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425: A Cheerful Engagement with Reality


KMO yaks with James Howard Kunstler about the third novel in his World Made by Hand series. It’s called A History of the Future, and it gives us a glimpse of life outside the little corner of upstate New York to which the events of [...]



Jürgen Geuter (AKA tante)

The conversations with Jürgen Geuter (AKA tante) and Lisha Sterling from C-Realm Podcast #424 continue here in the Vault. Both conversations focus on the interplay between democracy and dissent. Lisha says you can’t have one without the other. tante argues [...]

424: The Limits of Privacy


Worried Monkey learns to solder at Hope X.

KMO attended Hope X in NYC this past weekend (July 18 – 20, 2014) where he recorded an interview with tante (AKA Jürgen Geuter) about the unrealistic expectations we heap upon on idea of privacy. Specifically, he [...]



Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden at Hope X.

KMO attended the Hope X convention in New York City and collected interviews with Willow  Bl00 of the BrainMeats! podcast, Charles Duan, Director of Patent Reform at Public Knowledge, and Patrick Howell O’Neill who works the [...]

423: “Away”


Sustainable Dave

KMO welcomes David Chameides to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about his efforts to effectively communicate the implications of peak oil and climate change to teenagers. Dave has delivered this message to the students at the North Carolina Governor’s School, a summer [...]



In another solo show, KMO riffs on the possibility and desirability of achieving ego death or non-dual awareness. Thomas Ligotti has a chapter on the topic in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race which KMO summarizes.  Later he reflects on environmental catastrophism.  In his [...]

422: I Me My


Ramana Maharshi

KMO speaks with Gary Weber, author of Happiness Beyond Thought: A Practical Guide to Awakening, about the means of breaking from of the self-referential internal monologue that keeps us obsessing over where we’ve been, where we hope to go, and the certainty [...]



They really don’t think they’ll share our fate?

In this 100th episode of the C-Realm Vault podcast, KMO and Chad Hill of the Hipcrime Vocab blog talk about growing up in an age of disintegrating opportunities and ever-rising expectations of achievement for young [...]

421: The Functional Equivalent of a Conspiracy


Don’t even think of sitting here.

KMO and Kevin Carson, the author of The Desktop Regulatory State: The Countervailing Power of Networks and Super-Empowered Individuals, met up at the public library in Springdale, Arkansas to record a conversation about radical monopolies, car culture, retrofitting the built environment [...]



Don’t get too comfortable.

KMO starts out with a long ramble that he won’t attempt to encapsulate here, and then moves into a conversation with Dr. Donnie Maclurcan of the Post Growth Institute recorded at CommonBound2014 about money and how fractional reserve banking [...]

420: Toward a Just Transition


In this second episode of interviews recorded at CommonBound 2014, KMO talks with Ed Whitfield of the Fund For Democratic Communities about effective communication and the appropriate and inappropriate uses of private property. Next up is Hannah Jones of the Responsible Endowments Coalition talking about her [...]



Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas

KMO reflects on the division in social progressives working to transition to a just and equitable new economy between those who recognize the limits to growth and the potential need to work for equality in the context of [...]

419: Notions of a New Economy


KMO attended the New Economy Coalition‘s CommonBound 2014 gathering and recorded interviews for the event’s livestream. This episode of the C-Realm Podcast features three of those interviews starting with NEC president, Bob Massie. Next up is Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies, and [...]



The conversation with Vincent Horn of Buddhist Geeks continues here in the Vault with a discussion about how the  viewpoints that trouble us the most are often the ones with which we used to associate ourselves. After that, KMO shares a recording on the [...]

418: Adaptive Contemplation


KMO talks with Vincent Horn of Buddhist Geeks about how Buddhist practices are adapting themselves to thrive and be useful in technological society. He sees Buddhism as co-existing in the same space as the DIY and Maker movements where bio-feedback, sophisticated sensors and psychedelics stand [...]