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.
If you don't subscribe to the C-Realm Vault Podcast, it probably seems like KMO hasn't been putting out any new material for the past couple of months. Well, the C-Realm Big Room is now open with a new episode of C-Realm Radio. This episode has very little to do with the new film adaptation of Stephen King's It and everything to do with climate change, artificial intelligence, co-adapted meme complexes, Facebook, Donald Trump, political and social dysfunction, or, in a word, "consciousness." The guest is Douglas Lain, the publisher of Zero Books. He's also an author, a YouTube creator, and a podcaster.
This is a conversation recorded at the home of Charles Eisenstein in January of 2014. We have so many demands on our attention, and so many players trying to manipulate our worldview. What principle can we rely on to guide our choices? Charles proposes that we let beauty be our guide.
KMO is leaving Bellows Falls for the summer, so this will be the last episode of C-Realm Radio for a good long while. In the first hour, we hear from Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler about Jim's correspondence with John B. McLemore, a cranky character from Alabama made famous by the S-Town podcast. Duncan was supposed to call in to discuss the pre-recorded material, but life intervened and KMO ended up riffing for the second half of the first hour about his own dances with doomerism.
In the second hour, KMO's long-time partner in podcasting over at the Z-Realm, Marty, joins the conversation to talk about life, the universe and Wonder Woman. Marty was called in for the first episode of C-Realm Radio, so it is only appropriate that he should be around for the last episode.
Timothy Kercheville describes himself as a landless farmer, and he is demonstrating how a world of opportunities exists for people who are long on passion but short on land and capital. Timothy's is using his passion for regenerative agriculture to transform his local community in Kentucky. He has turned the sprawling lawn of the local jail into a working farm and transformed prisoners into gardeners in the process, and at every turn, he is using farming as a high-leverage point for preparing his community for the transition to a post-petroleum world.
Hour 1: Both the Vermont House and Senate moved heaven and earth to get a marijuana legalization bill in front of Governor Phil Scott (R). He hasn't said he'd veto the bill, but the tired marijuana cliches he's been regurgitating don't inspire much confidence. KMO and Silas talk to Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project to put the situation in historical and national context.
Silas just returned from a school trip to Cuba. In the final moments of the first hour, he recounts some of his adventures on the island nation.
Hour 2: KMO spoke with David Holmgren in 2014 about his essay, Crash On Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future for C-Realm Podcast 401: Psycho-Social Debt Jubilee. This best-of conversation finds a new home and a new audience here.
Sam Harris interviewed Charles Murray for his podcast. KMO tried to generate some discussion of that podcast episode on the Friends of the C-Realm group. The resulting discussion proved frustrating, as the most dedicated participants were focused on discrediting Murray and showed little willingness to engage with the issues that Harris and Murray discussed. Author and publisher Douglas Lain admits that Murray's talking points make him angry, but Doug is willing to resist the impulse to lead with ad hominem and actually delve into Murray's arguments. His effort at honest criticism is most appreciated.
In this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO tries to highlight what he finds useful in Murray's presentation and Doug articulates why Murray's arguments are built on shaky foundations. The conversation concludes in C-Realm Vault podcast #246.