C-Realm Radio 042

James Felton Keith

In the first hour, KMO welcomes engineer and entrepreneur James Felton Keith to the program to talk about data; how it is generated, how it is stored, and who benefits from its collection. James sees the faltering ability of employment to deliver value to people as a distribution problem. That may sound like political talk, but James says that his habit as an engineer is to view every problem as a problem of distribution.

In the second hour, we revisit the conversation from C-Ream Podcast episode 511 with Patricia Paul and Anu Kirk talking about the societal pressure to reframe technological unemployment in terms of personal failure on the part of workers who could have done SOMETHING to remain nimble and employable in the face of rapid technological change.


C-Realm Radio 041

KMO and Douglas Lain discuss populism, anti-natalism, misanthropy and other crazy notions that people get into their heads.  KMO makes repeated reference to a recent Baffler article by Angela Nagle, so you should probably check that out. The second hour consists of KMO's 2014 conversation with David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons.


C-Realm Radio 040

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.


C-Realm Radio 039

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.


C-Realm Radio 038

Got Narcan?

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.


390: Ephemeralization and Freedom

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 –

blog.p2pfoundation.net/when-ephemeralization-is-hard-to-tell-from-catabolic-collapse/2013/09/19

blog.p2pfoundation.net/my-response-to-john-michael-greer/2013/10/14


C-Realm Radio 037

Frank Morris

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.