KMO is packing up to fly to LA for Politicon 2018. It's likely to be the scene of street battles between Antifa and Proud Boys; a glorious spectacle of ideologically-induced insanity. And stuff about AI, UBI, and figuring out whether the purpose of civilization is to create the conditions for the virtuous to make a fortune or to help all humans live decent lives.
KMO and Doug Lain talk about the cultural and political struggle on display in the drama around the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation process. Doug argues the pro-Democrat side pretty effectively but fears that his efforts would be judged wanting by his leftist superego. Later, the topic turns to Star Trek: Enterprise, a show that met an early demise in 2005 but which KMO remembers fondly and Doug is currently enjoying on Netflix.
KMO and Rob discuss four books: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff (pictured) and Jonathan Haidt, iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You're Not by John Vorhaus, and The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny by Steven Kaplan.
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:
First up, Keith Preston tracks the historical development of the Democratic Party in the United States. Thereafter, Dermot O'Connor, the Angry Animator, tells of a scolding he received for including an idealized Disneyesque heroine in an online course he presented on drawing for animation. This leads into a discussion about how the social justice-obsessed left might be practicing ceremonial magick without meaning to, which in turn leads to consideration of Robert Anton Wilson's conception of Chapel Perilous. After an encounter with the chapel, one emerges paranoid or agnostic. Seemingly, no third option exists.