The subtitle of The Long Emergency is Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, but it's really about Peak Oil. Peak oil = we are going to run out of oil, and it's already started.
Now, as it happens, I am predisposed to be charitable towards this idea. But the sloppy thinking in this book completely failed to convince me of anything. I became more skeptical instead of less as a result of reading it.
Kunstler blames oil for World Wars I and II, for the rise of communism, for the fall of communism, and for the Great Depression (this was my first clue).
After that the man starts abusing the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the concept of entropy. I quote:
"Entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, says that the change in state in any given amount of energy flows in one direction, from being concentrated in one place to becoming diffused or dispersed and spread out."
"Simple, ordered flows drain entropy faster at a faster rate than complexly disordered flows (...) which is why a Wal-Mart economy will bring us to grief more rapidly(....)"
Wrong again. You don't get to apply thermodynamic laws to economic theories.
...the earth is a closed system(....)
Given the number of inaccuracies and exaggerations I found in areas I am knowledgeable about, I am completely unwilling to give any credibility to his somewhat hyperbolic assertions concerning topics I'm not knowledgeable about.
I can't recommend this book; in fact, I think the slandered concepts it contains might want to rise up and strangle the author to prevent him from hurting others.