While I do not agree with Mr. Kunstler on many issues, he is correct about the damage created by the way our society has been organized and run over the past century or so. Yes, we are richer in terms of material goods than any human beings have ever been but at what cost?
Mr. Kunstler does not call himself a conservative, but in his writings he defends the things conservatives are supposed to defend: traditional communities, traditional esthetics, and the traditional family structure. We conservatives would do well to remember that real conservatism isn't primarily about free markets or low taxes it is about protecting and preserving these things.
Fossil fuels are victims of propaganda.
Certainly not in any way a "perfect fuel", they are neither an armageddon.
We are fine now with fossill fuels and we will develop better sources of electricity, if we haven't already.
His predictions will prove to be no more accurate than Paul Erlichs predictions in the 1970s.
Right off the bat, "no, thank you."
Among other "sacrifices", this would require returning to a similar level of population. Who would he like us to eliminate? Perhaps he would volunteer to go first...after which we will continue to pursue solutions based on market forces and technological advance that do not require collective suicide and a 200-year regression.
That is unequivacably false. Conservatism is about Man's relationship to government. It is about liberty. You can protect and preserve anything you want, you can be as retro or as traditional as you wish. You can grow your own squash and weave your own clothes and run your own commune but you will not tell me how to live. And you will not define me into your screwball ideas.
Thanks for posting this. It certainly is 'food for thought' as it accurately describes the kind of world the global warming fanatics believe is right. Too often they avoid describing the implications of their solutions.
That said, it raises the question of whether they believe more in global warming or in their ideal utopia? Your comments seem to imply that conservatives should join the global warming bandwagon since it would lead to a more conservative world.
When left alone, the societal model will always adapt to what is BOTH desirable and economical for the most people.
It this case, government is far more likely to be the problem than the solution.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
He seems to have a wildly false assumption--that we will run out of fossil fuel in our lifetime.
We have a 300 year supply of coal.
And at least that much of shale oil.
And KNOWN oil reserves for 50 years.
The free market works. As oil prices go up, alternate fuels will be found.
His assumption oil supplies will end in 20 years or less and our whole society would collapse is false.
Our society may well collapse in less than 20 years, but not due to oil. We have far more serious problems than that.
ummmm,,, what's plan "B"??