KMO reads and responds to the 1995 essay by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, The Californian Ideology framing it in the Colin Woodard's lexicon from American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. Barbrook and Cameron describe the ideology of Silicon Valley as a mix of hippy idealism and free market libertarianism, but Colin Woodard's take sheds light on it as being the amalgamation of the Utopianism of New England Yankees and the rugged individualism of the Appalachian borderlanders. It's also helpful to incorporate the roles that the defense and intelligence communities had in creating the internet as described by Yasha Lavine in Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet which is summarized in the Baffler.
KMO talks with long-time friend of the C-Realm, Kevin D. Kevin lives in Pittsburgh very near the Tree of Life Synagogue, so you can probably guess where the conversation STARTS. From there it widens to include many regular C-Realm topics like AI and it's effects on the capitalist arrangement of society. Two books that KMO has read/listened to recently, Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari figure prominently in the latter half of the conversation.
Will the advent of artificial superintelligence (ASI) spell the end of capitalism? Doug Lain explores that question in his new novel, Bash Bash Revolution in which an AI named Bucky creates proliferating copies of itself to work questions of personal identity and free will. Eventually, the Buckys ensnare almost all of humanity in the GameCube Economy which makes people think they are having exciting adventures when in fact they're doing boring, repetitive labor. One of the challenges that Bucky faces is getting non-gamers to put on VR headsets. Nuclear Armageddon is on the line, but fortunately, the AI understands the appeal of 90s nostalgia.
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.