#154 | Another End Of The World Is Possible w/ Dahr Jamail & Dr. Bones

This two-part live podcast features interviews with awarding-winning environmental journalist Dahr Jamail and gonzo journalist, conjurer, and political theorist Dr. Bones. This event was live-streamed and recorded in front of a live audience on October 28th, 2018 at the abandoned Idaho Youth Ranch building on Main Ave in Twin Falls, Idaho. Along with live interviews, this event also featured a question and answer session after each respective interview for those participating in-person and for those participating through the live-stream of the event.

Part One

In this discussion with award-winning environmental journalist Dahr Jamail, we begin by addressing the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I ask Dahr unpack the data and projections regarding anthropogenic climate change presented in the report, with Dahr noting that the report excludes much of the more recent and varied data regarding the non-linear, exponential change inherent in abrupt climate disruption as a result of human industrial activity over the past several centuries. The direct implication inherent in the information Dahr presents in his work regarding the global climate crisis points to the very likely inability for the human species to adapt to the rapid change relating to abrupt climate disruption, in great part due to the growing inability to grow food at scale, wide-spread conflict and resource depletion, catastrophic weather change and dramatic sea-level rise inundating coastal cities, as well as other wide-spread changes relating to abrupt climate disruption.

How can we begin to grapple with implications of this information? In the face of the likely near-term extinction of the human species, what meaningful actions can we engage in this time we find ourselves in? We discuss this and more in the episode.

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who regularly reports on climate disruption and environmental issues for the online publication Truthout. Prior to his work reporting on environmental issues, Dahr was one of only a few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the US led invasion in 2003. Dahr is the author of multiple books, including the upcoming book ‘The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption,’ set for release January 2019.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Dahr and his upcoming book ‘The End of Ice’ at his website: http://www.dahrjamail.net

- Dahr writes regularly for Truthout: http://bit.ly/DJtruthout

Part Two

In this discussion with gonzo journalist, conjurer, and political theorist Dr. Bones, we begin by discussing right-wing media personality Alex Jones and his mention of Dr. Bones and ‘The Guillotine’ podcast on InfoWars, in which Jones quotes a tweet sent out by Bones regarding militant leftist organizing in the face of rising far right violence within the United States. We discuss the recent uptick of far right violence over the past several weeks, including the assault of antifascist protesters by the Proud Boys, a far right gang founded by Gavin McInnis, following an event featuring a talk by McInnis at the Metropolitan Republican Club in New Yorks City. We also touch on other examples of right-wing violence, including the string of pipe bombs sent by the “MAGAbomber,” the recent mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, as well as the recent election of far right political candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.

Continuing with the theme of this event, we fit the global rise of far right violence within the larger ecological crisis currently underway on our planet. What role can mutual aid and militant organizing play in adapting to the rapidly disintegrating life systems of the planet, in particular as societies around the globe move toward more regressive, oppressive, and violent political ideologies and organizations in the face of these massive changes currently underway? We get into this subject, and more, in this episode.

Dr. Bones is a gonzo journalist, political theorist, and conjurer who believes “true individuality can only flourish when the means of existence are shared by all.” A Florida native and Hoodoo practitioner, he summons pure vitriol, straight narrative, and sorcerous wisdom into a potent blend of poltergasmic politics and gonzo journalism. Bones is the author of ‘Curse Your Boss, Hex the State, Take Back the World,’ the co-host of the The Guillotine podcast, and regularly writes for Gods & Radicals Press — a site of beautiful resistance.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Dr. Bones and his work at his website: https://theconjurehouse.com

- Dr. Bones writes regularly for Gods & Radicals Press: https://godsandradicals.org

- Dr. Bones is the co-host of The Guillotine podcast. Listen and subscribe: https://theguillotinepodcast.libsyn.com

This event was recorded and co-organized by Jordan Thornquest and Chase Chandler. Special thanks to video blogger Arnel Culum for covering the event — featured in the video ‘Another Earth Is Coming’: https://youtu.be/taMuARpHYrc