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It’s a great podcast with insightful questions on the state of our environment.

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This podcast features interesting and thought provoking conversations on a verity of topics.

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By eco mama 23 - Dec 08 2019
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It’s a great podcast with insightful questions on the state of our environment.

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By ANONMESSIAH - Sep 22 2018
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This podcast features interesting and thought provoking conversations on a verity of topics.
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Rank #1: #245 | Prayer For The Earth: Traditional Knowledge & An Indigenous Response w/ Stan Rushworth

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[Intro: 7:13 | Book Pre-sale: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this episode, I speak with Indigenous elder, author, and teacher Stan Rushworth. We discuss Traditional Ecological Knowledge and his upcoming book project ’The Changing Earth: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island,’ made in collaboration with journalist and author Dahr Jamail. Stan is featured in Ian MacKenzie's recently released short film ‘Prayer for the Earth: An Indigenous Response to These Times.’

Our planet is undergoing massive ecological, climatological, and cultural shifts, with the consequences of these crises playing out in the near and distant future. In our attempt to reattain a harmonious balance with the life systems of the planet, certain traditions of knowledge and wisdom come to the forefront, namely Indigenous or Traditional Ecological Knowledge. But what is attached to these traditional forms of knowledge is something that is often overlooked, whether on purpose or not: the hundreds of years of genocide that nearly erased Indigenous peoples from Turtle Island. This erasure is just as much physical and is it cultural and spiritual. For those that carry the values and perspectives of the dominant culture, to respectfully and humbly embrace traditional Indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and perspectives requires taking a hard look at the what has brought us collectively to this moment. This includes listening and full acknowledging Indigenous people and their history, including all the pain, sorrow, and beauty that comes with it.

Stan Rushworth was born in 1944 and raised on the banks of the Stanislaus River in the East San Joaquin Valley in California by his grandfather, who was of Cherokee descent. He has taught Native American Literature at Cabrillo College, in Aptos, California for the last twenty-eight years, including similar work at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a lecturer, and worked for eighteen years at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center teaching basic skills and critical thinking surrounding Indigenous peoples’ issues, including six years as Director/Instructor of the Puente Program, centered in the Chicano community. He authored 'Sam Woods: American Healing' (Station Hill Press, New York) in 1992, and 'Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain' (Talking Leaves Press, Freedom, CA) in 2014. As a tenured faculty emeritus, he currently teaches Native American Literature at Cabrillo College, and works as an activist and advocate for Indigenous people as a teacher, writer and speaker. He is an enrolled citizen of the Chiricahua Apache Nation, and is also a member of the Santa Cruz Indian Council, where he is an Advising Cultural Elder. He is currently the Attending Elder (school year 19-20) for the American Indian Resource Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is married, with two sons and one grandson.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Stan and Dahr Jamail’s upcoming book ’The Changing Earth: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island’: https://www.thechangingearth.net

- Support Stan and Dahr through their GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-changing-earth

- Watch Ian MacKenzie’s short film ‘Prayer for the Earth: An Indigenous Response to These Times’: https://uplift.tv/2020/prayer-for-the-earth/

- Learn more about Stan and his work: http://stanrushworth.com

- The title card features a photo taken by Dahr Jamail, used with his permission. The sampled audio featured in this episode is from Ian MacKenzie’s short film, used with his permission. Learn more about Dahr and Ian’s work: http://www.dahrjamail.net / https://www.ianmack.com

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Apr 17 2020

1hr 23mins

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Rank #2: #179 | We Will Not Arrive Intact: The Times Are Urgent, Let's Slow Down w/ Bayo Akomolafe

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In this episode, I speak with Bayo Akomolafe — lecturer, activist, and the author of ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home.' We pick up where we left off from when we last spoke over one year ago, and get into some of the overlying (and underlying) themes of his work, which includes a radical reshaping of the understandable, but often unexamined, sense of urgency we feel in a time of accelerating change and ecological collapse as we fully enter into the Anthropocene, "the human epoch."

The times are urgent, let’s slow down. I ask Bayo to elaborate on the deeper currents that run through his activism and writing, including what it means to “slow down” in a time of accelerating change and the catastrophic unraveling of the biosphere as we enter into the “the human epoch.” The Western encultured mind grasps for meaning, direct purpose, in order to “figure it all out” in the face of this global unraveling, as if we are clever enough to escape the planet we have molded in our image (impoverished, depleted, traumatized, ruined). The human being, within our current paradigm, is grasping for meaning in all this (this certainly includes myself). As Bayo elaborates in so much of his work, and in his recent essay ‘Coming Into The Sanctuary’ “[w]e cannot practice escape any longer — if we are to survive. We cannot cleanse ourselves of our sins or hope for the parting of the clouds to bring a convenient saviour. [W]e must now gesture toward hopes and worlds beyond modern imaginaries. Beyond humans. Beyond the intelligible. Beyond our usual ways of making sense. [W]e must go to the edges, toward the hedgerows teeming with hagodays and gargoyles and stuttered beings, and learn to [witness] with-ness the world we once banished to the peripheries of significance.”* We explore these questions and much more in this wide-ranging conversation.

Bayo Akomolafe is a husband and father, as well as an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. Bayo is globally recognized for his unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the Executive Director and Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network. Through his work with The Emergence Network, “Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing –- a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’… one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to ‘us’ or the ‘solutions’ that conventional activism offers as discrete or separate from the problems that we seek to nullify.”**

*Source: http://bit.ly/2Tor3tz
**Source: http://bit.ly/BayoAbout
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Bayo and his work at his website: http://bayoakomolafe.net

- Read his recent essay ‘Coming Into The Sanctuary,” quoted above and in the introduction to this episode: http://bit.ly/2Tor3tz

- Learn more about The Emergence Network: http://www.emergencenetwork.org

- Purchase Bayo’s book ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home’: http://bit.ly/2EUNVYL

- The songs featured in this episode are “Sound & Color” and “This Feeling” by Alabama Shakes from the album Sounds & Color.

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Mar 18 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #3: #149 | Time & Time, Again: The Neuroses Of Domesticated Life w/ John Zerzan

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In this episode, I speak with anarchist and primitivist writer and philosopher John Zerzan. We discuss his deep analysis of the roots of Time as we understand it to be in the modern sense (explored in a collection of essays titled ‘Time & Time Again’), the roots of agriculture and the domestication of life, the detrimental impact this transition has had on human health and physical development, the neuroses of mass society (alienation, depression, anxiety, etc.), the wholesale disappearance of community, and the threat technological advancement poses for complex life on the planet.

As mentioned above, we begin the discussion by examining the concept of Time, as expressed in John’s collection of essays ‘Time & Time Again,’ published by Detritus Books. As John writes in his essay ‘Time and its Discontents’: “The further we go in time the worse it gets. We inhabit an age of the disintegration of experience, according to Adorno. The pressure of time, like that of its essential progenitor, division of labor, fragments and disperses all before it.”❂ Everything, as John points to his writing, becomes subject to the will and tyranny of Time, a process that continually disempowers us in the service of technological advancement and economic growth — ideological constructs that serves the continuation and legitimization of “Civilization” more broadly, regardless of the detrimental impacts this structure has on human life and the complex living systems of this planet.

John and I also discuss the root of the pervasive neuroses, destructive addictive behaviors, and outbursts of violence in modern society — all of which stem from the alienation produced by the community-destroying elements present in civilized life today. Through John’s examination of anthropological evidence of humanity’s pre-historic past, we can understand that much of what we take for granted to be “normal” human behavior and development is really, in the scope of things, a rather recent product of the logic of technological and economic progress inherent in capitalist development — the most recent phase in global civilization’s aim to expand and protract itself into every aspect of the human experience on this planet. What can we learn from this examination of human life before the rise of symbolic thought and agriculture? We discuss this and more in this episode.

John Zerzan is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. Some subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought and the concept of time. His most recent books are ‘A People's History of Civilization’ and ‘Time and Time Again,’ both released this year (2018).✧

❂ Source: http://bit.ly/TimeDiscontents
✧Source: http://bit.ly/WikiZerzan
Episode Notes:

- Learn about John’s work at his website: http://johnzerzan.net

- Purchase ‘Time & Time Again’ from Detritus Books: http://bit.ly/TTAgain

- Purchase ‘A People’s History of Civilization’ from Feral House: http://bit.ly/APHCiv

- Listen to John’s weekly produced ‘Anarchy Radio’: http://bit.ly/AnarchyRadio

- The song featured in this episode is ‘Carbon 7 (161)’ by Jlin from the album Black Origami.

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Oct 08 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #4: #159 | The Privilege To Leave: Stepping Away From The Center Of Empire w/ Michael Sliwa

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In this episode, I speak with Michael Sliwa — author, former educator, and “one of the foremost speakers on simple living.”⚐ My discussion with Michael addresses the traps of modernity — including work, consumerism, settler-colonialism, our culture’s attachment to things, and the path Michael has taken to move further away from the center of Empire in an attempt to liberate himself from false needs and excessive wants, in turn learning to live much more simply, nomadically, and communally.

In particular, what we discuss is that in spite of this worthy effort, privilege plays an enormous role in an individual’s ability to move away from the destructive nature and impact of this industrial culture, and as Michael addresses in this episode, the recognition of this fundamental aspect of living within a society forged in settler-colonial values and maintained through the socio-economic imposition to “make a living” informs this effort in more ways than can be initially understood. The false sense of security careers and material accumulation brings in a culture bereft of community and land-based consciousness is something worth addressing and overcoming in spite of this, especially in the face of widespread ecological disintegration and abrupt climate disruption — a result of this imposition to “make a living” regardless of the long-term consequences. Michael and I get at the worthiness of the effort to liberate oneself of false needs and wants, and what interesting paths await those that make the leap toward personal responsibility and deep recognition of the role privilege plays in the maintaining of the illusion of stability and prosperity in this society, in light of the devastating impact this logic has had on the living systems of this planet — in which we are inextricably tied to. Michael’s insight is a treasure, and we discuss these subjects and more in this episode.

Michael Sliwa is the author of 'Chasing A Different Carrot: A Manifesto For The Predicament Of Privilege’ and is one of the foremost speakers on simple living. He and his wife Karen are former educators who left behind their careers and most of their worldly possessions in order to pursue a life of genuine connectivity. For years Michael and Karen have been traveling, working and speaking about what it means to live a life of simplicity. They have built a skill set that has allowed them to continue along a path where stress and chaos are left behind and efficiency and durability take their place. Michael has shared their story through keynotes, workshops, assemblies, and TEDx Talks along the way. Today Michael is the Co-Founder and Development Specialist for one of the most dynamic speaking agencies in the country, TRUality, and is the former co-host of Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network.⚐

⚐ Source: http://bit.ly/2ANMhEO
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Michael’s work at his website: https://michaelsliwa.wordpress.com

- Watch Michael’s video series ‘Another Way’ here: http://bit.ly/MSanotherway

- Learn more about and purchase Michael’s book ‘Chasing A Different Carrot: A Manifesto For The Predicament Of Privilege’ here: https://amzn.to/2PejD4Y

- Follow Michael on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.j.sliwa

- Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrotChasing

- The songs featured in this episode are “Right On,” “African New Wave,” and “The Doldrums” by Paul White from the album Rapping With Paul White.

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Dec 03 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #5: #125 | Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots w/ William Rees

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In this episode, I speak with William Rees, human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Rees is the originator and co-developer of the “ecological footprint analysis,” and the co-author (with Mathis Wackernagel) of 'Our Ecological Footprint,' an exploration of this concept. The Ecological Footprint concept has become the world’s best-known metaphor for the human ‘load’ (the resources required of ecosystems to maintain our current mode of living) on the planet.*

In this interview, we discuss Dr. Rees’ lifetime of research into the ecological footprint of human societies on this planet, as well as the global biophysical limits we are coming up against due to our current mode of living (particularly in the "developed" world). We then discuss Dr. Rees’ work regarding the “neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human’s well-developed capacity for self-delusion.”** In the face of abrupt climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity around the globe, and rapid species decline across the board in recent decades, why are we, as a species, unable to clearly perceive the very perilous situation we find ourselves in? What is it about creating very large-scale, complex systems (technologies, cultures, societies), that makes us unable to perceive how our way of living detrimentally impacts planetary life-systems, which we rely on for our own survival and well-being? In the face of the physical reality we are forging for ourselves and all other life on this planet, what can we expect to happen in the face of these profound changes currently underway? We discuss these subjects, and more, in this episode.

Dr. Rees has authored (or co-authored) more than 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles on humanity’s (un)sustainability conundrum. Active across disciplines, Dr Rees is a long-term member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative.**

*Source: https://bit.ly/2sSbPwT
**Source: https://bit.ly/2LrZpn3
Episode Notes:

- Keep up to date with Dr. Rees’ recent writings at The Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/

- Find out more about Dr. Rees and his work at his website: http://williamrees.org

- Purchase Dr. Rees’ book 'Our Ecological Footprint' here: https://amzn.to/2sAMRCO

- Here are links to the resources/papers Dr. Rees mentioned at the end of the episode:

“Avoiding Collapse: An agenda for sustainable degrowth and relocalizing the economy” (https://bit.ly/1qHAq1G)

“What’s blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial” (https://bit.ly/2Jmw5NX)

The Global Footprint Network website: https://www.footprintnetwork.org

- The song featured in this episode is “Kelau” by Flako from the album Mini Tollbooth

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Jun 11 2018

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Rank #6: #93 | Accidental Anarchist: Syria, Intervention, & Catalonian Independence w/ Carne Ross

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Carne Ross is a former British diplomat, Middle East and WMD expert, who resigned in 2004 after giving what was then secret information to a British inquiry into the Iraq War. Carne became acutely aware that the information being presented to the public leading up to the Iraq War was misleading and false. After he left his position as a diplomat, he founded the world's first non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat, which advises democratic countries and movements around the world.

This year, Carne was featured in the documentary Accidental Anarchist, a film that follows Carne's path from British diplomat to an advocate for Anarchism. This film follows Carne's journey to find and eventually witness anarchist principles in action during the Occupy movement, the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930's in Catalonia, as well as contemporarily by the Kurds in Rojava. Rojava is a region in northern Syria, that during the chaotic Syrian civil war was able and continues to practice anarchism effectively while simultaneously fighting off the Islamic State as well as maintain autonomy in that region.

In this conversation, Carne and I briefly discuss his path toward Anarchism, the complexity of the Syrian Civil War and the ethics surrounding intervention in that conflict, as well as the recent referendum in Catalonia to secede from Spain and become an independently governed nation, and what this means for the future of the nation state in the 21st century.
Episode Notes:

- Find out more about Carne's work at his website http://www.carneross.com

- Carne's non-profit Independent Diplomat: https://independentdiplomat.org

- Learn more about the documentary Accidental Anarchist: http://www.accidentalanarchist.net

- Follow Carne Ross on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carneross

- The music featured in this episode: "Track 3" and "Track 11" by Ras G from the album My Kinda Blues.

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Dec 18 2017

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Rank #7: #186 | Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself: Managing Collapse Awareness w/ Holly Truhlar

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[Intro: 12:45]

In this episode, I speak with lawyer, grief therapist, and community builder Holly Truhlar. We discuss her provocatively titled essay ‘Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself,’ which addressed the ways mainstream psychology, as it is currently practiced today, largely lacks the framework, language, and tools required to adequately counsel those that are coming into the growing awareness that the systems we are embedded within are leading to societal collapse, ecological disintegration, and abrupt climate disruption on the global scale.

Mainstream psychology “puts the onus on the individual and takes the focus off of the violent and divisive systems we’re in,”* which in turn disempowers the individual from preparing, in any meaningful sense, for what lies ahead as we begin to experience the impacts of a fraying socioeconomic and political system (mired in systemic oppression and corruption), the catastrophic loss of species (described as the Sixth Mass Extinction event), a radically changing climate system (as a result of industrialization), and the likely near-term extinction of the human species as a result of these converging crises. “As with all things capitalist, patriarchal, and committed to the growth of civilization, psychology is used mostly as a tool of the oppressor to keep us divided into individual causes rather than working in solidarity with our class structure.”* Holly, in her work, seeks to make use of the tools provided in mainstream psychology, and incorporate Radical Attunement Work (RAW), which cultivates "a deep awareness of people and systems in order to fundamentally shift exploitative ways of being towards reciprocal relationship, collective liberation, and communities of care.”** As Holly says in her essay “we don’t have time for this shit. We have a small window in which we MAY be able to learn the skills needed to co-regulate with each other and organize for the needed revolution (or end-of-life care for our species).” The stakes really are this high. We discuss this and more in this episode.

Holly Truhlar is a lawyer, grief therapist, and community builder. She’s integrated her doctorate in law with a masters in transpersonal counseling psychology to create a model for personal and collective liberation. This model, called Radical Attunement Work (RAW), moves people and groups from dominating and exploitative ways of being into attuned and transformational relationships. Her work lies at the convergence of ancestral grief, collective trauma, conscious collapse, and social justice. She’s currently practicing and researching social technologies, such as ritual and Deep Democracy work, that foster large-scale trauma resolution and collective nervous system regulation. She's been called to help hold grief in these troubled and transitional times, so she lives with her heart broken open and soul on display.***

*http://bit.ly/2Uwfyjw
**http://bit.ly/2VoS4tN
***http://bit.ly/2KcGbpJ
Episode Notes:

- Read Holly’s essay ‘Mainstream Psychology Can Go Fuck Itself’: http://bit.ly/2Uwfyjw

- Learn more about Holly and her work at: https://www.hollytruhlar.com

- Learn more about the Tending The Threshold conference: https://tendingthethreshold.com

- The song featured in this episode is “Guns Are Drawn” by The Roots from the album The Tipping Point.

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Apr 15 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #8: #166 | How Nonviolence Protects The State: An Analysis Of Early State Formation w/ Peter Gelderloos

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In this episode, I speak with anarchist, activist, and writer Peter Gelderloos. Peter is the author of numerous books, two of which we examine in this interview — ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State’ and ’Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.’

In this discussion, I ask Peter to examine the most lauded nonviolent movements in recent history: the anti-colonial movement in India in the early 20th century (in which Mahatma Gandhi became well known for his use of nonviolent resistance against British rule) and the civil rights and anti-war movements in the United States in the 1950s through the 1970s. As Peter elaborates in his book ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State,’ nonviolence and pacifism in general severely limit resistance movements in adequately and seriously upending and defending against entrenched systems of oppression and violence — the State being the ultimate manifestation of this in the world today (and through out much of human history, as we explore later). We get at the root of his critique of nonviolence, and attempt to clarify his position on this subject.

In the later half of this episode, we move onto his most recent book ‘Worshiping Power,’ in which Peter examines early state formation in societies through out human history. What stands out from this discussion is: 1) there are numerous examples of societies throughout human history that have fluidly and successfully moved through pre-state, state, and post-state in their organizing structure; 2) the formation of the State in any given society is not the culmination of human “progress” — this narrative is ultimately the product of chauvinistic and patriarchal forms of thought, an attempt to justify the genocidal current that runs through any defense of the State as the ultimate form of human organization. As Peter demonstrates in this work, the now common view of the State, and our resistance (or lack of) to State power, is tied to these widespread assumptions. The sooner we recognize the faults in that line of thinking, the better off we will be in organizing and adequately expanding our use of tactics in dismantling the State, as well the logic of Capital the State defends and imposes upon us.

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist, activist, and the author of numerous books and essays relating to the subjects of anarchism and resistance movements, as well as historical analysis of early state formation in human societies. Some of his works include ‘What is Democracy?,’ ‘How Nonviolence Protects the State,’ ‘Anarchy Works,’ ‘The Failure of Nonviolence: From the Arab Spring to Occupy,’ and ‘Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.’ Peter currently resides in Spain.
Episode Notes:

- Purchase an affordable and well-designed copy of ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State’ from Detritus Books: http://bit.ly/HowNonviolence

- Purchase ‘Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation’ from AK Press: http://bit.ly/WorshippingPower

- Much of much Peter’s work can be found here: http://bit.ly/PeterGelderloos

- The songs featured in this episode are “Tomorrow” and “Army of Fear” by Lorn from the album Nothing Else.

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Jan 14 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: #164 | Our Bonus Decade: Peak Oil & The Unmaking Of The Infinite Growth Paradigm w/ Richard Heinberg

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In this episode, I speak with Richard Heinberg — Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.▴ We examine Richard’s recent essay “Our Bonus Decade,” in which he examines the role peak oil played in the 2008 financial crisis and what the long-term consequences will be as a result of the fossil fuel industry’s transition to unconventional oil production this past decade.

In our examination of the themes presented Richard’s recent essay “Our Bonus Decade,” Richard discusses the role skyrocketing oil prices played in the financial crisis of 2008 and how this crisis coincided with a broader shift to unconventional fossil fuel production in our society, including an increased reliance on exceedingly destructive extractive methods such as fracking and tar sand oil extraction (like in Alberta, Canada). What will our civilization’s reliance on fossil fuels mean in the coming years as we come up against not only peak oil production — but also abrupt climate disruption and widespread ecological collapse, in great part as a result of our reliance on fossil fuels these past several centuries? Richard examines this question, and more, in this episode.

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books, including ‘Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines,’ ‘The End of Growth,’ and most recently ‘Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy’ co-authored with David Fridley. Richard is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is regarded as one of the world’s foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels.▴

▴Source: http://bit.ly/RHabout
Episode Notes:

- Read Richard’s essay “Our Bonus Decade”: http://bit.ly/OurBonusDecade

- Learn more about Richard and his work at his website: http://richardheinberg.com

- Learn more about the Post Carbon Institute here: https://www.postcarbon.org

- Richard mentions: https://www.resilience.org

- The songs featured in this episode are “Relentless Drag (Mike Slott Remix)” and “And We Gonna (Samiyam Chopsticks Remix)” by Shigeto from the album Full Circle Remixes.

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Dec 31 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #10: #222 | Dark Materials: They Didn't Want You To Panic w/ Dougald Hine

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[Intro: 11:55 | Outro: 1:31:02]

In this episode, I speak with Dark Mountain Project co-founder and writer Dougald Hine. We discuss his new writing series ‘Notes From Underground,’ published weekly at Bella Caledonia, that explores "the deep context of the new climate movements that have surfaced since mid-2018."

As Dougald notes in his article ‘Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic,’ the first of his series at Bella Caledonia: “What kind of process is it, then, that has been underway this past year? Here’s what I’ve been picking up from the people I meet, the audiences I speak to and the stories that come back to me: on a scale not seen before, people are having an encounter with climate change not as a problem that can be solved or managed, made to go away, or reconciled with some existing arc of progress, but as a dark knowledge that calls our path into question, that starts to burn away the stories we were told and the trajectories our lives were meant to follow, the entitlements we were brought up to believe we had, our assumptions about the shape of history, the kind of world we were born into and our place within it.” (http://bit.ly/34lnMwl)

In this discussion, we explore this uncharted territory that we have collectively entered into, to which Dougald has rightfully defined as “some kind of initiatory process.” What does it mean, in a time of compounding and accelerating crises (climatologically, ecologically, socially), to undergo a process of initiatory rites? For those of us that are cognizant of the general spirit of the times we are in, what can we do to provide the resources, spaces, and structures to further grapple with the “dark material we were carrying all along?” Dougald and I explore this territory in this episode.

Dougald Hine is the co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, and the founder of Spacemakers. In the summer of 2019, after ten years with Dark Mountain, Dougald handed over his editorial and organizational responsibilities. He is currently focusing on writing and his latest project ‘a school called HOME,’ made in collaboration with his partner Anna Björkman. Dougald grew up in the north-east of England, and is now settled in central Sweden. 

[The episode also features a discussion between Elliot Robinson (the question featured in the introduction), social anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi (featured in episode #220: http://bit.ly/LBWavi), and permaculture designer Tao Orion (author of ‘Beyond the War on Invasive Species’: http://bit.ly/2DE8WFA). This discussion can also be found here: http://bit.ly/elliot-tao-avi]
Episode Notes:

- Read Dougald’s ‘Notes From Underground’ series at Bella Caledonia: http://bit.ly/2Ds76r6

- Learn more about his work at his website: http://dougald.nu

- Learn more about his project ‘a school called HOME’: https://aschoolcalledhome.org

- Learn more about The Dark Mountain Project: https://dark-mountain.net

- The songs featured in this episode are “Birds of Paradise” and “Steps and Numbers” by The Appleseed Cast from the album Low Level Owl, Vol. 1.

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Dec 02 2019

2hr 11mins

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Rank #11: #127 | Climate Leviathan: Climate Change & Our Political Future w/ Joel Wainwright

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In this episode, I speak with Joel Wainwright, professor at Ohio State University, and co-author of ‘Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future.’ In this book, Joel and co-author Geoff Mann examine a question often overlooked within the broader discussion about global climate change and our planetary future: how will our political and economic institutions respond to global climate change?

The governments of the world are just beginning to respond to the cascading and catastrophic changes currently underway on this planet. Our political institutions operate within certain political and economic frameworks, and by examining and providing an understanding of these frameworks in their book ‘Climate Leviathan,’ Joel and Geoff outline a compelling and accurate analysis of what our political future may look like. In this interview, Joel outlines each of these, including the provocatively titled “Climate Leviathan,” “Climate Behemoth,” “Climate Mao,” and “Climate X”. Joel provides a description of each of these, as well as the kind of decisions our economic and political institutions within these frameworks will make in a world made increasingly unstable and inhospitable to life as a result of abrupt climate change. Regarding our planetary future, what can we expect of our political and economic institutions responses to the existential threat of abrupt climate change? We discuss this, and more, in this episode.

‘In the face of these trends it is difficult to contemplate the future calmly. Merely to confront our perils can paralyze us with fear. As Mike Davis says, “on the basis of the evidence before us, taking a ‘realist’ view of the human prospect, like seeing Medusa’s head, would simply turn us into stone.” We have done our best to suppress that dread and wrote Climate Leviathan to think through the political-economic futures that climate change seems to us most likely to induce. The mandate for that undertaking, for all its limitations and guesswork, stems from the looming political-economic formations that are no small part of our peril. Above all, we must not be afraid to ask hard questions.’ Source: bit.ly/climateleviathan

Joel Wainwright is a professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches in the department of geography. He is the author of three books: ‘Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya’ (which won the Blaut award); ‘Geopiracy: Oaxaca, Militant Empiricism, and Geographical Thought;’ and, most recently, ‘Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of our Planetary Future,’ co-authored with Geoff Mann.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more and purchase Joel Wainwright and Geoff Mann’s book ‘Climate Leviathan’ here: bit.ly/climateleviathan

- Read an excerpt of the introduction to ‘Climate Leviathan’ here: http://bit.ly/2JSEZ6c

- Joel's Ohio State University page: http://bit.ly/2ypVNjE

- The song featured in this episode is “Gumbo Baby” by Jonwayne from the album Oodles of Doodles.

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Jun 24 2018

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Rank #12: #240 | Regenerative Death Clause: Culture Design & Coronavirus, A Message From Gaia w/ Joe Brewer

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[Intro: 9:56 | Book Pre-sale: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this episode, I speak with Joe Brewer — change strategist, complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design. We discuss living regeneratively in the COVID-19 pandemic and the message Gaia is sending in the midst of this crisis, community resilience in the age of planetary collapse, the Earth Regenerators study group, and the Earth Regeneration Fund and the "Regenerative Death Clause" as presented in his recent essay ‘A “Regenerative Death Clause” for Coronavirus.’

“This fund becomes a mechanism for removing land from speculative markets and establishing around it the safeguards enabled by land trusts and cooperative land banks. It de-risks other investments by creating tracking and validation systems for the regenerative actions that begin to flow around the work of people who join the Earth regeneration effort.

I am thinking of a specific way that this vision might materialize in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Imagine having a “Regenerative Death Clause” in your will that declares if you die from the Coronavirus a designated amount of money is gifted to the Earth Regeneration Fund. This enables you to keep the money if you survive. But if you become really sick and realize the end is near, it will enable you to experience your death as part of a great rebirth of life on Earth with the landscape regeneration enabled by your dying wish.” (https://bit.ly/2R8doDR)

Joe Brewer has a background in physics, math, philosophy, atmospheric science, complexity research, and cognitive linguistics. Awakened to the threat of human-induced climate disruption while pursuing a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, he switched fields and began to work with scholars in the behavioral and cognitive sciences with the hope of helping create large-scale behavior change at the level of global civilization. Joe and his family currently live in Barichara, Colombia.
Episode Notes:

- Read ‘A “Regenerative Death Clause” for Coronavirus’: https://bit.ly/2R8doDR

- Join the Earth Regenerators study group: https://earth-regenerators.mn.co

- Follow Joe on Medium: https://medium.com/@joe_brewer

- The song featured in this episode is “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday from her self-titled album.

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Mar 28 2020

1hr 28mins

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Rank #13: #215 | Transitions: There Is Infinite Hope, But Not For Us w/ Barbara Cecil & Dahr Jamail

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In this episode, I speak with Barbara Cecil and Dahr Jamail, co-authors of the ‘How Then Shall We Live?’ series published at Truthout.

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’What I've learned is when you really listen, and I mean go really quiet — put all the mental jargon aside and just get really quiet and really, really humble and really listen to the Earth — then I believe that each one of us is going to get our own personal marching orders of “here's what you're going to do, here's what I need you to do.” That's where I've gotten my messages to go to Iraq, to do the book that I did with 'The End of Ice,’ and so many other big decisions in my life — and small ones. When I go out there, I listen and I get this clear message, and I always know what to do. And I really believe that now is that time for people to — don't run around and panic. Don't light your hair on fire. Don't go out and see what other ten more things you can do, or how many articles you can forward and all this. But just stop and get really, really quiet and touch down into the Earth and really listen and see what comes up into your heart. When you ask: “What is it that I need to do to really serve this planet?" — because I think if we do that, and in the proper context of understanding that it is too late….

You're not going to get all that heat out of the oceans. The oceans have absorbed ninety-three percent of the heat we've put into the atmosphere. That heat is staying there and it's increasing and it's not going to go away. We're not going to turn this thing around.

In the context of knowing the great loss that's now upon us what is the most important thing for me to do? And for some people it might be "I need to play music,” and that's great because God knows we need music right now. And for some people it might mean "I'm going to write a book.” Barbara and my good friend Colin MacIntosh just went and got arrested, and he's in Extinction Rebellion. All power to him. To other people it might mean we're going to go shut this fucking shit down once and for all. Great. Please do.

But my point is that if you really listen in closely and get that call for what you need to do, and understand that it's in the context that we really have nothing left to lose — I would argue that that's going to generate an activism and actions taken from love that could never happen in the context of "oh do this because this book tells you to do it,” or "go to this march because we're organizing it,” and "we have a permit on this date we're going to do this….”

I'm talking about doing things way more radical and way further outside of the box than a lot of this stuff that we see happening right now. I'm talking about real risk.’

Barbara Cecil is the author of ‘Coming Into Your Own: A Woman's Guide Through Life Transitions.’ Barbara Cecil’s Master’s degree in speech communication and human relations has supported her in her calling to assist individuals, groups, teams, and organizations toward the full manifestation of their creative potential.

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who (formerly) reported on climate disruption and environmental issues for the online publication Truthout. Dahr is the author of multiple books, including ‘The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.'

Episode Notes:

- Read Barbara and Dahr's 'How Then Shall We Live?' series: http://bit.ly/2M2g9Ek

- Barbara's work: http://endingsandbeginnings.com

- Dahr's work: http://www.dahrjamail.net

- The song featured is “Wolves” by Down Like Silver from their self-titled EP.

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #14: #192 | America Faded Vol. II: The Precipitous Decline Of The U.S. Empire w/ Dmitry Orlov

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[INTRO: 10:01]

In this episode, I speak with engineer and writer Dmitry Orlov. I ask Dmitry to provide an overview of the ongoing collapse of the United States empire on the geopolitical, economic, and political fronts, since our first interview recorded and released last year.

As Dmitry explains in this interview, the United States is facing collapse. The U.S. is in massive debt, and wholly relies on its global military presence to maintain the dominance of the dollar — a situation in which we have to ask the question: how long before that, too, fails? Decades of United States global hegemony is being successfully countered by other global powers, namely Russia, although in a very different fashion from how the United States has traditionally exerted geopolitical influence up to the present moment. Why, and how, has this happened? Dmitry lays out the interrelating factors that are contributing to America’s faltering influence on the global stage, even as the U.S. Empire becomes increasingly belligerent towards other nations, whether ally or foe, as it seeks to maintain its place at the top of the global economic and political order. I ask Dmitry to go over the faltering shale oil industry and energy production in the United States; the failed attempt by the U.S. government, under the leadership and direction of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, to instigate a coup in Venezuela (as of the recording and release of this episode); the forced expulsion of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (and possible extradition to the U.S.); Russia’s growing economic prominence and geopolitical influence in relation to the United States; the history of the Ukraine’s deep and complicated relationship with the USSR, and more recently the United States; and the overwhelming social collapse we are witnessing in the United States, manifesting in widespread drug addiction, mental illness, political division, and hypernationalism.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the US in the mid-1970s. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising. He is a prolific writer, and the author of several books, including ‘Reinventing Collapse,’ ‘The Five Stages of Collapse,’ and most recently ‘Collapse and the Good Life.’
Episode Notes:

- Follow Dmitry’s work at his blog: https://cluborlov.blogspot.com

- Support Dmitry’s work and read his supporter-only essays at: https://www.patreon.com/orlov/posts

- Or, support him at: https://www.subscribestar.com/orlov

- Purchase Dmitry’s books: http://bit.ly/DmitryOrlov

- I mention the Saker interview with Dmitry on the Ukraine: http://bit.ly/2PJXvBe

- The songs featured in this episode are “Will I See You Again” and “Waterlily” by Onra from Chinioiseries, Pt. 3.

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May 04 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #15: #171 | The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness In The Path Of Climate Disruption w/ Dahr Jamail

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WATCH THE VIDEO VERSON OF THIS EPISODE: https://youtu.be/qiFuMwQ4oAw

In this joint interview with [RS], we speak with Dahr Jamail — investigative journalist and the author of ‘The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.’ After meeting Dahr for his book release at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon, [RS] and I sat down with Dahr to discuss his journey writing this book. “[Dahr] embarks on a journey to the geographical front lines of [climate disruption] —from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, via the Amazon rainforest—in order to discover the consequences to nature and to humans of the loss of ice.”*

In our discussion with Dahr, [RS] and I ask him to elaborate on his work in exploring the dire consequences of human-caused climate disruption, including his on-the-ground research into the rapid and accelerating impacts of climate disruption in some of the most dramatically affected places on Earth. These places include one of his favorite peaks to climb — Denali in Alaska -- as well as numerous other mountains and glaciers; Camp 41 in the Amazon Rainforest — under the stewardship of world-renowned ecologist Dr. Thomas Lovejoy; the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia — undergoing a massive die-off as a result of warming oceans and acidification. Dahr — having met a diverse set of scientists and researchers all over the world engaged in their own direct research into the impacts of climate disruption in their own respective fields — gets into the deeply felt sorrow, anger, and grief that he, and many of the scientists he interviewed for this book, are feeling in the face of the unfolding mass extinction currently underway as a result of human-caused climate disruption and ecological collapse. We discuss the enormous difficulty of adequately responding to this information, both on a personal level, and on a wider collective level, particularly within the context of an oligarchic corporate capitalist system that puts the continuation of “business as usual” above everything else.

More than anything, this discussion with [RS] and Dahr is about acceptance — acceptance of the predicament we find ourselves in, as well as the tragic and sacred duty we have as conscious beings to learn to say good-bye these places and beings that are disappearing as a result of human industrial culture and its centuries long impact on the planet’s living systems. Within that space of acceptance, we can proceed into our uncertain future with maturity, purpose, and clarity. We discuss these subjects and more in this episode.

*Source: http://bit.ly/TheEndOfIce
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about ’The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption’ and purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/TheEndOfIce

- Learn more about Dahr and his work: http://www.dahrjamail.net

- Keep up to date on Dahr’s climate dispatches at Truthout: http://bit.ly/TruthoutJamail

- Read a segment of ‘The End of Ice’: http://bit.ly/2FXYMTz

- The song featured in this episode is “ACT I: Sea Borne” by Dead Can Dance from the album Dionysus.

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Feb 04 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #16: #214 | The Unforeseen: Neoliberal Ideology & Paving The Road Towards Fascism w/ Henry Giroux

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[Intro: 7:14]

In the episode, I speak with Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy, and author of ‘The Terror of the Unforeseen.’

How has neoliberalism paved the way for the rise of far right ideologies and populists around the world? As demonstrated in the elections of, and policies enacted by, such leaders as Donald Trump in the United States, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, and Viktor Orbán in Hungary, a “neoliberal fascism” is emerging globally. As Henry elaborates in his book ‘The Terror of the Unforeseen,’ “neoliberalism creates an all-encompassing market guided by the principles of privatization, deregulation, commodification, and the free flow of capital. Advancing these agendas, it weakens unions, radically downsizes the welfare state, and wages an assault on public services such as education, libraries, parks, energy, water, prisons, and public transportation. As the state is hollowed out, big corporations take on the functions of government, imposing severe austerity measures, redistributing wealth upward to the rich and powerful, and reinforcing a notion of society as one of winners and losers.” (http://bit.ly/2LSXjzn)  To further this point more succinctly, Henry states “neoliberalism became an incubator for a growing authoritarian populism fed largely by economic inequality.” (http://bit.ly/2Om8oL8) As societies become subsumed politically, economically, and culturally by the logic of a neoliberal ideology, the outcome is widespread social fragmentation and disintegration. This in turn has manifested into a groundswell of authoritarian and fascist politics in nations that have been traditionally defined as “open and free democratic societies.” As Henry challenges us in this interview, unless we critically address neoliberal capitalism and the impact this ideology has played in lives of countless human beings across the world, we cannot even begin to adequately understand and effectively resist this trend of rising of far right populist movements globally.

Professor Henry Giroux is a regular contributor to a number of online journals including Truthout, Truthdig, and CounterPunch. He has published in journals including Social Text, Third Text, Cultural Studies, Harvard Educational Review, Theory, Culture, & Society, and Monthly Review. His primary research areas are cultural studies, youth studies, critical pedagogy, popular culture, media studies, social theory, and the politics of higher and public education.  He is particularly interested in what he calls the war on youth, the corporatization of higher education, the politics of neoliberalism, the assault on civic literacy and the collapse of public memory, public pedagogy, the educative nature of politics, and the rise of various youth movements across the globe. An internationally renowned writer and cultural critic, Henry has authored, or co-authored over 65 books, written several hundred scholarly articles, delivered more than 250 public lectures, been a regular contributor to print, television, and radio news media outlets, and is one of the most cited Canadian academics working in any area of Humanities research.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Henry and his work: https://www.henryagiroux.com

- Read Stephen Rohde’s review of ‘The Terror of the Unforeseen’ and purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2LSXjzn

- Read Henry’s op-ed ‘Neoliberalism Paved the Way for Authoritarian Right-Wing Populism’ at Truthout: http://bit.ly/2Om8oL8

- The songs featured in this episode are “Professor At Large” and “Rip Kalibma God” by Marco Polo from the album Baker’s Dozen: Marco Polo.

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Oct 10 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #17: #227 | Somatic Dominance: Climate Collapse & The Spectre Of Cultic Yearnings w/ Matthew Remski

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[Intro: 10:23 | Outro: 1:38:01]

In this episode, I speak with yoga practitioner, teacher, and author of ‘Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond’ Matthew Remski.

As Matthew revealed in his article ‘Yoga’s Culture of Sexual Abuse: Nine Women Tell Their Stories’ published at The Walrus, contemporary yoga has an appalling and pervasive sexual abuse problem. “Modern yoga has been fraught with stories of charismatic male yoga teachers who promoted their teachings as spiritually pure and later abused, or otherwise took advantage of, students who believed their mentors were gurus or saints.” (http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8) Not only is sexual misconduct and abuse an all-to-common occurrence in countless yoga studios around the world, “somatic dominance” (as Matthew has termed it) is often employed by yoga instructors to assert control over their students, creating a dynamic that leads to “trauma bonding” — a crucial process that occurs between cult leaders and their followers as a means of obscuring abuse. In this interview, Matthew explains what these dynamics look like in practice, and how these dynamics can, and do, manifest in all kinds of contexts, including within collapse-conscious activist and support groups (at least potentially). As we enter into a more climate disrupted future, various cult-like groups and charismatic figures will likely emerge to take advantage of people’s yearnings for spiritual guidance and counseling. Matthew provides much-needed insight into spotting these abusive cult dynamics in group contexts, insights that will prove to be increasingly useful in addressing the complex outcomes of the various crises manifesting in the world today.

Matthew Remski writes and presents on yoga and ayurveda in the shadows of capitalism and climate change. He is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and has practiced meditation and yoga since 1996, learning from teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist, Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Iyengar streams. He currently facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, culture, and the social psychology of healthy communities. In all subject areas, Matthew encourages students to explore how yoga practice can resist the psychic and material dominance of neoliberalism, and the quickening pace of environmental destruction.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Matthew and his work: http://matthewremski.com

- Read his article ‘Yoga’s Culture of Sexual Abuse: Nine Women Tell Their Stories’ published at The Walrus: http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8

- Learn more about his book ‘Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond’: http://bit.ly/2QykG2x

- Learn more about and sign up for his upcoming course ‘6 Critical Problems in Modern Yoga, and How to Work with Them’: http://bit.ly/2QeJSw3

- The songs featured in this episode are “Mirror Memory” and “Shells” by Teebs from the album Anicca.

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Jan 13 2020

1hr 50mins

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Rank #18: #200 | We Live In The Orbit Of Beings Greater Than Us: A Weaving Of Threads

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This is episode #200 of Last Born In The Wilderness. This is something of a highlight reel, featuring numerous segments from previous interviews I’ve conducted and released, with commentary on the underlying themes and threads that tie all this work together. This is a beast of an episode (almost four hours in length), so please take your time!

This episode features segments of discussions with Silvia Federici, Dr. Gerald Horne, Shane Burley, Liyah Babayan, Stephen Jenkinson, Dahr Jamail, William Rees, Dezeray Lyn, Peter Gelderloos, Cory Morningstar, Jasper Bernes, Rhyd Wildermuth, Dr. Karla Tait, Ramon Elani, John Halstead, Charles Eisenstein, Joe Brewer, and Bayo Akomolafe.

As I stated in the introduction and at the end, I will be taking a break from this project for about three weeks in total. I’ll be back July 22nd with a new episode, and back on schedule with regularly released episodes every week from then on.

Timeline:

INTRO/ Peter (DROP ME A LINE): https://postpeakmedicine.com / http://www.survivorlibrary.com [4:10]

1/ Silvia Federici (#106 | Caliban And The Witch: The Body In The Transition To Capitalism): http://bit.ly/LBWfederici [13:59]

2/ Dr. Gerald Horne (#120 | This Is America: The Apocalypse Of Settler Colonialism): http://bit.ly/LBWhorne [26:28]

3/ Shane Burley (#181 | The Violent Myth Of White Erasure: Terror In Christchurch): http://bit.ly/LBWburley2 [37:21]

4/ Liyah Babayan (#131 | The Other: Genocide; Life After): http://bit.ly/LBWbabayan [48:47]

5/ Stephen Jenkinson (#134 | Elderhood: Coming Of Age In Troubled Times): http://bit.ly/LBWjenkinson [1:02:07]

6/ TEDxTwinFalls (Forging Connections In Perilous Times): https://youtu.be/nLxrd7_ga60 [1:14:35]

7/ Dahr Jamail (#154 | Another End Of The World Is Possible: Part One): http://bit.ly/LBWjamail1 / https://youtu.be/NrkVn7TQrlA [1:17:45]

8/ William Rees (#125 | Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots): http://bit.ly/LBWrees [1:26:10]

9/ Dezeray Lyn (#161 | Solidarity Not Charity: Mutual Aid Disaster Relief; A Factor Of Evolution): http://bit.ly/LBWmadr [1:45:12]

10/ Peter Gelderloos (#166 | How Nonviolence Protects The State: An Analysis Of Early State Formation): http://bit.ly/LBWgelderloos [1:55:08]

11/ Cory Morningstar (#188 | For Your Consent: Climate Activism & The Financialization Of Nature): http://bit.ly/LBWcorymorningstar [2:05:10]

12/ Jasper Bernes (#198 | Sacrifice Zones: Between The Devil & The Green New Deal): http://bit.ly/LBWbernes [2:16:40]

13/ Rhyd Wildermuth (#197 | All That Is Sacred Is Profaned: Marxism, Paganism, & History As Process): http://bit.ly/LBWwildermuth [2:26:35]

14/ Dahr Jamail (#171 | The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness In The Path Of Climate Disruption w/ [RS]): http://bit.ly/LBWjamail / https://youtu.be/qiFuMwQ4oAw [2:32:58]

15/ Dr. Karla Tait (#169 | Heal The Land, Heal The People: The Unist'ot'en Healing Center): http://bit.ly/LBWtait [2:45:35]

16/ Ramon Elani (#185 | The Gods Have Fled: The Home As A Site Of Defiance Against Modernity): http://bit.ly/LBWelani [2:55:36]

17/ John Halstead (#148 | The Dying God: Learning To Die In The Anthropocene): http://bit.ly/LBWhalstead [3:04:28]

18/ Charles Eisenstein (#141 | Initiation: A New Story Of Climate): http://bit.ly/LBWeisenstein [3:17:16]

19/ Joe Brewer (#193 | Invisible, Sacred Work: The Management Of Planetary Collapse): http://bit.ly/LBWbrewer2 [3:27:23]

20/ Bayo Akomolafe (#179 | We Will Not Arrive Intact: The Times Are Urgent, Let's Slow Down): http://bit.ly/LBWakomolafe [3:33:33]

OUTRO/ The song featured is “Listening Piece 1” composed by Scott Farkas (used with permission): https://youtu.be/tBvMrqmHMVk [3:42:30]

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Jun 24 2019

3hr 53mins

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Rank #19: #237 | House Of Cards: COVID-19 & The Blow To Globalization w/ John Feffer

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[Intro: 13:55 | Book Pre-sale: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this episode, I speak with John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus (FPIF) at the Institute for Policy Studies. We discuss the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has had on the global economic system, as laid out in his article ‘Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?’ published at FPIF and CounterPunch.

There are plenty of adequate resources currently available on the nature of the coronavirus, including how it spreads, the common symptoms to look out for, and the demographics most likely to suffer and potentially die from exposure to it. What needs to be explored a bit more is the impacts this global pandemic has had and will continue to have on the global economic system as numerous governments respond to this public heath emergency. I ask John to provide some insight into the impacts this virus has had on globalization at large, with whole sectors of the global supply chain experiencing dramatic shortages as numerous economic sectors shut down, impeding international trade into the foreseeable future.

As the impacts of this pandemic play out over the next several months (this is just the beginning, folks), the “house of cards” that is the global capitalist system is revealing how the precarious this whole arrangement really is, with systemic issues starkly presenting themselves as medical staff struggle to adequately respond the influx of infected patients in hospitals and clinics around the globe and stock markets crash. John compares the responses of each nation grappling with this crisis, with some of his harshest criticism saved for the United States and the Trump Administration in their astounding incompetency and lack of preparedness in the face of this crisis. John also provides some historical context, pointing to the Spanish Flu epidemic preceding the end of WWI, killing up to 50 million people: 

“This last pandemic was one of the factors behind the collapse of the first wave of modern globalization. Prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the world had never been more tightly connected with steamships, trains, and the telegraph serving as the connective tissue. Trade as a proportion of GDP stood at 14 percent on the eve of the war. 

The devastation of World War I followed by the flu epidemic dealt a heavy blow to world trade and economic integration. The global economic depression of the 1920s, the rise of various types of nationalism, and a second world war ensured that, by 1945, trade as a proportion of GDP had dropped to a mere 5 percent.” (http://bit.ly/fpifcorona)

John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also the author of the dystopian novel ‘Frostlands,’ the stand-alone sequel to ‘Splinterlands.’ He is a senior associate at the Asia Institute in Seoul and has been both a Writing Fellow at Provisions Library in Washington, DC and a PanTech fellow in Korean Studies at Stanford University.
Episode Notes:

- Read ‘Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization?’: http://bit.ly/fpifcorona

- Learn more about John and his work: http://www.johnfeffer.com / https://fpif.org / https://ips-dc.org

- Purchase John’s books: http://bit.ly/3d3lSFy

- Some educational materials on the coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus / https://youtu.be/cZFhjMQrVts / http://bit.ly/2vtwVXG / http://bit.ly/33mLxok / http://bit.ly/38PbSw9

- Songs featured in this episode are “Curfew” and “Blood Moon” by Fatima Al Qadiri from the album Brute.

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Mar 19 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #20: #231 | Before It Is Lost: Indigenous Identity & Language In Amazonia w/ Joshua Birchall

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[Intro: 6:36]

This interview with anthropologist and linguist Joshua Birchall was recorded in his office at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi in Belém, Brazil. Joshua has been doing field work in Indigenous communities in the Brazilian state of Rondônia and in parts of Bolivia for over a decade, documenting dying languages before they completely disappear from the human collective for good.

Languages are disappearing at an increasing and alarming rate, with Indigenous communities in Amazonia at the forefront of this trend. As Joshua explains in this discussion, of the 26-or-so known languages in the region he does field work in, two-thirds of those languages have less than 50 speakers left. This indicates that one of the most linguistically diverse regions on the planet is on the verge of losing a majority of its speakers within a few generations, if that. Along with documenting these languages for their continued use and preservation, Joshua has a deep understanding of the role language plays in the cultural makeup of the communities he researches, including the internal and external forces that are threatening their disappearance. I ask him to describe what those pressures are, and how they fit within the broader history of colonialism, capitalist development, and environmental destruction in the region.

Mirna Wabi-Sabi set this interview up and none of this would have been possible without her. Learn more about her work: https://medium.com/mirna-wabi-sabi
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about the peoples and languages Joshua has spent the most time with — the Oro Win, Wari’, and Aikanã: http://bit.ly/37428xi / http://bit.ly/39hpG3c / http://bit.ly/31AlEQW

- Learn more about the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi: https://museu-goeldi.br

- The song featured in this episode is “Deixa A Gira Girar” by j g b from the 1Löffelchen EP: https://drosssel.bandcamp.com/album/1l-ffelchen

- Photo featured in title card was taken by Andy Richter: https://www.andyrichterphoto.com

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Feb 10 2020

1hr 35mins

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#263 | The Cult Within A Cult: QAnon — A License To Fascistic Impulses w/ Jared Yates Sexton

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In this interview, I speak with political commentator Jared Yates Sexton, author of the upcoming book ‘American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People.’

As I remark on in this discussion, I first became aware of Jared and his work from his analysis of the QAnon conspiracy theory. I ask him to expound on the tenets of this alarmingly popular and increasingly pervasive belief system (which we characterize as having the attributes of a pseudo-religious cult), its roots on the anonymous online forum 4chan, as well as the impacts this reality-bending narrative is having on contemporary politics in the United States.

Jared states very clearly what this toxic narrative is producing right now in his recent article ‘A Cult Within A Cult: Qanon, Conspiracy Theories, and Growing Fascism’:

“To fully grasp what Qanon is and what it could become, we have to break down the very essence of this cult. It is a rebranding of the New World Order conspiracy theory that has held sway over American politics for the past two decades and a side-effect of the Right’s war on science, education, and experts that has been waged on behalf of monied and powerful interests. It is a conspiracy theory that Trump and Republicans have flirted with and tacitly embraced as it scrubs clean flagrant corruption and miscarriages of justice. It has been made possible by repeated attacks on objective reality by a president, a party, and a movement that can only win elections when they are held inside a completely fabricated alternate reality wherein voters must choose between a satanic conspiracy and a party that continues to destroy democratic institutions.

In short, Qanon is a conspiracy theory that legitimizes fascism. Its narrative of a system that has been so corrupted by “traitors” and “conspirators” that elections and democratic institutions themselves are unreliable means that violence of any sort is not only logical but necessary. The indictments and arrests and executions and even assassinations are necessary if it is a life or death situation, particularly if our country and the lives of its people are in the balance. Qanon, like the New World Order conspiracy theory and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion before it, is a lie that gives its believers license to indulge in their worst and most fascistic impulses. It makes them heroes in a struggle. It makes them saviors of their own reality.” (https://bit.ly/3imUVOS)

Jared Yates Sexton is the author of several books, including ‘The Man They Wanted Me to Be,’ ‘The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore’, and ‘American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed its People’, available for pre-order from Dutton/Penguin-Random House. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, Politico, and elsewhere. He currently serves as an associate professor of writing at Georgia Southern University and is the co-host of The Muckrake Podcast.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Jared and his work: https://www.themuckrake.com / https://www.jysexton.com / https://twitter.com/JYSexton

- Pre-order a copy of his new book ‘American Rule’: https://bit.ly/3iqcgXm

- Subscribe to The Muckrake Podcast: https://apple.co/30GXyFd

- Watch and subscribe to Bourbon Talk: https://bit.ly/2DrnFY5

- The song featured in this episode is “The Touch from Within” by Tobacco from the album Ultima II Massage: https://youtu.be/e2zZivK5k5A

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Aug 10 2020

1hr 27mins

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Hilary Moore: Climate Collapse & Countering The Far Right Agenda

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This is a segment of episode #262 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Burning Earth: Social Justice, Climate Activism, & Countering The Far Right w/ Hilary Moore.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWmoore

Download and read ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do About It’: https://bit.ly/3idiw4C

Anti-racist and environmental activist Hilary Moore discusses her booklet ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do About It.’ She examines how right wing ideology, in its various forms, reacts to, co-opts, and inserts its agendas into the discourse and activism surrounding climate change and environmentalism at large. As she points to in this interview: 

1. Climate change is not an inherently progressive issue.

2. How you think and talk about climate change may prop up racist right-wing positions.

3. The far right does not need to govern to influence.

With these truths in mind, Hilary points to how social justice itself must be central to any environmental and climate movement:

“My advice to the environmental movement in the US is blunt: get out of the way of struggles for justice — or join, unapologetically. If we are not willing to reorganize ourselves — making significant changes to our boards, directors, managers, programs, campaigns, fundraising development, strategies (yes, all of it) — then, well… we are irrelevant.” (https://bit.ly/3a6AMcX)

Hilary Moore has been writing about anti-racism and social movements for the last ten years. Her work focuses on the far right, climate change, state structures, and systems of oppression, as well as liberal and left forms of resistance. She teaches with generative somatics and volunteers on the Leadership Team of Showing Up for Racial Justice. She is author of ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do About It’ (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2020). She co-authored of ‘No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements’ (City Lights/Open Media, 2020) and ‘Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis’ (PM Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Public Eye, Waging Nonviolence, and Teen Vogue.

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Aug 08 2020

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#262 | Burning Earth: Social Justice, Climate Activism, & Countering The Far Right w/ Hilary Moore

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[Intro: 7:19]

In this episode, I speak with anti-racist and environmental activist Hilary Moore, author of ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do About It’, and co-author of ‘No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements.’

In her booklet ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe’, Hilary examines how right wing ideology, in its various forms, reacts to, co-opts, and inserts its agendas into the discourse and activism surrounding climate change and environmentalism at large. As she points to in this interview: 

1. Climate change is not an inherently progressive issue.

2. How you think and talk about climate change may prop up racist right-wing positions.

3. The far right does not need to govern to influence.

With these truths in mind, Hilary points to how social justice itself must be central to any environmental and climate movement:

“My advice to the environmental movement in the US is blunt: get out of the way of struggles for justice — or join, unapologetically. If we are not willing to reorganize ourselves — making significant changes to our boards, directors, managers, programs, campaigns, fundraising development, strategies (yes, all of it) — then, well… we are irrelevant.” (https://bit.ly/3a6AMcX)

Hilary Moore has been writing about anti-racism and social movements for the last ten years. Her work focuses on the far right, climate change, state structures, and systems of oppression, as well as liberal and left forms of resistance. She teaches with generative somatics and volunteers on the Leadership Team of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Public Eye, Waging Nonviolence, and Teen Vogue.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Hilary and her work: https://hilaryamoore.com

- Download and read ‘Burning Earth, Changing Europe’: https://bit.ly/3idiw4C

- Learn more about and purchase ‘No Fascist USA!’: https://nofascistusabook.org / https://bit.ly/2Psnr5d

- Read Shane Burley’s review of ‘No Fascist USA!’: https://bit.ly/2ESxD4V

- The song featured in this episode is “La Da Di” by Co.fee from the album HW&W Vol. 1: https://youtu.be/YihdFDdLcW4

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Aug 06 2020

1hr 11mins

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Vincent Bevins: The Third World & The Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World

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This is a segment of episode #261 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Jakarata Is Coming: The Third World & Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade w/ Vincent Bevins.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWbevins

Learn more about Vincent’s book ‘The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World’ and purchase a copy: https://bit.ly/3hOs1qF

The events that have shaped our world, particularly in the post-Cold War era, are often unexamined and under-appreciated. This is especially true in a time of rising right wing populism and reactionary violence in nations around the globe, with the rise of such far-right leaders as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Donald Trump in the United States, as well as the growing concentration of wealth by the global capitalist elite, facilitated by decades of neoliberal economic policies and austerity. How did we get to this point?

Journalist and author Vincent Bevins, in his truly important work ‘The Jakarta Method,’ provides something of a gift of insight into the events, often unexamined in the so-called First World, that have shaped the socioeconomic order that emerged out of decades of Cold War violence enacted and influenced largely by the United States. Paying careful attention and respect to the nations of the Third World (having just emerged from centuries of colonialism in the post-WWII era), Bevins examines the often successful efforts made by the United States in "battling communism" (a euphemism, as he explains in this interview) by any means necessary. The impacts of these programs of mass murder, fully backed and facilitated by the US and put to deadly effect in the newly liberated nations of the Third World, have yet to be fully reckoned with in any meaningful way. By laying out this intricate and complex history of anticommunist violence, from Asia to Latin America to Africa, Bevins provides insight into the nature of some of the most shocking and important political events unfolding in the world today.

Vincent Bevins is an American journalist and writer. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as a foreign correspondent based in Brazil for the Los Angeles Times, after working previously in London for the Financial Times. In 2017, he moved to Jakarta and began covering Southeast Asia for the Washington Post, and in 2018 began writing ‘The Jakarta Method,’ a book about Cold War violence in Indonesia and Latin America. His work has mostly focused on international politics, the world economy, and global culture.

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Aug 01 2020

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#261 | Jakarata Is Coming: The Third World & Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade w/ Vincent Bevins

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[Intro: 13:47 | Outro: 1:27:22]

In this interview, I speak with journalist and author Vincent Bevins, author of ‘The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World.’

The events that have shaped our world, particularly in the post-Cold War era, are often unexamined and under-appreciated. This is especially true in a time of rising right wing populism and reactionary violence in nations around the globe, with the rise of such far-right leaders as Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Donald Trump in the United States, as well as the growing concentration of wealth by the global capitalist elite, facilitated by decades of neoliberal economic policies and austerity. How did we get to this point?

Vincent Bevins, in his truly important work ‘The Jakarta Method,’ provides something of a gift of insight into the events, often unexamined in the so-called First World, that have shaped the socioeconomic order that emerged out of decades of Cold War violence enacted and influenced largely by the United States. Paying careful attention and respect to the nations of the Third World (having just emerged from centuries of colonialism in the post-WWII era), Bevins examines the often successful efforts made by the United States in "battling communism" (a euphemism, as he explains in this interview) by any means necessary. The impacts of these programs of mass murder, fully backed and facilitated by the US and put to deadly effect in the newly liberated nations of the Third World, have yet to be fully reckoned with in any meaningful way. By laying out this intricate and complex history of anticommunist violence, from Asia to Latin America to Africa, Bevins provides insight into the nature of some of the most shocking and important political events unfolding in the world today.

Vincent Bevins is an American journalist and writer. From 2011 to 2016, he worked as a foreign correspondent based in Brazil for the Los Angeles Times, after working previously in London for the Financial Times. In 2017, he moved to Jakarta and began covering Southeast Asia for the Washington Post, and in 2018 began writing ‘The Jakarta Method,’ a book about Cold War violence in Indonesia and Latin America. His work has mostly focused on international politics, the world economy, and global culture.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about ‘The Jakarta Method’ and purchase a copy: https://bit.ly/3hOs1qF

- Learn more about Vincent and his work: https://vincentbevins.com

- Follow him on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vinncent

- The song featured in this episode is “meh.” by Playboi Carti and remixed by llusion: https://soundcloud.com/akinariistrash/meh

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Jul 30 2020

1hr 36mins

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Bayo Akomolafe: The Trickster, An Invader, & Fractures Of Messianic Becomings

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This is a segment of episode #260 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Monstrosity: The Trickster, An Invader, & Fractures Of Messianic Becomings w/ Bayo Akomolafe.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWakomolafe3

Read Bayo Akomolafe’s essay ‘I, Coronavirus. Mother. Monster. Activist.’: https://bit.ly/30xaTP3

In this segment of my discussion with Bayo Akomolafe — author of 'These Wilds Beyond Our Fences', Executive Director and Chief Curator for The Emergence Network (A Post-Activist Project), and host of the online writing course, ‘We Will Dance With Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence’ — we discuss some of the themes raised in his recent essay ‘I, Coronavirus. Mother. Monster. Activist.’:

“One of the central questions I ask with this essay is: If this is indeed a war, do we really want to win it? What if winning is the worst possible outcome we could imagine? Do we want to come out on top, stamp out this viral enemy, and restore agency to the cold ossified tentacles of the familiar? Are we sure this disruption is not what we want, what we’ve cried for in unvoiced ways? Should we not treat this opening as our grand marronage, our fugitive departure from exhausted cottonfields?

Nothing about this moment is romantic. And we should be careful about smoothening the hard and recalcitrant edges of this phenomenon to fit our ready-made narratives about the so-called deeper meanings of the pandemic. I speak of popularized stories about, say, the Earth’s comeuppance, about the virus being on ‘our’ side against the one-percenters and the boomer generation, about the fall of capitalism or Gaia’s revenge, about the way love always prevails. This isn’t the rise of Nature to correct everything that has been wrong; this isn’t Eywa battling it out with the extractivist corporations. Not exclusively. This virus is not a resource for the factories that produce human intelligibility; it need not surrender to our appeals for everything to make sense. As such, I am very reluctant to offer an overview about what is happening, or to perpetuate those convenient stories because they tend to re-centralize humans as heroes-in-wait (if only we could get our act together, you know).” (https://bit.ly/30xaTP3)

Bayo Akomolafe is a husband and father, as well as an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. Bayo is globally recognized for his unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the Executive Director and Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network. Through his work with The Emergence Network, “Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing –- a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’… one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to ‘us’ or the ‘solutions’ that conventional activism offers as discrete or separate from the problems that we seek to nullify.”

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Jul 25 2020

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#260 | Monstrosity: The Trickster, An Invader, & Fractures Of Messianic Becomings w/ Bayo Akomolafe

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[Intro: 8:44]

In this episode, I speak with Bayo Akomolafe, author of 'These Wilds Beyond Our Fences', Executive Director and Chief Curator for The Emergence Network (A Post-Activist Project), and host of the online writing course, ‘We Will Dance With Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence’. 

We begin by discussing Bayo's recent essay ‘I, Coronavirus. Mother. Monster. Activist.’:

“One of the central questions I ask with this essay is: If this is indeed a war, do we really want to win it? What if winning is the worst possible outcome we could imagine? Do we want to come out on top, stamp out this viral enemy, and restore agency to the cold ossified tentacles of the familiar? Are we sure this disruption is not what we want, what we’ve cried for in unvoiced ways? Should we not treat this opening as our grand marronage, our fugitive departure from exhausted cottonfields?

Nothing about this moment is romantic. And we should be careful about smoothening the hard and recalcitrant edges of this phenomenon to fit our ready-made narratives about the so-called deeper meanings of the pandemic. I speak of popularized stories about, say, the Earth’s comeuppance, about the virus being on ‘our’ side against the one-percenters and the boomer generation, about the fall of capitalism or Gaia’s revenge, about the way love always prevails. This isn’t the rise of Nature to correct everything that has been wrong; this isn’t Eywa battling it out with the extractivist corporations. Not exclusively. This virus is not a resource for the factories that produce human intelligibility; it need not surrender to our appeals for everything to make sense. As such, I am very reluctant to offer an overview about what is happening, or to perpetuate those convenient stories because they tend to re-centralize humans as heroes-in-wait (if only we could get our act together, you know).” (https://bit.ly/30xaTP3)

Bayo Akomolafe is a husband and father, as well as an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. Bayo is globally recognized for his unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the Executive Director and Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network. Through his work with The Emergence Network, “Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing –- a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’… one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to ‘us’ or the ‘solutions’ that conventional activism offers as discrete or separate from the problems that we seek to nullify.”
Episode Notes:

- Read Bayo’s essay ‘I, Coronavirus. Mother. Monster. Activist.’: https://bit.ly/30xaTP3

- Learn more about Bayo and his work at his website: http://bayoakomolafe.net

- Learn more about his course ‘We Will Dance With Mountains: Writing as a Tool for Emergence’: http://course.bayoakomolafe.net

- Learn more about The Emergence Network: http://www.emergencenetwork.org

- Purchase his book ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home’: http://bit.ly/2EUNVYL

- The song featured in this episode is “Baiji Dolphin” by Felix Rösch: https://youtu.be/XBsGPFzbW8M

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Jul 23 2020

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Barbara Cecil: Meeting Our Time Of Many Endings

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This is a segment of episode #259 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Openings Into The Unseen: Meeting Our Time Of Many Endings w/ Barbara Cecil.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWcecil

Visit Barbara Cecil’s website to learn more about her and her book ‘Coming Into Your Own’: http://endingsandbeginnings.com

This is a griefful time. We are witnessing systems fail and a deep fracturing of our collective shared experience of reality, particularly for those embedded within the dominant culture of North America, to which many of us are tied to. More and more, time seems to be quickening and grinding to a stuttering halt, all at once. 

Barbara Cecil and I deepen our exploration into the terrain of our current predicament, continuing with the themes journalist Dahr Jamail and I discussed in our recent interview released a few weeks ago. We discuss what it means to really be present in this time of trouble, and how vital it is to know how to ground oneself and (re)connect with our intuition. It is from this place that we may then proceed, as this wisdom and skill will prove to be increasingly needed as we meet our time of many endings.

Barbara Cecil is the author of ‘Coming Into Your Own: A Woman's Guide Through Life Transitions.’ Barbara Cecil’s Master’s degree in speech communication and human relations has supported her in her calling to assist individuals, groups, teams, and organizations toward the full manifestation of their creative potential. 

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Jul 18 2020

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#259 | Openings Into The Unseen: Meeting Our Time Of Many Endings w/ Barbara Cecil

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[Intro: 8:47]

In this episode, I speak with dear friend, healer, and counselor Barbara Cecil.

This is a griefful time. We are witnessing systems fail and a deep fracturing of our collective shared experience of reality, particularly for those embedded within the dominant culture of North America, to which many of us are tied to. More and more, time seems to be quickening and grinding to a stuttering halt, all at once. 

Barbara and I deepen our exploration into the terrain of our current predicament, continuing with the themes journalist Dahr Jamail and I discussed in our recent interview released a few weeks ago. We discuss what it means to really be present in this time of trouble, and how vital it is to know how to ground oneself and (re)connect with our intuition. It is from this place that we may then proceed, as this wisdom and skill will prove to be increasingly needed as we meet our time of many endings.

Barbara Cecil is the author of ‘Coming Into Your Own: A Woman's Guide Through Life Transitions.’ Barbara Cecil’s Master’s degree in speech communication and human relations has supported her in her calling to assist individuals, groups, teams, and organizations toward the full manifestation of their creative potential. 
Episode Notes:

- Visit Barbara’s website to learn more about her and her book ‘Coming Into Your Own’: http://endingsandbeginnings.com

- Read Barbara and Dahr’s series ‘How Then Shall We Live?” at Truthout: http://bit.ly/2M2g9Ek

- The song featured in this episode is “On the Bright Side” by Blockhead from the album Bubblebath: https://youtu.be/OmA6zPh_ILU

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Jul 15 2020

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Silvia Federici: Beyond The Frontiers Of The Skin, A Challenge For The Left

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This is a segment of episode #258 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Beyond The Periphery: Reclaiming The Body Under Contemporary Capitalism w/ Silvia Federici.” Listen to the full interview: https://bit.ly/LBWfederici2

Learn more about and purchase a copy of ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism’ from PM Press: https://bit.ly/3eci2sP

The body—our sense of “self” in relation to others—has been restricted, reduced, and mutilated under Capitalism and the impositions of the State. This is particularly true with women, as feminist writer and teacher Silvia Federici has thoroughly examined throughout her decades of research, in particular with her seminal work ‘Caliban and the Witch’, which lucidly explores the brutal transformation European populations were forced to endure as these societies began to transition to the social order of Capitalism, now global in scope and reach. Occurring over centuries, this transition—with the enclosure of the Commons and the femicidal witch hunts— dramatically restricted of the sovereignty of the peasant class and brutalized the bodies of women. This process was fundamental in the constriction of the individual and its relations “beyond the periphery of the skin,” the consequences of which we can see up to the present moment.

“More than ever, “the body” is today at the center of radical and institutional politics. Feminist, antiracist, trans, ecological movements—all look at the body in its manifold manifestations as a ground of confrontation with the state and a vehicle for transformative social practices. Concurrently, the body has become a signifier for the reproduction crisis the neoliberal turn in capitalist development has generated and for the international surge in institutional repression and public violence. In ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin’, lifelong activist and best-selling author Silvia Federici examines these complex processes, placing them in the context of the history of the capitalist transformation of the body into a work-machine, expanding on one of the main subjects of her first book, ‘Caliban and the Witch.’” (https://bit.ly/3eci2sP)

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972 she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women’; Caliban and the Witch’; ‘Re-enchanting the World’; and ‘Revolution at Point Zero’. She is a professor emerita of social sciences at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years and was also the cofounder of the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa.

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Jul 13 2020

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#258 | Beyond The Periphery: Reclaiming The Body Under Contemporary Capitalism w/ Silvia Federici

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[Intro: 5:18 | Transcript: ENG/BP: https://bit.ly/3jqcdMk / https://bit.ly/39iuKp6]

In this episode, I speak with feminist writer and teacher Silvia Federici. We discuss the themes of her new book ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism’ published through PM Press. 

The body—our sense of “self” in relation to others—has been restricted, reduced, and mutilated under Capitalism and the impositions of the State. This is particularly true with women, as Federici has thoroughly examined throughout her decades of research, in particular with her seminal work ‘Caliban and the Witch,’ which lucidly explores the brutal transformation European populations were forced to endure as these societies began to transition to the social order of Capitalism, now global in scope and reach. Occurring over centuries, this transition—with the enclosure of the Commons and the femicidal witch hunts— dramatically restricted of the sovereignty of the peasant class and brutalized the bodies of women. This process was fundamental in the constriction of the individual and its relations “beyond the periphery of the skin,” the consequences of which we can see up to the present moment.

“More than ever, “the body” is today at the center of radical and institutional politics. Feminist, antiracist, trans, ecological movements—all look at the body in its manifold manifestations as a ground of confrontation with the state and a vehicle for transformative social practices. Concurrently, the body has become a signifier for the reproduction crisis the neoliberal turn in capitalist development has generated and for the international surge in institutional repression and public violence. In ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin’, lifelong activist and best-selling author Silvia Federici examines these complex processes, placing them in the context of the history of the capitalist transformation of the body into a work-machine, expanding on one of the main subjects of her first book, ‘Caliban and the Witch.’” (https://bit.ly/3eci2sP)

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and militant. In 1972 she was cofounder of the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include ‘Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women’; Caliban and the Witch’; ‘Re-enchanting the World’; and ‘Revolution at Point Zero’. She is a professor emerita of social sciences at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years and was also the cofounder of the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about and purchase a copy of ‘Beyond the Periphery of the Skin’ from PM Press: https://bit.ly/3eci2sP

- The song featured in this episode is “Nyakinyua Rise” by Jlin from the album Black Origami: https://youtu.be/lGAy8KpeqR0

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Jul 10 2020

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Dahr Jamail: A Time Of Endings; Shades Of Denial

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This is a segment of episode #257 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Today Is Better Than Tomorrow: A Time Of Endings; Shades Of Denial w/ Dahr Jamail.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWjamail3

Learn more about Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth’s new book project ‘The Changing Earth’: https://www.thechangingearth.net

I can imagine most of you listening to this will recognize what Dahr and I both feel and know in this time we are in. Many of us are beginning to come to terms with the reality we have been dealt — a global predicament that includes a pandemic that won’t soon leave us, economic crisis and social unrest that will only worsen as the months pass on, and nonlinear climate disruption that continues to rear its ugly head, portending horrors that are only beginning to make themselves a reality. And we know, from these trends, this breakdown will only accelerate as the months and years pass. As Dahr states, citing his time in Iraq, “today is better than tomorrow.”

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who (formerly) reported on climate disruption and environmental issues for the online publication Truthout. He is the author of multiple books, including ‘The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.’ Currently, Dahr is collaborating with elder and teacher Stan Rushworth on a new book project, titled ‘The Changing Earth: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island’, which is "an innovative work of research and reportage that will present, via powerful and intimate encounters, the perspective of Indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada on the Earth's climate and interrelated Covid-19 emergencies."

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Jul 04 2020

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#257 | Today Is Better Than Tomorrow: A Time Of Endings; Shades Of Denial w/ Dahr Jamail

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[Intro: 8:18 | Book: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this episode, I speak with award-winning journalist and author Dahr Jamail. 

I can imagine most of you listening to this episode will recognize what Dahr and I both feel and know in this time we are in. Many of us are beginning to come to terms with the reality we have been dealt — a global predicament that includes a pandemic that won’t soon leave us, economic crisis and social unrest that will only worsen as the months pass on, and nonlinear climate disruption that continues to rear its ugly head, portending horrors that are only beginning to make themselves a reality. And we know, from these trends, this breakdown will only accelerate as the months and years pass. As Dahr states, citing his time in Iraq, “today is better than tomorrow.”

In this interview, Dahr and I delve into this territory by first discussing Dahr’s initial foray into journalism almost two decades ago, when the United States made the fateful decision (under the Bush Administration) to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003. As an unembedded journalist, Dahr was able to get an on-the-ground perspective in his reporting of the completely criminal and wholly unjustified military invasion of Iraq, including all the apparent horrors that were visited on the civilian population of that nation. Dahr explains that what he is witnessing happening in the United States right now is eerily reminiscent of what he reported on and witnessed in his time in Iraq. This is where we begin this discussion, and from there we delve deeply into the dire predicament we all find ourselves in this nation, as well as globally, right now, with all its jarring contradictions and nonlinearities.

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who (formerly) reported on climate disruption and environmental issues for the online publication Truthout. He is the author of multiple books, including ‘The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.’ Currently, Dahr is collaborating with elder and teacher Stan Rushworth on a new book project, titled ‘The Changing Earth: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island’, which is "an innovative work of research and reportage that will present, via powerful and intimate encounters, the perspective of Indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada on the Earth's climate and interrelated Covid-19 emergencies."
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Dahr and his work: http://www.dahrjamail.net

- Learn more about Dahr and Stan Rushworth’s new book project ‘The Changing Earth’: https://www.thechangingearth.net

- Support Stan and Dahr in their work through the GoFundMe: https://gf.me/u/x3jd52

- The song featured in this episode is “Demon Host” by Timber Timbre from their self-titled album: https://youtu.be/qzJJhKL2uGo

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Jul 02 2020

1hr 26mins

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Nicholas Humphrey: Climate Disruption, Now

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This is a segment of episode #256 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Climate Realities: Baked Arctic & Collapse As A Process, Not An Event w/ Nicholas Humphrey.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWhumphrey2

Follow Nicholas and support his work: https://www.patreon.com/MeteorologistNickHumphrey

As the nations of the world continue to confront the challenges of a global pandemic, and as the United States experiences the worst economic crisis in its history and convulses in the wake of accelerated social breakdown and civil unrest, the global climate crisis continues unabated. I ask Nicholas to provide his insights into the profound climate shifts the Arctic region has experienced the past several months (since the recording of this interview, a region in Siberia recorded a record-breaking temperature of 100.4°F/38°C). (https://lat.ms/2VnnYsG) This includes the impact these changes are having on the ocean currents and atmospheric jet streams — amplifying the severity of storms and nonlinear weather events around the globe, as well as triggering more tipping points and feedback loops in the climate system. We also examine how thawing permafrost in the Arctic is leading to infrastructural collapse, coastline erosion, and methane release, with the notable case of 21,000 tons of oil spilling into the Ambarnaya River in Siberia on May 29th, a potent example of the environmental consequences of this trend. (https://bit.ly/2VmnOlj) We then tie the roots of this particular crisis with the history of racial terror and economic exploitation inherent in a global capitalist system, reflective of the ecocidal relationship the dominant culture has with natural world at large.

Nicholas Humphrey is a meteorologist and geoscientist, with the focus on extreme weather events and their connection to our destabilizing climate. Nick’s goal is to communicate, in an interdisciplinary fashion, the serious risks from climate tipping points, extreme weather events, and ecological collapse. He graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in societal impacts of extreme weather from South Dakota State University in 2013, and earned a MS in Geosciences - Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2016. Nicholas is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Jul 01 2020

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#256 | Climate Realities: Baked Arctic & Collapse As A Process, Not An Event w/ Nicholas Humphrey

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[Intro: 9:16 | Book: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this interview, I speak with meteorologist and geoscientist Nicholas Humphrey. 

As the nations of the world continue to confront the challenges of a global pandemic, and as the United States experiences the worst economic crisis in its history and convulses in the wake of accelerated social breakdown and civil unrest, the global climate crisis continues unabated. I ask Nicholas to provide his insights into the profound climate shifts the Arctic region has experienced the past several months (since the recording of this interview, a region in Siberia recorded a record-breaking temperature of 100.4°F/38°C). (https://lat.ms/2VnnYsG) This includes the impact these changes are having on the ocean currents and atmospheric jet streams — amplifying the severity of storms and nonlinear weather events around the globe, as well as triggering more tipping points and feedback loops in the climate system. We also examine how thawing permafrost in the Arctic is leading to infrastructural collapse, coastline erosion, and methane release, with the notable case of 21,000 tons of oil spilling into the Ambarnaya River in Siberia on May 29th, a potent example of the environmental consequences of this trend. (https://bit.ly/2VmnOlj) We then tie the roots of this particular crisis with the history of racial terror and economic exploitation inherent in a global capitalist system, reflective of the ecocidal relationship the dominant culture has with natural world at large.

Nicholas Humphrey is a meteorologist and geoscientist, with the focus on extreme weather events and their connection to our destabilizing climate. Nick’s goal is to communicate, in an interdisciplinary fashion, the serious risks from climate tipping points, extreme weather events, and ecological collapse. He graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in societal impacts of extreme weather from South Dakota State University in 2013, and earned a MS in Geosciences - Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2016. Nicholas is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Episode Notes:

- Follow Nicholas’ and support his work: https://www.patreon.com/MeteorologistNickHumphrey

- Follow his updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wxclimonews

- Articles and research cited in this episode: https://bit.ly/2VmnOlj / https://bit.ly/2YBC0ZL / https://bit.ly/2Yy4iUG

- The songs featured in the episode are “Oh, Civilization” and “O Capitalismo” by Dan Hanrahan from the album Radical Songs for Rough Times: https://danhanrahan.bandcamp.com

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 31mins

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Arun Gupta: Dog-Whistling The Far-Right & The Stochastic-Terrorist-In-Chief

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This is a segment of episode #255 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Raising The Temperature: Far-Right Terror & The Stochastic-Terrorist-In-Chief w/ Arun Gupta.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWgupta

Read Arun’s articles referenced in this interview, published at The Raw Story: https://bit.ly/316ySql / https://bit.ly/2VeVzF3 / https://bit.ly/2Z8fRB8

In this segment of my interview with journalist and activist Arun Gupta, we discuss several of his recent articles published at The Raw Story, addressing the rise of far-right violence by counter-protesters and agitators at dozens of Black Lives Matter protests over the past several weeks. In particular, we discuss what he addresses in his piece ‘Trump supporters are attacking and killing Black Lives Matter protesters — and getting away with it’:

“Since the police killing of George Floyd sparked unprecedented protests against systematic racism, at least four Trump supporters, including some involved in his 2016 campaign, have attacked Black Lives Matter protesters with weapons, leading to at least one death.

Disturbingly, perpetrators have been released or given light charges despite severely wounding and killing protesters. The real number of attacks by Trump supporters may be substantially higher as there have been hundreds of attacks, terrorist plots, and threats of violence by far-right forces against anti-racist protesters. Trump has encouraged the violence as well, fitting with his role as the stochastic-terrorist-in-chief for the last four years. These attacks are unlikely to be the last by Trump supporters against those protesting for racial justice.” (https://bit.ly/316ySql)

Arun Gupta is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Nation, The Intercept, Jacobin, The Progressive, Telesur English, and the Guardian. He is the author of the upcoming ‘Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food-Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste’ (The New Press).

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Jun 27 2020

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#255 | Raising The Temperature: Far-Right Terror & The Stochastic-Terrorist-In-Chief w/ Arun Gupta

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[Intro: 11:04 | Book: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this episode, I speak with journalist and activist Arun Gupta. We discuss several of his recent articles published at The Raw Story, addressing the rise of far-right violence by counter-protesters and agitators at dozens of Black Lives Matter protests over the past several weeks. In particular, we discuss what he addresses in his piece ‘Trump supporters are attacking and killing Black Lives Matter protesters — and getting away with it’:

“Since the police killing of George Floyd sparked unprecedented protests against systematic racism, at least four Trump supporters, including some involved in his 2016 campaign, have attacked Black Lives Matter protesters with weapons, leading to at least one death.

Disturbingly, perpetrators have been released or given light charges despite severely wounding and killing protesters. The real number of attacks by Trump supporters may be substantially higher as there have been hundreds of attacks, terrorist plots, and threats of violence by far-right forces against anti-racist protesters. Trump has encouraged the violence as well, fitting with his role as the stochastic-terrorist-in-chief for the last four years. These attacks are unlikely to be the last by Trump supporters against those protesting for racial justice.” (https://bit.ly/316ySql)

After describing the severity of these acts of terror and the conditions that have given rise to them, Arun discusses the labor conditions of migrant farmworkers in the U.S. Along with living under constant threat of detainment and deportation by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, farmworkers and meatpacking plant workers are extremely vulnerable to infection from Covid-19. Arun discusses these exploitive conditions in detail, and how the explosion of infections is impacting food production and distribution across the nation.

Arun Gupta is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Nation, The Intercept, Jacobin, The Progressive, Telesur English, and the Guardian. He is the author of the upcoming ‘Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction: A Junk-Food-Loving Chef’s Inquiry into Taste’ (The New Press).
Episode Notes:

- Read Arun’s articles referenced in this interview, published at The Raw Story: https://bit.ly/316ySql / https://bit.ly/2VeVzF3 / https://bit.ly/2Z8fRB8

- Also, read Arun and Michelle Fawcett’s articles about migrant farmworkers published at In These Times: https://bit.ly/2Z6V1lz / https://bit.ly/31elwbq

- Follow him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arunindy

- The song featured in this episode is “All Nite (Instrumental)” by Clams Casino from the album 32 Levels: https://youtu.be/NsuF3oZgGB8

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Jun 25 2020

1hr 28mins

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Wilderness of Mine Afflictions: A Reading of 'We Live in the Orbit of Beings Greater Than Us'

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This is a reading of the introduction to my new book 'We Live in the Orbit of Beings Greater Than Us' published by Gods&Radicals Press.

Read this introduction at: https://abeautifulresistance.org/site/2020/6/25/intro-to-we-live-in-the-orbit-of-beings-greater-than-us

Order a copy: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr

Excerpt:

'It’s one thing to come to that conclusion objectively and to see the information as it is, and it’s another thing entirely to accept it on an emotional, spiritual, and animal level, to really know what it means to be alive in a time like this.

I come to this work with a sense of empathy and compassion for those I am living with on this planet, for my fellow brothers and sisters that were born in this time. When I first started this work, I felt I had to present this information aggressively, that I would have to shout this truth from the mountaintop, to say unabashedly: “We’re going to go extinct, so straighten the fuck up and act accordingly (whatever that means).”

But I realized that just as much as this is a time to speak the truth, this is also a time to be very gentle and humble, to understand that people are now seeing the writing on the wall in one way or the other—whether they consciously acknowledge it or not. It’s very important to understand the feelings that come up when the truth of our collective predicament is faced, and that our reactions can lead us in very different directions. How you, how we, choose to proceed with this knowledge is the most important question for us right now.

This project for me has now become, more than anything, a space that I and many others have co-creatively carved out for those ready to have this discussion, those ready to talk about what’s really happening, and to talk about how to be in this time.

So much of what we’re hearing right now in climate and environmental activism is framed within the imperative to act. Action, action, action! We have to do something right now, now, now! As it is often framed, we only have twelve, or ten, or five years left before the climate system hits some arbitrary, politically agreeable threshold of no return, a Rubicon that once crossed, we’ll never be able to come back from.

The truth is, we’ve already crossed the Rubicon. Regardless of what we do right now, global climate change is happening, with enough heat baked into the system to guarantee several degrees of warming just from the heat trapped in the oceans alone. That heat is irrevocable, and the level and rate of change currently underway is likely beyond our capacity to survive.

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t do something, that there aren’t actions that are meaningful, important, or necessary right now. The point here is to ask the question: what kind of actions are we supposed to engage in now, within the proper context and understanding that I and so many others have outlined?'

This book features interviews with:

- Dahr Jamail
- Silvia Federici
- Bayo Akomolafe
- Nicholas Humphrey
- Franscisco Sanchez-Bayo
- William Rees
- Holly Truhlar
- Iain McGilchrist
- Rhyd Wildermuth
- Gerald Horne
- Tad Hargrave
- Shane Burley
- Siniša Malešević
- Liyah Babayan
- Dezeray Lyn / Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
- Peter Gelderloos
- Gord Hill
- Xabat / Make Rojava Green Again
- Ramon Elani
- Michael Sliwa
- Rob Seimetz
- John H. Richardson
- Jasper Bernes
- Paul Beckwith
- John Halstead
- Karla Tait / Unis'ot'en Camp
- Stephen Jenkinson
- Joe Brewer
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Jun 24 2020

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Sunil Bhatia: Internalized Colonization & A Decolonized Psychology

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This is a segment of episode #254 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Decolonizing Psychology: Relegated To The Margins, Our Humanity w/ Sunil Bhatia.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWbhatia

Learn more about and purchase Sunil’s books ‘American Karma’ and ‘Decolonizing Psychology’: https://bit.ly/313gJcL / https://bit.ly/3eknn2r

In this segment of my interview with Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College, we discuss the processes of an "internalized colonization" that manifest from a globalized, neoliberal socioeconomic system structurally founded on the long-lasting legacies of colonialism and white supremacy. 

At its root, Western Psychology is colonial. With that in mind, what would a decolonized psychology include and exclude in its framework? As Sunil addresses in his work and in this interview, Psychology, as a social science, has served the Western colonialist project in all its forms. Even as we have entered into a "post-colonial" period over the past century or more, the impacts of colonization on numerous populations around the world are still felt presently, profoundly so. Officially, Western nation-states have abandoned previously defined colonies to self-governance (after centuries of various forms of anti-colonial resistance).

As Sunil stated in an interview with Mad in America: “In psychology, the stories of people from the Global South were depicted as a deficient form of humanity, and stories of people of color were relegated to the margins. I saw 356 million Indian youth, a gigantic part of our humanity, missing from the canon of the discipline. Their voice, their realities were erased, and I wanted to start addressing this gap. This motivated me to come up with a decolonizing framework to speak to these absences, to speak to the realities of the people who are the majority of humanity, but largely missing from the field.” (https://bit.ly/2Ni6XeY)

Sunil Bhatia is an internationally known professor in the field of psychology and human development. He specializes in understanding the development of self and identity within the context of racism, migration, globalization and formation of transnational diasporas. He is currently serving as one of the editors for a special issue on Feminism and Decolonizing Psychology for the journal ‘Feminism and Psychology.’ His Op-Eds have appeared in Psychology Today, OZY, New London Day, Indian Express, Truthout, The Pacific, and U.S. World News and Reports.

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Jun 24 2020

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#254 | Decolonizing Psychology: Relegated To The Margins, Our Humanity w/ Sunil Bhatia

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[Intro: 9:24 | Book: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr]

In this interview, I speak with Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College. He is the author of dozens of articles related to transnational migration, identity and cultural psychology, and is the author of two books, ‘American Karma: Race, Culture and Identity in the Indian Diaspora’ and ‘Decolonizing Psychology: Globalization, Social Justice and Indian Youth Identities.’

At its root, Western Psychology is colonial. With that in mind, what would a decolonized psychology include and exclude in its framework? As Sunil addresses in his work and in this interview, Psychology, as a social science, has served the Western colonialist project in all its forms. Even as we have entered into a "post-colonial" period over the past century or more, the impacts of colonization on numerous populations around the world are still felt presently, profoundly so. Officially, Western nation-states have abandoned previously defined colonies to self-governance (after centuries of various forms of anti-colonial resistance). But, the processes of an "internalized colonization" continue to manifest from a globalized, neoliberal socioeconomic system that is structurally founded on the long-lasting legacies of colonialism and white supremacy. 

As Sunil stated in an interview with Mad in America: “In psychology, the stories of people from the Global South were depicted as a deficient form of humanity, and stories of people of color were relegated to the margins. I saw 356 million Indian youth, a gigantic part of our humanity, missing from the canon of the discipline. Their voice, their realities were erased, and I wanted to start addressing this gap. This motivated me to come up with a decolonizing framework to speak to these absences, to speak to the realities of the people who are the majority of humanity, but largely missing from the field.” (https://bit.ly/2Ni6XeY)

Sunil Bhatia is an internationally known professor in the field of psychology and human development. He specializes in understanding the development of self and identity within the context of racism, migration, globalization and formation of transnational diasporas. He is currently serving as one of the editors for a special issue on Feminism and Decolonizing Psychology for the journal ‘Feminism and Psychology.’ His Op-Eds have appeared in Psychology Today, OZY, New London Day, Indian Express, Truthout, The Pacific, and U.S. World News and Reports.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Sunil and his work: https://bit.ly/3114OMJ

- Learn more about and purchase his books ‘American Karma’ and ‘Decolonizing Psychology’: https://bit.ly/313gJcL / https://bit.ly/3eknn2r

- Listen and read his interview with Mad in America: https://bit.ly/2Ni6XeY

- The song featured in this episode is "Pre-Memory Circle" by Rejoicer from the album Spiritual Sleaze: https://youtu.be/M_rGBgmvcT4

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Jun 22 2020

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