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CRV 183

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Keith Preston

Keith Preston

KMO talks to Keith Preston of Attack the System about the historical trajectory of the Neocons and why they're likely to be moving back to the Democratic party if and when the current Republican coalition fractures. Keith also describes the roll of "useful idiots" on both the left and the right and how they empower elites who only pretend to share the values and interests of their constituents.

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KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sadu interviewed KMO for the Symptomatic Redness podcast but then never used the recording. Here it is for the edification of the C-Realm Vault subscribers. The conversation was meant to focus on the Singularitarian mentality, but it focuses more on economics, climate change, collapse and "doomer porn."

500: Whiplash Plateau

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Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orlov returns to the C-Realm Podcast for a review of the Peak Oil scene and where it stands 9+ years after his first introduced the topic to C-Realm listeners in episode 20. KMO asks if the American empire has any chance of collapsing as gracefully as the Soviet empire did. Dmitry's answer gives little reason for optimism. Dmitry also explains how it takes a lot of oil to make a Bitcoin and why "undulating plateau" is too euphemistic a phrase to describe the wild fluctuations that the Peak Oil theory predicts for oil prices once the easy-to-obtain oil is gone. This episode marks the transition from a weekly to a monthly production schedule for the main C-Realm Podcast.

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Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

KMO and Peg Aloi of The Witch's Voice talk about media, magic, the Internet of old, social media, fear and consumption. Peg is concerned that the mainstream acceptance that witches now enjoy could be lost in a new Satanic Panic. KMO reflects on the positive uses of magickal ritual in creating works of art.

499: Alt Dot Paganism

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Is this Major Tom's skull?

Is this Major Tom's skull?

In the 1960s and 70s, Hollywood gave us lurid visions of devil worship and the coming of the Anti-Christ in movies like Rosemary's Baby and The Omen. In the 1980s, The Believers, a movie about Santeria, provided a blueprint for the real life Metamoros cult murders in Mexico.  By the late 90s, movies like The Craft recognized a world older and less hidebound than the one encompassed by Christian beliefs. At the same time, the X-Files seemed to use the rising power of the internet to conjure weird tales that seemed more like an encounter with the strange side of real life and less like recycled Hollywood tropes about aliens and monsters. KMO and occult researcher Peg Aloi explore the interplay between popular entertainment and occult beliefs and practices.

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C-Realm_322KMO and James Howard Kunstler compare notes on Social Justice Warriors and the book SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day. Jim got a taste of the SJW modus operandi after he gave a talk at Boston College.

498: Everything’s a Racket

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Detail from The 4th of July by James Howard Kunstler

Detail from The 4th of July by James Howard Kunstler

As the weekly C-Realm Podcast production schedule winds down, KMO invites long-time, repeat guest, James Howard Kunstler back to the program to talk about what has allowed the world economy to levitate in defiance of the laws of economic physics for the last 8 years. KMO asks about the prospect of continued job loss to automation, and JHK says that there's no need to worry about robots stealing your job. Rather, he says, it's time to take an interest in working with mules. They also touch on the US presidential election.

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CRV179_coverThe conversation about universal basic income continues in this episode of the Vault. KMO welcomes filmmaker Joshua Bregman back the C-Realm to represent the views outlined in the book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. The conversation also touches on technological unemployment, the de-skilling of labor, and single-payer health care.

497: Back Ahead

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C-Realm_497_coverKMO starts 2016 with a look back at some of 2015's preoccupations, starting with the "sexy baby vocal virus" otherwise known as up speak and vocal fry. It only seems to bother anybody when young women do it, so is the objection based on sexism? If so, why does so much of the pushback come from older women and women who have had voice training? Did anything else of consequence garner any attention in 2015? Hmmm...

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Sweet Home, Minecraft!

Sweet Home, Minecraft!

The conversation with Alfie Bown concludes here with an EDA-style analysis of Minecraft. Then Doug Lain checks in to help poor KMO's analytic brain make sense of continental philosophy and critical theory.

496: Radically Radical

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Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat

KMO welcomes Alfie Bown, author of Enjoying It: Candy Crush & Capitalism to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the philosophical analysis of pop culture and everyday experiences. KMO, following Noam Chomsky and Joe Bageant, grumbles about how so much of the academic left, high on European (pseudo-)intellectualism, has discarded any pretense of outreach to working people and has instead elected to disappear up its own ass.

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CRV177_coverKMO continues to examine the question of why the high-tech future predicted in the mid 20th Century failed to materialize. What would the impact of flying cars actually have been on civil society? In response to a reading from Charles Hugh Smith's book, blogger Chad Hill asks why contemporary critics of neoliberalism are so reticent about invoking Karl Marx. KMO welcomes Chad back to the C-Realm to grapple with that question.

495: Our Secret Shame

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C-Realm_495_coverPatricia Paul, one of the presenters at the 2015 World Technology Network's Summit on Technological Unemployment joins KMO on the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the unexpected form that technological displacement of workers is taking. Anu Kirk joins the conversation and shares his first-hand perspective on how and why people in the Bay Area tech industry are reluctant to discuss this issue and instead perpetuate the narrative that reduces the nation's employment woes to a multitude of cases of individual personal failure.

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Flying cars have been ten years away for the last 60 years.

Flying cars have been ten years away for the last 60 years.

"Where's my jet-pack, dammit!?!"

KMO grew up in the 70s and 80s, and remembers the vision of the 21st Century that was the received wisdom back then. We were supposed to have space stations, household robots and flying cars by now. What happened?

David Graeber argues that cultural conservatives like Alvin Toffler and George Gilder got freaked out by the social changes implied by continued progress toward techno-utopia and convinced the powers that be to change research priorities and funding to favor the technologies of social control over the technologies of emancipation. KMO doesn't quite buy it. In this Vault episode he provides an alternate take on why we don't have robotic servants and flying cars in the second decade of the 21st Century.

494: The Mists of Memory

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Art by Jian Guo

Art by Jian Guo

KMO welcomes Peter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the role of memory in the writing of Gene Wolfe. One of Wolfe's characters, Latro from Soldier of the Mist, forgets everything. Severian, the protagonist of The Book of the New Sun, forgets nothing. Who do you think would make a more reliable narrator? Later, the conversation turns to roleplaying games, comics, dinosaurs and rock-n-roll.

A full audiobook of The Shadow of the Torturer can be found on YouTube.

Here's a short podcast about The Shadow of the Torturer.