C-Realm Podcast show

C-Realm Podcast

Summary: The C-Realm is a weekly, interview-based program which features discussions on topics ranging from a possible technological singularity, to entheogenic exploration, the re-localization of community and agriculture, and the competing narratives by which we define ourselves and navigate our world.


 549: Chatting with Liam | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:06:58

KMO talks with an aspiring radio host and consciousness aficionado live in the WOOL, 91.5 FM studio. The policy priorities: If Liam had to have a political platform right now, his first draft would be like this: 1. Drastically reduce war/ "defense" spending and divert most of it to... 2. Set up "transition corps" of young people (and displaced soldiers) looking to contribute to a resilient civilization and providing access to basic services/resources in case markets fail during a capitalist collapse/transition:     Building Corps- building eco villages and sustainable urban, energy and transportation infrastructure to ensure communities have access to housing +food    Food Corps- growing (mostly) perennial based food systems and marine permaculture    Health Corps- providing a baseline level of preventative and "low hanging fruit" healthcare available to the public- including alternative and emerging therapies. Also producing various generic drugs/medicines where markets are keeping prices artificially high     Science/Teaching Corps- Performing basic research and providing support for local school systems    Art/Spirit Corps- Why the fuck not- building fun, beauty, self expression and community connectedness into our public priorities. 3. Energy: Investigate and disclose any classified energy/propulsion technologies and develop and deploy ASAP if they are indeed available. Otherwise, or in tandem, deploy recyclable and safe nuclear plants per boy genius Taylor Wilson's vision supplemented with solar, wind and geothermal - tax nonrenweable electric use beyond a certain threshold (luxury use) 4. Increase taxes by orders of magnitude or outright ban dangerous/unsustainable products like pesticides, and herbicides while providing limited exceptions for reasonable transitional uses 5. Democracy Revision: Publicly fund elections, set congressional term limits and MODERNIZE and protect political institutions from power concentration to reflect democratic will (no electoral college, senate seats are population linked, ranked choice voting, ballot initiatives, public input via social internet technologies, restructured supreme court etc) 6. Cancel MANY debts, (at least the interest portion) -at least for federal debts. Interest is a bank's profit from pulling money from thin air. They don't even risk their own money. Depriving them this profit is not an ethical dilemma for me, yet freeing people to do not be forced to earn income to pay taxes in order to pay down federal debt is a clear benefit to me. 7. Tax wealth, not just income. The power gap we have now is not closable by taxing the wealthy's income alone, they hide that too well and, regardless, income represents a fraction of their real power, we must actually tax the wealth they've accumulated. 8. Incentivize/support workers cooperatives, eco villages and community organization. Assume that most solutions will emerge from these organizations and set up conditions for them to thrive and cross pollenate their innovations and insights 9. Education: Find a new way to fund education which is not property taxes as to level the playing field of education so it doesn't disproportionately benefit the children living in wealthy districts. Set up education to focus on individual's interests instead of set curricula, (maybe even make 4th grade and up more like a college, where kids pick courses, teachers and material)- maybe ALSO make meditation as fundamental a skill as Reading, Riting and Rithmetic.

 548: Logic Bros | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:21

KMO welcomes Ben Burgis, author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left to the C-Realm to talk about why so many people on the left are averse to using logic and rational argument and default to shaming and moral denunciation instead. Ben also explains why the logic bros on the right may not have all that firm a grasp on what makes a compelling argument, even if they have memorized the names of lots of informal fallacies.

 547: Population and Narrative | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:15

William Ryerson KMO talks with Bill Ryerson of Population Media Center about that organization's decades-long mission to help people in developing countries overcome maladaptive cultural narratives and live more effective lives.

 546: Identity and Displacement | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:14

David Blacker returns to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the themes in his new book, What's Left of the World: Education, Identity and the Post-Work Political Imagination. KMO has been reading Andrew Yang's book, and David has also read it and followed Yang's candidacy, so the discussion circles the topic of Universal Basic Income for a good portion of the conversation.

 545: Follow Your BLSS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:23

KMO talks with John Adams, Deputy Director of Biosphere2, a project that started out as a bold attempt to create a closed ecological system that with no inputs of food, water, or oxygen, could sustain 8 humans for 2 years. That didn't go as planned, but since then, Biosphere2 has flourished as a unique Earth systems test laboratory. John Adams describes what's going on at Biosphere2 in the present in this episode of the C-Realm Podcast.

 544: Ja’Loja! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:27

KMO welcomes JP of Egotastic Funtime back to the C-Realm to dissect season 2 of both The Orville (which we love) and Star Trek: Discovery (which we wish we could love). What worked? What didn't? What's on your wish list? Fun stuff!

 543: Getting Clear | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:44

Earlier this year, KMO distanced himself from the Peak Oil fast collapse narrative saying that surveillance capitalism and artificial intelligence would be a bigger deal in the near term than fossil fuel shortfalls. He didn't say it very clearly, because even careful listeners took that as a declaration that information technology was building a stairway to heaven. This episode represents a renewed attempt at clarity. Thanks to Jim of the Attack Ads! podcast for his collaboration in this effort.

 542: Blowback From the Blowback | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:49

Granted. This is NOT a recent photo. Ain't none of us gettin' any younger. Photo by Olga Kuchukov. A few weeks ago, KMO came out to Jim Kunstler as a sort of Peak Oil apostate. One of the most passionate and coherent of the people pushing back against KMO's change of opinion on the topic of Peak Oil is his friend and neighbor, Doug. In this episode of the C-Realm Radio show on WOOL, 91.5 FM in Bellows Falls, Vermont, Doug, JHK and KMO revisit that topic and touch on several others, including the prospects for the DNC Primary contest for the 2020 election.

 541: Restoration and Identity | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:48

You'll hear many references to Identity Wheels in this conversation. KMO welcomes Jordan and Fabio, two interns from the Greater Falls Community Justice Center, to the WOOL studio to talk about restorative justice and the need to move away from a primarily punitive form of criminal justice.

 540: This Finite Earth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:45

KMO talks to engineer and permaculturalist, Robert Brown, about the strengths and weaknesses of the Peak Oil narrative. KMO recalls the different psychological factions that congregated under the Peak Oil banner. Some were focused on finding investment opportunities, others were disgusted with contemporary society and thrilled at the prospect of it falling to pieces. The conversation also touches on the harms and benefits of digital technology.

 C-Realm Radio 038 - C-Realm Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:57

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is 50 times more potent than heroin, so manufacturers and distributors of heroin have a strong economic motive to adulterate their product with fentanyl. This greatly increases the risk of fatal overdose. Fortunately, there is Narcan, which has brought many a heroin user back from the brink of death. KMO talks with Kaileigh Fitch of Habit OPCO, a methadone clinic in Brattleboro, Vermont, about the struggles of local people to reclaim their lives from opiate addiction.

 390: Ephemeralization and Freedom - C-Realm Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:00

KMO welcomes Kevin A. Carson, “free market anti-capitalist” and the author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto to the C-Realm to talk about economics, technology, natural and artificial property rights, and the general outlines of the successor society that is arising to meet human needs as the over-built infrastructure of global corporate capitalism rots from neglect. They also touch upon R. Buckminster Fuller’s concept of the ephemeralization of technology. Kevin argues that an industrial society that can no longer afford to maintain its energy and capital-intensive infrastructure and is transitioning to a distributed, more supple mode of production looks a lot like a civilization that is receding from it’s peak of prosperity and technical prowess in a process that John Michael Greer describes as catabolic collapse. The interlude features excerpts from a 1976 interview with R. Buckminster Fuller, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. For Kevin Carson’s recent posts on ephemeralization and freedom see – blog.p2pfoundation.net/when-ephemeralization-is-hard-to-tell-from-catabolic-collapse/2013/09/19 blog.p2pfoundation.net/my-response-to-john-michael-greer/2013/10/14

 C-Realm Radio 037 - C-Realm Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:37

KMO attended an event in Lancaster, PA put on by the Center for Progressive Urban Politics. That gathering included C-Realm Regulars, John Michael Greer, Dmitry Orlov, and James Howard Kunstler as well as Chris Martenson. Rounding out the panel was educator or diplomat, Frank Morris. The next morning, KMO sat down for a one on one conversation with Frank Morris. Thanks to Kevin Lynn for arranging the conversation.

 513: Struggle and Toil - C-Realm Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:34

KMO welcomes Terry Tapp "back" to the C-Realm Podcast. Terry was a guest on C-Realm Radio a few weeks back, but that episode was lost and is not available in podcast form. Terry is a writer and artist based in NYC, but his roots are in Appalachia, as are KMO's. In this conversation, they talk about the struggles of working people, machine learning, and political dysfunction. You can hear an earlier conversation that Terry recorded with Doug Lain for the Zero Squared podcast.

 513: Struggle and Toil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:34

KMO welcomes Terry Tapp "back" to the C-Realm Podcast. Terry was a guest on C-Realm Radio a few weeks back, but that episode was lost and is not available in podcast form. Terry is a writer and artist based in NYC, but his roots are in Appalachia, as are KMO's. In this conversation, they talk about the struggles of working people, machine learning, and political dysfunction. You can hear an earlier conversation that Terry recorded with Doug Lain for the Zero Squared podcast.


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