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Maintaining the complexity of our civilization requires a consistent input of net energy and a stable climate. We’ve already experienced the first few years of a long emergency through economic stagnation and contraction, financial fraud and a lack of meaningful political momentum. Can we expect advances in technology to make a useful contribution to solving modern challenges or are we headed for a technological time out? Are we approaching a magic moment when those oppressed by debt refuse to pay?
In Extraenvironmentalist #56 we speak with James Howard Kunstler about his recent book, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. Jim talks about how the magnitude of corruption in our financial system revealed since 2008 has been even greater than he could have imagined. We ask Jim about his views on the rapidly changing landscape of higher education and how to think about its future. Then, Duncan Crary tells us about his years of podcasting on the Kunstlercast and his new podcast A Small American City. Duncan tells us about life on the inland waterways of New York and about pioneering a new American way of life in the small towns abandoned over the second half of the 20th century.
//Segments on Soundcloud
Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead (DiscoTech Edit) via The Burning Ear
Django Django – Default (Mr Mitsuhirato Edit) via Soundisstyle
Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (John Bourke’s Bmore Remix) via Et Musique Pour Tous
The Killers – Runaway (RAC Mix) via Soundcloud
Spin Doctors – Two Princes (G Templeton & Branded James Remix) via Youtube
// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)
[Break] – 40m
Paul Krugman: We Are on The Brink of a Technology Revolution That Will Transform Our Economy
The Superbowl Blackout
US Hides Real Debt, In Worse Shape than Greece
// Production Credits
Kevin via Sustainable Guidance Youtube Channel
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