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410: The Voice of the Moon

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C-Realm_410_coverKMO welcomes Ilargi of The Automatic Earth to the C-Realm to talk about the sorry state of watchdog journalism, the unhelpful rhetoric of American politicians and pundits around Vladimir Putin’s actions with regard to Ukraine, the media’s failure to examine the US role in bringing down the Yanakovish government, and the fragility of the Chinese economy given its dependence on a shadow banking system which has provided it with a vital life-line of credit. KMO begins and ends the episode with some thoughts on the suicide of Michael C. Ruppert.

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Vault_Cover088The conversation with Orren Whiddon from C-Realm Podcast 409 concludes here in the Vault. Orren describes the concentric circles that define his community and how those circles may contract when times are tough. He concludes by describing the mindset necessary to make an intentional community work. That is the starting place for a long conversation with Sally Erickson who has been intimately involved in the creation of an intentional community which she later left due to a case of founder’s syndrome.  What does it take to live together in times of plenty and in times of want?

409: The Ultimate Metric of Doom

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C-Realm_409_coverKMO welcomes Orren Whiddon of Four Quarters Interfaith Church to the C-Realm to discuss the upcoming Age of Limits conference. Orren describes how one of his high school teachers gave him a copy of the original Limits to Growth study and how that put him on his life-long course. Orren argues that the statistic of peak human population is the ultimate metric of our undoing as a civilization and how sterile phrases like “peak population” mask an abyss of human suffering. In the middle, KMO reads from The Future Delusion blog and discusses his own evolving relationship to the idea of collapse.

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Vault_Cover087The conversation with Driftglass of the Professional Left Podcast continues in this weekend’s C-Realm Vault episode. KMO explains how unanimous support for drug war brutality among Democrats and Republicans in the 1980s enticed him into the Libertarian fold as an impressionable youth, and Dripglass details his history as a champion of Ayn Rand’s ideology.  This episode is more fun than a barrel full of cheese-eating surrender monkeys. Berets optional.

408: Driven by Fear

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Driftglass AKA sea glass

Driftglass AKA sea glass

KMO welcomes Driftglass, who is the co-host, along with his wife, Blue Gal, of The Professional Left Podcast, to the C-Realm to discuss science fiction and politics. Driftglass provides examples of SF literature from the middle of the 20th Century which were both prescient and dystopian and which stand as counter-examples to David Graeber’s claim that the science fiction of that period encouraged people to envision a Utopian future in which technology released the vast majority of the population of the burden of alienated labor. Driftglass unpacks his counter-intuitive assertion that there is no Tea Party and counters the claim, ubiquitous in the corporate media, that the Democrats and Republicans are equally culpable for the sorry state of play in American politics.

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Psychedelic fish image has nothing to do with the content of this episode.

Psychedelic fish image has nothing to do with the content of this episode.

KMO and Chad Hill of the Hipcrime Vocab blog discuss how much conscious collusion goes into the management of mainstream narratives and expectations around technology and social justice. Technology has allowed elites to insulate themselves as never before from the hardships experienced by the masses. Far from ending drudgery for the working class, technology has given rise to an environment where workers are less far less secure in their lifestyles than they were 20 years ago. KMO reads and responds to listener feedback.

407: Distinguishing Collapse from Catastrophe

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C-Realm_407_coverKMO welcomes Chad Hill, the author of the Hipcrime Vocab blog, to the C-Realm Podcast to carry on the conversation about the future. SF media has transitioned away from Utopian visions of people and societies liberated from drudgery and conflict by advanced technology and good governance to wallowing in depictions of dysfunctional futures. What’s up with that? KMO and Chad wrestle with these questions and ponder how we might find our way to a resource-based economy like we see on Star Trek.

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Vault_Cover085KMO continues the conversation with Frank Aragona. They discuss the possibility of Moore’s Law-like improvement in the price/performance of photo-voltaic technology. Frank says that now might be the best time to buy some solar panels, as Chinese manufacturers are selling them at below cost; a situation that won’t last forever. Later, KMO reads from a blog post by an up-coming C-Realm guest summarizing many of the alternative narratives featured on the C-Realm which find no representation in the corporate media.

406: Suspect Models and the Photosynthetic Ceiling

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C-Realm_406_coverKMO welcomes Frank Aragona of the Agroinnovations podcast back to the C-Realm to discuss a Guardian article by Nafeez Ahmed that is based on a NASA-funded report that details how growing inequality might bring about the fall of our globalized industrial civilization. They also discuss an article in The Economist which offers competing explanations for why global warming seems to have slowed. Frank details the land grabs in Africa by which powerful nations attempting to feed their populations by securing the use of agricultural land in impoverished African nations. It’s all a result, Frank explains, of the human appropriation of net primary production. For more on that topic, read Frank’s blog post on The Photosynthetic Ceiling.

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Vault_Cover084AJeremy Rifkin in a recent NYT op-ed piece and in his forthcoming book argues that capitalism will be a diminishing presence in our lives in the coming decades as the democratized tools of production give rise to a culture of sharing and collaboration. Others claim that there is no such thing as capitalism, that the word just identifies the ways that the laws of physics give rise to differential wealth creation and that it is not an economic system or an ideology in any meaningful way.  KMO discusses these views of capitalism as well as the dynamics of manifesting intentional communities that foster genuine human expression and connection with attendees at a communities conference held at the Brooklyn Urban dZong this past weekend.