It was a beautiful, massive, tremendous, success. Nah, just kidding. Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech was a mess — and the frequent bursts into resounding applause were enough to make any tinpot dictator envious. Danielle Ryan shares the delights…
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.
Newsweek’s latest cover has screamed some truly alarming news at its readers: “PUTIN is PREPARING for WORLD WAR III…YEAH, THAT’S BAD NEWS.” Scary stuff, indeed. Well, let’s skip on inside and see what evidence Newsweek must have to make such a huge claim.
The Big Four tech giants control most of the world’s information flow, drug and food supply. Google and Facebook tried to manipulate the recent presidential election by prioritising, and sometimes burying content altogether. Throughout the history of human civilisation, including periods of ecclesiastical rule, no entity has had as much power to influence and control the social and political ideals of billions of people with zero oversight or regulation as these tech giants. Democracy’s only hope is for Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter to be broken up and regulated.
NATO wants Europe to upgrade its roads, bridges and rail networks. Not because of dilapidated infrastructure, or to make it easier for people to travel across the continent – let alone their own countries – but so they can handle the weight of its heavy tanks and military equipment for what it deems an inevitable invasion of Russia. Though it has yet to commit a single crime, up to 10,000 NATO troops have amassed on Russia’s border states, in lieu of a war that hasn’t happened yet.