349: Message Discipline

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Dan Miner

Dan Miner

KMO welcomes Dan Miner of Beyond Oil NYC to the C-Realm to talk about talking about Peak Oil, Climate Change and other big picture, existential issues with busy New Yorkers. A messenger who presents the situation in its full gravity to people caught up in the collective trance will seem like a lunatic, but how much sugar-coating is too much? Does it make sense to humor people’s expectations that renewable sources of energy will power the lifestyle that citizens in the heart of empire have come to regard as normal? Are minor gains that pale in comparison to the scale of industrial civilization’s dilemma worth the effort? The conversation turns to “Preppers” and the way that they are portrayed as  clueless and damaged social rejects in the corporate media (e.g. National Geographic and the New York Times). Who benefits from the denigration of that tiny minority of the population who are devoting their own time and resources to cushioning the system with a modicum of resilience?

Music by Glöd.