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TORIES ON THE ROPES? - INTERESTING TIMES 43

TORIES ON THE ROPES? - INTERESTING TIMES 43

November 20, 2021

In the light of the MPs second jobs scandal, we ask, 'How much more will the public put up with?' This leads to questions about the nature of ideology, and the contradictory class consciousness of Tories who make light of in-work poverty and the cutting of Universal Credit on the one hand, and then, on the other hand, plead that MPs need second jobs because they can't discharge their familial duty on £82 per annum! We underscore the point that this current scandal isn't anything fundamentally new, but a symptom of the profound and toxic entanglement of corporate and state power in the UK. [Free. 44 minutes.]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART3 [THE FUTURE]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND - PART3 [THE FUTURE]

November 13, 2021

This podcast continues our series on economic collapse. It considers what the future might involve using the COP26 climate change conference as an indicator and focussing on economic, ecological and cultural systems. [Free. 1 hour 17 minutes.]

TORY SLEAZE - INTERESTING TIMES 41

TORY SLEAZE - INTERESTING TIMES 41

November 5, 2021

In this podcast, we take a look at the resignation of Owen Patterson in the wake of the government U-turn on standards of behaviour for MPs, particularly with respect to paid lobbying. We place this in the context of the gradual turning up of the heat of criticism of Boris Johnson and his cabal by the right wing media and the grooming of Starmer by both Murdoch and the Mail. [Free. 30 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.]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND? - PART 1 [HISTORY]

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IN THE UK & BEYOND? - PART 1 [HISTORY]

October 15, 2021

In this podcast we look at the economic collapses of 1929 and 2008 to see if we can discern any essential features. The point of this broad-brush historical delving is the get an understanding of economic collapse per se and then, in subsequent podcasts, to see if  we are in danger of a similar collapse in the present. [Free. 40 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.]

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.] 

EL-SALVADOR TAKES HISTORIC STEP - INTERESTING TIMES 37

EL-SALVADOR TAKES HISTORIC STEP - INTERESTING TIMES 37

June 10, 2021

In this podcast we examine El Salvador's recent decision to make Bitcoin legal tender. [Free. 28 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.]

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