Utopia for realists

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is one of those ideas that has divided public opinion into two opposing camps: Those who think it would result in disaster, as humans cannot be trusted. The other camp feels that a UBI would be liberating, allowing people to concentrate on the important things in life, not just earning a living. Rutger Bregman is a writer, widely acclaimed for his book, Utopia for Realists. In it, he champions Universal Basic Income and a 15 hour work week. So, we went to the Netherlands to ask him if the time for these ideas has arrived.

HBOS, KPMG & FRC: a trio mired in scandal

How much credence can shareholders of public companies safely attach to financial statements that carry a “true and fair” imprimatur from their auditors? Big-4 firms hold the lion’s share of public company audit appointments, yet they are regularly found to have issued “clean” reports on accounts that grossly misrepresent the results and financial position of client companies, causing severe damage to shareholders’ interests.

Neoliberalism – the force isn’t with you – teaser:

Paul Verhaeghe is a Belgian author and professor of psychology and psychoanalysis who claims that social change has led to a sort of ‘psychic crisis’ that has altered the way we think about ourselves. Implicit in the neoliberal doctrine is the introduction of shame, and obsession with professional achievement. Verhaeghe joins us on the show to discuss the problems with the way we interpret success and failure. Tune into Renegade Inc on RTUK on Monday the 22nd of January at 7.30am, 1.30pm, 6.30pm and 11:30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

Green washing and the psychology of climate change denial

When it comes to climate change, corporations and governments are cynically exploiting the space between public perception and scientific fact. We’re being lulled into a false sense of security that climate change is a problem for the future, rather than an urgent that must be addressed in order for the species to secure its long-term future.