Every few months or so, we break out the crystal ball with esteemed futurist James Kunstler (kunstler.com), who is back with us today, to see where we're headed. James looks at the future of economics and culture, and how if we are expecting to live in an orderly society in the next several decades, we are mistaken. He examines the impending economic reset, debt forgiveness, and how the economic elites see the future versus how he sees it. He explores the future of cities and suburbs, realistically looking at today's realities to predict tomorrow's likelihoods. No one knows the future, but if he's proven correct, we need to be prepared for the tough times ahead.
With the world in chaos and an uncertain path before us, it helps to talk to someone who has a vision for where we are heading. On today's podcast, we talk with two of them. First, author and online columnist James Kunstler (kunstler.com), is back with us. He is joined by print journalist and award-winning radio producer Mark Sommer. They offer their sometimes similar and other times distinctly different points of view about how to handle what's to come.
For today's round table discussion, both James and Mark look at alternative fuels, the future of the energy industry, and how politics affects our viewpoints. Idealism versus reality is explored as both guests do what many in this country refuse to – talk with someone who doesn't agree with them in an effort to find common ground.
Before this week, you probably didn't think 2020 could get any crazier. Now we have a Supreme Court nomination fight on our hands. John opens the show this week looking beyond the news everyone else is talking about and tackling issues like judicial activism, the need for a full court before the post-election legal chaos, and how the making of laws should fall squarely on the shoulders of Congress, not the executive or judicial branches.
With all the craziness going, John checks in with long-time friend of the show, author and futurist James Kunstler (www.kunstler.com). They discuss the current state of affairs including when the democrat party really started going off the rails. He goes on to predict where the United States is going economically as well as where the oil industry is headed and he looks at the fate of our country's urban centers.
Finally, we welcome Russell Berman (www.hoover.org), Humanities Professor at Stanford and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, who examines one of the latest chess pieces in President Trump's foreign policy plan – the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo and their future relationship with Israel. The President was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for this accomplishment. Will he actually win or will political correctness infiltrate another award ceremony?
Things are crazy right now, what with the election coming up and a contentious Supreme Court battle just around the corner. Where will be after all of this? Author and futurist James Kunstler (www.kunstler.com) is back with us to examine our current state of affairs. He looks at when the democrat party really started to go off the rails and how both sides are handling the important issues.
Mr. Kunstler analyzes the economy and the oil industry and predicts where our society will be in the near future. He also forecasts the fate of urban centers in the U.S. after the virus crisis is over. Will New York City ever be the same?
There is what's known as a black or white fallacy surrounding this coronavirus pandemic: it's either no big deal or it's the end of the world. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. In this week's extended boralogue, John covers the facts, not the fiction, behind the disease. He begins by accurately stating the medical truth of the virus and then pivots to the economic impact.
He is then joined by his better half, Carol Loeffler, to further explore how the coronavirus is affecting various countries financially on the global geo-economic chessboard. They then examine the virus's influence on the oil markets.
Will this black swan event push us into a recession or could it also push us into a long emergency? John welcomes back to the program futurist and author James Kunstler (www.kunstler.com), who discusses the future of oil and shale production in the U.S., where transportation is headed, and the danger when crises like this threaten what we perceive as normality.
We finish off the show with Dr. Jenna Silakoski (www.northidahodpc.com), a physician in North Idaho, who gives a realistic on the ground view of the coronavirus and how she is handling it from a doctor's perspective.
John's quote of the week:
"In any crisis, the most important thing to remember is God understands and He will provide for us as we go. You can ask Him for wisdom. 'Father, show me where to go and what I need to do.' So let's move on and face this. It's a challenge. But God is always up to challenges."
On this week's extra segment, we play John's latest guest appearance on local radio station KYMS with host Lee Lancaster. In addition to giving a martyred church update, John discusses with Lee the coronavirus (as well as an interesting way to keep from getting it) and defending your faith in times of trouble.