I need an internet enemy. Gary North misses Kunstler’s point entirely. People who think we really do have 100 years of cheap plentiful oil under our feet are idiots. Kunstler’s viewpoint that our suburban sprawl chain store dominated culture is coming to an end is correct. The financial results of the big box retailers and restaurant chains that I have been reporting for the last few weeks are proof that this facade is crumbling. The vacancy and space available signs you’ve been seeing are going to triple in the next few years as thousands of stores and restaurants are shuttered.
Reply To Gary North
By James Howard Kunstler on March 3, 2013 6:56 PM
Consider his [JHK's] most recent screed. It begins with an attack on the most successful free market retailing operation on earth, Walmart. He uses Walmart as a representative company for all of the low-price, high-volume box stores. He hates them all.In the United States, millions of customers return day after day to buy at stores like these. But Kunstler, who is an arrogant Leftie elitist, dismisses them as helpless rubes who need protection from price competitive retailers. And who will supply this protection? The Good Old Boys.
Kunstler is merely one more hapless defender of local business oligopolies. He stands in front of the freight train of price competition, yelling: “Stop!” He will be run over, just as they all have been run over.