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.
If positive social and political change worked top down, we wouldn’t have to make this programme. Sadly, it doesn’t. So at a time when the political class is out of ideas and the corporate class is out of excuses for its behaviour, the job of finding new perspectives and insights and ideas falls to the independent media. As a busy year draws to a close we look back at those people who have inspired and enlightened us in 2017. This is the first of two shows that are a whistle-stop tour around the thinkers, writers, doers and Renegade types we met over the last 12 months.
Given the column-inches devoted to maligning Kim Jong Un as some kind of crazed war-maker, you’d be forgiven for having the impression that North Korea is provoking a potential military conflict in the Asia-Pacific. In reality, America has been trying to provoke war with the country since the 1950s when President Harry S Truman imposed a military dictatorship in South Korea, crippling sanctions on North Korea, and wiping out four million Koreans with napalm and white phosphorus from 1950-53. Don’t be fooled. Tensions with North Korea are entirely of America’s own making.
In the coming months we can expect to witness an increasing number of speeches and articles demonising Iran, along with a growing number of ‘serious incidents’, that will be used to justify reneging on the nuclear deal. The phoney war on Iran has entered a new phase. The Likud party led by Netanyahu, the Trump administration, supported by the Wahhabi backed princeling in Riyadh…have absolutely no interest in collaborative solutions in the Middle East. Their goal is regime change.
Contrary to political group think it was actually access private debt not public debt that brought the economy crashing down. But today private debt is again raging and nobody seems to want to address the issue. On the 10-year-anniversary of the Global Financial Crisis, anthropologist and author, David Graeber and former chairman of the now abolished Financial Services Authority, Lord Turner sits down with co-founder and presenter, Ross Ashcroft, to discuss what is preventing us from talking about the taboo that is Britain’s private debt problem.