First time poster here! I’m a big fan of the podcast…I discovered it a couple of months ago by literally searching, “collapse of civilization” on my iPhone podcast app (the US election did something to me I have to confess). I have to say that it is so refreshing to hear people who are genuine free thinkers. I sometimes feel like I’m the only sane person among my friends and family (together they encompass both political extremes) – you guys are an escape!
I thought you all would be interested in an Adam Curtis documentary I came across recently called “HyperNormalization”. It basically goes through how we, as a society, have given up on the larger “complex world” and have retreated into a virtual “fake world” – both socially and politically. It is extremely relevant – it came out in October 2016. Here is a wikipedia synopsis:
The term “hypernormalisation” is taken from Alexei Yurchak’s 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed. A professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, he argues that everyone knew the system was failing, but as no one could imagine any alternative to the status quo, politicians and citizens were resigned to maintaining a pretence of a functioning society. Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the “fakeness” was accepted by everyone as real, an effect which Yurchak termed “hypernormalisation”.
A bit grim I’ll admit, but I think it encapsulates where America could potentially head towards. As someone who aligns with the left more than anything (I’m like Adam I guess), I really think it takes conspiracy, philosophy, UFOs, history, political controversy, technology, religion, etc. and throws them into a cooking pot to produce a weird concoction.
Anyway, keep up the good work John and Adam. To a healthy and weird 2017!