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504: Stripmining Idealism

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COVER_ART_504KMO and John Michael Greer continue the conversation which began on C-Realm Radio 004. JMG explains the rules of The Rescue Game, in which elites anoint groups of victims to console and perpetrators to punish. The game requires willing participants, and now that the previous occupants of the perpetrator role have refused to play, the game has entered the circular firing-squad phase in which the rescuers turn on each other for want of willing participants to play the role of perpetrator. Later, the conversation turns to H.P. Lovecraft. JMG has written a trilogy of novels which play with the places, characters and institutions from Lovecraft's stories but which turn Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia on its head.

CRV198

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Every face is black in a coal mine.

Every face is black in a coal mine.

KMO talks with long-time friend of the C-Realm, Paula C, who describes herself as "an only-somewhat-cis-female, graduate-degreed, queer, socialist, green who also likes offroading, knows how to shoot a gun, and has lots of friends who have served in the military." Paula is a child of Appalachia, and she has a very different take on the mentality of the "white working class" we've been hearing about in the media recently. Those people and their dissatisfactions are becoming a real nuisance. Shouldn't they have dropped out by now?

CRV197

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CRV197_coverKMO talks with Doug Lain about class divisions vs. race divisions, culture as an expression of racial genetics, capitalist imperialism, police brutality and the curious characters who haunt the idea space known as the "alt right," a place where silicon valley techies wax rhapsodic about monarchy and embrace the moniker of neo-reactionary. Some alt right types make a virtue of human biodiversity, a hybrid of green eco-jargon and scientific racism. Do all people have a right to exist as "a people," or is that strictly for the victims of colonialism? There's also a passing reference or two to the presidential election contest in the United States.

C-Realm Radio 004

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CRC004_coverThe Archdruid, John Michael Greer, joins KMO in the C-Realm for a discussion of the presidential election contest and the unspoken motives of salary class Democrats who hurl words like "fascist" around with little regard for their actual meaning. In the second hour, we revisit a 2012 Psychonautica conversation with death doula, Mariavittoria Mangini. C-Realm Radio airs noon to 2 pm on Sundays on WOOL.FM.

C-Realm Radio 003

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C-Realm Radio cover artThe first guest on this week's episode of C-Realm Radio is a local sheep farmer who is passionate about natural dyes. Her name is Nancy Zeller, and her work with pre-industrial methods of creating vibrant, lasting color in fabric has lead her to do a very personal sort of outreach and aid work in Rwanda. Later, KMO talks with Doug Lain about life extension and his new book, Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey: Advocate for an Indefinite Human Lifespan. That conversation will continue in C-Realm Vault Podcast #197. In the second hour of the radio program, KMO re-visited the conversation with Michel Bauwens, Dmytri Kleiner and John Restakis in C-Realm Podcast #392: Manifesting a Material Commons.

CRV196

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This is the cup mentioned in the podcast.

This is the cup mentioned in the podcast.

KMO and Olga drove from Bellows Falls, Vermont over to Westmoreland, New Hampshire to visit Long Ridge Farm, where they spoke with Nancy Zeller about caring for her CVM/Romeldales, the rarest breed of sheep in North America. Olga had visited the farm a week earlier for the sheep sheering shindig. Nancy is passionate about her animals and about teaching people the joys of dyeing clothe using natural dyes made from ingredients gathered from around the world. These passions eventually lead her to connect with a family in Rwanda whom she is helping to earn a sustainable living dyeing fabrics. KMO lurks in the background of this episode as Olga takes the wheel.

C-Realm Radio 002

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Mushrooms growing from KMO's garden bales.

Mushrooms growing from KMO's garden bales.

On this Mother's Day edition of C-Realm Radio, KMO talks with Straw Bale Garden guru, Joel Karsten. Later, Root Simple's Erik Knutzen weighs in on straw bale gardening and long-time friend of the C-Realm, Lauren Blair, talks gardening, art and psychedelics. In the second hour, KMO pays homage to Terence McKenna and fellow podcaster, Lorenzo Hagerty of the Psychedelic Salon podcast. By the end, the sun was shining and the clouds had given way to blue skies.

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.

CRV194

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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.