Digital is killing democracy

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When talking about the internet, we like to assume it is a powerful utility that enhances democracy. But instead of improving our understanding and informing our political choices, social networks and social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech. Electorates across the world are being manipulated by tech monopolies that are collating our data and using it to appeal to our prejudices. In short, digital is killing democracy. We went to the Netherlands to meet André Krouwel, a political scientist who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media.

Neoliberalism: The force isn’t with you…

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Paul Verhaeghe, professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, claims we live in an extremely controlling society, where authority has all but disappeared, lapsing into brute force. He says the neoliberal economic order has changed us for the worse, that change cannot be left to the so-called ‘free market’, and that we ourselves must take the first steps towards creating a new social order.

What to Expect in 2018

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On this week’s show the economist Steve Keen, the anthropologist and writer David Graeber and the political economists Ann Pettifor and Robert Wade are here to discuss the megatrends that’ll affect the world this year.

Universal Basic Income – Utopian or Real? Teaser

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Rutger Bregman is a writer who is widely acclaimed for his book Utopia for Realists. In it, he champions universal basic income and a fifteen-hour work week. On this week’s show we travel to The Netherlands to ask him if the time for these ideas has arrived… 

Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

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As move on from a turbulent year we look back to those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017, by teaching us, the things we didn’t know, we didn’t know.

Road from Damascus

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The central thrust of right wing media is that refugees leave their home countries for an economic advantage in another. Sadly, some people fall for these simplistic headlines which play hard into reinforcing far right or xenophobic tendencies. But this media treatment glosses over subtle, complicated, often intricate stories that are unique to each displaced human being. Meet Jay Assad, Syrian refugee and the founder of The Refugee Company and Startup Kitchen. He joins us on the show to discuss why he fled for a new life and business in the Netherlands and how to build better refugee programs and economic systems that prevent the further fracturing of Europe.

White Collar Crime – Mind the Gap

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, UK authorities have been absolutely toothless when it comes to prosecuting bankers who’ve broken the law. Is it simple incompetence? Or is our regulatory system designed so that victims fall through the gaps, while banks are permitted to operate above the law. Joining us this week is former Met Detective and victim of RBS GRG’s long-running scheme to defraud its SME customers, Andy Keats, and researcher & campaigner, Joel Benjamin.

The tide has turned

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Never before has there been more important time to figure out what effective corporate, political and creative leadership really looks like. But often the conversation doesn’t get over the binary debate about gender. How do we begin to change the narrative and have a smarter conversation about leadership and culture that allows men and women to work together to ensure that our institutions politics and arts are fit for the 21st Century? Joining us in the discussion is aviator, Tracy Curtis-Taylor, and Chief Creative officer at Mr President, Laura Jordan-Bambach.