KMO was interviewed back in September for an Australian radio show called Greening the Apocalypse. In that conversation, Adam and Sarah asked KMO about the evolution of his worldview. It's a question KMO has answered many times before, and he makes an effort to include details and perspectives that will make this conversation fresh for listeners who have heard that story before. The conversation navigates that passage between techno-utopianism and collapse fetishism.
KMO welcomes Professor Richard D. Wolff, the host of Economic Update to C-Realm Radio to discuss the state of the US economy and the possibility of a transition to a post-capitalist social arrangement. Professor Wolff leaves predicting the future to carnival fortune tellers, but while we can't know exactly when and how our social system will change, we can see why the current modus is untenable and perhaps glean some insight as to how to adapt ourselves and our social relations in advance of the change.
Elon Musk has grand (yet very specific) ambitions to turn humanity into a mult-planet species sooner rather than later. KMO and Jamie, a long-time Friend of the C-Realm talk about whether Musk's plans are at all realistic before moving on to dreaming about ways to take the best of computer gaming and the open source software movement and leverage them into new techniques for achieving genuine democracy.
KMO talks with author and social permaculture catalyst, Adam Brock. The first half of the discussion is largely theoretical, but in the second half, Adam describes how KMO might harness permacultural principles to increases the number of viewers for his YouTube videos. Permaculture: it's not just about food production. Check out Adam's new book, Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation.
KMO welcomes Keith Preston back to the program to discuss the difference between absolute and relative poverty. There are a lot of people who make less than the national average, but most of the so-called poverty in the US is relative poverty. Even so, social stratification and wide disparities between rich and poor, even when the poor are not facing starvation, erodes the sense of shared national identity and makes democratic government difficult to maintain.