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.

Digital is killing democracy: teaser

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Coming up this week, we talk to political scientist, André Krouwel about the revolution the internet has failed to bring about, and how inequality is being exacerbated by our tax systems. Tune into Renegade Inc. on RTUK, on Monday the 5th of February at 7.30am, 1.30pm, and 6.30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

Profits or policing?

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One thing Theresa May will be remembered for is her treatment of the British police. As Home Secretary, Mrs May brutally cut more than a fifth of all funding to police forces. The unofficial dictat was that the police should do more with less, a mystifying statement that almost guarantees a demoralised and thus compliant workforce. So is this what she wanted? Or was there another motive to this act? A political move maybe, that would begin the privatisation of Britain’s police force.

Profits or policing: teaser

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Coming up this week on Renegade Inc we explore the ramifications of the privatisation of public services, up to and including the police force. Tune into Renegade Inc on Monday the 29th of January at 7.30am, 1.30pm, and 6.30pm, or stay glued to the website for upcoming episodes.

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.

Universal Basic Income – Utopian or Real?

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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.

Universal Basic Income: animation

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In Finland, income security is guaranteed to everyone. The Finnish government launched a basic income experiment in 2017 in a bid to simplify its social security system and provide stronger incentives for finding work. Up to 2000 people between 25-58 were chosen at random to participate in the trial. Watch this short video to find out how it works.

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

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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.