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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.

502: The Neo-liberal Consensus

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COVER_ART_502KMO welcomes Gaius Publius to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the history of neo-liberalism and the importance of the two protest candidates who represent the public's frustration with the decades-long project of advancing a billionaire-controlled, predatory, global system of corporate capitalism. The establishment candidates strive to manage expectations for an inevitable decline in living standards and political responsiveness, but the electorate are done with that, says Gaius. All that remains to be seen is whether the rejection of the neo-liberal consensus will come from the left, the right, or whether the Millennials, and others who refuse to have their expectations managed down to something the neo-liberal candidates consider "reasonable" or "realistic," abandon the frame of electoral politics all together and continue the struggle by other means.

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CRV190_coverKMO and Jeff Wilburn talk about the rejection of the neo-liberal status quo as evidenced by the popularity of outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. All recent presidential elections have been contests that pit one neo-liberal candidate against another. If Trump and Sanders end up with the nominations, this year's electoral ballot will be neo-liberal free. Either candidate's win would constitute a resounding rejection of the status quo.

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CRV189_coverKMO and Larry Lowe discuss the thematic similarities between the BBC drama, Utopia, and season 10 of the X-Files. The issue of humans having too many babies is a familiar one, but KMO also invokes the movies Children of Men and The Handmaid's Tale as examples of fictional explorations of the consequences of widespread infertility. While the non-human life on Earth probably wouldn't shed too many tears if humans didn't breed enough to maintain their numbers, in terms of social stability, too few babies can be as bad as too many.

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How's that primary contest going?

How's that primary contest going?

KMO and Olga have moved from the Big Apple to Bellows Falls, Vermont. KMO gives his first impressions of life in a Vermont village in this episode. Friend of the C-Realm and Bellows Falls resident, Doug, joins KMO for a conversation about the proposed detention center project being advanced by the Windham county sheriff and how Vermonter's like to think that their state and local government is always blazing a progressive trail into an enlightened future.

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Artist, Prophet, Nomad, Hero

Artist, Prophet, Nomad, Hero

KMO and Jim, your Ad Attacker, discuss the Strauss-Howe Generational theory through the lens of familiar C-Realm themes of energy decline, financial turmoil, and the coming crises. KMO and Jim are both Gen Xers, maligned as slackers by the Boomers throughout the 90s, but they make an effort not to beat up on the Boomers TOO much. KMO spends the first half of the podcast just laying out the basics of the theory which breaks the Saeculum or "natural century" into four seasons or "turnings" as Strauss and Howe call them. These turnings, High, Awakening, Unraveling, and Crisis correspond with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These turnings shape the young adult cohort that lives through them into Artists, Prophets, Nomads, and Heroes. The most recent examples of these archetypal generational cohorts are the Silent Generation (A), the Baby Boomers (P), Generation X (N), and the Millennials (H).