days: that the much-reviled President Trump was on the right side of RussiaGate, and the enormous mob of America’s Thinking Class was on the wrong side – and by such a shocking margin of error that they remain in a horrified fugue of outrage and reprisal, apparently unaware that consequences await.

Granted, there’s a lot to not like about Mr. Trump: his life of maximum privilege in a bubble of grifticious wealth; his shady career in the sub-swamp of New York real estate; his rough, garbled, and childlike manner of speech; his disdain of political decorum, his lumbering bellicosity, his apparently near-total lack of education, and, of course, the mystifying hair-doo. His unbelievable luck in winning the 2016 election can only be explained by the intervention of some malign cosmic force – a role assigned to the Russians. At least that’s how Mr. Trump’s antagonists engineered The Narrative that they have now quadrupled down on.

To make matters worse, this odious President happens to be on the right side of several other political quarrels of the day, at least in terms of principle, however awkwardly he presents it. The Resistance, which is to say the same Thinking Class groomed in the Ivy League and apprenticed in official leadership, has dug in on the idiotic policy position of a de facto open border with Mexico, and embellished that foolish idea with such accessory stupidities as sanctuary cities and free college tuition for non-citizens. Their arguments justifying these positions are wholly sentimental – they’re stuffing little children in cages! – masking a deep undercurrent of dishonesty and cynical opportunism – not to mention putting themselves at odds with the rule-of-law itself.

Some RussiaGate advocates took the news badly.

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During the 2016 election campaign, Mr. Trump often averred to forging better relations with Russia. The previous administration had meddled grotesquely in Ukrainian politics, among other things, and scuttled the chance to make common cause with Russia in areas of shared self-interest, for instance, in opposing worldwide Islamic terrorism. This was apparently too much for the US War Lobby, who needed a Russian boogeyman to keep the gravy train of weaponry and profitable interventionist operations chugging along, even if it meant arming Islamic State warriors who were blowing up US troops. Being falsely persecuted from before day one of his term for “collusion with Russia,” Mr. Trump apparently found it necessary to go along with antagonizing Russia via sanctions and bluster, as if to demonstrate he never was “Putin’s Puppet.”

Meanwhile, by some strange process of psychological alchemy, the Thinking Class assigned Islamic radicals to their roster of sacred victims of oppression – so that now it’s verboten to mention them in news reports whenever some new slaughter of innocents is carried out around the world, or to complain about their hostility to Western Civ as a general proposition. Two decades after the obscene 9/11 attacks, the new Democratic Party controlled congress has apparently decided that it’s better to make common cause with Islamic Radicalism than with a Russia that is, in actuality, no longer the Soviet Union but rather just another European nation trying to make it through the endgame of the industrial age, like everybody else.

The Thinking Class behind the bad faith Resistance is about to be beaten within an inch of its place in history with an ugly-stick of reality as The Narrative finally comes to be fairly adjudicated. The Mueller Report was much more than just disappointing; it was a comically inept performance insofar as it managed to overlook the only incidence of collusion that actually took place: namely, the disinfo operation sponsored by the Hillary Clinton campaign in concert with the highest officials of the FBI, the Department of Justice, State Department personnel, the various Intel agencies, and the Obama White house for the purpose of interfering in the 2016 election. It will turn out that the Mueller Investigation was just an extension of that felonious op, and Mr. Mueller himself may well be subject to prosecution for destroying evidence and, yes, obstruction of justice.

John F. Kennedy once observed that “life is unfair” {see the video}. It is unfair, perhaps, that a TV Reality Show huckster, clown, and rank outsider beat a highly credentialed veteran of the political establishment and that he flaunts his lack of decorum in the Oval Office. But it happens that he was on the side of the truth in the RussiaGate farrago and that happens to place him in a position of advantage going forward.


See Kunstler’s posts about RussiaGate

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About James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler (Wikipedia) worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, before working as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he began writing books on a full-time basis. Kunstler is the author of 12 novels and has been a regular contributor to many major media, writing about environmental and economic issues. He is a leading supporter of the movement known as “New Urbanism.”

He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT, and many other colleges. He has written five non-fiction books. See more about the most recent one below.

See some of his recent posts about America. They’re all well worth reading!

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Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information see all posts about RussiaGateabout propaganda, about ways to reform America’s politics, and especially these …

  1. A review of Russiagate, its propaganda and hysteria.
  2. Secrets untold about the DNC hack, the core of RussiaGate.
  3. Debunking RussiaGate, attempts to stop the new Cold War.
  4. RussiaGate: fragments of a story large beyond imagining.
  5. The RussiaGate story implodes. The Left burns with it – by Glen Ford at the Black Agenda Report.
  6. Peter van Buren shows the path to RussiaGate.

About Kunstler’s most recent book

Too Much Magic.
Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation.

Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation
Available at Amazon.

From the publisher …

“Kunstler’s critically acclaimed and best-selling The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century (2005) quickly became a grassroots hit, going into nine printings in hardcover. Kunstler’s shocking vision of our post-oil future caught the attention of environmentalists and business leaders alike, and stimulated widespread discussion about our dependence on fossil fuels and our dysfunctional financial and government institutions. Kunstler has since become a key commentator on the future, profiled in The New Yorker and invited to speak at TED and other events.

In Too Much Magic, Kunstler evaluates what has changed in the last seven years and shows us that in a post-financial-crisis world, his ideas are more relevant than ever.

“‘Too Much Magic’ is what Kunstler sees in the bright visions of a future world dreamed up by overly optimistic souls who believe technology will solve all our problems. Their visions remind him of the flying cars and robot maids that were the dominant images of the future in the 1950s. Kunstler’s idea of the future is much more sober: he analyzes the various technologies (vertical farms, fracking, corn ethanol) suggested as overnight solutions to the energy crisis and finds none that he thinks will work long-term to cure a society dependent on gas-guzzling cars, in love with an inefficient ideal of suburbia, and unwilling to fundamentally change its high-energy lifestyle. Kunstler also offers concrete ideas as to how we can help ourselves adjust to a society where the oil tap is running dry.

“With vision, clarity of thought, and a pragmatic worldview, Kunstler argues that the time for magical thinking and hoping for miracles is over and that the time to begin preparing for the long emergency has begun.”


6 thoughts on “Kunstler: Blowback Is a Harsh Mistress”

  1. Last stand of the RussiaGaters?

    Redefining reality to suit their need.

    An Indictment in All But Name” by David Cole in The New York Review of Books, 23 April 2019.

    “The report establishes beyond doubt that a foreign rival engaged in a systematic effort to subvert our democracy …Mueller’s report shows that Trump’s concern was not for American democracy, but for saving his own skin…Mueller’s reticence stemmed from a concern for fairness, not from any doubt about the evidence. He noted that had he concluded that the president had not obstructed justice, he would have said so. Instead, he wrote that the report ‘does not exonerate’ Trump. That is classic Mueller ian understatement. The report dispassionately lays out the facts, which are an indictment in all but name…What should be done now? The fact that a sitting president cannot be indicted does not mean that he cannot be called to account by other means. And some form of accountability is essential. What Trump has already done is profoundly damaging to the institution of the presidency and our system of justice, but we will make it worse if we collectively fail to demand a reckoning.”

    President Trump, constitutional menace“, an op-ed by Jennifer Rubin in the WaPo on 24 April 2019.

    “President Trump has embarked on a strategy of stonewalling, defiance and constitutional nihilism.”

    5 persistent myths about the Mueller Report” by Aaron Blake in The Washington Post, 27 April 2019.

    1. It said ‘no collusion,’ period.
    2. Mueller decided he couldn’t decide on obstruction.
    3. Trump fully cooperated.
    4. There is no underlying crime.
    5. Trump has been accused of a crime in the Cohen case.
  2. I found this fascinating — what was the “Thinking Class” thinking? Shouldn’t we rename “them” to “Wishful Class?”
    About the “Blowbacks” — the Donald displayed another classic, recently: withdrawal from international agreement on the arms trade (at NRA gathering). These are the actions to which Blowbacks will change the world — how could anybody trust any agreement with the US of A…
    The most of MSM, AKA prestitutes never noticed this: Jimmy Carter on US
    So I bet the next scandal will be along the line of “China-Gate.”

    1. Jako,

      “Shouldn’t we rename “them” to “Wishful Class?”

      It’s a ironic label, mocking their self-image.

      “how could anybody trust any agreement with the US of A…”

      False. Nations have the right to abrogate treaties. They are not “until death do us part.” Even marriage isn’t.

      1. Larry,

        “False. Nations have the right to abrogate treaties.”
        That certainly is correct; however, the weight of a signature on behalf of a particular party on any given agreement is indirectly proportional to the number of similar treaties unilaterally abrogated by that party.
        In another words (meant to be funny), should the validity of a treaty be measured by a length of a term before another “leader” who just drops down from a palm tree, eh, a Tower, as in this case ;-)

        BTW — Originally, I had in mind the talked about new nuclear treaty with Russia, whether negotiated as we speak, or just mulled about.

  3. The Man Who Laughs

    “John F. Kennedy once observed that “life is unfair” {see the video}. It is unfair, perhaps, that a TV Reality Show huckster, clown, and rank outsider beat a highly credentialed veteran of the political establishment and that he flaunts his lack of decorum in the Oval Office. But it happens that he was on the side of the truth in the RussiaGate farrago and that happens to place him in a position of advantage going forward.”

    This assumes he has the skill to press whatever advantage this gives him going forward. This may be wishful thinking on a par with the “Thinking Class”.

    Kuntsler has his facts pretty much in order regarding RussiaGate, which we badly need to rename as it implies that somehow Russia was at the root of it. Like the man said, we have met the enemy, and he is us. I’ve heard it called the FBI sedition scandal, which is closer to the truth, except that went way beyond just the FBI. The Deep State Sedition Scandal, maybe. But by whatever name we call it, it will take a lot to see anything approaching justice done. Christopher Wray recently said that Russia’s interference in 2018 was just a dress rehearsal for 2020. Maybe the 2016 sedition scandal was too.

    We’re gonna run the 2016 election over, and over, and over again, until we get it right.

    I think what worries me the most is not that this happened, but that it proves that an enemy, foreign or domestic, could probably interfere in an election in a way that would keep the outcome from being accepted as legitimate, with the dispute ending up in civil disorder. This took some doing to set up, but maybe it shows us only a fraction of what’s possible.

    1. The Man,

      “This assumes he has the skill to press whatever advantage this gives him going forward.”

      No, it doesn’t. Kunstler just says it gives Trump an advantage. He does not say that Trump could or will exploit it well.

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