As readers may know, Lambert and I prefer transcripts since they are much faster to process than listening to videos or podcasts. Chuck L, who also prefers reading, flagged this video:
In most cases I feel the same way and usually will skip watching/listening altogether if there is no transcript. However when I read who was on this panel I was intrigued enough to give it a try, even though it a bit over 2 1/2 hours long. Am I ever glad that I did! Furthermore the discussion is so lively that it’s hard to imagine one would get anywhere nearly as much out of it from just reading it. recommended this video of a panel discussion among John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler, Chris Martenson, Frank Morris, and Dmitry Orlov at a recent Center for Progressive Urban Politics forum.
I’ve gotten a bit more than an hour in and concur with Chuck L’s endorsement. The speakers are engaging and often funny despite their unvarnished take on the state of America’s politics and society. The references range from Thucydides to rebar.
You could skip the first ten minutes, which is the introduction of all the participants. One small sour note occurs when they discuss money and taxes, since the more finance-savvy speakers embrace fiscal orthodoxy. However, they do come around to the more important point that the constraints on spending and growth are physical resources and societal capabilities.
I plan to listen in full and hope you have the time to as well.