CRV 292

Here is more conversation from KMO's recent day spent with James Howard Kunstler. They talk about (and to) artificial intelligence. Jim makes his case for the possibility of a fast collapse, and KMO takes up JMG's model of catabolic collapse that plays out over lifetimes.

Later, KMO talks about the perverse outcomes of mixing the sense of identity, community and purpose that comes with being a dog rescuer with loads of cash raised online, breed-specific adoption pipelines that need filling, and dog auctions.

523: Stet

The profession of writing books has changed in recent decades, and now James Howard Kunstler, the author of many books both fiction and non-fiction, published by mainstream publishers, is relying increasingly on blogging and reader support through Patreon to pay the bills. Jim talks about his days at Rolling Stone and the lofty expectations he had for his first novel and what it was like to have 8 published novels under his belt and still be waiting tables. Later, Jim and KMO compare notes on their disillusionment with the behavior of the Blue Tribe in the Trump years. Jim is a registered Democrat, and KMO is a recovering libertarian, and neither of them was in a position to be disappointed by the Red Tribe's failure to ride the reality bus. Not so with the Blue Tribe.


The new weekly comic strip that KMO mentioned at the end of the episode can be found here:


KMO and Charles Hugh Smith continue the discussion of Universal Basic Income that started in C-Realm Podcast 522. The "tax the robots to fund UBI" narrative takes for granted that current corporate profits, the things that would actually be taxed, are sustainable in the first place. This view doesn't take into account that corporations use all manner of unacceptable and unsustainable gimmicks to maintain their pricing power in an environment in which commoditized products and production processes continually erode profitability. The UBI fantasy doesn't take into account the tendency of the rate of profit to fall (as the Marxists say). Later, KMO askes Charles if it might be best to just accept UBI because it will accelerate the unraveling of the current economic order.

522: The Poverty of Leisure

Charles Hugh Smith is a critic of the idea of UBI (universal basic income), but in order to understand his critique it is necessary to take a deep dive into the nature of work. Any simple formulation of what constitutes work will either over-generalize and capture too much, or it will leave out certain activities which are necessary for the functioning of a healthy society and which create benefits for people other than the one engaged in the activity but which do not generate a profit and so are often unpaid. KMO and Charles Hugh Smith talk about work, leisure, commodification and the effects of information technology and machine intelligence on how we all participate in the web of exchanges and interactions we call "the economy."


KMO welcomes Douglas Lain back to the program for an Easter Sunday chat about how normie Democrats are chasing Russian Shadows and NOT coming to terms with the concerns and priorities they project to the deplorable middle of the country. Then it's more, juicy Jordan Peterson conversation. KMO hasn't taken in enough of Peterson's material to have a clear conception of the man's message, but it seems to contain a whopping portion of responsibility and self-cultivation, and that rings KMO's bell.