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THE  NUCLEAR THREAT - RAW THOUGHT

THE NUCLEAR THREAT - RAW THOUGHT

May 8, 2022

In this podcast, we jump off from the new that the German Government has advised its citizens to stockpile ten days worth of food and water. The discussion naturally broadens to considerations of propaganda, the power and influence of the military industrial complex and big oil, the mentality of military thinkers and the lessons to be derived from the cold war. [Patrons only. 37 minutes.]

LAO TZU 47

LAO TZU 47

May 5, 2022

In this podcast, we reflect of Chapter 60 of The Tao Te Ching in which Lao Tzu recommends a light touch on the part of rulers if destructivity is to be minimised in society. A light touch is possible when rulers and / or their advisors are aligned with the Tao and the processes of existence and life as they act through human beings. We relate Lao Tzu's recommendations to our current political state and the ever present realisation that governments do bad things even whilst some collective focus is necessary for our species survival. We examine variations on this insight found in neoliberal economic thought, Marxism and the anarchism. [Free. 36 minutes.]

LAO TZU 46

LAO TZU 46

April 20, 2022

In this podcast we consider Chapter 59 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. This deals with the theme of simplicity of being as being at the heart of both meditation and the leadership qualities of the sage.  [Free.  16 minutes.]

UKRAINE & THE FOG OF WAR 3 - INTERESTING TIMES 52

UKRAINE & THE FOG OF WAR 3 - INTERESTING TIMES 52

April 2, 2022

In this podcast, I continue with an analysis of the war in Ukraine. The focus in this episode is mainly on events in the Maidan Square, Kyiv in 2014 and on the fallout that that event may have had in relation to the current war.  I draw out some general themes, particularly on the character of large scale civil unrest and the relationship between larger geopolitical context and current events. [Free. 1 hour 1 minute.]  

UKRAINE & THE FOG OF WAR 1 - INTERESTING TIMES 50

UKRAINE & THE FOG OF WAR 1 - INTERESTING TIMES 50

March 1, 2022

This episode of Interesting Times considers the war in Ukraine and the informational fog around it. I pay particular attention to the proceedings of the United Nations Security Council and the address to the European Parliament given by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. I also briefly engage with views as diverse as those of Republican  military man Col Larry Wilkerson and radical journalist Ben Norton. Further episodes to follow on the history of the region and analyses of the public discourses in circulation. [Free. 29 minutes.]

PARYTYGATE - INTERESTING TIMES 48

PARYTYGATE - INTERESTING TIMES 48

January 13, 2022

This podcast is a stream of consciousness stimulated by the current discomfort of the Tory Party and its leader in the wake of partygate.  [Free. 22 minutes]

TORY BY- ELECTION TROUNCING - INTERESTING TIMES 46

TORY BY- ELECTION TROUNCING - INTERESTING TIMES 46

December 17, 2021

In this podcast, we discuss the various ramifications of the Tory loss of a 23k majority in a seat they have held since 1832 in yesterday's by-election brought about by the resignation of Owen Patterson. [Patterson's resignation is described and analysed in our podcast Interesting Times 41.] We enjoy a little Schadenfreude  as we proceed. [Free. 30 minutes.]

SCHRODINGER‘S PARTY - INTERESTING TIMES 44

SCHRODINGER‘S PARTY - INTERESTING TIMES 44

December 9, 2021

In this podcast we consider the infamous party which both happened and didn't happen at the same time at 10 Downing Street on December 18th 2020. If it did happen [even though it didn't], a number of government ministers are ready to reassure the public that no COVID19 lock-down rules were broken with comical results. We examine the context of this spooky event in a cabal of government-right wing press connections, in the leaking of a video of the PM's press spokeswoman rehearsing how she might spin awkward questions about the event,  in Johnson's apology to the Commons, and in the general propaganda system within which our ruling elites operate. We appraise the possibility that this shit storm may have cut through to the public consciousness. [Free. 43 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.]

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