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    Paul Street: Fascistic Characteristics Of A Divided United States

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 17:34

    This is a segment of episode 310 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Vigilante Veneration: Fascistic Characteristics Of A Divided United States w/ Paul Street.” Listen to the full interview: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/paul-street Learn more about Paul Street's work: https://www.paulstreet.org Award-winning journalist, policy researcher, author, and historian Paul Street joins me to discuss the highly controversial and divisive Kyle Rittenhouse case and subsequent acquittal. Along with providing a substantive exploration of the broad sociopolitical context of this trial, we also touch on the case of the modern day lynching of Ahmaud Arbery and the recent conviction of the men that murdered him in Georgia, the concerted legislative push in Republican dominated states across the U.S. to impose harsher voter restrictions and roll back reproductive rights on the national level, and what these trends mean for the upcoming elections of 2022 and 2024, and electoral politics as a whole. On the state level, Republicans have passed scores of laws to undermine the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, attack voter rights, cripple public health measures, censure public school educators, and set the stage for Roe v. Wade to be overturned by the conservative majority Supreme Court. The dismal performance of the Democrats, a party that currently barely maintains a majority in Congress, and the maneuvers and long-term strategies employed by the Republicans, will lead, potentially, to a Republican majority in Congress and a Trump presidential win in 2024. The lame duck presidency of Joe Biden and an ineffective, self-defeating Democratic Party have been, seemingly, unable and unwilling to counter this on any fundamental level. It's not surprising, but must be noted. Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of ten books to date, and most recently 'Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement,' and 'This Happened Here: Neoliberals, Amerikaners, and the Trumping of America.' Paul writes regularly for Counterpunch. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #310 | Vigilante Veneration: Fascistic Characteristics Of A Divided United States w/ Paul Street

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 78:44

    [Intro: 7:46] Award-winning journalist, policy researcher, author, and historian Paul Street joins me to discuss the highly controversial and divisive Kyle Rittenhouse case and subsequent acquittal. Along with providing a substantive exploration of the broad sociopolitical context of this trial, we also touch on the case of the modern day lynching of Ahmaud Arbery and the recent conviction of the men that murdered him in Georgia, the concerted legislative push in Republican dominated states across the U.S. to impose harsher voter restrictions and roll back reproductive rights on the national level, and what these trends mean for the upcoming elections of 2022 and 2024, and electoral politics as a whole. In this interview, Paul Street and I don't so much as dwell on the gruesome, and often tedious, details of the trial of Rittenhouse (such as whether the act of shooting three protestors could be justified as self-defense or not), but rather the broader context these events fit within. Specifically, how the veneration of vigilantes and so-called vigilante justice, which Rittenhouse has been applauded for within conservative, right-leaning spaces, speaks to how utterly fascist the conservative right has become. Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  He is the author of ten books to date, and most recently 'Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement,' and 'This Happened Here: Neoliberals, Amerikaners, and the Trumping of America.' Paul writes regularly for Counterpunch. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Paul's work: https://www.paulstreet.org - Read his Counterpunch articles: https://www.counterpunch.org/author/paul-street - Purchase his books 'Hollow Resistance' and 'This Happened Here' on Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3Djg1YA / https://bit.ly/32U066l - Music by Epik The Dawn WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Gaia Illuminations w/ Candace Jensen | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 15:10

    This is a segment of “Gaia Illuminations w/ Candace Jensen” on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-w-58480644 Learn more about Candace's work: https://www.candacejensen.com Artist, writer, and spiritual ecologist Candace Jensen joins me for this installment of the Patron Appreciation Series. We discuss her Gaia Illuminations, and the artistic representation, and deconstruction, of language and the written word. We dig into her spiritual and philosophical approach to art, in particular calligraphy, including how anarcho-primitivism and animism has influenced the purpose and direction of her work. Candace Jensen is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, printmaker, calligrapher and activist committed to realizing a culture profoundly informed by deep ecology. Jensen uses hand-made inks, gold leaf, print and painting media to create her Gaia Illuminations and visual essays, which expand calligraphic illumination's traditional cultural reliquary beyond that of anthropocentrism. Greatly influenced by Lovelock's Gaia Theory and interdependence principles, her work asserts through mythic and symbolic language that Earth herself is worthy of the gilded, decorated Capital. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Rob Wallace: An Abandonment Of Public Health At The End Of Empire

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 14:42

    This is a segment of episode 309 of Last Born In The Wilderness “An Abandonment Of An Abandonment: Public Health At The End Of Empire w/ Rob Wallace.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/rob-wallace Learn more about Pandemic Research for the People (PReP): https://www.prepthepeople.net Rob Wallace — evolutionary epidemiologist, agroecologist, and author of ‘Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19' — joins me to discuss the complex interplay between the increase of infectious pathogens globally, the role of epidemiology within the neoliberal capitalist project, agribusiness and ecological destruction, and Empire at the end of the "cycle of accumulation" in late stage capitalism. Zootonic pathogen spillover into human populations is on the upward trend. The high-speed evisceration of the last remaining intact biodiverse regions on the planet, in conjunction with agribusiness's rapacious exploitation of biological life, meets the conditions for highly contagious viruses to evolve and leap from animal to human hosts more successfully and frequently. Regarding this epidemiological reality, Rob Wallace is an archetypal Cassandra, having predicted a pandemic emerging under current conditions as only a matter of time. As we know all know, he was right. SARS-CoV-2 emerged at the very end of 2019 in Wuhan, China, and over the course of almost two years, has killed millions of human beings as it continues to mutate and burn its way through the global population, disrupting practically every governing system of human life in the process. We have entered into an age of pandemics. Unless a massive shift occurs in the global economic order (be it systemic collapse or revolution, you pick), the idea of a global pandemic only occurring every 100 years or so, and not every one to two decades (or less), would be delusional. Rob Wallace is an agroecologist, economic geographer and evolutionary epidemiologist at the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps in St Paul. He is author of ‘Big Farms Make Big Flu' and the recently published ‘Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19.' He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #309 | An Abandonment Of An Abandonment: Public Health At The End Of Empire w/ Rob Wallace

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 85:57

    [Intro: 8:34] Rob Wallace — evolutionary epidemiologist, agroecologist, and author of ‘Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19' — joins me to discuss the complex interplay between the increase of infectious pathogens globally, the role of epidemiology within the neoliberal capitalist project, agribusiness and ecological destruction, and Empire at the end of the "cycle of accumulation" in late stage capitalism. We reference his large body of work, but in particular two of his most recent Patreon pieces, ‘A Spray of Split Seconds' and ‘Vic Berger's American Public Health.' Zootonic pathogen spillover into human populations is on the upward trend. The high-speed evisceration of the last remaining intact biodiverse regions on the planet, in conjunction with agribusiness's rapacious exploitation of biological life, meets the conditions for highly contagious viruses to evolve and leap from animal to human hosts more successfully and frequently. Regarding this epidemiological reality, Rob Wallace is an archetypal Cassandra, having predicted a pandemic emerging under current conditions as only a matter of time. As we know all know, he was right. SARS-CoV-2 emerged at the very end of 2019 in Wuhan, China, and over the course of almost two years, has killed millions of human beings as it continues to mutate and burn its way through the global population, disrupting practically every governing system of human life in the process. We have entered into an age of pandemics. Unless a massive shift occurs in the global economic order (be it systemic collapse or revolution, you pick), the idea of a global pandemic only occurring every 100 years or so, and not every one to two decades (or less), would be delusional. Rob Wallace is an agroecologist, economic geographer and evolutionary epidemiologist at the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps in St Paul. He is author of ‘Big Farms Make Big Flu' and the recently published ‘Dead Epidemiologists: On the Origins of COVID-19.' He has consulted for the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Episode Notes: - Support Rob Wallace's work on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/robwallace - Learn more about Pandemic Research for the People (PReP): https://www.prepthepeople.net - Purchase his books ‘Big Farms Make Big Flu' and ‘Dead Epidemiologists' at Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3qQh2Vk / https://bit.ly/3CsDhmi - Music by Epik The Dawn - Photo by Mstyslav Chernov: https://bit.ly/3HwveJ6 WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #308 | Intersectional Class Struggle: To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time w/ Michael Beyea Reagan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 72:00

    [Intro: 12:12] Michael Beyea Reagan, historian and activist, joins me to discuss his book ‘Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice,' an "innovative study [that] explores the relevance of class as a theoretical category in our world today, arguing that leading traditions of class analysis have missed major elements of what class is and how it operates." In our time of increasing wealth disparity and widespread socioeconomic precarity for the working class (dubbed the "Second Gilded Age"), how can intersectionality, as a theoretical framework and practice, help us more deeply understand and appreciate the liberatory struggles of racial, economic, and feminist movements? Reagan, through his excellent historical documentation in ‘Intersectional Class Struggle,' has provided a more nuanced, and richer, view of class consciousness that does not fit into crude boxes.  "Using a historical lens, it studies the experiences of working class peoples, from migrant farm workers in California's central valley, to the “factory girls” of New England, and black workers in the South to explore the variety of working-class experiences. It investigates how the concepts of racial capitalism and black feminist thought, when applied to class studies and popular movements, allow us to walk and chew gum at the same time—to recognize that our movements can be diverse and particularistic as well as have elements of the universal experience shared by all workers. Ultimately, it argues that class is made up of all of us, it is of ourselves, in all our contradiction and complexity." Michael B. Reagan is a historian and lecturer at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars and adjunct faculty at Seattle College. His writing has appeared in Spectre, Truthout, Counterpunch, Perspectives, Found SF, and the South Seattle Emerald. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Michael's work at his website: https://mbreagan.com - Purchase a copy of ‘Intersectional Class Struggle' from AK Press or Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3BPKPPG / https://bit.ly/3EO3jC7 - Read ‘Intersectional class struggle: from shared oppression to unified resistance' at ROAR Magazine: https://bit.ly/3k9iU7F - Song featured is “thedge.” by Knxwledge from the album VGM.13: https://knxwledge.bandcamp.com/album/vgm-13 WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Michael Beyea Reagan: Intersectionality — Learning To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 8:43

    This is a segment of episode 308 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Intersectional Class Struggle: To Walk & Chew Gum At The Same Time w/ Michael Beyea Reagan.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/michael-reagan Purchase a copy of ‘Intersectional Class Struggle' from AK Press or Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3BPKPPG / https://bit.ly/3EO3jC7 Michael Beyea Reagan, historian and activist, joins me to discuss his book ‘Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice,' an "innovative study [that] explores the relevance of class as a theoretical category in our world today, arguing that leading traditions of class analysis have missed major elements of what class is and how it operates." In our time of increasing wealth disparity and widespread socioeconomic precarity for the working class (dubbed the "Second Gilded Age"), how can intersectionality, as a theoretical framework and practice, help us more deeply understand and appreciate the liberatory struggles of racial, economic, and feminist movements? Reagan, through his excellent historical documentation in ‘Intersectional Class Struggle,' has provided a more nuanced, and richer, view of class consciousness that does not fit into crude boxes.  "Using a historical lens, it studies the experiences of working class peoples, from migrant farm workers in California's central valley, to the “factory girls” of New England, and black workers in the South to explore the variety of working-class experiences. It investigates how the concepts of racial capitalism and black feminist thought, when applied to class studies and popular movements, allow us to walk and chew gum at the same time—to recognize that our movements can be diverse and particularistic as well as have elements of the universal experience shared by all workers. Ultimately, it argues that class is made up of all of us, it is of ourselves, in all our contradiction and complexity." Michael B. Reagan is a historian and lecturer at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars and adjunct faculty at Seattle College. His writing has appeared in Spectre, Truthout, Counterpunch, Perspectives, Found SF, and the South Seattle Emerald. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    The Art That Is Aware Of You w/ Jean-Jacques Martinod | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 7:44

    This is a segment of “The Art That Is Aware Of You w/ Jean-Jacques Martinod” on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-is-57486524 Experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist Jean-Jacques Martinod joins me for this Patron Appreciation Series conversation to discuss phenomenology, art, and the creative process. Jean-Jacques Martinod works oscillate between modalities of hybrid cinemas using methodologies that experiment with archival materials, celluloid film, analog tape, digital media, synesthetic operations, personal mythologies and travelogues. His work has screened in a variety of museums, festivals, galleries, and artist-led spaces. His most recent film, DATURA'S AUBADE, was co-directed with Bretta C. Walker and premiered at the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) in September. J-J is also the co-founder, along with Bretta, of Evidence House, "a living / breathing / micropublishing project." Two of his films are available to the public, La Bala de Sandoval (https://bit.ly/3nTPUSe), and Grabados del Ojo Nocturno (https://bit.ly/2ZNYARF). WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior #JJMartinod #Filmmaking #Art

    Mark Freeman: Selfhood, Narrative, & Reimagining The Story Of Dementia

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 12:32

    Mark Freeman: Selfhood, Narrative, & Reimagining The Story Of Dementia This is a segment of episode 307 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Do I Look At You With Love?: Dementia's Tragic Promise & An Act of Care w/ Mark Freeman.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/mark-freeman Purchase a copy of 'Do I Look at You with Love?' from Bookshop or Brill: https://bit.ly/3vJx97x / https://bit.ly/3BcRlQi Mark Freeman, narrative psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses his book 'Do I Look at You with Love?: Reimagining the Story of Dementia' — documenting the final twelve years of his mother's life of cognitive decline with dementia. This interview explores the complex reality of the narratives of the self, memory, the “tragic promise” of dementia, relationship, and the final acts of care one can provide for a dying loved one. “'Do I Look at You with Love?' were the words uttered by Mark Freeman's mother when she learned, once again, that he was her son. This book explores the experience of dementia as it transpired during the course of the final twelve years of her life, from the time of her diagnosis until her death in 2016 at age 93. As a longtime student of memory, identity, and narrative, as well as the son of a woman with dementia, he had a remarkable opportunity to try to understand and tell her story. Much of the story is tragic. But there were other periods and other dimensions of relationship that were beautiful and that could not have emerged without her very affliction. In the midst of affliction there were gifts, arriving unbidden, that served to alert Freeman and his family to what is most precious and real. These are part of the story too. Part narrative psychology, part memoir, part meditation on the beauty and light that might be found amidst the ravages of time and memory, Freeman's moving story is emblematic of nothing less than the bittersweet reality of life itself.” (https://bit.ly/3BcRlQi) Mark Freeman, Ph.D. (1986), University of Chicago, is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross. His many writings include 'Rewriting the Self' (1993), 'Hindsight' (2010), and 'The Priority of the Other'(2014). WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #307 | Do I Look At You With Love?: Dementia's Tragic Promise & An Act of Care w/ Mark Freeman

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 74:41

    [Intro: 8:43] Mark Freeman, narrative psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses his book 'Do I Look at You with Love?: Reimagining the Story of Dementia' — documenting the final twelve years of his mother's life of cognitive decline with dementia. This interview explores the complex reality of the narratives of the self, memory, the “tragic promise” of dementia, relationship, and the final acts of care one can provide for a dying loved one. “'Do I Look at You with Love?' were the words uttered by Mark Freeman's mother when she learned, once again, that he was her son. This book explores the experience of dementia as it transpired during the course of the final twelve years of her life, from the time of her diagnosis until her death in 2016 at age 93. As a longtime student of memory, identity, and narrative, as well as the son of a woman with dementia, he had a remarkable opportunity to try to understand and tell her story. Much of the story is tragic. But there were other periods and other dimensions of relationship that were beautiful and that could not have emerged without her very affliction. In the midst of affliction there were gifts, arriving unbidden, that served to alert Freeman and his family to what is most precious and real. These are part of the story too. Part narrative psychology, part memoir, part meditation on the beauty and light that might be found amidst the ravages of time and memory, Freeman's moving story is emblematic of nothing less than the bittersweet reality of life itself.” (https://bit.ly/3BcRlQi) Mark Freeman, Ph.D. (1986), University of Chicago, is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross. His many writings include 'Rewriting the Self' (1993), 'Hindsight' (2010), and 'The Priority of the Other'(2014). Episode Notes: - Purchase a copy of 'Do I Look at You with Love?' from Bookshop or Brill: https://bit.ly/3vJx97x / https://bit.ly/3BcRlQi - Learn more about Mark and his work: https://bit.ly/3Ghiky1 - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Rune Rasmussen: Animism, Conspiracism, & Songs Of Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 11:11

    This is a segment of episode 306 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Raven Age: Animism, Conspiracism, & Songs Of Power w/ Rune Rasmussen.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/rune-rasmussen-2 Learn more about Nordic Animism and subscribe to the Youtube channel: https://nordicanimism.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/Runehr Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, historian of religion and founder of the Nordic Animism project, returns to the podcast to discuss animism and the Raven totem flag project he, and others, have created to define and symbolize humanity's role in the climate disrupted present we find ourselves in. Through years of in-depth research into the history and contemporary practice of animist religious/spiritual traditions the world over, Rune has unique insight into the nature of the numerous crises the world finds itself in presently. In our first discussion on this podcast, he framed the global climate crisis through the myth of Ragnarök, famously depicted in the Old Norse poem Völuspá. In this interview, I ask him to help us understand, though a mythic lens, the roots of the widespread proliferation of conspiracist thinking (endemic within the United States) in our “post-truth” era. How has modernity produced this crisis of meaning in the Western world today? What value can animism provide, not only in identifying the source of this crisis, but also in rooting ourselves in a world that is undergoing climate cataclysm and civilizational rupture? Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, Ph.D., is a historian of religion, educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen. He has lived in many countries and done fieldwork in a number of contemporary (primarily Afro-descendant) religions, but since childhood he has had Nordic religion as a strong field of interest. Today Rune is working on applying contemporary developments in anthropology to rethink the way we address Nordic religion both in terms of scholarship, but also as a reservoir of cultural knowledge for environmental activism and sustainability sensitization. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #306 | Raven Age: Animism, Conspiracism, & Songs Of Power w/ Rune Rasmussen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 96:56

    [Intro: 12:50] Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, historian of religion and founder of the Nordic Animism project, returns to the podcast to discuss animism and the Raven totem flag project he, and others, have created to define and symbolize humanity's role in the climate disrupted present we find ourselves in. Through years of in-depth research into the history and contemporary practice of animist religious/spiritual traditions the world over, Rune has unique insight into the nature of the numerous crises the world finds itself in presently. In our first discussion on this podcast, he framed the global climate crisis through the myth of Ragnarök, famously depicted in the Old Norse poem Völuspá. In this interview, I ask him to help us understand, though a mythic lens, the roots of the widespread proliferation of conspiracist thinking (endemic within the United States) in our “post-truth” era. How has modernity produced this crisis of meaning in the Western world today? What value can animism provide, not only in identifying the source of this crisis, but also in rooting ourselves in a world that is undergoing climate cataclysm and civilizational rupture? Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen, Ph.D., is a historian of religion, educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen. He has lived in many countries and done fieldwork in a number of contemporary (primarily Afro-descendant) religions, but since childhood he has had Nordic religion as a strong field of interest. Today Rune is working on applying contemporary developments in anthropology to rethink the way we address Nordic religion both in terms of scholarship, but also as a reservoir of cultural knowledge for environmental activism and sustainability sensitization. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Nordic Animism and subscribe to the Youtube channel: https://nordicanimism.com / https://www.youtube.com/user/Runehr - The Raven totem flag: https://nordicanimism.com/raven - Support Nordic Animism on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/nordicanimism - Rune recommends the book ‘Animism: Respecting the Living World': http://animism.org.uk - This episode is dedicated to Ed Coffman. Rest in peace, Ed. Listen to his interview on the Freedom of Mind podcast: https://freedomofmind.com/the-moon-organization-extremism - Music was produced by Epik The Dawn WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Sophie Strand: In Our Bones, We Knew This Was Going To Happen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 20:58

    This is a segment of episode 305 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Storytelling Is An Emergency: In Our Bones, We Knew This Was Going To Happen w/ Sophie Strand.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/sophie-strand Learn more about Sophie and her work: http://sophiestrand.com Writer, poet, and essayist Sophie Strand joins me to discuss the "emergency of storytelling" in our climate disrupted present and future, and the subjects she explores in her upcoming book releases, 'The Madonna Secret,' and 'The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine.' Sophie and I entered this conversation a bit fuzzy, a little stunned. We acknowledge this from the get go. We were processing devastating news that morning: Hurricane Ida crashed and dragged itself from south to north across the East Coast, overwhelming the infrastructure, shutting down the grid and flooding cities. We discuss how climatologically, ecologically, we can feel how things have shifted tremendously — in the Northwest where I live, and in Hudson Valley where Sophie lives. While, personally, I tend to explore this broad subject on this podcast, Sophie writes about it. In her essay 'Storytelling is an Emergency: An Ecological Reading of Scheherazade,' she writes: “We are entering into an ecological A Thousand and One Nights of climate change. We are entering into a series of stories that are desperately trying to save their teller: the earth, Gaia, the biosphere, whatever word, for you, encompasses the sum total of spherical, gravity-bound life. Will we like King Shahryar, halt our violence, and begin to listen to a new, non-human kind of story? Will we let these stories change us and reform us? Ultimately, it matters not whether we do or do not. This series of stories will not depend on a human scribe. It will be written into the stone mantle of the Earth itself.” (https://bit.ly/3B4CJ6A) Sophie Strand is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Give her a salamander and a stone and she'll write you a love story. Sophie was raised by house cats, puff balls, possums, raccoons, and an opinionated, crippled goose. In every neighborhood she's ever lived in she has been known as “the walker”. She believes strongly that all thinking happens interstitially – between beings, ideas, differences, mythical gradients. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    A Reading Of Two Short Plays w/ Dan Hanrahan | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 14:06

    This is a segment of “A Well-Oiled Propaganda Machine w/ Dan Hanrahan” on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-w-56403440 In this segment of this Patron Appreciation conversation with Dan Hanrahan, we do a reading of two short plays he has been working on, ‘What Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?' (https://bit.ly/39ZY84N) and ‘Don't Bread Me.' (https://bit.ly/2Y5ekPv) Dan Hanrahan is a Chicago-based musician, translator, poet, performer, and teacher of Latin American literature. Learn more about his work at https://www.danhanrahan.net WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #305 | Storytelling Is An Emergency: In Our Bones, We Knew This Was Going To Happen w/ Sophie Strand

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 88:02

    [Intro: 11:43] Writer, poet, and essayist Sophie Strand joins me to discuss the "emergency of storytelling" in our climate disrupted present and future, and the subjects she explores in her upcoming book releases, 'The Madonna Secret,' and 'The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine.' Sophie and I entered this conversation a bit fuzzy, a little stunned. We acknowledge this from the get go. We were processing devastating news that morning: Hurricane Ida crashed and dragged itself from south to north across the East Coast, overwhelming the infrastructure, shutting down the grid and flooding cities. We discuss how climatologically, ecologically, we can feel how things have shifted tremendously — in the Northwest where I live, and in Hudson Valley where Sophie lives. While, personally, I tend to explore this broad subject on this podcast, Sophie writes about it. In her essay 'Storytelling is an Emergency: An Ecological Reading of Scheherazade,' she writes: “We are entering into an ecological A Thousand and One Nights of climate change. We are entering into a series of stories that are desperately trying to save their teller: the earth, Gaia, the biosphere, whatever word, for you, encompasses the sum total of spherical, gravity-bound life. Will we like King Shahryar, halt our violence, and begin to listen to a new, non-human kind of story? Will we let these stories change us and reform us? Ultimately, it matters not whether we do or do not. This series of stories will not depend on a human scribe. It will be written into the stone mantle of the Earth itself.” (https://bit.ly/3B4CJ6A) Sophie Strand is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Give her a salamander and a stone and she'll write you a love story. Sophie was raised by house cats, puff balls, possums, raccoons, and an opinionated, crippled goose. In every neighborhood she's ever lived in she has been known as “the walker”. She believes strongly that all thinking happens interstitially – between beings, ideas, differences, mythical gradients. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Sophie and her work: http://sophiestrand.com - Follow her on Facebook and Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/sophie.strand1 / https://www.instagram.com/cosmogyny - Sounds by Abel Takan WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Shane Burley: Paths To Power & Antifascist Resistance In The Apocalypse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 10:11

    This is a segment of episode 304 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Why We Fight: Paths To Power & Antifascist Resistance In The Apocalypse w/ Shane Burley.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/shane-burley-2 Purchase a copy of 'Why We Fight from AK Press or Bookshop: https://www.akpress.org/why-we-fight.html / https://bit.ly/3o3Ieyq Journalist Shane Burley joins me to discuss his newest book, 'Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse,' published through AK Press. Smoke choked cities. Supply chain disruptions. Pandemic. Riots. Fascist violence. The calamitous events of 2020 sent shock waves through the social fabric of the United States. There is the pervasive sense that we've crossed a threshold, one that cannot be walked back or reversed. In 'Why We Fight,' Burley navigates this territory of the here and now, providing deep insights into the conditions that gave rise to some of the most dramatic developments of the past several years. In this interview, I ask Burley to provide updates into the evolution of fascist politics during this time, and what antifascist resistance to the far right looks like, and must adapt to, in a time of apocalyptic rupture. Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His essays, criticism and journalism has been featured in places like Jacobin, Al Jazeera, NBC News, Truthout, In These Times, Bandcamp, Salvage, Commune, The Baffler, Upping the Anti, Full Stop, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He is the author of 'Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It' (AK Press, 2017) and has contributed to a number of anthologies and journals. His commentary on the far-right has been featured in places such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, PBS, and many others. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #304 | Why We Fight: Paths To Power & Antifascist Resistance In The Apocalypse w/ Shane Burley

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 70:04

    [Intro: 8:59] Journalist Shane Burley joins me to discuss his newest book, 'Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse,' published through AK Press. Smoke choked cities. Supply chain disruptions. Pandemic. Riots. Fascist violence. The calamitous events of 2020 sent shock waves through the social fabric of the United States. There is the pervasive sense that we've crossed a threshold, one that cannot be walked back or reversed. In 'Why We Fight,' Burley navigates this territory of the here and now, providing deep insights into the conditions that gave rise to some of the most dramatic developments of the past several years. In this interview, I ask Burley to provide updates into the evolution of fascist politics during this time, and what antifascist resistance to the far right looks like, and must adapt to, in a time of apocalyptic rupture. Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. His essays, criticism and journalism has been featured in places like Jacobin, Al Jazeera, NBC News, Truthout, In These Times, Bandcamp, Salvage, Commune, The Baffler, Upping the Anti, Full Stop, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly. He is the author of 'Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It' (AK Press, 2017) and has contributed to a number of anthologies and journals. His commentary on the far-right has been featured in places such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, PBS, and many others. Episode Notes: - Purchase a copy of 'Why We Figh't from AK Press or Bookshop: https://www.akpress.org/why-we-fight.html / https://bit.ly/3o3Ieyq - Follow Shane's work on Twitter and support him on Patreon: https://twitter.com/shane_burley1 / https://www.patreon.com/shaneburley/posts - Music was produced by Epik The Dawn. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Eric Laursen: Covid-19 & An Anarchist Critique Of The State

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 10:23

    This is a segment of episode 303 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Operating System: A Contemporary Anarchist Theory Of The State w/ Eric Laursen.” Listen to the full episode: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/eric-laursen Purchase ‘The Operating System' from Bookshop or AK Press: https://bit.ly/3klRpZ3 / https://www.akpress.org/operating-system.html Journalist, activist, and author Eric Laursen joins me to discuss his recent book ‘The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State,' published through AK Press. Anarchism presents a unique challenge to State power. Since it emerged as a coherent political and social movement in the 18th and 19th centuries, anarchists of various stripes and creeds have pointed to the illegitimate power the State holds, and the role it has played in the dominance of Capital in forming and shaping the trajectory of human societies up to the present day. What would a contemporary critique and theory of the State look like through an anarchist lens? The State, like so much since the dawn of the 21st century, has had to adapt itself to the crises of the times we live in, from climate disruption, economic expansion and contraction, and the Covid-19 pandemic. We can then ask: has the State been up to the task? Or, instead, has it only further exasperated the conditions we live within? How can anarchism present a necessary counter to the overbearing power of the State in our modern moment? Laursen provides some insights into these pressing questions in this interview. “Anyone concerned with entrenched power, income inequality, lack of digital privacy, climate change, the amateurish response to COVID-19, or military-style policing will find eye-opening insights into how states operate and build more power for themselves—at our expense. The state won't solve our most pressing problems, so why do we obey? It's time to think outside the state.” Eric Laursen is an independent journalist, historian, and activist. He is the author of ‘The People's Pension' and ‘The Duty to Stand Aside.' His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including In These Times, The Nation, The Village Voice, Counterpunch, The Arkansas Review, and Z Magazine. He lives in Buckland, Massachusetts. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #303 | The Operating System: A Contemporary Anarchist Theory Of The State w/ Eric Laursen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 71:26

    [Intro: 12:43] Journalist, activist, and author Eric Laursen joins me to discuss his recent book ‘The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State,' published through AK Press. Anarchism presents a unique challenge to State power. Since it emerged as a coherent political and social movement in the 18th and 19th centuries, anarchists of various stripes and creeds have pointed to the illegitimate power the State holds, and the role it has played in the dominance of Capital in forming and shaping the trajectory of human societies up to the present day. What would a contemporary critique and theory of the State look like through an anarchist lens? The State, like so much since the dawn of the 21st century, has had to adapt itself to the crises of the times we live in, from climate disruption, economic expansion and contraction, and the Covid-19 pandemic. We can then ask: has the State been up to the task? Or, instead, has it only further exasperated the conditions we live within? How can anarchism present a necessary counter to the overbearing power of the State in our modern moment? Laursen provides some insights into these pressing questions in this interview. “Anyone concerned with entrenched power, income inequality, lack of digital privacy, climate change, the amateurish response to COVID-19, or military-style policing will find eye-opening insights into how states operate and build more power for themselves—at our expense. The state won't solve our most pressing problems, so why do we obey? It's time to think outside the state.” Eric Laursen is an independent journalist, historian, and activist. He is the author of ‘The People's Pension' and ‘The Duty to Stand Aside.' His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including In These Times, The Nation, The Village Voice, Counterpunch, The Arkansas Review, and Z Magazine. He lives in Buckland, Massachusetts. Episode Notes: - Learn more and purchase ‘The Operating System' from Bookshop or AK Press: https://bit.ly/3klRpZ3 / https://www.akpress.org/operating-system.html - Music was produced by Epik The Dawn. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Infinite Growth, Renewable Energy, & The Fossil Fuel Industry | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 18:23

    This is a segment of ‘Infinite Growth, Renewable Energy, & The Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Anonymous' on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/patron-series-w-55701356 This is the third conversation I've recorded in the Patron Appreciation Series, and the individual I speak to for this asked that their name not be included in this release. As the title suggests, we discuss several subjects this patron has intimate knowledge of, including: the empty promise of renewable energy; and the financial incentives built within the global economy, guarantying the fossil fuel industry will be with us for a very long time. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Carl Safina: Conservation & Loss Of Animal Cultures

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 11:46

    This is a segment of episode 302 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Cultures Of Animals: Ecology, Community, & Beauty w/ Carl Safina.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWsafina Learn more about Carl Safina and The Safina Center: https://www.carlsafina.org / https://www.safinacenter.org Ecologist and prolific author Carl Safina joins me to discuss his work with the more-than-human (animal) world, particularly his writings about the cultures and emotional lives of various animal communities, beautifully documented in two of his most recent books, 'Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel' and 'Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.' Human beings, or to be more specific, human beings within modern industrial cultures, tend to believe that Homo sapiens are the only species on Earth that are cultural. As Safina has documented in his work, this is simply not the case. Numerous species have culture, including, but not limited to, various primates, birds, and whales. What we can learn about the evolutionary function of culture from these animal communities? Carl Safina's lyrical non-fiction writing explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights in the woods and on the water as he could. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean, which can be viewed free at PBS.org. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Audubon, Yale e360, and National Geographic, and on the Web at Huffington Post, CNN.com, Medium, and elsewhere. Safina is the author of ten books including the classic 'Song for the Blue Ocean,' as well as New York Times Bestseller 'Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel.' His most recent book is 'Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.' He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #302 | The Cultures Of Animals: Ecology, Community, & Beauty w/ Carl Safina

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 73:15

    [Intro: 9:24] Ecologist and prolific author Carl Safina joins me to discuss his work with the more-than-human (animal) world, particularly his writings about the cultures and emotional lives of various animal communities, beautifully documented in two of his most recent books, 'Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel' and 'Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.' Human beings, or to be more specific, human beings within modern industrial cultures, tend to believe that Homo sapiens are the only species on Earth that are cultural. As Safina has documented in his work, this is simply not the case. Numerous species have culture, including, but not limited to, various primates, birds, and whales. What we can learn about the evolutionary function of culture from these animal communities, including the role the perception and appreciation of beauty, plays in the evolutionary process? At the very end of this interview, I ask Safina to discuss his appreciation of Herman Melville's epic novel 'Moby Dick,' represented in his essay 'Melville's Whale Was a Warning We Failed to Heed' published in The New York Times. Carl Safina's lyrical non-fiction writing explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights in the woods and on the water as he could. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean, which can be viewed free at PBS.org. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Audubon, Yale e360, and National Geographic, and on the Web at Huffington Post, CNN.com, Medium, and elsewhere. Safina is the author of ten books including the classic 'Song for the Blue Ocean,' as well as New York Times Bestseller 'Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel.' His most recent book is 'Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace.' He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Carl Safina and The Safina Center: https://www.carlsafina.org / https://www.safinacenter.org - Read 'Avoiding a ‘Ghastly Future': Hard Truths on the State of the Planet' and 'Melville's Whale Was a Warning We Failed to Heed': https://bit.ly/3gUbZ0o / https://nyti.ms/3jCkTkN - Purchase 'Beyond Words' and 'Becoming Wild' through Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3BvKO3O / https://bit.ly/3kL13Dm - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Melissa Febos: Empty Consent & Defining Granular Harm

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 12:51

    This is a segment of episode 301 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Girlhood: Empty Consent & Defining Granular Harm w/ Melissa Febos.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/LBWfebos Purchase ‘Girlhood' through Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/24168/9781635572520 Critically acclaimed author Melissa Febos joins me to discuss her most recent collection of essays, ‘Girlhood' — "a gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become." I first became aware of Melissa and her book ‘Girlhood' from an essay she published in The New York Times Magazine titled ‘I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn't Want,' adapted from an essay published in the then-to-be-released ‘Girlhood'. Her personal reflections on the concept of "empty consent" from her experiences attending a cuddle party (pre-pandemic), compelled me to contact her to discuss the complex issues she deftly navigates through that essay. After reading Girlhood, I recognized the significance of her masterful writing and exploration of her own childhood and development into womanhood. Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, ‘Whip Smart' (St. Martin's Press 2010), and the essay collection, ‘Abandon Me' (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Her second essay collection, ‘Girlhood,' a National Bestseller, was published by Bloomsbury on March 30. A craft book, ‘Body Work,' will be published by Catapult in March 2022. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #301 | Girlhood: Empty Consent & Defining Granular Harm w/ Melissa Febos

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 55:56

    [Intro: 6:52] Critically acclaimed author Melissa Febos joins me to discuss her most recent collection of essays, ‘Girlhood' — "a gripping set of stories about the forces that shape girls and the adults they become." I first became aware of Melissa and her book Girlhood from an essay she published in The New York Times Magazine titled ‘I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn't Want,' adapted from an essay published in the then-to-be-released ‘Girlhood'. Her personal reflections on the concept of "empty consent" from her experiences attending a cuddle party (pre-pandemic), compelled me to contact her to discuss the complex issues she deftly navigates through that essay. After reading Girlhood, I recognized the significance of her masterful writing and exploration of her own childhood and development into womanhood. We discuss, within the 47-minute interview, a few of the significant insights I drew out of my reading, including the gradients of consent and trauma, and the role men can, and must, play in upending patriarchy in our time. Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, ‘Whip Smart' (St. Martin's Press 2010), and the essay collection, ‘Abandon Me' (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Her second essay collection, ‘Girlhood,' a National Bestseller, was published by Bloomsbury on March 30. A craft book, ‘Body Work,' will be published by Catapult in March 2022. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Melissa and her work: https://www.melissafebos.com - Purchase ‘Girlhood' through Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/24168/9781635572520 - Read ‘I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn't Want': https://nyti.ms/38gozlV - Music was produced by Epik The Dawn. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Land & Reproductive Sovereignty w/ Hannah Dwyer | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 13:45

    This is a segment of 'Land & Reproductive Sovereignty w/ Hannah Dwyer' on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54684987 In the second of my series of conversations with patrons of the podcast, I speak with Hannah Dwyer. She has been a listener and supporter of Last Born for some time, and I first became aware of her from an article she published at Gods&Radicals Press, ‘Magic Can Create a Decolonial Future', and from an audio message she sent me for my Drop Me A Line discussing her plans to create a "Friend Farm" — a sustainable, resilient, and trusting community where she lives in western Canada. She sent this audio message to me some time ago, and so I ask her what her progress has been in attaining land since then and building this community since then. In the full discussion, I ask her how this project intersects with one of her great passions and interests: reproductive sovereignty. We explore such questions as: What does sovereignty over one's reproductive cycle and system look like? What are some the harms of modern birth control methods on the human female body, and how has this been used to perpetuate patriarchy and colonialism? We discuss these subjects and more. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Epilogue: Final Thoughts On Episode 300, A Call For Support

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 12:27

    Oh goodness, finally, it's done. It took too long to produce — a month or so longer than I intended to put this all together. I became exhausted, weary of hearing my own voice, editing hours of audio, listening and trimming and organizing and reorganizing and recording my wandering commentary, cutting and slicing and trimming, exporting, finding mistakes, fixing and then re-exporting, uploading chunky hi-quality audio files, writing provocative titles and descriptions, editing eye-catching designs — all about the end of things. Death, love, grief, anger, plagues and human resistance to systemic violence, denial-isms — the void at the heart of it. It's all enough to make one take a long nap, and believe me, I took plenty. This long, seven part series (something I half-seriously call an episode) is a labor of love. With each part, I was able to pull at the threads of this work over the previous 100 episodes; each major theme I've explored through dozens of interviews coalesced into seven hours-long audio compilations. Part one: climate catastrophe and ecological collapse. Part two: my interviews in Brazil on the verge of the pandemic. Part three: the seismic ruptures brought on by the pandemic. Part four: the national reckoning with police (white supremacist) violence last year with the George Floyd rebellions. Part five: the conditions that led to the fascist coup attempt and Capitol riot on January 6th. Part six: intergenerational trauma and the ghosts that haunt us. Part seven: grief, despair, extinction, and love. Each of these seven parts were released as individual podcast releases. Many of you may have heard these — I thank you and I hope they resonated. Along with this, I've uploaded each part as individual “albums” on Bandcamp, which you can download for free, or pay for, if you would be so kind and willing to do so. Each album download comes with a PDF document of the designs I made for each release, as well. EPISODE 300: https://lastborninthewilderness.bandcamp.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 | Part Seven: Transitions, Death, The Ruptures Of Life In Between

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 217:02

    Finally, we have reached the end—in more ways than one. This long series has been a labor of love. It took too long to produce, but ultimately, preparing and releasing each of these parts has been a gratifying, and even cathartic, experience. This last part, fittingly, is a meditation on endings, transitions, the death of things. And, most importantly, love—the love that accompanies all of it. We are meeting a time of many endings. The overly-complex systems that govern modern human life are meeting their inevitable demise. Centuries of human industrial activity has thrown the living systems of the Earth into disarray, and mass extinction ensues. The global climate is beyond repair, with enough heat baked into the system to guarantee several degrees of warming over the next several decades and centuries—a fact that cannot be contested. The question of human extinction is less a matter of "if" but more a matter of "when." If what is happening is happening, how, then, shall we live? This part seven is not meant to be overly bleak, but instead, sober and life-affirming. Weaved together with commentary, these six interviews reflect on the nature of the crises we are all living through right now, from the macro scale of this predicament to the deeply personal. And truly, what it all comes back down to, simply, is love—to love and to be loved in the face of our collective death, with all the grief and despair that accompanies it. Timeline and sources: www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-7 Featuring: - Ramon Elani - John Halstead - Dougald Hine - Stephen Jenkinson - Barbara Cecil - Dahr Jamail Photo: Brendon Holt (https://www.instagram.com/bmholt) Music: Emilee Gomski (https://emileegomske.bandcamp.com) WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Exploring the Theological Fringe w/ Rachel Grace Blanton Walker | Patron Appreciation Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 15:58

    This is a segment of 'Exploring the Theological Fringe' w/ Rachel Grace Blanton Walker on Patreon. Listen to the full discussion: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54312483 Subscribe to Rachel's channel Exploring the Theological Fringe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYQIO-eZX23rSPSZuqOzNA In the first of my series of interviews with patrons of the podcast, I speak with Rachel Grace Blanton Walker. She has been a long time listener and supporter of Last Born, and was one of the first to contribute to my work through Patreon. It is because of my connection with her that I decided to begin this series of recorded discussions with patrons of my work. Over the past several months, Rachel has been releasing an excellent video essay series titled Exploring the Theological Fringe, which explores the more esoteric and mystical dimensions of Christianity. Our discussion focuses on the Book of Job and Christ, and what value these stories and archetypes have in our lives and how they remain increasingly relevant in our time. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part Six: Hungry Ghosts, Unraveling Colonial Bodies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 271:34

    We are haunted beings. Unintegrated traumas, like ghosts, possess us, poison us — until they don't. Colonization, rupturous, severs the body from its relations, from ancestors and earth. It flattens the diversity of human experience, relying on the multifaceted dynamics of intergenerational trauma to replicate itself, in perpetuity. Like ghosts, these traumas haunt us, hijack us. The line between the abuser and the abused is blurred, trauma compounds, cutting in all directions. Decolonization is an ongoing counter-process to this. Naming these ghostly bodies, making them visible, speaking to them, opens up revolutionary space for healing, reforging relation to all beings, corporeal and non-corporeal alike. This compilation of eleven interviews pulls on the threads of these subjects, navigating the contours of developmental psychology, ancestral trauma, whiteness, depression and shame, gender and masculinity. Timeline and sources: www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-6 Featuring: - Riane Eisler (w/ Kollibri terre Sonnenblume) - Darcia Narvaez - Lyla June - Dare Sohei - Matthew Remski - Tada Hozumi - Sunil Bhatia - Mikkel Krause Frantzen - Anthony Rella - Margaret Killjoy - Ian MacKenzie WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part Five: Fascistic Flashpoints, Gazing Into The Void

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 218:21

    Let us gaze into the void at the heart of this country. What happened on January 6th was neither the beginning, nor the endpoint, of the fascist trajectory this nation has been lurching headlong toward. It was a flashpoint. The events that led to this explosion of violence did not happen in a vacuum. Donald Trump's rise to the highest political office in the land was neither an anomaly nor an accident. Decades of neoliberal decay, widespread white anxiety, and the inherent spiritual rot at the core of this settler-colonial project has almost guaranteed the growth of a virulent fascism in our time of mounting crises. This compilation of ten interviews, conducted over the past two years, is an attempt to track the various forces that led to the MAGA riot at the Capitol. Weaving together interviews that track the decline of the U.S. empire, the ramping up of the sadistic treatment and dehumanization of undocumented immigrants along the border, the metaphysical landscape of the “post-modern” age we reside in, and liberal democracy's historic failure to counter the fascist creep, this audio compilation attempts to make sense of the dangerous moment we find ourselves in, and where this trend ultimately leads. Timeline and sources: www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-5 Featuring: - Noam Chomsky - Henry Giroux - John Washington - Liyah Babayan - Gary Lachman - Jared Yates Sexton - Marjorie Cohn - Michael Sliwa, Forrest Palmer, Jeff Cole (ADG) - Spencer Sunshine - Alex Vitale WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part Four: Righteous Rage, Stochastic Terror

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 214:36

    Everything changed after the 3rd Precinct fell. In 2020, a pandemic began to course its way through the collective body, and the dead began to pile up. Tens of millions of U.S. citizens lost their jobs, and the capitalist system shuttered. As it turns out, these are the perfect conditions for revolt. On May 25th, George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer in the streets of Minneapolis. Everyone saw the video, and it was undeniable. We witnessed something as old as this country itself play out, again. Riots broke out, but this time, the righteous rage persisted and spread. Each of these nine interviews, interwoven with commentary, documents this time of expansive unrest and stochastic terror. Timeline and sources: www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-4 Featuring: - Silvia Federici - Gerald Horne - Chris Hedges - Mike Africa Jr. - Shane Burley - Shemon & Arturo - Vicky Osterweil - Arun Gupta - Frank B. Wilderson III WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part Three: Plague Days, Fertile Grounds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2021 191:51

    May we live in interesting times. The fertile grounds that bred a novel, deadly coronavirus and the misinformation that accompanied its spread is our subject. Over the last year-and-a-half since COVID spilled over, and more specifically, when our collective reaction to it began to reshape every aspect of our lives, I conducted numerous interviews to make sense of this thing. Disruptions in the very fragile (and simultaneously resilient) global economic system, mass death, overburdened healthcare workers, the widespread proliferation of conspiracy theories, fascistic outbursts, mutual aid networks, and the uncomfortable questions that arise, characterize this audio narrative I've cobbled together for your listening pleasure. Timeline and sources: www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-3 Featuring: - John Feffer - Alley Valkyrie - Jared Yates Sexton - Derek Beres - Matthew Remski - Julian Walker - Amy Lou - Shane Burley - Duncan Tarr - Ja Reyalidad - Joe Brewer - Bayo Akomolafe WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part Two: Last Born In Brazil

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 155:38

    Let's proceed to part two. From December 2019 to February 2020, I was in Brazil. Without full comprehension, I (we) stood on the edge of a pandemic. The global scope of the crisis had yet to be fully felt and realized. Before "normal" ended. Before lockdowns, mask burnings, social isolation, uprising—I was in Brazil, with its complexities, beauties, intensities, realities. My time there left its mark on me, and is still felt to this day a year plus since—having informed almost every aspect of my life and work. It is certainly not lost on me that I had these experiences on the cusp of this pandemic. The importance of the work done there needed to be represented in this long episode; this is my attempt at doing so. In collaboration with Brazilian political theorist and journalist Mirna Wabi-Sabi, five interviews were conducted during my time there: two radical organizers (one an infamous political prisoner) of the More Love, Less Capital (Mais Amor, Menos Capital) event; a scholar, historian, and daughter of the African diasporic spiritual tradition Candomblé; a renowned photojournalist and activist documenting Indigenous resistance; a linguist and anthropologist conducting field work in Amazonia, working to preserve the dying languages of Indigenous communities. The section contains reflections on the calamitous realities of Brazil: the uprisings of 2013 and the state of the Left under neofascist Bolsonaro; the Western gaze on the Global South; the spiritual-social-political resistance of the African Diaspora; artistic representation of Indigenous struggle under Capital and the State; the subtle complexities of cultural genocide in Amazonia. Timeline and sources: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-2 Featuring: - Mirna Wabi-Sabi - André Miguéis - Elisa Quadros - Karina Ramos - Christian Braga - Joshua Birchall WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #300 Part One: Mother Earth, In Spite Of Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 275:24

    Bear with me on this. I wanted to do something different, original, for this episode, this milestone of 300. As you will hear in my introduction, I will be releasing seven parts for this, covering numerous themes that I've explored over the past 100 episodes of Last Born In The Wilderness. This first part is quite substantial, in and of itself. Weaving together fifteen carefully selected interviews, I present a narrative that conveys one of the most persistent themes of my work: ecological catastrophe, climatological disruption, near-term extinction, ruptures in the life-destroying industrial model, and humanity’s capacity to reclaim our regenerative role—in spite of the outcome. Timestamps and Sources: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com/episodes/300-1 Featuring: - Nicholas Humphrey - Timothy Lenton - Brian Mier - Melissa Troutman - Joshua Pribanic - Will Falk - Jeff Gibbs - Richard Heinberg - Roy Scranton - Stephen Pyne - Khalil Avi - Max Paschall - Steven Elliot Martyn - Peter Michael Bauer - Stan Rushworth WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Ian MacKenzie: Emerging Masculinities In The Crater Of Calamity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 20:35

    This is a segment of episode 299 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Work Of Men: Emerging Masculinities In The Crater Of Calamity w/ Ian MacKenzie.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWmackenzie3 Learn more about The Mythic Masculine podcast and subscribe: https://www.themythicmasculine.com Ian MacKenzie — visionary filmmaker, storyteller, and host of The Mythic Masculine podcast — returns to discuss manhood, mythology, and emerging masculinities in the wake of calamity.  This conversation runs deep. Ian and I attempt to navigate the complexities and shadows of men's work in our time of emerging inquiries and contemplation about gender identity and expression. We wholeheartedly acknowledge that as necessary as those discussions around these subjects are, as vital as they may be, we must ask: Where do men fit in this? Ian and I are both what can be described as cisgendered and fairly heteronormative in our relationship styles — situated on a spectrum that has, traditionally, benefited folks such as ourselves in very concrete and obvious ways. That reality is not contested by either of us. But, as we expand upon in this discussion, the patterns of behavior and the beliefs that accompany men through their lives extremely limit them in their relationships — both with others and with themselves — and in their development through the various stages of adulthood. The patterns of domination, manipulation, and violence that characterize so much of how men engage with those around them stem from deep wounds that must be looked at and addressed. Ian and I delve into these subjects honestly, and I ask Ian to express what he has learned on his path exploring these subjects with his work in film and The Mythic Masculine podcast. Ian MacKenzie is a new paradigm artist who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 10 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. He is the host of The Mythic Masculine podcast and the founder of A Gathering of Stories. He is well known for his films Sacred Economics, Lost Nation Road, Amplify Her, Dear Guardians, and Occupy Love (directed by Velcrow Ripper). WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #299 | The Work Of Men: Emerging Masculinities In The Crater Of Calamity w/ Ian MacKenzie

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 81:37

    [Intro: 10:22] Ian MacKenzie — visionary filmmaker, storyteller, and host of The Mythic Masculine podcast — returns to discuss manhood, mythology, and emerging masculinities in the wake of calamity.  This conversation runs deep. Ian and I attempt to navigate the complexities and shadows of men's work in our time of emerging inquiries and contemplation about gender identity and expression. We wholeheartedly acknowledge that as necessary as those discussions around these subjects are, as vital as they may be, we must ask: Where do men fit in this? Ian and I are both what can be described as cisgendered and fairly heteronormative in our relationship styles — situated on a spectrum that has, traditionally, benefited folks such as ourselves in very concrete and obvious ways. That reality is not contested by either of us. But, as we expand upon in this discussion, the patterns of behavior and the beliefs that accompany men through their lives extremely limit them in their relationships — both with others and with themselves — and in their development through the various stages of adulthood. The patterns of domination, manipulation, and violence that characterize so much of how men engage with those around them stem from deep wounds that must be looked at and addressed. Ian and I delve into these subjects honestly, and I ask Ian to express what he has learned on his path exploring these subjects with his work in film and The Mythic Masculine podcast. Ian MacKenzie is a new paradigm artist who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son. For over 10 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. He is the host of The Mythic Masculine podcast and the founder of A Gathering of Stories. He is well known for his films Sacred Economics, Lost Nation Road, Amplify Her, Dear Guardians, and Occupy Love (directed by Velcrow Ripper). Episode Notes: - Learn more about The Mythic Masculine podcast and subscribe: https://www.themythicmasculine.com - Learn more about Ian and his work: https://www.ianmack.com - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Ramon Elani: The Opposite Moment Begins (I Pity The Misanthropes)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 8:39

    This is a segment of episode 298 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Wyrd Against The Modern World: The Opposite Moment Begins w/ Ramon Elani.” Listen to the full episode and read the article: http://bit.ly/LBWelani2 / http://bit.ly/GRramon Purchase ‘Wyrd Against the Modern World’: http://bit.ly/wyrdagainst Acausal heathen poet and author Ramon Elani joins me to discuss his new book 'Wyrd Against the Modern World' published through Night Forest Press. This audio interview is actually a reading of a written interview I conducted with him, originally published at the Gods&Radicals Press supporter-only blog Another World. “Now, of course, it may be that humanity will not survive what is coming in the next decades and centuries. And if this is the case then so be it. But in the end, all of the thinkers who have inspired me have this in common: that they passionately insist upon the joys of life and the miracle that we witness everyday in this world, regardless of the calamities that befall us. We are made of the same stuff as the stars themselves and the light of the cosmos shines bright in us as in all things. The ways of the modern world have dimmed this light within us but they cannot extinguish it utterly. “As things reach their pinnacle, the opposite moment begins. As the modern world falls into its greatest catastrophe, the timeless world rises up again. And I do believe we are seeing some version of this occurring even now. As we head closer and closer to the brink, more and more people are beginning to recognize what has brought us to this point. “In the end, more than anything else, I pity the misanthropes. To me, anyone who has stood upon a hill and seen the mist gather in the valley below, who has experienced the joy of sex, who has gazed deep into the terrifying abyss of the ocean, who has embraced their child, who has smelled the forest after a heavy rain, who has listened to the music of Bach, who has felt strong in their body, should know beyond the shadow of any doubt that they are with the divine spirit.” Ramon Elani holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Connecticut. He lives on a small homestead with his wife and children among the hills and forests of New England. A former muay tai fighter and professor of literature and philosophy, Ramon has published on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of ecology and spirituality. He writes The Tiger’s Leap blog. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Liz Oliva Fernández: Ground Level Impacts Of The U.S. Blockade On Cuba

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 13:11

    This is a segment of episode 297 of Last Born in The Wilderness “The War On Cuba: Ground Level Impacts Of The U.S. Blockade w/ Liz Oliva Fernández.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWfernandez Learn more about Belly of the Beast Cuba: https://bellyofthebeastcuba.com Liz Oliva Fernández, Cuban journalist and lead protagonist of ‘The War on Cuba’ documentary series, joins me to discuss her work with Belly of the Beast Cuba — a Havana-based media project made up of Cubans and foreigners that highlight the daily lives and experiences of the Cuban people from the ground level. The United States has been engaging in a multipronged war with Cuba ever since their revolution in 1959. Whether that is through economic pressures in the form of sanctions, embargoes, and what Fernández bluntly describes as a blockade, or through direct military incursions and threats, the U.S. has imposed an artificial scarcity on the people of Cuba. The U.S. attempts to justify its genocidal policies toward Cuba through extreme media bias, propaganda, and lies. Some of the most dramatic examples of this, lately, has been under the administration of former President Trump. Cuba has some of the best doctors in the world, and for decades, thousands of them have volunteered to aid the peoples of numerous nations around the globe, most often in Latin America, Africa, and during the worst of their battle with Covid-19, Italy. Belly of the Beast provide an honest ground-level approach to the impacts this war on Cuba has had on the people of this island nation. Cutting through the propaganda of U.S. media and the two-dimensional quality of the state-run Cuban media as well, Belly is exploring the complexities and nuances of Cuban life right now, giving audiences in the States access to a perspective very much lacking in the mainstream media. This interview was accomplished because of the work of several people: Reed Lindsay, director of ‘The War on Cuba,’ who arranged and provided interpretation for this interview; writer and musician Dan Hanrahan, who edited the English transcript; and podcast producer Christine Ferrera, who provided dubbing for the English audio. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #298 | Wyrd Against The Modern World: The Opposite Moment Begins w/ Ramon Elani

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 42:04

    [Intro: 9:52 | Article: http://bit.ly/GRramon] Acausal heathen poet and author Ramon Elani joins me to discuss his new book 'Wyrd Against the Modern World' published through Night Forest Press. This audio interview is actually a reading of a written interview I conducted with him, originally published at the Gods&Radicals Press supporter-only blog Another World. From the article introduction: “The implications of global climate change have loomed large in my mind and heart for years, and I’m sure many of you reading this can relate. The existential questions this inevitably brings up have been some of the central, binding subjects of my work. I’ve worked to address the roots of this complex catastrophe through various angles, attempting, in my own small way, to highlight the nature of this earth-encompassing shift in our planet’s biospheric composition, and explore what this means through a number of different lenses. “Human beings are social, cultural, emotional, spiritual creatures, and I doubt we are alone in this. The inevitable despair that emerges as we recognize that this titanic shift threatens the survival of future generations of human and more-than-human life in the decades to come can be debilitating, even more so when we take into account that much of what we fear is going to happen is already happening right now. Numerous scientists have observed climatic events occurring that were initially predicted to happen decades from now. “The future, as it were, has quickened to meet us.” Ramon Elani holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Connecticut. He lives on a small homestead with his wife and children among the hills and forests of New England. A former may tai fighter and professor of literature and philosophy, Ramon has published on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of ecology and spirituality. He writes The Tiger’s Leap blog. Episode Notes: - Purchase a copy of ‘Wyrd Against the Modern World’ from Night Forest Press: https://www.nightforestpress.com/product-page/wyrd-against-the-modern-world - Learn more about and support Ramon’s work: https://thetigersleap.wordpress.com / https://www.patreon.com/runewhisper WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #297 | The War On Cuba: Ground Level Impacts Of The U.S. Blockade w/ Liz Oliva Fernández

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 54:16

    [Intro: 9:38 | Transcript: http://bit.ly/LBWbeast] Liz Oliva Fernández, Cuban journalist and lead protagonist of ‘The War on Cuba’ documentary series, joins me to discuss her work with Belly of the Beast Cuba — a Havana-based media project made up of Cubans and foreigners that highlight the daily lives and experiences of the Cuban people from the ground level. The United States has been engaging in a multipronged war with Cuba ever since their revolution in 1959. Whether that is through economic pressures in the form of sanctions, embargoes, and what Fernández bluntly describes as a blockade, or through direct military incursions and threats, the U.S. has imposed an artificial scarcity on the people of Cuba. The U.S. attempts to justify its genocidal policies toward Cuba through extreme media bias, propaganda, and lies. Some of the most dramatic examples of this, lately, has been under the administration of former President Trump. Cuba has some of the best doctors in the world, and for decades, thousands of them have volunteered to aid the peoples of numerous nations around the globe, most often in Latin America, Africa, and during the worst of their battle with Covid-19, Italy. Belly of the Beast provide an honest ground-level approach to the impacts this war on Cuba has had on the people of this island nation. Cutting through the propaganda of U.S. media and the two-dimensional quality of the state-run Cuban media as well, Belly is exploring the complexities and nuances of Cuban life right now, giving audiences in the States access to a perspective very much lacking in the mainstream media. This interview was accomplished because of the work of several people: Reed Lindsay, director of ‘The War on Cuba,’ who arranged and provided interpretation for this interview; writer and musician Dan Hanrahan, who edited the English transcript; and podcast producer Christine Ferrera, who provided dubbing for the English audio. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Belly of the Beast Cuba: https://bellyofthebeastcuba.com - Watch the documentary series ’The War on Cuba’ on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3e6OnV8 - Learn more about Dan Hanrahan and Christine Ferrera’s work: https://www.danhanrahan.net / https://www.christineferrera.net / https://www.thelincolnlodge.com/podcasts - The music featured was produced by Epik The Dawn. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Dr. Shanna Swan: Toxic Disruptors & Reproductive Decline

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 13:30

    This is a segment of episode 296 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Count Down: Toxic Disruptors & Reproductive Decline w/ Dr. Shanna Swan.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWswan Learn more about Dr. Swan and purchase a copy of ‘Count Down': https://www.shannaswan.com / https://bit.ly/3dFlRK1 World-renowned environmental and reproductive epidemiologist Dr. Shanna Swan joins me to discuss her groundbreaking research identifying the causes and rate of rapid decline of fertility in the Western world, documented in her new book ‘Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.’ Dr. Swan has identified several of the main culprits in this ongoing trend, namely the absorption and ingestion of various endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in countless materials we interact with daily: phthalates from plastics and numerous hygiene products; Bisphenol A found in hard plastics and electronics; flame retardants in furniture; and pesticides in foods — just to name a few. Dr. Swan describes how these array of hormone disrupting chemicals impact the development of the reproductive system during crucial periods in human biological growth, of particular concern, in the gestation period. Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists and a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. An award-winning scientist, her work examines the impact of environmental exposures, including chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol A, on men’s and women’s reproductive health and the neurodevelopment of children. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #296 | Count Down: Toxic Disruptors & Reproductive Decline w/ Dr. Shanna Swan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 54:24

    [Intro: 9:08] World-renowned environmental and reproductive epidemiologist Dr. Shanna Swan joins me to discuss her groundbreaking research identifying the causes and rate of rapid decline of fertility in the Western world, documented in her new book ‘Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.’ Humanity is in peril. Along with the ecological devastation expanding industrialization has wrought on the global environment, another looming catastrophe has emerged in the past century that threatens the human species: rapid decline in fertility. The reproductive systems of females and males in industrialized, particularly Western, nations have seen a precipitous drop in the ability to conceive and bear children. From falling sperm counts and testosterone levels in males, and early menopause and cysts in the ovaries of females, the reproductive systems in human beings have dramatically changed for the worse over the past several decades. Dr. Swan has identified several of the main culprits in this ongoing trend, namely the absorption and ingestion of various endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in countless materials we interact with daily: phthalates from plastics and numerous hygiene products; Bisphenol A found in hard plastics and electronics; flame retardants in furniture; and pesticides in foods — just to name a few. Dr. Swan describes how these array of hormone disrupting chemicals impact the development of the reproductive system during crucial periods in human biological growth, of particular concern, in the gestation period. The potential outcome of all this is dire and stark. As highlighted in her book, and cited in the New York Times article ‘The Everyday Chemicals That Might Be Leading Us to Our Extinction’: "From 1973 to 2011, the total sperm count of men in Western countries dropped by 59 percent." (https://nyti.ms/3dDYTDk) Based on the findings of her research, she stated in a recent interview with The Guardian: "If you follow the curve from the 2017 sperm-decline meta-analysis, it predicts that by 2045 we will have a median sperm count of zero. It is speculative to extrapolate, but there is also no evidence that it is tapering off. This means that most couples may have to use assisted reproduction." (https://bit.ly/3arMGQ7) Of course, there are several important things that can be done to reverse this trend, which she outlines in this interview. Shanna H. Swan, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists and a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. An award-winning scientist, her work examines the impact of environmental exposures, including chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol A, on men’s and women’s reproductive health and the neurodevelopment of children. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Dr. Swan and her work: https://www.shannaswan.com - Support independent booksellers and purchase a copy of ‘Count Down’ at Bookshop: https://bit.ly/3dFlRK1 - The music featured was produced by Epik The Dawn. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Peter Michael Bauer: Rewilding Beyond The Storm Of Collapse

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 15:22

    This is a segment of episode 295 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Congress Of Wills: Rewilding Beyond The Storm Of Collapse w/ Peter Michael Bauer.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWbauer Learn more about Peter and his work: https://www.petermichaelbauer.com Anthropologist, experimental archaeologist, and historian Peter Michael Bauer joins me to discuss several major subjects of his work, including rewilding, collapse, and humanity's place within these frameworks. I ask Peter to define his understanding of collapse, comparing his earlier understanding of that process to how he conceptualizes it currently — not as an event, but as an iterative, often gradual, process. His interest lies not in “weathering the storm” of collapse, but to allow this ecocidal civilization to recede and decline into irrelevance, and then foster the growth of ways of living and being that place humanity within its proper ecological role once again. Peter Michael Bauer is an anthropologist, experimental archaeologist, and historian. His work focuses on the social and environmental impacts of the neolithic revolution, and how understanding these impacts can provide us with solutions to the sixth mass extinction. Since the early 2000’s, he has been an integral catalyst in the human rewilding movement. Rewilding is a principle, or a lens, that helps us see and move through the world in terms of regeneration and reciprocity. It is not the “one right way”—it is a million ways to live in the flow of natural cycles. It recognizes that humans are not above those flows, and that it is actually more beneficial to our ecosystems when we acknowledge and become part of them. This movement works to create resilience through the return to place-based, regenerative subsistence strategies, inspired by those that exist outside of–and those that existed prior to–the formation of agrarian states. He created the first international online rewilding forum (now archived at discuss.rewild.com), wrote a book on rewilding called Rewild or Die, founded the organization Rewild Portland (where he teaches classes), and created the Annual North American Rewilding Conference. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #295 | Congress Of Wills: Rewilding Beyond The Storm Of Collapse w/ Peter Michael Bauer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 82:50

    [Intro: 9:46] Anthropologist, experimental archaeologist, and historian Peter Michael Bauer joins me to discuss several major subjects of his work, including rewilding, collapse, and humanity's place within these frameworks. This discussion begins with Peter elaborating on the now often decontextualized and widely misrepresented concept of "rewilding." He contrasts the common, and popular, misunderstanding of this concept to his work with rewilding and its original intended meaning, and whether the term itself should now be abandoned in light of this trend. I then ask Peter to define his understanding of collapse, comparing his earlier understanding of that process to how he conceptualizes it currently — not as an event, but as an iterative, often gradual, process. His interest lies not in “weathering the storm” of collapse, but to allow this ecocidal civilization to recede and decline into irrelevance, and then foster the growth of ways of living and being that place humanity within its proper ecological role once again. Peter Michael Bauer is an anthropologist, experimental archaeologist, and historian. His work focuses on the social and environmental impacts of the neolithic revolution, and how understanding these impacts can provide us with solutions to the sixth mass extinction. Since the early 2000’s, he has been an integral catalyst in the human rewilding movement. Rewilding is a principle, or a lens, that helps us see and move through the world in terms of regeneration and reciprocity. It is not the “one right way”—it is a million ways to live in the flow of natural cycles. It recognizes that humans are not above those flows, and that it is actually more beneficial to our ecosystems when we acknowledge and become part of them. This movement works to create resilience through the return to place-based, regenerative subsistence strategies, inspired by those that exist outside of–and those that existed prior to–the formation of agrarian states. He created the first international online rewilding forum (now archived at discuss.rewild.com), wrote a book on rewilding called Rewild or Die, founded the organization Rewild Portland (where he teaches classes), and created the Annual North American Rewilding Conference. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Peter and his work: https://www.petermichaelbauer.com - Listen and subscribe to The Rewilding Podcast: https://www.petermichaelbauer.com/the-rewilding-podcast - Purchase his book ‘Rewild or Die’ from Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/24168/9781621069720 - The music in the episode was produced by InsaneBeatz. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Roy Scranton: The "Ultimate Doomist" & The Existential Questions Of Climate Catastrophe

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 21:09

    This is a segment of episode 294 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Goodbye, 'Normal': The Existential Questions Of Climate Catastrophe w/ Roy Scranton.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWscranton Read Roy’s New York Times op-ed ‘I’ve Said Goodbye to ‘Normal.’ You Should, Too.’: https://nyti.ms/39AFgJE Roy Scranton, bestselling author of ‘We're Doomed. Now What?’ and ‘Learning to Die in the Anthropocene,’ joins me to discuss his recent op-ed in the New York Times, ‘I’ve Said Goodbye to ‘Normal.’ You Should, Too.’ In this segment of our discussion, I ask him to respond to scientist and author Michael Mann's characterization of Scranton and his work ("Scranton is the ultimate doomist" (https://bit.ly/3dwHRG1)), and whether this (mis)characterization actually aligns with what he is trying to accomplish with his work, exploring the existential questions that inevitably come up when one looks at what climate and environmental crises presents for the future. Roy Scranton is the author of ‘I ♥ Oklahoma!’ (Soho Press, 2019), ‘Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature’ (University of Chicago Press, 2019), ‘We’re Doomed. Now What? ‘(Soho Press, 2018), ‘War Porn’ (Soho Press, 2016), and ‘Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization’ (City Lights, 2015). He has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Nation, the New Republic, The Baffler, Yale Review, Emergence, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and he co-edited ‘What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future’ (Unnamed Press, 2017) and ‘Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War’ (Da Capo, 2013). WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK LIST: https://bookshop.org/shop/lastbornpodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #294 | Goodbye, 'Normal': The Existential Questions Of Climate Catastrophe w/ Roy Scranton

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 56:07

    [Intro: 8:31] Roy Scranton, bestselling author of ‘We're Doomed. Now What?’ and ‘Learning to Die in the Anthropocene,’ joins me to discuss his recent op-ed in the New York Times, ‘I’ve Said Goodbye to ‘Normal.’ You Should, Too.’ We begin this interview with Roy discussing the connections he draws between two of the major subjects he has written extensively about over the course of his career as an author: war and climate change. Having been deployed to Iraq while serving in the US Army during the US invasion and occupation of that nation in 2003, Roy provides some insights into the reasons why he volunteered to participate in that horrific conflict, and how that experience ultimately led him to write extensively on anthropogenic climate change, both from the hard scientific perspective, and from the deeper philosophical perspective as well. I then ask him to respond to scientist and author Michael Mann's characterization of Scranton and his work ("Scranton is the ultimate doomist" (https://bit.ly/3dwHRG1)), and whether this (mis)characterization actually aligns with what he is trying to accomplish with his work, exploring the existential questions that inevitably come up when one looks at what climate and environmental crises presents for the future. Roy Scranton is the author of ‘I ♥ Oklahoma!’ (Soho Press, 2019), ‘Total Mobilization: World War II and American Literature’ (University of Chicago Press, 2019), ‘We’re Doomed. Now What? ‘(Soho Press, 2018), ‘War Porn’ (Soho Press, 2016), and ‘Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization’ (City Lights, 2015). He has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Nation, the New Republic, The Baffler, Yale Review, Emergence, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and he co-edited ‘What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future’ (Unnamed Press, 2017) and ‘Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War’ (Da Capo, 2013). Episode Notes: - Learn more about Roy and his work: http://royscranton.net - Read his New York Times op-ed ‘I’ve Said Goodbye to ‘Normal.’ You Should, Too.’: https://nyti.ms/39AFgJE - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Brian Mier: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda & Brazil's Ghosts Of Future Past

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 22:00

    This is a segment of episode #293 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Genocídio: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda & Brazil's Ghosts Of Future Past w/ Brian Mier.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWmier4 Watch the Redfish documentary ‘Dismantling Brazil: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda’: https://youtu.be/_ToGVJ3Zk2I Brian Mier, co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent at teleSUR English, returns to the podcast to detail some of the most prominent and pressing issues facing Brazil today, much of which was documented in the recently released Redfish documentary ‘Dismantling Brazil: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda,’ which he co-produced. So much has happened in Brazilian politics since I interviewed Brian last year, just as the consequences of the pandemic was beginning to press down on us. This interview covers a great deal of the most dramatic and important developments in Brazilian politics since then, including: neo-fascist president Jair Bolsonaro's purposefully negligent and genocidal response to the coronavirus pandemic (https://bit.ly/3fgmKKu); the Bolsonaro family's direct connection to the US Capitol siege on January 6th (https://bit.ly/3sww28Y); the Bolsonaro administration's neoliberal economic agenda since taking office, resituating Brazil as a colonial subject to the United States and Western interests (https://bit.ly/2QDnsag); the ongoing controversy surrounding the Lava Jato investigation (Operation Car Wash) and the US's direct involvement in what was effectively  a "lawfare" coup (https://bit.ly/31pqp0v); and what the future of Brazil looks like now that former president Lula da Silva may run for president again in 2022 after a recent Supreme Court ruling dismissing him of all Lava Jato related charges. (https://bit.ly/31r4O7L) Brian Mier is a writer, geographer and development professional who has lived in Brazil for 22 years. He is a former directorate member of the Fórum Nacional de Reforma Urbana (National Urban Reform Forum), and has lived in São Luis, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He is co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent for teleSur English's news program From the South, and is the author/co-editor with Daniel Hunt of ‘Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil.’ WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #293 | Genocídio: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda & Brazil's Ghosts Of Future Past w/ Brian Mier

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 85:53

    [Intro: 12:34] Brian Mier, co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent at teleSUR English, returns to the podcast to detail some of the most prominent and pressing issues facing Brazil today, much of which was documented in the recently released Redfish documentary ‘Dismantling Brazil: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda,’ which he co-produced. So much has happened in Brazilian politics since I interviewed Brian last year, just as the consequences of the pandemic was beginning to press down on us. This interview covers a great deal of the most dramatic and important developments in Brazilian politics since then, including: neo-fascist president Jair Bolsonaro's purposefully negligent and genocidal response to the coronavirus pandemic (https://bit.ly/3fgmKKu); the Bolsonaro family's direct connection to the US Capitol siege on January 6th (https://bit.ly/3sww28Y); the Bolsonaro administration's neoliberal economic agenda since taking office, resituating Brazil as a colonial subject to the United States and Western interests (https://bit.ly/2QDnsag); the ongoing controversy surrounding the Lava Jato investigation (Operation Car Wash) and the US's direct involvement in what was effectively  a "lawfare" coup (https://bit.ly/31pqp0v); and what the future of Brazil looks like now that former president Lula da Silva may run for president again in 2022 after a recent Supreme Court ruling dismissing him of all Lava Jato related charges. (https://bit.ly/31r4O7L) Brian Mier is a writer, geographer and development professional who has lived in Brazil for 22 years. He is a former directorate member of the Fórum Nacional de Reforma Urbana (National Urban Reform Forum), and has lived in São Luis, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. He is co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent for teleSur English's news program From the South, and is the author/co-editor with Daniel Hunt of ‘Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil.’ Episode Notes: - Learn more about Brian and his work at Brasil Wire and FAIR, and support his work on Patreon: https://www.brasilwire.com/author/brianmier / https://fair.org/author/brian-mier / https://www.patreon.com/BrianMier - Watch the Redfish documentary ‘Dismantling Brazil: Bolsonaro's Neoliberal Agenda’: https://youtu.be/_ToGVJ3Zk2I - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Emma Kathyrn: Wild Witchcraft & Building The Skills To Resist

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2021 11:21

    This is a segment of episode #292 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Reclaiming Ourselves: Resiliency, Magic, & Building The Skills To Resist w/ Emma Kathryn.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWkathryn Purchase Emma’s book ‘Reclaiming Ourselves’ from Gods&Radicals Press: https://abeautifulresistance.org/reclaiming-ourselves Emma Kathryn, author of ‘Reclaiming Ourselves’ from Gods&Radicals Press, joins me to discuss her writings exploring the practical steps we all can take to reclaim basic skill sets, such as foraging, cooking, folk medicine, and witchcraft. A large part of this discussion focuses around the steps we all can take to exert more personal autonomy and cultivate lasting connection to the land, the food we eat, our bodies, and the more-than-human world, and how this is crucial in reclaiming ourselves, building resiliency, and resisting the logic of capitalism. Emma also digs into the magical traditions she practices, in particular Obeah, which includes digging into the history of this spiritual tradition and how this interconnects with her broader work. Emma Kathryn practices traditional British witchcraft, Vodou and Obeah, a mixture representing her heritage. She lives in the sticks with her family where she reads tarot, practices witchcraft and drink copious amounts of coffee. She is a regular contributor at Gods&Radicals Press, The House of Twigs, and Witch Way Magazine. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    #292 | Reclaiming Ourselves: Resiliency, Magic, & Building The Skills To Resist w/ Emma Kathryn

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 84:19

    [Intro: 13:27] Emma Kathryn, author of ‘Reclaiming Ourselves’ from Gods&Radicals Press, joins me to discuss her writings exploring the practical steps we all can take to reclaim basic skill sets, such as foraging, cooking, folk medicine, and witchcraft. A large part of this discussion focuses around the steps we all can take to exert more personal autonomy and cultivate lasting connection to the land, the food we eat, our bodies, and the more-than-human world, and how this is crucial in reclaiming ourselves, building resiliency, and resisting the logic of capitalism. Emma also digs into the magical traditions she practices, in particular Obeah, which includes digging into the history of this spiritual tradition and how this interconnects with her broader work. Emma Kathryn practices traditional British witchcraft, Vodou and Obeah, a mixture representing her heritage. She lives in the sticks with her family where she reads tarot, practices witchcraft and drink copious amounts of coffee. She is a regular contributor at Gods&Radicals Press, The House of Twigs, and Witch Way Magazine. Episode Notes: - Learn more about Emma and her work: https://emmakathrynwildwitchcraft.com - Purchase her book ‘Reclaiming Ourselves’ from Gods&Radicals Press: https://abeautifulresistance.org/reclaiming-ourselves - The music featured is by Waxie: https://waxiemusiclibrary.com WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

    Kristen Ghodsee: Red Nostalgia & Arguments For Economic Independence

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 16:03

    This is a segment of episode #291 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Red Nostalgia: Post-Soviet Europe & Arguments For Economic Independence w/ Kristen Ghodsee.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWghodsee Learn more about Prof. Ghodsee’s work: https://kristenghodsee.com Kristen Ghodsee, professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, joins me to discuss her work and lived experience researching the collapse of the Soviet Union and state socialism in Eastern Europe, the immediate and long-term impacts this event had on those that previously lived under those regimes, and how the rapid privatization and the imposition of capitalism impacted their lives in the decades thereafter.  As documented in her 2018 book ‘Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence,’ Prof. Ghodsee discusses how state socialism, with all of its glaring issues, provided a certain measure of economic independence — positively impacting the interpersonal and intimate relationships for those that lived under it. She compares how this contrasts with life under capitalism contemporarily, both in Eastern Europe and in the West.   Kristen R. Ghodsee is the author of eight books on gender, socialism, and postsocialism, examining the everyday experiences of upheaval and displacement that continue to haunt the former Eastern Bloc to this day. Most recently, she is the author of ‘Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence’ and the soon-to-be-published ‘Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions’ co-authored with Mitchell Orenstein. She is a lover of basset hounds, an avid collector of manual typewriters, and the host of the podcast A.K. 47 - Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai. WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/lastborninthewilderness DONATE: https://www.paypal.me/lastbornpodcast / https://venmo.com/LastBornPodcast BOOK: http://bit.ly/ORBITgr ATTACK & DETHRONE: https://anchor.fm/adgodcast DROP ME A LINE: Call (208) 918-2837 or http://bit.ly/LBWfiledrop EVERYTHING ELSE: https://linktr.ee/patterns.of.behavior

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