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279: Overvaluing Genius

On the road in NYC and Upstate New York, KMO welcomes James Howard Kunstler back to the C-Realm to discus the Occupy Wall Street movement, tribes of hopeless and clueless youth like the Juggalos and Juggalettes, the techno-narcissism of Ray Kurzweil and the Singularitarians, and the damage caused by the metastasized and hypertrophied financial sector of the economy.

Music by Fernando Tarango.

Read essays by Douglas Rushkoff and Charles Eisenstein about the importance of the Occupy Wall Street movement.


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l33tminion
Oct. 13th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
JHK is, as always, down on subculture with extreme grouchy intensity. Which is a shame, I thought the overblown generalizations made the conversation much less interesting.

Your comparison to the hippies was very apt. I think there's some psychological bias towards viewing "foreign" subcultures as a threat, and probably towards viewing one's own subculture as a force. However, political movement is harder than subculture. (And subculture was harder in the time of the hippies, so that difficulty gap has become even bigger since.) The reality of subculture is that often it's a political force (or even a "way of life") in name only. Subculture is often just a fun thing to do on the weekends.
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