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Living in the Long Emergency

Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward
Lu par : David de Vries
Durée : 9 h et 47 min
Catégories : Histoire, Amériques
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Forget the speculation of pundits and media personalities. For anyone asking "Now what?" the answer is out there. You just have to know where to look.

In his 2005 book, The Long Emergency, James Howard Kunstler described the global predicaments that would pitch the USA into political and economic turmoil in the 21st century - the end of affordable oil, climate irregularities, and flagging economic growth, to name a few. Now, he returns with a book that takes an up-close-and-personal approach to how real people are living now - surviving The Long Emergency as it happens.

Through his popular blog, Clusterf**ck Nation, Kunstler has had the opportunity to connect with people from across the country. They’ve shared their stories with him - sometimes over years of correspondence - and in Living in the Long Emergency: Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward, he shares them with us, offering an eye-opening and unprecedented look at what’s really going on "out there" in the US - and beyond.

Coming from all walks of life, the individuals you’ll meet in these pages have one thing in common: their stories acutely illustrate the changing realities real people are facing - and coping with - every day. In profiles of their fascinating lives, Kunstler paints vivid, human portraits that offer a “slice of life” from people whose struggles and triumphs all too often go ignored.

With personal accounts from a Vermont baker, homesteaders, a building contractor in the Baltimore ghetto, a white nationalist, and many more, Living in the Long Emergency is a unique and timely exploration of how the lives of everyday Americans are being transformed, for better and for worse, and what these stories tell us both about the future and about human perseverance.

©2020 James Howard Kunstler (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • FourGirlsMom
  • 06/03/2020

I will buy the hard copy to study and savor.

The book prepared a bed of hot coals for my imagination to take flame. Like Yogi Berra’s statement about predictions, we can only guess the general azimuth of our culture’s future. This book gives us a north to set our compasses. Part 1 was a summary of the original book. But a good concise description of our predicament. We may be able to extend this lifestyle a while but this will decay as more people drop out of this modern life. Part 2 was a great look at Americans adjusting to these changing times. These dropouts can be the seed of a new America. In Part 3 Jim hit it out of the park. He amalgamated the thoughts and concerns I’ve had since the early 1970s. I’m a 65 year old retiring mining / civil engineer. I understand resource depletion. The strength of our society will dictate the velocity of the decline. My retirement may be easy or not. But we oldsters can spend the time to prepare our people to meet the future head on. The reader was good but I wish Jim would read the audiobook. His pacing and intonation would be perfect.

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  • Spontaneous Rex
  • 08/09/2020

Dont Let The Headline Fool You

The book is mostly a historical review of various catastrophes and an overview of the authors homestead. It does almost nothing to address its title. There's virtually nothing about living in an actual emergency

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  • T. Crockett
  • 18/06/2020

Political Prejudice Undercuts Message

For a book like this to succeed in convincing a reader, ultimately it comes down to trusting the author. This is a contrarian vision so it requires that a whole lot of people be wrong in order for the author to be right. In the initial chapters, Kunstler makes a compelling case and steers clear of politics in his explanation for how and why we are heading for a meltdown of civilization in most of the book and doesn’t seem to take sides in the interviews he does when highlighting alternative life styles. He even makes some derogatory references to Donald Trump. Then in chapter 14 he goes full-on conspiracy theory and tarnishes the expertise of the intelligence community and the justice department to build his deep state theory that everything Trump has been accused of since becoming president was just partisan politics and a witch hunt. He completely misrepresents the Mueller Report’s conclusions and the conclusions of the intelligence community and bipartisan agreement from the Senate Intelligence Committee. He purveys untruths so willingly and freely in this chapter in order to make his point that it caused me to seriously question the “data” he was using to make his other arguments. I still think there are some important and probably uncomfortable truths in this book but when you are setting yourself up to be “ the guy who will tell you the truth about what’s going on” it becomes even more important not to casually misrepresent facts and conveniently distort history.

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  • K. Skoog
  • 12/05/2020

Please Read Before Buying

This book bashes President Trump in the first few minutes. Some people will like that and some people won’t. So you need to know. Additionally I did not like the narrator’s voice. Be sure to listen to the sample and decide for yourself.

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  • John Johnston III
  • 26/09/2020

The Future ...

Clearly spelled out. What we all have to look forward to as the years roll by.

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  • RWood
  • 01/07/2020

With respect

Interesting people treated with respect, large ideas handled concisely, hope for man in the future.

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  • 26/06/2020

if it's 2020 or later, you need to read this book.

For just a moment, suspend your hope or your firm belief that things in the Western world will return to normal. Listen with an open mind, at the possible ways things may very well play out. And prepare yourself and your family once finished.

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  • Timothy Nichols
  • 22/06/2020

Lucid description of how our society truly is...

I’ve been observing how obnoxious people of this Empire have been turning these last thirty years or so and wanting to be associated with it less and less. Things seem to go sideways toward the end of the 80s as I remember it. I had not run across Kunstler before about five days ago when he was interviewed by Chris Martenson on PeakProsperity. I liked what I heard, so I acquired this book and thoroughly enjoyed every last minute of it. In fact, I like it so much, I’m going to need to get a physical copy of it so that when our star flares us into the Bronze Age, I’ll have something to remind me how things used to be. Not even kidding. Kunstler’s explanation of Shale Oil is illuminating and coupled with all the financial shenanigans those Central Banksters and Generic Banksters have been doing to the financial system, on top of the concept that it’s Capitalism for you and me, but Socialism for Corporations, this way of life clearly can’t stagger around for too terribly much longer. Chapter 15 is about the most excellent breakdown of how this society has been turned on its non-binary, gender-fluid ear. I’m not going to comment on what I think about that whole concept... Chapter 14, though, was well worth the price of admission - despite all the information I amass, I’ve never been able to organize all the steaming piles of feces our “leadership” have produced regarding Russiagate into anything approaching sensical. Thank you, Mr. Kunstler. Part II is validating since I’m embarking on my own adventure outside of the life I’ve lived for fifty+ years. Knowing there are other responsible adults still existing in this country gives me courage to soldier on.