Kunstler on the Political Economy

RT interviews James Howard Kunstler on a range of topics including the current state of the global economy, the de-legitimization of the U.S. political system, and, of course, his thoughts about the OCW movement.

At the outset, Kunstler makes a terrific point about the “consensus about reality” in the United States being so woefully fragmented these days as to make defining a coherent narrative about the economic crisis, let alone finding a positive way forward, an almost impossible task.

Gary Johnson @ OCW

Republican candidate Gary Johnson (the other libertarian in the race) talks to OCW protesters in Zuchotti Park, eventually running into Young Turks host Cenk Uygur.

Most protesters probably wouldn’t agree with Johnson’s radical prescriptions for fixing the economy (although they’d most likely appreciate his open stance on drug policy), but in the present political system they’ll never have the opportunity to determine whether they support him or not, given the massive amounts of money raised by the leading candidates in the race that will totally dominate the airwaves once things really kick into high gear.

Fun Fact: In 2010, the Conservative Party of Canada raised $17.3 million. By contrast, in that same year, the Republican Party raised just shy of $1 billion.

Robertson Warns GOP of “Extremism”

In a rare moment of pragmatic clarity, Pat Robertson worries that shameless pandering to the extreme right-wing base of the Republican Party will make the eventual winner of the primary race completely unelectable in the 2012 presidential contest.

It’s a well-founded concern, to be sure, but considering the source, a fairly laughable one. When Robertson says “those people in the Republican primary have got to lay off this stuff” how exactly does he propose that the hardcore base of the party sublimate their ignorant, batshit craziness for the duration of the primary campaign?