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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART 2b [THE PRESENT]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART 2b [THE PRESENT]

October 23, 2021

In this episode of our series on the possibility of economic collapse in the UK and beyond, we examine the degradation of the ecosphere and its relationship to the economy and culture. [Free. 1 hour 7 minutes.]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART 2a [THE PRESENT]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART 2a [THE PRESENT]

October 19, 2021

In this second episode of our series on economic collapse, we examine a number of current economic crises in the UK and beyond and see if they resonate with what we encountered when examining some historical examples of collapse in Part 1. We focus particularly on the economic aspects of the crises in question. [Free. 1 hour 15 minutes.]

MONEY & TAX IN QUESTION - INTERESTING TIMES 40

MONEY & TAX IN QUESTION - INTERESTING TIMES 40

September 8, 2021

This podcast is a response to two events of the 7th September 2021. These are the beginning of El Salvador's policy to recognise Bitcoin as legal tender and UK PM Johnson's announcement in Parliament of tax measures to ostensibly finance much needed social care provisions. In the second case, rather than getting into the weeds of the actual policy announced by Johnson, the podcast focusses on the way in which certain assumptions about the nature of tax and money are uncritically accepted by politicians, media and economists.  I draw on Stephanie Kelton's The Deficit Myth. [Free. 30 minutes.]

LAO TZU 40

LAO TZU 40

August 26, 2021

This podcast deals with Chapter 40 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. We concentrate on the amazing relevance this chapter has to our current political, economic and spiritual emergencies. In a few short lines, Lao Tzu diagnoses the condition of the working people of his time as subjection to violent and militarily oriented 'robber barons' whilst they themselves are the creators of value and the necessary goods to sustain life. This is exactly our condition too. Lao Tzu offers a meditation to counter the fragmental [non-holistic, non-systemic thinking] which is the ideological counterpart to a kleptocratic economy. [Free. 29 minutes.]

AFGHANISTAN, GEO-POLITICS, HISTORY - INTERESTING TIMES 42

AFGHANISTAN, GEO-POLITICS, HISTORY - INTERESTING TIMES 42

August 21, 2021

This podcast gives our initial take on the recent take over of Afghanistan by the Taliban as US and NATO military withdraw after 20 years of occupation. We place the events in the systemic contexts of geo-politics and history and expose the hypocrisy of UK and US media and politicians who would cease to ally with Saudi Arabia if they really did care and women's emancipation from oppressive regimes. NB don't miss the short in-door addendum at the end. [Free.  34 minutes.]

COVID19 & MENTAL HEALTH

COVID19 & MENTAL HEALTH

July 10, 2021

In this podcast, I examine the mental health consequences of the COVID19 pandemic and their embeddedness in entwined economic, cultural/ideological and ecological systems. [Free. 26 minutes.] 

DEMOCRACY FOR SALE - BOOK REVIEW

DEMOCRACY FOR SALE - BOOK REVIEW

May 3, 2021

In this podcast, I review Peter Georghegan's recent book Democracy for Sale. This book deals with our kleptocratic politics and is well written, rigorously referenced and consequently very useful as an aid to our understanding of our situation. [Free. 29 minutes.]

THE COLD WAR WITH CHINA - INTERESTING TIMES 31

THE COLD WAR WITH CHINA - INTERESTING TIMES 31

April 20, 2021

This podcast deals with economic, military and propaganda aspects of the developing cold war with China. [Free. 1 hour 25 minutes.]

VIOLENCE IN NORTHERN IRELAND - INTERESTING TIMES 30

VIOLENCE IN NORTHERN IRELAND - INTERESTING TIMES 30

April 10, 2021

In this podcast we reflect on the recent violence in Northern Ireland from political, philosophical and psychological angles. [Free. 41 minutes.]

CAN THE LABOUR PARTY SAVE THE WORLD? - INTERESTING TIMES 29

CAN THE LABOUR PARTY SAVE THE WORLD? - INTERESTING TIMES 29

April 5, 2021

In this podcast, we consider the current state of the UK Labour Party. We ask if the party has emancipatory potential in its current incarnation and attempt to estimate the possibilities for the success of a new broad left wing party. We put forward the idea the the UK could do with a constitutional re-jig along the lines being followed in Chile. We also give an estimate of the necessity for extra-institutional activism. [Free. 37 minutes.]

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