Long-time listeners will recognize Eric Boyd as the loyal C-Realm opposition on the topic of Peak Oil and collapse. Eric has appeared on the C-Realm and C-Realm Vault podcasts for years as the person who offers friendly, calm push-back against the PO collapse narrative. Now the KMO has put some distance between himself and collapse, it seems like a good time to check back in with Eric to compare notes.
This podcast represents the long version of the content covered in a YouTube Video about the Juggalos' March on Washington and related issues. How can the FBI declare that every member of the community of Insane Clown Posse fans is affiliated with a criminal gang? It seems outrageous, but it seems to get very little traction in the corporate media. Later, in responding to listener feedback, the content jumps back in time to consider the possibility of a dramatic population bottleneck in the future and the question of whether it is reasonable to place hope in the emergence of new, non-polluting energy technologies to replace fossil fuels. KMO grapples with the question, "How should we decide what to do?" The question easily catches him in an armbar, and KMO taps out.
KMO welcomes Eric Boyd back to the program to discuss possibilities for kicking the energy can down the road with cold fusion. Friend of the C-Realm, Joe S. joins the conversation to represent the viewpoint that free energy could be bad news, as it would allow humans to continue the project of constructing global dominance hierarchies and despoiling the biosphere. KMO plays a clip of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the ideas in his book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. Rifkin claims that advancing communications technology has allowed humans to expand the sphere of beings with whom they identify and for whom they feel empathy. With more time and energy at our disposal, might humans come to extend our empathic concern to include the entire biosphere? The conversation concludes with a discussion of the potential impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Music by Alexandre Tannous and Simon G. Powell.