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158: Natural Born Consumers

KMO welcomes Duncan Crary, host of the Kunstlercast and Chuck Burr, author of Culturequake: The End of Modern Culture and the Birth of a New World to the program for a wide-ranging discussion that touches on humanism, sustainability, the idea of humans (and all oxygen breathers) as natural born consumers and the allure of apocalypse porn.

Music by Tibet2Timbuk2

Duncan writes that interested C-Realm listeners can:
...just visit audiblepodcast.com/kunstler . That will give them a free 14-day trial to Audible, through which they can purchase a discounted version of Day of the Triffids.

It's really no biggie. I don't make money off that or anything. Just figured it would be a useful tip to your listeners if they want to listen to that book.

Make sure to tell them to read the fine print! (They need to cancel their trial after they purchase the book if they don't want their membership to renew).


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Jun. 18th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Suspicion of mutually-beneficial arrangements
One of the key points in this episode was made by Duncan when he talked about how people are reluctant to work with local merchants, primarily in asking them to accommodate. With big box national retailers and their inflexible policies becoming the norm over the last 30 years, we have lost the ability to barter as a nation. It is more "efficient" to have a bottom line price but doing so removes the producer from the equation. The commerce localization aspect of the peak oil issue is often the most overlooked point.

Thanks for another great episode.
Jun. 19th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Hey KMO,

This is a kind of off-topic question, but I suppose I'm just searching for information and am not sure where to even start.

I grew up with survivalist/do-it-yourselfer parents and working on my grandparents' farms, but went into computers and have been living in the city for nearly the last two decades, stuck in an apartment, unable to make anything like savings, and I find myself desperately wishing I could return to the way I used to live.

The problem is... I'm a liberal-minded transgendered person and not a 'god fearing racist redneck', so I've been disowned by my family and know I would have difficulty living in many parts of the country simply due to the samll-minded nature of the surrounding culture.

So. My question is... How do I get out? How do I find affordable and sustainable land in a place where people will not burn down my house simply because I am different from them? I know there must be communities where I would be valuable or at least places where I would be left alone, but all of my friends at this time in my life are tech-oriented people, most who came from cities and suburbs. I have no connections via my family and so I am isolated and don't even know where to begin to figure out how to get out.

Any ideas?

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