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Eric Czuleger: What's...a Country?

Eric Czuleger: What's...a Country?

🎙️ In the latest episode of the URGENT FUTURES, Jesse sits down with Eric Czuleger to talk about countries that don't exist, the future of the nation state, and more.

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My guest today is Eric Czuleger

Eric Czuleger's fascination with travel, history, and politics began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania. After service, he completed his first circle of the globe. Returning to the U.S. he worked as a barista, yoga instructor, intelligence analyst, journalist, and tech storyteller. Eric spent his year of statelessness while completing his MSt in creative writing at Oxford University. He's lived, worked, and traveled through 47 countries and climbed two of the seven summits. Czuleger is the author of Eternal L.A., and Immortal L.A. He is also the writer and reader of the Howl Podcast, which is strange short fiction for a strange short existence.

I met Eric during the “tech storyteller” phase of his career during the NFT boom. Amid what felt like an endless stream of tech-hype, Eric struck me as somebody who had thought deeply about what decentralization and tokenization might enable at a systems level, such as new forms of governance like liquid democracy. Like me, he approached the subject with a mixture of cautious optimism and skepticism of the hype. As it happens, Eric was actually interviewing me for a documentary at the time, but our conversation stayed with me. He’d briefly mentioned some of his other lives, including that he was a writer, which we bonded over. Fast forward a few years and he releases You Are Not Here, one of the more idiosyncratic travelogues you’re liable to read. I was excited about his varied backstory and convergent expertise, so I invited him onto Urgent Futures to get into the question that animated his book: what’s a country?

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Urgent Futures with Jesse Damiani
Welcome to the Urgent Futures Podcast, the show that brings you TOMORROW'S IDEAS TODAY. Each episode, I sit down with leading thinkers for big idea dialogues that clarify the chaos, from culture to the cosmos. Stick around to hear the research, concepts, and questions that animate their approaches to reality.