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410: The Voice of the Moon

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KMO 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 [...]

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The 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 [...]

409: The Ultimate Metric of Doom

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KMO 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 [...]

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The 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 [...]

408: Driven by Fear

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

407: Distinguishing Collapse from Catastrophe

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KMO 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 [...]

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KMO 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; [...]

406: Suspect Models and the Photosynthetic Ceiling

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KMO 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 [...]

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Jeremy 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 [...]

405: Enclosing Abundance

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KMO talks with Kevin Carson, author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution about the technologies that seem poised to end the dominance of capital-intensive production methodologies and brake the stranglehold that capitalists and the government minions hold over our lives. Author Jeremy Rifkin describes the current [...]

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If you speak the truth…

The conversation with G. Paul Blundell continues from C-Realm Podcast 404, and G. Paul talks about trying to convince the rich that a new economic and social model is needed versus recruiting from the great many people for [...]

404: We All Deserve Anarchism

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G. Paul Blundell

This week’s episode of the C-Realm Podcast begins with a discussion of David Graeber’s 2012 essay, Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit. KMO shares a portion of the conversation with Eric Boyd from C-Realm Vault Podcast episode 082 [...]

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KMO and film-maker Joshua Bregman conclude the conversation about utopian visions in science fiction with  a discussion of the phenomenon of Avatar-induced depression. After that, KMO and Eric Body discuss the content of an essay by David Graeber called Of Flying Cars and the [...]

403: No Utopian Alternative

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KMO welcomes filmmaker Joshua Bregman to the C-Realm to discuss why contemporary science fiction, on the screen at least if not on the page, is stuck in a dystopian quagmire. What happened to the utopian vision of Star Trek? Perhaps Francis Fukuyama and Margaret Thatcher [...]