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KMO welcomes Dmitry Orlov back to the C-Realm Podcast to to discuss his new book, The Five Stages of Collapse: Survivors’ Toolkit. Dmitry developed the 5-staged model of collapse several years ago, and this conversation is a follow-up to C-Realm Podcast episode 96: Kollapsnik and the Ripping Yarn. In the book, Dmitry presents case studies of people who responded adaptively to collapses of various sorts, and the conversation focuses on organized crime syndicates in post-Soviet Russia as well as the Roma (Gypsies) who have mastered the art of hiding in plain sight, staying flexible, and maintaining a clear boundary between themselves and the larger societies in which they operate.
Related C-Realm blog post: Descent into Anarchy?
In this 300th C-Realm Podcast episode, KMO welcomes Dmitry Orlov back to the program to check in on the collapse narrative and to compare the actual unfolding of events with Dmitry’s perspective of five years ago.
“…I did an episode a few months back with—Guy McPherson was on, and Kurt Cobb, and Henry Warwick. And Henry was saying that it’s just really irresponsible to talk about collapse to audiences who don’t understand the very specific meaning of the word you have in mind, because generally when people hear “collapse,” they think ‘Mad Max Scenario’, when in fact a collapse in the Joseph Tainter sense can be advantageous, you know, in fact it could be that we are due for some financial, political and commercial collapse, but social and cultural collapse are things you would want to avoid at all costs.”
“Well, yes, it’s not all one thing. The criticism that I use this word, well, you know, let them propose a different word. I haven’t exactly redefined what I’m talking about, I’m just adding detail. So I don’t know if that’s entirely valid.”
In this 300th C-Realm Podcast episode, KMO welcomes Dmitry Orlov back to the program to check in on the collapse narrative and to compare the actual unfolding of events with Dmitry’s perspective of five years ago. Later Lorenzo Hagerty of the Psychedelic Salon Podcast and the Dopefiend of the Dopefiend.co.uk Podcast Network drop by to talk about the process of creating 300 podcast episodes. Finally KMO checks in with Black Beauty, the Australian with the velvety voice who provides the C-Realm Podcast with its bumpers, and Justin and Seth of the Extraenvironmentalist Podcast share a poem by Wendell Berry.
KMO welcomes John Michael Greer back to the C-Realm to discuss maladaptive memes like the ones that drive speculative bubbles and predictions of the impending end of the world. Economists believe that abstractions, like money, can be manipulated in ways that can overcome the material limitations of the “real” world. John Michael says that to call this “magical thinking” is to do a serious disservice to operative mages and other practitioners of magical techniques. He suggests that we label the belief that we can derive something from nothing “economic thinking.” Music by the Transpersonals.
KMO welcomes Nicole Foss (AKA Stoneleigh of the Automatic Earth blog) to the C-Realm to discuss the need for re-localization, something which central authorities will work to quash lest it interfere with the conveyance of wealth from the periphery to the center. Nicole explains what she means when she describes cash as “a pile of unmade choices” and why she cannot offer her uncomplicated support for political movements like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street. She does voice her strong support for permaculture and for restoring soil fertility. Music by Andrew Woods.