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CRV195

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CRV195_coverKMO and Erik Knutzen, AKA Mr. Homegrown of the Root Simple blog and podcast, talk about the recent C-Realm Vault themes. Thereafter KMO offers up a run-on, off the cuff riff incorporating ideas from some of John Michael Greer's recent Archdruid Report blog posts. It's all one big stew of ideas that took a while to reach your bowl, but now it's here, so dig in and enjoy.

C-Realm Radio 001

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C-Realm Radio cover artHere's the first episode of the official C-Realm Radio show on Black Sheep Radio, 91.5 FM, Bellows Falls, Vermont. The episode features an interview with Adam Kotsko, author of Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television. Thereafter, we re-visit a 2013 interview with Robert W. McChesney about his book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. Finally, we hear a recent talk by Bob McChesney about his new book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. If you'd like to hear the accompanying talk by his co-author, John Nichols, it is available on YouTube.

503: Artificially Flavored Intelligence

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Q: Is this what computers dream? A: No. Stop anthropomorphizing.

Q: Is this what computers dream?
A: No. Stop anthropomorphizing.

KMO welcomes Misha Lepetic back to the program. Misha writes about technology and society for 3 Quarks Daily. Anyone who uses Facebook or listens to podcasts knows how the internet can connect us with the members of our tribe we would have never met or known about without technology, but Misha argues that AI and its embodied version, robotics, will allow people to never have to meet, interact with, care about or even consider those members of our shared society who we'd rather forget about. Old people, sick people, socially awkward people. The robots can see to their needs so we don't have to deal with them. Misha brings up past visions of the technological future like Colossus: The Forbin Project, Lawnmower Man, and I Robot to illustrate the evolution of our concerns about the effects of technology on human life and society.

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CRV194_coverKMO and Doug Lain summarize and comment on a video by Sargon of Akkad about the so-called alt right. Topics include the ideological changes that have swept the community of science fiction writers in the United States in recent years, white nationalism, right-wing collectivism, human biodiversity and the economics of imperialism.

420 Special

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WOOL420KMO took the host's chair for the Monsters and Hampsters show on WOOL FM, Community Radio in Bellows Falls, Vermont, for a special, marijuana-themed show. Guests include the Dopefiend, creator of the Dopecast, Vermont Senator David Zuckerman, author Adam Kotsko, and Marty, KMO's co-host on the Z-Realm Podcast.

CRV193

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Available to C-Realm Vault subscribers

Available to C-Realm Vault subscribers

The conversation with Amogh Sahu continues in this episode of the Vault. Amogh asks KMO about Vermont, and the discussion gravitates to the interplay between a tough economy and the war on drugs.  Prisons provide employment in rural places by paying rural whites to lock up prisoners who are largely black and latino and who come from cities. This gives rural whites an economic incentive to maintain a particular set of ideological commitments concerning blacks, drugs and crime. The discussion touches on a variety of topics but eventually comes back around to the subject of so-called social justice warriors and how they seemingly have little interest in the topics of class struggle or literal imperialism (only cultural imperialism).

CRV192

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KMO on his last stroll through Green-Wood Cemetery as a Brooklyn resident.

KMO on his last stroll through Green-Wood Cemetery as a Brooklyn resident.

The post-interview conversation with Gaius Publius which was supposed to appear in last week's Vault podcast can be found here. After that, KMO talks about social justice and its college campus champions with Symptomatic Redness co-host, Amogh Sahu.

CRV191

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José Martí

José Martí

The Spanish-American war of 1898 ended Spain’s four-hundred-year rule of Cuba. Cuba became a U.S. protectorate and decades of instability followed, culminating in Batista’s military dictatorship. The 1959 Cuban Revolution is one of the great underdog stories in history, in which a tiny band of young rebels prevailed against all odds. This nationalist revolution quickly fell under the sway of the USSR, and Cuba’s previously close ties with the U.S. were abruptly severed. This presentation by novelist and lecturer Tim Weed, a long-time observer of the island, highlights recent changes in light of Cuba’s long struggle for sovereignty.

502: The Neo-liberal Consensus

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COVER_ART_502KMO welcomes Gaius Publius to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the history of neo-liberalism and the importance of the two protest candidates who represent the public's frustration with the decades-long project of advancing a billionaire-controlled, predatory, global system of corporate capitalism. The establishment candidates strive to manage expectations for an inevitable decline in living standards and political responsiveness, but the electorate are done with that, says Gaius. All that remains to be seen is whether the rejection of the neo-liberal consensus will come from the left, the right, or whether the Millennials, and others who refuse to have their expectations managed down to something the neo-liberal candidates consider "reasonable" or "realistic," abandon the frame of electoral politics all together and continue the struggle by other means.

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CRV190_coverKMO and Jeff Wilburn talk about the rejection of the neo-liberal status quo as evidenced by the popularity of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. All recent presidential elections have been contests that pit one neo-liberal candidate against another. If Trump and Sanders end up with the nominations, this year's electoral ballot will be neo-liberal free. Either candidate's win would constitute a resounding rejection of the status quo.