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If you speak the truth...

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 whom the current system is clearly no longer working. Later, KMO continues the discussion of David Graeber’s essay, Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit with David J. Blacker, the author of The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame. KMO and David examine the concept of technological determinism and question whether Neoliberal Capitalism really is the only possible economic system given the sorts of technologies we use to organize our society.  

404: We All Deserve Anarchism

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G. Paul Blundell

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 about some possible reasons why SF visions of moon bases, robotic maids and flying cars never came true. After that, KMO talks with G. Paul Blundell of Acorn Community about running large, complex operations without hierarchy, exploitation or coercion. Paul argues that renouncing hierarchy does not mean abandoning the benefits of coordinated action involving millions of people. The episode ends with a reading from a post to the blog The Hipcrime Vocab.

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Vault_Cover082KMO 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 Declining Rate of Profit. In the essay, Graeber claims that SF provided people at the beginning of the 20th Century with expectations about scientific and technological progress which had basically come to pass by mid century. The expectations about the early part of the 21st Century that mid-20th Century SF instilled in people of Graeber and KMO’s generation have fallen utterly flat. David Graeber wants to know what happened to the jet packs, the robotic maids and the flying cars. Was the shift away from poetic technological projects and towards the technologies of surveillance and belief system management a concession to the difficulty of creating things like self-aware machines, or was it a deliberate decision to pursue social stability over utopian dreams of a life of leisure of the masses? In the episode, KMO plays a couple of short clips of David Graeber talking about the ideas in his essay. You can find that entire talk here.

403: No Utopian Alternative

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C-Realm_403_coverKMO 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 were right. Perhaps representative democracy and markets are the highest expression of human civilization and that there is nowhere to go from here but down.

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Children of Men

Children of Men

The conversation with Joe Snuffy from Z-Realm Podcast episode 063 continues here in the C-Realm Vault. Joe talks about the themes in his book, Suburban Survival: Preparing for Socio-Economic Collapse and about the ironic situation in the survival preparedness community. Joe says he knows lots of people who understand resource depletion, climate change and financial instability but who do nothing of value to prepare for hard times and people who are caught up in paranoid narratives about the Anti-Christ and end days who are creating community and fostering resilience with their preparations. KMO opens with readings from the introductions of two books on bugging out.

402: Narratives of Explanatory Value

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Guest host Larry Lowe

Guest host Larry Lowe

In this episode of the podcast guest host Larry Lowe shares a conversation he recorded with KMO about the essence of the C-Realm Podcast and his efforts to reduce its broad range of subject matter into a concise ‘elevator pitch,’ a boiler plate definition to serve as a definitive sound byte.

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Vault_Cover080When KMO and Olga spent a couple of days in Deerfield Beach, Florida they were surprised to get an email from a C-Realm listener just up the road in Boca Raton. Even more surprising, the listener and Vault subscriber, that listener is an 18 year-old high school senior. (The C-Realm audience skews older.) They sat down with him to talk about education, podcasts, technology, Bitcoin and how easily an inquisitive mind with access to Wikipedia can dispel years of anti-drug propaganda.

401: Psycho-social Debt Jubilee

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David Holmgren

David Holmgren

KMO welcomes permaculture co-originator David Holmgren to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss two of his essays: Money Vs Fossil Energy: the Battle for Control of the World and Crash on Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future. David has been tracking the onset of climate change and peak oil for many years, but he says that in recent years, largely due to the work of Steve Keen and Nicole Foss, he has come to see financial systems as the fastest moving and most volatile element in emerging global crisis. He describes why he considers the Bush administration to have been guided by a certain energy realism lacking in too many social and climate activists. Finally, he describes why he thinks that multiple generations of mass affluence has left us saddled with a psycho-social debt that will be very difficult for us to discharge.

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Scott Mauer in his yurt

Scott Mauer in his yurt

Friend of the C-Realm and nomadic yurt dweller, Scott Mauer, joins KMO and Olga in the Vault to talk about polyamory. The episode begins with some conversation with Stephanie Johnstone that did not fit into C-Realm Podcast episode 400, and then moves on to discuss the emotional, social and physical asymmetries between men and women, some of which are magnified and exacerbated by the demands of monogamy. Scott describes what it’s like to go through a painful breakup with one partner while still having multiple other partners to turn to for support. Olga describes her emotional sensitivities that stemmed from being taken away from the comfort of her extended family in the Soviet Union and brought to the US at a young age where she did not have any sort of support network.

400: Preferred Pronouns and Relationship Anarchy

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Stephanie Johnstone

Stephanie Johnstone

KMO welcomes Stephanie Johnstone to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about sexuality, monogamy, gender, music and more. Stephanie is co-host of the Sex For Smart People podcast, a program built in close collaboration with its audience. In the discussion, Stephanie quotes extensively from A Short Instructional Manifesto for Relationship Anarchy, explains why she is careful about endorsing the phrase “sex positive,” and tells how she came from a place of religion-induced shame around her sexuality to a place of celebration. In the final segment, Albert K. Bates describes the upgrade he is making to the Ecovillage Training Center. Check out his Indigogo campaign.