Category Archives: Peak Oil

Robert Stark talks to Anatoly Karlin about Automation & the Basic Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Stark, Rabbit, and co-host Pilleater talk to Anatoly Karlin about Automation, the Basic Income, and Future Trends. Anatoly blogs for The Unz Review and is on the Russian language podcast rogpr.

Topics:

Anatoly’s analysis of the French election results and our show prior to the election
Political trends among Millennials and Gen Z
How automation will be the main political and economic issue in the future
The Automation of low skilled jobs in the near future and super intelligence in the distant future
Where Automation Will Replace Jobs in American Cities and what demographic groups will be impacted the most
The effects of automation on immigration, birthrates, and Human Bio Diversity
How automation will exacerbate income inequality
Whether automation will create a new political realignment
Why automation will make a basic income necessary
Proposals for generating revenue for the basic income, taxing robots, and why Anatoly finds it more feasible to tax the ultra rich
Rabbit’s proposal to break up the United States and why Anatoly thinks it would only exacerbate inequality in regards to automation
The Creation of a leisure class, liberating creative types, and addressing the right’s concerns that a basic income would lead to degeneracy
Peak Oil, Alternative Energy Sources, self driving cars, and how those will effect urban trends
Affordable Family Formation
Technological effects on socializing and dating
Anatoly’s participation in a Transhumanist Debate on immigration and the basic income in the SF East Bay
Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own
Artificial Wombs and CRISPR gene editing
Scott Jackisch’s The Robot Lord Scenario


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Robert Stark interviews James Howard Kunstler

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Robert Stark, Rabbit, and Alex von Goldstein talk to writer and social critic, James Howard Kunstler

Topics include:

The history of suburbia
James’ theory of history that things happen because they seem like a good idea at the time
How our auto oriented petroleum based society is unsustainable
How bad urban planing has negative psychological and cultural implications
The role of zoning laws, and how zoning can both encourage and prevent suburban sprawl
The future of suburbia, how some will be retrofitted into walkalble communities, while others will be abandoned
The New Urbanist Movement
Mass immigration and overpopulation
Why James does not view skyscrapers and hyper density as viable alternatives to suburbia
Robert’s point that tall structures can have aesthetic value, and how James acknowledges that the early wave of skyscrapers(ex. Singer BuildingWoolworth BuildingManhattan Municipal Building) were beautiful structures but historical flukes
How European cities provide the ideal model for urbanism
Examples of sustainable American cities include Portland, Oregon, Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia
Mass Transit, and why James favors investing in existing rail infrastrusture over new high speed rail
The Streetcar suburb, and how they provide a model for New Urbanism
James’ point that even with alternative energy and technological innovation, we still have to downsize and localize our society and economy
How peak oil will lead to economic and political decentralization
How Peak Oil will make Globalization unsustainable
The future of China and the Arab Gulf States
Pre-War Japan as the best example of an advanced civilization without industrialization
The scarcity of water in the future, and how the inland water system will regain it’s value
Historic Preservation, how the movement was started in the 1960’s in response to the demolition of Pennsylvania Station in NYC, and the debate about what should be preserved
Rabbit makes the case for mid century modern
Capital scarcities in the future, and how mass development is dependent upon the financial system
James’ four book series set in a post economic collapse America, the World Made by Hand


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Robert Stark, Rabbit, & Alex von Goldstein talk about Future Trends & Scenarios

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Topics include:

The conservative concept of self sufficiency( ex.working for a corporation, driving a car, and owning a home, in the suburbs) vs. the traditionalist one(ex.growing your own food), and the futurist one
The traditionalist Larpy goal of a society where everyone grows their own food, and how local agriculture should be encouraged, but it is unrealistic for everyone to be involved in it
The growth of the suburbs, from the original Railroad suburbs of the 19th Century, to the post war car oriented suburban sprawl
How small towns that have access to both urbanism and wilderness are the ideal place to live for those who can afford them(ex. Marin CountyPalo Alto, and East Bay Hills in the SF Bay Area, and parts of  North Jersey)
New Urbanism, which seeks to re-create walkable communities out of car oriented suburbs
James Howard Kunstler‘s theory that Peak oil will lead to the death of suburbia and re-creation of localized communities
Future predictions that Peak Oil will lead to a Mad Max style collapse
Conspiracy Theories, the theory that the elites want chaos vs the frog in the boiling pan theory, and Alex’s comment that the elite’s have a short time frame
A Futurist Utopian model that’s ecologically sustainable, where robots do all the work, and that has a Basic income
How a basic income could create a utopia if implemented the right way, but could also be abused by the elites
How the key problem with society is that the elites control to much of the wealth, and the underclass control a large share of the population, and how to remedy that
Mike Judge’s Idiocracy
Transhumanism
The Nineteen Eighty-Four Police State Scenario
The US Prison System, and how inhumane condition only make people more dangerous
How we have open border combined with a surveillance state
How terrorism, “hate speech”, and the underage sex hysteria have been used to justify complete surveillance of the internet
How every political ideology is tied to a cultural aesthetic
Our upcoming show on Retrofuturism, and how Retrofuturism is the perfect aesthetic for Radical Centrism, because they are both based on fusionism


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Robert Stark interviews Sebastian Ronin

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Sebastian Ronin is the founder of the Renaissance Party of North America and the President of the Canadian branch

Topics include:

Mr. Ronin’s involvement with the Green Party in Canada in the 1980’s

How he ran for office under the Green Party on a soft Nationalist Plank

Why he broke ways with the Green party over the issues of decentralization and bioregionalism

Why he opposes the reactionary right

Why we live under deracination which means to be pulled up by ones roots

Why we have to reinvent instead of recreate the past

How he was involved with the original North American New Right

Building a movement where the radical right and radical left overlap

How the issue of race creates a barrier to the left and right working together

How Peak Oil will restructure society

How deindustrialization caused by Peak Oil will return the earth to a carrying capacity of 2 Billion people

Global Warming

His book Anschluss

His response to the reactions over his comments on Anders Breivik

 


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Robert Stark interviews Max Marco of the Renaissance Party of North America

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Max Marco is the Chairman of the American Branch of the Renaissance Party of North America. http://rpnamerica.com/

Topics include:

How the Renaissance Party was originally recreated in Canada by Sebastian Ronin

The need to reject the left right paradigm

Why they reject reactionary right wing movement’s such as white nationalism

Why they reject Americanism and symbols of America

The differences between ethno nationalism and white nationalism

Secessionist Movements such as the League of the South and the Second Vermont Republic

Bio Regionalism

Peak Oil and how it will recreate localized economies

Ecological based economics

Distributism

Position of Social Issues

 

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Robert Stark Interviews Professor Albert Bartlett

Albert Bartlett is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder who is an internationally-known and widely-published expert on the economics of sustainability and growth. He is the author of The Essential Exponential and of http://www.albartlett.org/.

Topics discussed:

  • The dynamics of population growth and overpopulation
  • The necessity of addressing population in environmental policies
  • Boulder, Colorado’s tax to buy open lands to take them out of development
  • Sustainable growth as an oxymoron
  • Political motives for increased growth
  • Urban growth always outstrips revenues and promotes debt.
  • Immigration as a cause of population growth
  • Political motives for increasing immigration
  • You cannot sustain a country by importing labor.
  • Population growth dilutes democratic representation.
  • Population growth undermines freedom of action.
  • The necessity of making free family planning world-wide
  • The energy crisis requires addressing population growth.
  • Modern technology does not disprove Malthusianism.
  • Peak oil
  • The limits of alternative energies
  • The necessity of global solutions to environmental and population issues
  • Urban planning defines problem solving as removing impediments to growth which leads to new problems.
  • Bartlett’s “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy