KMO and Olga visited House of Collection to speak with Ahnika Delirium about intentional communities, gender identities & presentation, privilege, and whether a conservative Christian cakemaker should be required by law to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Links and discussion on these topics can be found in the Friends of the C-Realm community on Facebook.
KMO talks with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe about cultural hegemony and getting out from under imposed colonial value systems. Bayo, who flauted the expectations of training as clinical psychologist, embarked on a shamanic quest to re-connect with his own heritage. He say that he was lead by questions on that quest rather than by any formal guide. Later, the topic turns to the futile ambition of permanently dissolving the ego. For Bayo, the human ego is every bit as wonderful and deserving of admiration as every other element of creation. Music by Handmade Moments.
Techgnosis, by Erik Davis, was first published back in 1998, before the dot com crash, the presidential election fiasco of the year 2000, 9/11, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the financial crisis of 2008 and the protracted recession and jobless recovery. Erik joins KMO for a conversation about the continuity and evolution of their worldviews from 1998 to the present. In 1997, Wired magazine published their now famous headline story, The Long Boom, which argued that good times were here to stay, and not just for the elites. KMO reads from it and makes some 20/20 hindsight observations about the insular, self-serving, techno-utopian mindset that produced it.
Music by Brodie Kinder.
KMO welcomes Lex Pelger back to the C-Realm, and Lex brought along his friend, Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis. Dimitiri, who is the subject of the film I Am Dangerous With Love, is a former heroin addict who beat his addiction with the aid of Tabernanthe Iboga and who has since dedicated himself to sharing this opportunity with other addicts. The challenge: Iboga is a schedule 1 drug according to the US Federal Government. Dimitri likens the junkie to the leper, an untouchable who is undeserving of compassion and who even the most pious members of society are free to scorn.
KMO welcomes futurist, Eric Garland, to the C-Realm to explain why it’s still important to look to the future. Eric is well aware of the bad rap that “futurism” has gotten in recent years, but he wears the futurist mantle with pride. Even flawed thinking about the future is better, in his opinion, than just assuming that the present moment will continue indefinitely forward. Toward the end of the program, Eric paints a picture of a future in which there is no single, systemic collapse but the present governing structures and institutions lose their perceived legitimacy and carry on in the buffoonish mode that is the bread and butter of satirical programs like The Daily Show. KMO closes with warnings from WB Yeats and Tyler Cowen about framing everything according to stories of good and evil.
KMO talks with Marshall Brain of HowStuffWorks about the path that the United States is on with regard to jobs, automation, profitability and social cohesion. Marshall is the author of a novel called Manna that describes the dark road we're on and one possible alternative. Is automation finally bringing the so-called "contradictions of capitalism" to a head? Perhaps we're just going through a rough patch. Maybe the technological trends that are destroying middle class livelihoods and replacing them with McJobs will deliver us to the capitalist nirvana that the lords of Silicone Valley promise is just over the horizon. Maybe we need to revist some of the assumptions enshrined in the current economic orthodoxy. Music by Brodie Kinder.
KMO welcomes Hal Brill to the C-Realm to talk about the book The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money. In a future marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, investors need to overhaul their risk management toolkit. If the sorts of civilization-scale disruptions that are a regular theme on the C-Realm Podcast come to pass, being ready for anything means a lot more than just having your money in the right investments. Later in the podcast, KMO talks with Charles Eisenstein about living in the space between stories.
Music by Brodie Kinder.
KMO welcomes Professor James Krupa to the C-Realm to discuss his experience teaching evolution to college students in Kentucky. He is the author of an article in the new issue of Orion called “Defending Darwin.” Does accepting the theory of evolution by natural selection automatically make a person an atheist? Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, as well as the Pope agree that a scientific worldview is compatible with religious faith. Strident atheists, like Richard Dawkins, as well as some religious fundamentalist demagogues, insist that we all have to choose sides. Later, KMO and Doug Lain pay tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy.
New York Mayer, Bill DeBlasio, and his police commissioner, Bill Bratton, both hold fast in their support for a community policing strategy called "Broken Windows." Critics charge that the policy amounts to targeting black neighborhoods for absurdly stringent enforcement which sends people of color to jail for the most trivial of infractions; things for almost nobody living in more privileged neighborhoods would ever imagine they could be arrested. Is this an obviously failed policy, or has "Broken Windows" come to serve as a catch-all term for a wide variety of bad policing practices. Can relations between the black community and the police be repaired? Is it even coherent to talk of "repairing" something that has never been right? This episode of the C-Realm Podcast features excerpts from a panel discussion that takes on these questions.
An extreme position in the environmental movement is that activists should be engaged in deliberately trying to hasten the collapse of the global economic system. Nothing short of complete collapse, they argue, can save the rest of life on Earth from human rapaciousness and stupidity. In a debate recorded at the 16th annual Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, Australia, six thought leaders (including two C-Realm guests) weighed in on whether there is any sensible reason to advocate the collapse of the global economy. No one said yes, but only one person answered with a simple no. Hear some of the nuances that cannot be contained within a simple yay or nay in this episode of the C-Realm Podcast.
Music by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System.