KMO welcomes Ilargi of The Automatic Earth to the C-Realm to talk about the sorry state of watchdog journalism, the unhelpful rhetoric of American politicians and pundits around Vladimir Putin's actions with regard to Ukraine, the media's failure to examine the US role in bringing down the Yanakovish government, and the fragility of the Chinese economy given its dependence on a shadow banking system which has provided it with a vital life-line of credit. KMO begins and ends the episode with some thoughts on the suicide of Michael C. Ruppert.
Music by The Shiz.
KMO welcomes Orren Whiddon of Four Quarters Interfaith Church to the C-Realm to discuss the upcoming Age of Limits conference. Orren describes how one of his high school teachers gave him a copy of the original Limits to Growth study and how that put him on his life-long course. Orren argues that the statistic of peak human population is the ultimate metric of our undoing as a civilization and how sterile phrases like "peak population" mask an abyss of human suffering. In the middle, KMO reads from The Future Delusion blog and discusses his own evolving relationship to the idea of collapse. Music by The Go Set.
KMO welcomes Driftglass, who is the co-host, along with his wife, Bluegal, of The Professional Left Podcast to the C-Realm to discuss science fiction and politics. Driftglass provides examples of SF literature from the middle of the 20th Century which were both prescient and dystopian and which stand as counter-examples to David Graeber's claim that the science fiction of that period encouraged people to envision a Utopian future in which technology released the vast majority of the population of the burden of alienated labor. Driftglass unpacks his counter-intuitive assertion that there is no Tea Party and counters the claim, ubiquitous in the corporate media, that the Democrats and Republicans are equally culpable for the sorry state of play in American politics. Music by Lon Milo Duquette.
KMO welcomes Chad Hill, the author of the Hipcrime Vocab blog, to the C-Realm Podcast to carry on the conversation about the future. SF media has transitioned away from Utopian visions of people and societies liberated from drudgery and conflict by advanced technology and good governance to wallowing in depictions of dysfunctional futures. What's up with that? KMO and Chad wrestle with these questions and ponder how we might find our way to a resource-based economy like we see on Star Trek. Music by Not Waving But Drowning.
KMO welcomes Frank Aragona of the Agroinnovations podcast back to the C-Realm to discuss a Guardian article by Nafeez Ahmed that is based on a NASA-funded report that details how growing inequality might bring about the fall of our globalized industrial civilization. They also discuss an article in The Economist which offers competing explanations for why global warming seems to have slowed. Frank details the land grabs in Africa by which powerful nations attempting to feed their populations by securing the use of agricultural land in impoverished African nations. It's all a result, Frank explains, of the human appropriation of net primary production. For more on that topic, read Frank's blog post on The Photosynthetic Ceiling. Music by Not Waving But Drowning.
KMO talks with Kevin Carson, author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution about the technologies that seem poised to end the dominance of capital-intensive production methodologies and brake the stranglehold that capitalists and the government minions hold over our lives. Author Jeremy Rifkin describes the current state of human affairs as the transition from the Second to the Third Industrial Revolution. Going forward, says Rifkin, capitalism will be a much diminished force in human affairs. Music by East Forest.
This week's episode of the C-Realm Podcast begins with a discussion of David Graeber's 2012 essay, Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit. KMO shares a portion of the conversation with Eric Boyd from C-Realm Vault Podcast episode 082 about some possible reasons why SF visions of moon bases, robotic maids and flying cars never came true. After that, KMO talks with G. Paul Blundell of Acorn Community about running large, complex operations without hierarchy, exploitation or coercion. Paul argues that renouncing hierarchy does not mean abandoning the benefits of coordinated action involving millions of people. The episode ends with a reading from a post to the blog The Hipcrime Vocab. Music by The Little Stevies.
KMO welcomes filmmaker Joshua Bregman to the C-Realm to discuss why contemporary science fiction, on the screen at least if not on the page, is stuck in a dystopian quagmire. What happened to the utopian vision of Star Trek? Perhaps Francis Fukuyama and Margaret Thatcher were right. Perhaps representative democracy and markets are the highest expression of human civilization and that there is nowhere to go but down. Music by Little Stevies.
In this episode of the podcast guest host Larry Lowe shares a conversation he recorded with KMO about the essence of the C-Realm Podcast and his efforts to reduce its broad range of subject matter into a concise 'elevator pitch,' a boiler plate definition to serve as a definitive sound byte.
KMO welcomes permaculture co-originator David Holmgren to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss two of his essays: Money Vs Fossil Energy: the Battle for Control of the World and Crash on Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future. David has been tracking the onset of climate change and peak oil for many years, but he says that in recent years, largely due to the work of Steve Keen and Nicole Foss, he has come to see financial systems as the fastest moving and most volatile element in emerging global crisis. He describes why he considers the Bush administration to have been guided by a certain energy realism lacking in too many social and climate activists. Finally, he describes why he thinks that multiple generations of mass affluence has left us saddled with a psycho-social debt that will be very difficult for us to discharge. Music by The Little Stevies.