Part one of two-part conversation with Alison McDowell and Kate Ledogar
Part One: The End-Game of Philanthro-Capitalism (0 – 29 mins)
An ear to conspiracy, new US vaccination laws, saying bye bye to NPR, disparate communities uniting, finding affinities, modeling a different way of being, a culture beyond reform, learning to unlearn, Christopher Alexander, adapting & creating, impositional approach & extractive economy, the urge to fix, blind philanthropy, step-up culture, interrogating structures, the domination doctrine, exposing problems without offering solutions, a multiplicity of reckonings, the role of witness, manufactured poverty, an investment in not knowing, the end-game of philanthro-capitalism.
Part Two: Davos World (29 – 57 mins)
Alison’s recipe for transhumanist dystopia, the plans of industry, wandering into Davos world, sensory networks surveillance, augmented reality, military mother-may-I, contractual engagement, social impact bonds, data-run schools, stakeholder capitalism, managing human capital assets, globalized poverty management, impact=data=surveillance, profit in poverty, controlling basic needs, Blackstone plans for Smart housing, eugenic & breeding the behaviour of the poor, listening to NPR while Rome burns.
Part Three: The Disembodiment Drive (57 mins – end)
Eugenics & biotech, a letter from an ancestor, corporate designs on South America, the crazed aspiration of human beings, the gauntlet of the meritocracy, what drives the psycho-philanthropists, an obsession for engineering, colonization of the body by machine & vice versa, shedding the body, the disembodiment agenda, family Fabians, elitist alcoholics, identifying an ancestral pathogen, undermining the criteria for being human to accelerate the acceptance of AI, globalization 4.0, screen-based labor, disconnected avatars, hologram rights, into the metaverse, Tavistock & identity politics.
Alison’s site, “Wrench in the Gears”
Songs: “Primitive” by Joy Zipper; “Kingdom of Lost Centuries” by A Proper Mob; “Fine” by Federale; “Sad Donkey” by The Mekons.