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C-Realm Podcast
"C" stands for consciousness
Category: Philosophy
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Filling in the gaps left open in the official narrative of industrial culture, questioning the civil religion of progress, and learning to stop worrying and love the long descent.
by KMO
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November 26, 2014 01:53 PM PST

KMO attended the 2014 Digital Labor conference at the New School in NYC where Prof. Henry Warwick delivered a presentation called The Enclosure of the Internet. The next day, KMO sat down to talk with Henry about the themes of his presentation, and in the process they cover a variety of topics including Henry’s rejection of the idea that the Internet can be re-formed along communist, socialist or otherwise emancipatory lines. He also takes aim at techno-utopian leftists who seem oblivious to how current capitalist elites are preparing to reproduce the unjust social relationships of the present in a post-industrial future. This episode also features a short interview with Orpheus Reed of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA about getting the timing right on the coming revolution recorded at the Climate March in Manhattan in September.

November 19, 2014 12:05 PM PST

KMO and Olga welcome Joshua Wickerham of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council back to the C-Realm to talk about the state of drug policy reform and changing cultural narratives. The recent mid-term elections in the United States demonstrated that even with conservative politicians emerging victorious, drug policy reform is still moving forward, though it would seem that London Mayor, Boris Johnson, didn't get the memo. The program ends with a recording of McKenzie Wark presenting his paper Digital Labor and the Anthropocene at the #DL14 conference. Music by Not Waving But Drowning.

November 12, 2014 08:28 AM PST

KMO attended the Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis gathering in NYC this past weekend and connected with people working to foster non-violent yet fundamental systems change. The first three speakers at the conference were Helena Norberg-Hodge, Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders. You can hear their presentations on this week’s episode of the C-Realm Podcast as well as the music of Jonathan Santos, who performed live, on-stage at the gathering.

November 05, 2014 12:56 PM PST

KMO’s conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures, recorded at Cooper Union, continues in this episode. Helena explains why she does not like to advocate for “revolution” with it’s implicit call for violence. Instead, she advocates the need for fundamental systems change carried out in a non-violent mode. Helena will be one of the presenters at an event called Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis. In the second half of the program, KMO and Olga sit down with Peter Rizzo of Bhava Yoga. The conversation brings together the seemingly separate (and possibly antithetical) concerns of changing the world for the better and refining the character of one’s own consciousness.

October 29, 2014 01:20 PM PDT

KMO attended the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in at Cooper Union this past weekend where he met and recorded conversations with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture. Anuradha describes how agricultural corporations who portray their actions in terms sustainable practices and taking the needs of all stake-holders into account are pulling off an enormous land-grab in Africa and Asia and how the policies of the World Bank tilt the field in their favor to the detriment of local people. Helena Norberg-Hodge takes on the idea that humans are so selfish and short-sighted that they deserve to go extinct. This attitude plays into the hands of transnational corporations who are more than happy to see the blame for climate change, inequality and injustice fall on individual actors and not to the policies that create a marketplace which favors short-term profits over long-term responsibility. Music by East Forest.

October 22, 2014 01:05 PM PDT

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman published an opinion piece in which he lumped The Post Carbon Institute together with the Koch brothers as representatives of "climate despair," claiming that anti-environmentalist right-wingers and anti-capitalist environmentalists are both wrong to think that we can't have economic growth without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Richard Heinberg responded explaining how Krugman fundamentally misunderstands the aims and objectives of the Post Carbon Institute and how he either misunderstands or misrepresents the very reports that he cited to support his argument. Krugman then dug himself into a deeper hole with a second column in which he castigates physical scientists for thinking that they are smarter than economists. In this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, Richard Heinberg joins KMO for a discussion on energy, economics and climate through the lens of biophysical reality.

October 15, 2014 10:08 PM PDT

KMO welcomes Robert J. Fairchild (AKA Solar Bob) to the C-Realm to discuss the dramatic increase in oil extraction from hydraulic fracturing, it's effects on the US and global economies, and what it really represents in terms of energy returned on energy invested. They make extensive reference to an article by Grant Smith, U.S. Seen as Biggest Oil Producer After Overtaking Saudi Arabia, which quotes Bank of America, Citigroup and the International Energy Agency in support of the notion that the United States will remain the world's top producer of fossil fuels until 2030. Compare the quality of discussion in the comments to that article on to the discussion of the same article on the Friends of the C-Realm group.

Music by Tah Phrum Duh Bush.

October 08, 2014 03:10 PM PDT

KMO talks to Global Catastropic Risk researcher, Dr. David Denkenberger. David's forthcoming book, Feeding Everyone No Matter What: Solving the Food Crisis After Global Catastrophe, describes the technical feasibility of feeding everyone on Earth without in aftermath of a calamity the wipes out conventional agriculture. He's careful to distinguish technical feasibility from political or economic feasibility. Later, KMO shares some thoughts on the incompatibility of capitalism and environmental stewardship from the Socialist Equality Party and with a brief clip from a conversation between Laura Flanders and Gar Alperovitz before closing with some unconventional thoughts on technology from SF author Karl Shroeder. Music by The Humble Grapes.

October 01, 2014 01:45 PM PDT

KMO talks with freelance writer and blogger Brian Kaller, who grew up in a town next to Ferguson, Missouri about how the news and images out of Ferguson seemed to provide confirmation for disparate and sometimes contradictory narratives about the forces at work in American culture. Everyone saw what they wanted or expected to see, and few voices showed any hint of doubt even while their reporting demonstrated near total ignorance of the story’s setting. You can read Brian’s article on the Ferguson coverage for The American Conservative, Ferguson Falls Apart.

Music by Justin Blankenship.

September 24, 2014 12:17 PM PDT

KMO attended the People's Climate March on Sunday and Flood Wall Street the next day. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business. The second was unauthorized and was deliberately disruptive to traffic around the icons of finance capital in lower Manhattan. There were zero arrests at the People's Climate March. There were over a hundred at Flood Wall Street. KMO shares interviews collected on location at both events.

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