C stands for civilization. KMO and Silas talk about the things that make techno-industrial civilization and the 99 cent double cheeseburger possible. Some easy explanations go unchallenged. That will be a topic for a future episode.
Karl Gerth is the author of As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything. Karl explains the enormous impact that the deliberate creation of consumer culture in China is having on inside that country and around the world. Specific topics of discussion include the frenemy relationship between The People's Republic of China and The Republic of China (better known as Taiwan), China's famous "ghost cities," and the penetration of advertising and brand consciousness into the impoverished countryside.
It sometimes seems like the war on weed is all but over, and then Donald Trump goes and picks Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, a man who joked that he thought the KKK was okay until he learned that they smoke pot. KMO and Silas speak first to Julie Goddard about the DEA's subtle rule change that makes CBD, a non-psychoactive constituent of the hemp plant that has a variety of medical applications, a Schedule 1 substance like heroin. Later, Doug Fine calls in with a dose of optimism. He points to the 2014 Farm Bill which defines the parameters of legal hemp cultivation. He argues that the DEA will be in violation of federal law if they try to persecute hemp farmers because their product contains CBD.
For the final C-Realm conversation of 2016, KMO and Doug Lain looked to this piece on under-reported stories of 2016 to try to get away from talking about the election, Donald Trump, and the circular firing squad formation on what passes for the "left" in the United States. They start with the Afghan war, 15 years on and seemingly running like a zombie background process, and soon get sucked back into the social/corporate media obsessions of the day. If you're not a regular listener to the Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris, you might want to check out the episode in which he talks about Trump and Putin with chess champ, Gary Kasparov. KMO references it extensively in this conversation with Doug Lain.
KMO looks back from the year 2050 with John Feffer, author of Splinterlands: A Novel. At the beginning of the 21st Century, nations were integrating into larger cooperative spheres, but the main character in John Feffer's novel takes a virtual tour of the geopolitical landscape of the future to show us how and why that trend floundered and what a world marked by constricted trust horizons looks like. You can also watch this conversation on YouTube.
Is Peak Oil still a thing? Weren't we all supposed to be farmers and blacksmiths by now? Where did that belief system go wrong, and is there anything left of it worth saving? KMO weaves together arguments from Eric Boyd, John Michael Greer, Richard Heinberg, and Steven Pinker to try to get a handle on where to go from here.
The conversation with Angela Nagel from C-Realm Radio 027 concludes here. Thereafter, KMO and radio co-host, Silas, gush over Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Angela Nagel has written a piece for The Baffler called The New Man of 4chan in which she talks about "chan culture" and the failure of mainstream liberalism and mainstream journalism to devote enough time and attention to it to get past the facile stereotypes that have passed for reporting on this aspect of digital culture. She joins KMO and Silas for a discussion of safe spaces, beta males, the Red Pill, and the Alt-light, as embodied by Milo Yiannopoulos. She describes her disappointment with the intellectual laziness of contemporary American feminists.
Should the members of the Electoral College overturn the election day results and deny Donald Trump the presidency? Douglas Lain says yes. KMO say no. Silas paid attention, asked good questions, but kept fairly quiet until the conversation turned to Star Wars, at which point he could not be stopped. KMO asked if everyone was excited about Rogue One, but the conversation quickly turned to the shortcomings of The Force Awakens.
KMO welcomes author, permaculturalist and seed saver, Chuck Burr, back to the C-Realm to talk about the importance of wildcrafting. Chuck thinks the only hope is to change consciousness. We value what we depend on, and right now, most of us depend on the industrial system for food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, and validation. The more we can meet our needs from the wild, the more motivated we will be to preserve the non-human world.