KMO welcomes Keith Preston of Attack the System back to C-Realm Radio to talk about the current political and social division in the United States. Keith first offers a technological explanation for the intensity of the social animosity on display in public discourse. He then delves into the history of left and right political movements in the US to describe in more detail how we came to our particular historical moment.
KMO and Rob talk about the book Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks. As algorithms take over the management of the poor and automate decisions formerly made by humans exercising their experience, training and judgment, the abdication of authority from humans to machines advances by leaps, bounds and relentless baby steps.
In the second half of the conversation with Leo He Jhao, Leo describes his conception of "the Revolution." He sees it involving minimal bloodshed and leaving the global capitalist supply chains and manufacturing apparatus and agricultural capacity functioning free of the sort of interruption that would result in mass starvation and conflict over resources. KMO remains skeptical, arguing that any revolution that freed everyone from unjust coercion would disrupt the production of distribution of food and other goods, and any change that left the system functioning as it did before would more of a change in management than a revolution.
KMO talks with Chad Hill of the HipcrimeVocab blog about the origins of inequality. Chad thinks it all started with debt. Chad explains how the meaning of the term "Luddite" has changed since it was coined. KMO goes on a long rant about human brains don't seem to be up to the challenge of Facebook, and KMO and Chad exchange notes on the task of trying to write a book.
The conversation with Ben McCleish from C-Realm Radio 024 concludes here. Ben provides his perspective as a representative of the techno-optimistic Zeitgeist Movement on Ted Kaczynski's arguments for an anti-tech revolution. Later, KMO and Silas riff on the main points from the conversation with Ben.
The conversation ends with a discussion of geoengineering. A listener wrote in to offer up a counter-perspective offered up by Dr. Klaus Lackner on Radio Ecoshock.