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420: Toward a Just Transition

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C-Realm_392_coverIn 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 efforts to change investors’ conceptions of risk and return on investment. Then comes a conversation with Gar Alperovitz about taking the long view when it comes to social progress. After a poetic performance by Alixa and Naima of Climbing Poetree, KMO talks to them about a possible end to the Drug War.

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Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas

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 a contracting economy and those who assume and rely on perpetual growth. Following David Blacker’s lead, he then relates a fair amount of a primer on Neoliberalism by Tom Clark. Later, Kevin Carson joins the discussion to talk about the evolution of the build environment, culture and psychology of northwest Arkansas. KMO concludes with a less-than-hopeful (and less-than-rigorously-structured) meditation on the cognitive impairments that were and continue to be impressed upon the southern mind.

419: Notions of a New Economy

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C-Realm_Podcast_53KMO 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 then Lauren Hudson of Solidarity NYC. All three conversations touch on technology, messaging, and what constitutes effective action in the movement to foster a just transition to a new economic reality. KMO closes out the episode with a reading from What Then Must We Do?: Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, by Gar Alperovitz, who will appear on next week’s C-Realm Podcast.

CRV097

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Vault_Cover097The 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 topic of cloud labor and new ways to use technology to exploit workers and keep them isolated from one another to prevent them from organizing. This was recorded at the Left Forum 2014.

418: Adaptive Contemplation

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C-Realm_418_coverKMO 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 side by side with meditation as technologies for hacking one’s own consciousness. KMO wraps up with some comments on individualism and community.

CRV096

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Remember Haymarket!

Remember Haymarket!

The conversation in the round with C-Realm listeners recorded at Age of Limits 2014 continues here in the Vault with talk of uprising and resistance. The creeping reality of debt peonage gives us cause to resist, but by what means? In terms of being able to use technology to coordinate protests and active resistance, We the People have never been better connected, and yet it seems like the more connectivity we enjoy the more complacent and acquiescent we become. What’s up with that?

417: Timelines for Collapse

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Jay Smith and Mark Robinowitz

Jay Smith and Mark Robinowitz

KMO attended the 2014 Age of Limits conference, and he invited C-Realm listeners who were in attendance to join him in a recorded conversation that took place at the same time as the main conversation in the round described on the schedule. The setting was a campground in the woods in rural Pennsylvania at nightfall. The conversation began at dusk and ended by lantern light. There is a bit of electromagnetic interference toward the end of the recording, but the content was too good to sacrifice, so please bear with us. At the end of the program, KMO talks with Justin Ritchie of the Extraenvironmentalist podcast about the upcoming Common Bound gathering in Boston, organized by the New Economy Coalition.

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Vampire Squid: Predator - not parasite

Vampire Squid: Predator – not parasite

First, KMO shares excerpts from a panel discussion from the 2014 Left Forum called “Understanding the Great Vampire Squids.” The talk was not amplified and the speakers had to compete with a noisy HVAC system at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, so apologies to listeners who don’t normally listen through head phones. You’ll probably need them for this segment, but the content will make it worth your while. Thereafter, KMO and Eric Boyd geek out on science fiction literature with a discussion that encompasses Oryx and Crake, The Windup Girl, The Atopia Chronicles, Super Sad True Love Story, and more.

C-Realm Book Club: Oryx and Crake part 2

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C-Realm_416_coverIn the conclusion to KMO’s conversation with four C-Realm listeners about Margaret Atwood’s dark, speculative vision, Oryx and Crake, they ask, “Where is the government?” How plausible is it that all government functions will have been subsumed by corporations by the middle of this century? What do they use as money? How do they enforce intellectual property regimes? Later, KMO takes up this question with Eric Boyd before offering up his own take on the lingering question from last week’s show. “Why make the Crakers at all?”

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Donato in his studio

Donato in his studio

KMO visited science fiction and fantasy illustrator, Donato Giancola, in his artist’s studio. The discussion moves through the topics of comics and comic books, drawing skills, the value of the internet, prospects for robotic space exploration and the development of artificial intelligence, drones, and the silly conceit that artwork done on commission isn’t “real art.”