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CRV203

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CRV203_coverThis is the second half of the group conversation that began in CRV202. KMO sets the stage with a little context on the origin and meaning of the famous quote, "War is the health of the state." The conversation, naturally, turns to consciousness, and the group explores whether there is any necessary relationship between consciousness and power. Corporations seem to be less conscious than the people who work for them, but they are far more powerful. KMO presses the group's conspiracy-minded member on whether the rest of the group is wasting their time and energy fretting over anthropogenic climate change. One participant mentioned the documentary The True Cost, and KMO inserts a clip from the trailer.

CRV202

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CRV202_coverOn a recent road trip, KMO stayed with friends of the C-Realm in northeast Kansas who took him to a meeting of a local discussion group. The event hostess intended to talk about the papal encyclical on the environment, but the conversation turned immediately to gun control and proceeded from there. Thomas Frank asked, "What's the matter with Kansas?" Certainly not this group of thoughtful folks, which included permaculture teacher, Michael Almon and author, Margaret Del Debbio.

CRV201

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Cassy and Uncle Tom

Cassy and Uncle Tom

KMO grouses about the cynical opportunism that floods the commercial media and social media in the wake of every mass shooting before getting down to reporting on, reading from, and reflecting upon the second half of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

C-Realm Radio 006

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Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

KMO asks Vermont legislator and candidate for Lt. Governor, Kesha Ram, about how the 2016 attempt to legalize recreational marijuana went off the rails and ended in no change at all to the law. Vermont does not allow citizen-lead ballot initiatives, and Governor Peter Shumlin was hoping to make Vermont the first state in which lawmakers rather than citizens lead the push to end the prohibition of marijuana at the state level. KMO and Kesha also talk about farming and the opioid "epidemic" in Vermont. The second hour features a conversation with Lex Pelger and Dimitri Mugianis about iboga from C-Realm Podcast #359: Mobengo!

CRV200

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CRV200_coverNo guest this week, just KMO reflecting on Uncle Tom's cabin, the "successor society" envisioned by Kevin Carson, and the notion that life as we know it may well be a simulation of some kind and why it would be pretty terrible news if we were to learn that the life and world we know is really real.

CRV199

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CRV199_coverAnother episode about H. P. Lovecraft with flashbacks to conversations with John Michael Greer and S. T. Joshi about HPL's fear of "the Other." KMO and Marty riff on the topic in a Z-Realm Podcast outtake. Finally, P. H. Lovecraft has the last word on why it's not fair to try to whitewash our beloved Howie.

C-Realm Radio 005

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C-Realm Radio cover artOn the Sunday before Memorial Day 2016, KMO shares conversations with Robert W. McChesney and Jacob George. Robert McChesney is the co-author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. He and KMO consider the various issues which have, by bi-partisan consensus, been taken off the table. Later, KMO shares most of a 2011 recording he made with Veteran activist and musician, Jacob George. Jacob did three tours in Afghanistan and then suffered the transition back into civilian life. Keep drawing breath.

504: Stripmining Idealism

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COVER_ART_504KMO and John Michael Greer continue the conversation which began on C-Realm Radio 004. JMG explains the rules of The Rescue Game, in which elites anoint groups of victims to console and perpetrators to punish. The game requires willing participants, and now that the previous occupants of the perpetrator role have refused to play, the game has entered the circular firing-squad phase in which the rescuers turn on each other for want of willing participants to play the role of perpetrator. Later, the conversation turns to H.P. Lovecraft. JMG has written a trilogy of novels which play with the places, characters and institutions from Lovecraft's stories but which turn Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia on its head.

CRV198

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Every face is black in a coal mine.

Every face is black in a coal mine.

KMO talks with long-time friend of the C-Realm, Paula C, who describes herself as "an only-somewhat-cis-female, graduate-degreed, queer, socialist, green who also likes offroading, knows how to shoot a gun, and has lots of friends who have served in the military." Paula is a child of Appalachia, and she has a very different take on the mentality of the "white working class" we've been hearing about in the media recently. Those people and their dissatisfactions are becoming a real nuisance. Shouldn't they have dropped out by now?

CRV197

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CRV197_coverKMO talks with Doug Lain about class divisions vs. race divisions, culture as an expression of racial genetics, capitalist imperialism, police brutality and the curious characters who haunt the idea space known as the "alt right," a place where silicon valley techies wax rhapsodic about monarchy and embrace the moniker of neo-reactionary. Some alt right types make a virtue of human biodiversity, a hybrid of green eco-jargon and scientific racism. Do all people have a right to exist as "a people," or is that strictly for the victims of colonialism? There's also a passing reference or two to the presidential election contest in the United States.