Crazy Town 88. Escaping Imperialism: Where Does Darth Vader Get His Lithium?

Perhaps no community has undergone more versions of imperialism than the tiny island nation of Nauru, which has morphed from being “Pleasant Island” to the mined-out home of offshore banks, discarded refugees, and deep sea mining interests. Jason, Rob, and Asher take a bad trip to wrap their heads around Nauru, the topic of “psychedelic imperialism,” and imperialism’s new frontier – the clean energy transition.

Crazy Town 85. Escaping Globalism: Rebuilding the Local Economy One Pig Thyroid at a Time

From the top of a skyscraper in Dubai, Jason, Rob, and Asher chug margaritas made from the purest Greenland glacier ice as they cover the “merits” of globalism. International trade brings so many things, like murder hornets and deadly supply chain disruptions. The opposite of globalism is localism — learn how to build a secure local economy that can keep Asher alive, hopefully at least through the end of the season.

Crazy Town 84.  Escaping Technologyism: Dreams of AI Sheep and the Deadliest Word in Film History

Modern humans have a Stockholm Syndrome relationship to technology, which has kidnapped us while convincing us it has our best interests in mind. But when one looks back at the history of plastics or the current frenzy around AI, it isn’t hard to see the insanity of doubling down on new technology to save us from previous technology.

Crazy Town 83. Escaping Speedism: How to Slow Down and Enjoy the Collapse

Consult your inner tortoise to find novel ways of slowing down and living the good life. In a world haunted by just-in-time delivery, hyperactive business, accelerating environmental calamities, and metric tons of stress, Jason, Rob, and Asher work at a fast and furious pace to savor the moments, because there aren’t many left.

Crazy Town 82. Escaping Urbanism: Green Acres, Climate Migration, and the End of the Megacity

Did a whimsical 1960s TV sitcom presage climate migration and a reversal of urban growth? We’re not calling for a Godzilla-esque teardown of cities, but climate change is forcing a serious urban rethink. Jason, Rob, and Asher offer visions of better infrastructure, policies, and culture that you can embrace, even if your home is in the city.

Crazy Town 81. Escaping Consumerism: Why Crocheted Codpieces Are the Perfect Antidote to Fast Fashion

If American consumers ever come up for air under the pile of crap in their storage units, they find themselves face to face with a materialistic hellscape of megastores, McMansions, endless fleets of delivery trucks, and evil hordes of targeted ads. But help is on the way. Jason, Rob, and Asher present ideas for shaping up a world beyond consumerism.

Crazy Town 80. Escaping Industrialism: How to Avoid Pancakes on a Stick and Other “Miracles” of the Industrial Age

Jason, Rob, and Asher take a tour of New Caledonia, California’s Central Valley, Bhutan, and Cuba to uncover the ins and outs of industrialism, especially as it has been applied to agriculture. Along the way they riff on how the hell we can escape from an -ism that completely engulfs us.

Crazy Town 79. Escape Routes: Let’s Get the F**k out of Crazy Town

Escape Routes! That’s the theme of the sixth season of Crazy Town. We’re exploring how to escape industrialism, consumerism, globalism, capitalism, and all the other -isms that are causing a polycrisis of environmental and social breakdown. Most of all, Jason, Rob, and Asher are looking to maintain their sense of humor while escaping fatalism and finding meaningful ways to avoid collapse.