In the first hour of this week's C-Realm Radio broadcast, KMO and Silas welcome young, local farmer, Brian Stroffolino of Heartland Farms, to the WOOL.FM studios. Brian cultivates plants and raises animals, but he's largely in the business of building networks of personal relationships. In the second hour, Zora O'Neill, author of All Strangers are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, calls in from her home in New York City. Zora has traveled extensively in Egypt and Syria, and she describes the dramatic changes she has seen in these two nations since the Arab Spring in 2011.
In the first hour, KMO and Silas welcome Irv Mills of The Easiest Person to Fool blog and Bill Hulet of the Diary of a Daoist Hermit blog to the program. Irv provides a quick Peak Oil primer before moving on to relate those basics to the current political scene. Bill Hulet gives a primer on Taoism and highlights the need for practical philosophies to help overcome all of the encouragement we get to act according to our impulses rather than according to our ethical convictions. In the second hour, Brian Kaller, author of the Restoring Mayberry blog, calls in from his home in Ireland to provide his perspective as someone from Trump country who understands and identifies both with cultural conservatives and with people who are more concerned with preserving a viable biosphere than traditional values.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is 50 times more potent than heroin, so manufacturers and distributors of heroin have a strong economic motive to adulterate their product with fentanyl. This greatly increases the risk of fatal overdose. Fortunately, there is Narcan, which has brought many a heroin user back from the brink of death. KMO talks with Kaileigh Fitch of Habit OPCO, a methadone clinic in Brattleboro, Vermont, about the struggles of local people to reclaim their lives from opiate addiction.
KMO welcomes Kevin A. Carson, “free market anti-capitalist” and the author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto to the C-Realm to talk about economics, technology, natural and artificial property rights, and the general outlines of the successor society that is arising to meet human needs as the over-built infrastructure of global corporate capitalism rots from neglect. They also touch upon R. Buckminster Fuller’s concept of the ephemeralization of technology. Kevin argues that an industrial society that can no longer afford to maintain its energy and capital-intensive infrastructure and is transitioning to a distributed, more supple mode of production looks a lot like a civilization that is receding from it’s peak of prosperity and technical prowess in a process that John Michael Greer describes as catabolic collapse. The interlude features excerpts from a 1976 interview with R. Buckminster Fuller, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.
For Kevin Carson’s recent posts on ephemeralization and freedom see –
KMO attended an event in Lancaster, PA put on by the Center for Progressive Urban Politics. That gathering included C-Realm Regulars, John Michael Greer, Dmitry Orlov, and James Howard Kunstler as well as Chris Martenson. Rounding out the panel was educator or diplomat, Frank Morris. The next morning, KMO sat down for a one on one conversation with Frank Morris. Thanks to Kevin Lynn for arranging the conversation.
KMO welcomes Terry Tapp "back" to the C-Realm Podcast. Terry was a guest on C-Realm Radio a few weeks back, but that episode was lost and is not available in podcast form. Terry is a writer and artist based in NYC, but his roots are in Appalachia, as are KMO's. In this conversation, they talk about the struggles of working people, machine learning, and political dysfunction. You can hear an earlier conversation that Terry recorded with Doug Lain for the Zero Squared podcast.
KMO talks with Laura Subin, director of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, about H. 170, which would allow for the home cultivation of two mature plants and for possession (outside of one's home) of an ounce of marijuana. KMO gets a bit ranty toward the end. 😉