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496: Radically Radical

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Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat

KMO welcomes Alfie Bown, author of Enjoying It: Candy Crush & Capitalism to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the philosophical analysis of pop culture and everyday experiences. KMO, following Noam Chomsky and Joe Bageant, grumbles about how so much of the academic left, high on European (pseudo-)intellectualism, has discarded any pretense of outreach to working people and has instead elected to disappear up its own ass.

CRV177

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CRV177_coverKMO continues to examine the question of why the high-tech future predicted in the mid 20th Century failed to materialize. What would the impact of flying cars actually have been on civil society? In response to a reading from Charles Hugh Smith's book, blogger Chad Hill asks why contemporary critics of neoliberalism are so reticent about invoking Karl Marx. KMO welcomes Chad back to the C-Realm to grapple with that question.

495: Our Secret Shame

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C-Realm_495_coverPatricia Paul, one of the presenters at the 2015 World Technology Network's Summit on Technological Unemployment joins KMO on the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the unexpected form that technological displacement of workers is taking. Anu Kirk joins the conversation and shares his first-hand perspective on how and why people in the Bay Area tech industry are reluctant to discuss this issue and instead perpetuate the narrative that reduces the nation's employment woes to a multitude of cases of individual personal failure.

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Flying cars have been ten years away for the last 60 years.

Flying cars have been ten years away for the last 60 years.

"Where's my jet-pack, dammit!?!"

494: The Mists of Memory

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Art by Jian Guo

Art by Jian Guo

KMO welcomes Peter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the role of memory in the writing of Gene Wolfe. One of Wolfe's characters, Latro from Soldier of the Mist, forgets everything. Severian, the protagonist of The Book of the New Sun, forgets nothing. Who do you think would make a more reliable narrator? Later, the conversation turns to roleplaying games, comics, dinosaurs and rock-n-roll.

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CRV175_coverThe conversation with Charles Hugh Smith concludes here with a discussion of money creation, the various roles that money can play, and the relationship between money and meaningful work. KMO uses Bitcoin as a frame through which to discuss the difference between money as a medium of exchange and money as a store of value.

493: The Search for Scarcity

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C-Realm_493_coverKMO talks with financial writer Charles Hugh Smith about the themes of his new book, A Radically Beneficial World: Automation, Technology and Creating Jobs for All: The Future Belongs to Work That Is Meaningful. Charles explains how information technology is creating "wormholes" in previously secure monopolies and cartels, which eat away at their profitability. Before we celebrate the death of the giants, lets remember that the less profitable they become the more motivation they have to shed the burden of their labor costs. Welcome to the Uberized economy. We need to find a way to keep the productivity gains that information technology makes possible AND provide well-paid and meaningful work for everyone who wants it.

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CRV174_coverPeter Bebergal, author of Season of the Witch: How Occultism Saved Rock and Roll, wrote a piece on the horror fiction of Thomas Ligotti for the New Yorker. He joins KMO in the Vault to talk about the occult, religion, music and horror fiction.

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CRV173

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CRV173_coverKMO talks with Nexus, a Friend of the C-Realm and long-time resident of Twin Oaks about anti-oppression activists (prejoratively known as Social Justice Warriors). Nexus broke from the mental habits of the self-identified victims of patriarchy with the aid of Mother Ayahuasca. A casual search for MGTOW or Cultural Marxism may have brought you here, but this conversation is for C-Realm Vault subscribers only.