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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.]

CORRUPTION, AUTHORITARIANISM, NUGATORY OPPOSITION - INTERESTING TIMES 24

CORRUPTION, AUTHORITARIANISM, NUGATORY OPPOSITION - INTERESTING TIMES 24

February 24, 2021

In this podcast, I attempt to discern key revelations brought about by the UK High Court ruling that the government has been in breach of law regarding transparency around contracts for supply of PPE to health and care workers. At least two features of the UK government jump out; it's corruption and its authoritarian ambitions. Though this intervention by the judiciary is welcome, I question if it would be so if the UK was actually a democracy.  Once again, the need for mass activism on a number of fronts recommends itself. [Free. 19 minutes.]

FREUD’S INFLUENCE ON US GOVERNMENT & BUSINESS

FREUD’S INFLUENCE ON US GOVERNMENT & BUSINESS

February 15, 2021

This podcast ranges wide over the uses of Freud's insights for manipulating mass thinking and behaviour on behalf of the state and corporations. We review Adam Curtis' four part documentary  The Century of the Self (2002),  as a way in. There is particular focus on the work of Freud's nephew Bernays, the father of modern PR and advertising and author of Propaganda (1928). We also draw attention to philosophical problems with Freudianism, particularly those noted by Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Though standing alone, the podcast is also groundwork for future podcasts on the psychopathology of fascism.

The Century of the Self available on YouTube. Episode 1- https://youtu.be/DnPmg0R1M04

LOOKING BACK OVER 2020 AND FORWARD TO 2021 - INTERESTING TIMES 19

LOOKING BACK OVER 2020 AND FORWARD TO 2021 - INTERESTING TIMES 19

January 1, 2021

On New Year's Day 2021, we pause to look both backwards and forwards. We identify and discuss four themes: the defeat of Trump and what that means for the global right Internationale, the fragmentation of the left and signs in movements around the world of its incipient re-emergence, the intensifying struggle to control information and particularly the internet, the impact of certain technological developments such as AI and CRISPR. We indicate how these developments are interlocked and how that points towards what is to be done. [Free.  47 minutes.]

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