Are the Kids Alright?

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The days of the job for life, gold watch and a long and comfortable retirement are long gone. Ironically, today’s Western curriculum, which has barely changed for a century, continues to prepare pupils for a standardized world. How does a stagnating education system reinvent itself to equip students to solve new problems and prepare them for a workplace that doesn’t yet exist? Ross Ashcroft is joined by the chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, and educator and writer Graham Brown-Martin.

The student debt bomb

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Out of all the arguments and excuses that people manufacture to justify the financialisation of society, the most difficult one to accept is that creating a market in education is the only way it can be funded. This view becomes even harder to justify when it is promoted by a generation of people who benefited from free further education. As many of that generation are now drawing their triple-lock pensions, a younger generation of students are being lumbered with eye-watering amounts of debt, which begs a very simple question: why have British politicians turned the classroom into an asset class?

J is for Junk Economics

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“Economics has failed,” is a phrase that is becoming more common by the day, the result of the current economic paradigm of neoliberalism. But economist, Professor Michael Hudson says economics has not failed it all. It is working perfectly well, according to the rules upon which it has been set. On this week’s episode of Renegade Inc, we explore the cover story of neoliberal economics.

Aid programs keeping countries in poverty

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For every dollar of aid poor countries receive, they lose 10 dollars to multinational tax havens. They pay around $200 billion per year in debt service to banks in rich countries. Writer and anthropologist, Jason Hickel whose book, ‘The Divide’, debunks the myths around inequality and poverty, joined co-founder and presenter Ross Ashcroft on this week’s episode of Renegade Inc to discuss why aid programs are deliberately keeping 60% of the world’s population in poverty.

Money Markets: Who’s Pulling the Strings?

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Central banks are meddling behind the scenes, artificially reflating companies that have not ever made a penny of profit, floating for eye-watering sums. When everybody is thinking the same thing, it is likely that no one is really thinking at all. Co-founder and presenter, Ross Ashcroft interviews investor, hedge fund manager and author of Planet Ponzi, Mitch Feierstein.

Creating Freedom

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In his latest book, ‘Creating Freedom,’ Raoul Martinez poses a fundamental question: ‘How can we be free if we can’t control the forces that shape us?’ Ross Ashcroft is joined by Martinez to answer this very question, how he sees society today and how we can start putting people and planet before profit and power.

Labour 2.0

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Jeremy Corbyn can win leadership contests, seats from the Tories, and British hearts and minds with barely any MSM help. The 2017 snap general election was clear – the British electorate trusts Jeremy Corbyn and no longer wants Blairite politicians who change their ‘principles’ to what they think the public want to hear. Where to […]

Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?

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With house prices dropping, anemic growth and terrible productivity figures, it seems that developed economies are heading toward another financial fallout – having not yet paid for the last one. On this show from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, we ask whether we are heading towards another crisis, and if so, what can be done about it? […]