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Mar 23, 2010

In our second interview with Chris Martenson since we've begun this podcast we discuss Chris' recent travels; foreign and abroad. I ask Chris questions such as 'what new perspectives have you gained?' and 'what were the objections you faced?'. Chris also recalls the experience of giving his shortened Crash Course presentation to academia types at the London School of Economic, a place that Chris describes as the 'lions den' of economics.

We also find out exactly what Chris is doing in his personal life to prepare for a world that is full of uncertainty. So download the podcast, upload it to your MP3 device and enjoy the interview while you plant those tomato seeds!


ten and a half years ago

I don't rembmeer that day, but I seem to rembmeer an ongoing Apryl/Ivy project at one point that a few different people worked on here and there for a while. Maybe that was a different one.(I was out of town a lot then). I sure rembmeer Sespe trips though. So many that they've more or less melded into each other, in my mind. Really, who hikes across high desert mountains in the summer heat for two days to get to a piping hot hot spring? We all did, of course. Remember A, we usually decided to fast, sort of. It was a running theme for Sespe trips. We would bring only oranges and avocados and they would be gone fast. We would be eating them on the way in just to lighten our packs. Then, after such a horrendous hike we would be famished. That one trip we decided to cook cactus. We borrowed pliers from someone who had driven in (in a four wheel drive), and then spent the entire day in the hot sun, taking turns pulling spines out of cactus patties with the pliers. Needless to say we had no gloves. In my mind, all that day I was picturing nopalitos for dinner, the pickled cactus I ate in Mexico as a kid. There's a process to making it and we must of missed a step because when we finally fried them up we ended up with a pan full of slime. We tossed it and bummed a can of soup when we returned the pliers as I recall we ate pretty well during that whole trip just on the cactus story alone.But we always repaired the sauna and worked on the upper (hotter) pool which was a sulfurous slimy mud pit for sure. Wow, I think I'm all slimed out for one story

ten and a half years ago

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almost fourteen years ago

Hi Steve:

I like your Podcasts. Have you considered asking Ralph Nadar to be one of your guests?


P.S. My wife and I just purchased a 72 acre farm in Oregon - for $445k. It has a barn and a dumpy old house, 40 acres of forest and about 25 acres of great agriculture land. We plan to grow organic vegetable crops and position ourselves to feed the future hungry hoards. Kunstler and Oil Drum are our two other favorite sources. We read John Michael Greer too. I\'m 55 and have known all my life that this was coming.


almost fourteen years ago

I\'ve listened to a number of your podcasts and I think you have an enviably simple approach to big topics and genuine concern about the issues.

However, I\'m not a Martenson deciple, and not sure why anyone would be so critically connected to any single figurehead especially one that is selling content, a professed expert at doing so, and features his investment gains front and center in his \"about\" page.

I\'d like Steve for you to cover the topic of income stratification, the idea of meritocracy and the notion of corruption and power.

For instance Chris, judged by merit, is elevated by you and others to a very status. If not monetarily, then at least in terms of leadership--noting that you feel very good giving him money.

The question I wonder is how high? At some point, one\'s high status creates the opportunity for corrupt behaviour. I think that\'s a very defensible position whether or not we contemplate Chris himself as corrupt. Noting as you do, that the money system, politics etc... is essentially corrupt... how do you deal with this when (corruption-inducing) stratification seems a natural outcome of acknowledging merit?

Perhaps I have missed the entire point of this podcast that seems to mix a compassionate and environmentally conscious world view with a rather banal concern for profiteering (or investment gains etc...).

Let me know.

John Ludi
almost fourteen years ago

Hey, I spent three decades screaming at the top of my lungs about resource depletion, environmental degradation, and the inevitable global economic collapse I saw coming...a LOT longer than Chris Martenson did...but I never came up with anything nearly as cool and as far-reaching and comprehensive as the Crash Course...which I have recommended to anyone who will listen to me (all three of them). So the man seriously deserves accolades for reaching a lot of people who would still be clicking the remote otherwise. NO ONE walking around in a human body deserves to be worshiped...or followed without question...but my hat would be off to the man, if I wore hats.

Continued good work on the podcast. Keep it up.