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Goats have weird eyes

Goats have weird eyes

The conversation with Katherine MacLean of Happy Acres Farm about home birth, medical technocracy, vaccinations, and self-directed education concludes in this episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast. The elusive Olga K makes a rare on-mic appearance.

475: Living at Home

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C-Realm_475_coverIn May, KMO and Olga visited Katherine MacLean at Happy Acres Farm in Sherman, Connecticut. At the time, Katherine was pregnant and planning to have the baby at home under the care of midwives in spite of much pressure to give herself over to the care of the medical profession. Katherine talks about what she learned from the death of her sister, why she left her dream job, her thoughts on unschooling and the interplay between enjoying freedom and taking responsibility. Last week, Katherine checked back in with KMO via Skype about the experience of giving birth at home.

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U. G. Krishnamurti

U. G. Krishnamurti

The discussion of Thomas Ligotti and The Conspiracy Against the Human Race concludes in this episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast. Guest Kevin Dole describes Ligotti’s relationship to Buddhism and uses the example of U. G. Krishnamurti to illustrate Ligotti’s position on the feasibility of ending human suffering by means of spiritual development.

MALIGNANTLY USELESS

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C-Realm_474_coverKMO and guest Kevin Dole consider why horror writer Thomas Ligotti considers consciousness to be the parent of all horrors. Consciousness is supposed to be the most marvelous phenomenon in existence right? Not according to Ligotti. In his first non-fiction book, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Ligotti describes consciousness as the means to achieving new varieties of suffering by enabling us to dread things that haven’t happened yet, like out own death, and to suffer insult in addition to mere injury. Better never to have been born, because, Ligotti asserts, non-existence never hurt anybody.

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Vault_Cover154As a prelude to this week’s main C-Realm Podcast discussion of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, KMO lays some groundwork regarding Thomas Ligotti’s pessimistic philosophy as illustrated by his story “The Red Tower.”

473: Anarchist without Adjectives

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C-Realm_473_coverKMO spoke with Kevin Carson while visiting Arkansas. Kevin is an avowed anti-capitalist, but some C-Realm listeners can’t square that notion with Kevin’s professed libertarian leanings and his failure to avow uncomplicated condemnation of private property and “the market.” Whatever that is. The conversation touches on technology, labor, class relations, and life after capitalism.

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Foundation Farm, north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Foundation Farm, north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

KMO took a vacation in Northwest Arkansas and went to visit his friend Patrice Gros, an small-scale organic farmer. They talked about the reasons for the aging of the farming population and why young people are not attracted to industrial-scale, capital-intensive farming. Later, KMO responds to feeback on his conversations about the Confederate battle flag. Finally, KMO takes a break from heavy cultural topics to reflect on the new Terminator movie and the series as a whole.

472: Mean and Stupid

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C-Realm_472_coverKMO is visiting his family in northwest Arkansas, and in this episode he asks some of his Arkansan friends about the Confederate battle flag. Berryville-based writer and broadcaster, Dan Krotz, explains how people who display the Confederate flag are broadcasting the message that they are both mean and stupid. That’s useful to him as it lets him know that he should avoid those people. Kris G, a young farmer who grew up in Sallisaw, Oklahoma shares Dan’s assessment. He thinks that in a free country, people have the right to advertise to the world just how small-minded they are by flying the rebel flag from their pick-up trucks. In the final segment of the program, C4SS writer, Kevin Carson, explains why the claim that the flag is a symbol of “heritage not hate” is incoherent.

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A corner of the largely abandoned downtown square in Berryville, Arkansas.

A corner of the largely abandoned downtown square in Berryville, Arkansas.

KMO is with his kids, visiting family in Berryville, Arkansas. In this episode of the Vault, KMO talks with Dan Krotz, Berryville resident and the author of Coffee with John Heartbreak: A Mostly True Story of Berryville, Arkansas. Berryville’s downtown square has seen better days. First the state put a highway right through the middle of it, and then Walmart economics sucked all the life out of the square and moved it out the periphery where the Walmart super center dominates the commercial landscape. Dan describes how the internet has changed rural life and what it would take to bring serious broadband access to everyone in Carroll County, Arkansas. Later the conversation moves to Foundation Farm, north or Eureka Springs, where KMO talks with Kris G, a young farmer, about making a living and a life on an organic, no-till farm.

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Vault_Cover151KMO is in Arkansas with his children, and for this week’s Vault episode he connected with Portland-based animator, author and Friend of the C-Realm, Dermot O’Connor. The episode begins with some recovered conversational fragments about nuclear war and the “duck and cover” response that civil defense authorities promoted at the time and spirals out from there to touch repeatedly on recurring patterns in history, the fear of death, the occult, atheism and the lessons to be drawn from True Detective, Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica.