Found 7 posts tagged 'Andy Duncan'
June 1, 2017
Andy Duncan discusses the 2017 UK General Election and the wider political and economic scene past, present and future.
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Like many political systems around the world, UK politics is deeply divided and in a growing state of disarray. Many feel that voting today has become all but irrelevant and in future may, at best, achieve little more than cementing a series of conflict-ridden coalitions. At worst, the current schizophrenic state of paralysis and upheaval may trigger the rise of a party – perhaps as yet unknown – of the ultra-extreme right or left.
In the face of enormous global challenges – in energy, economy, and environment in particular – we hear little from the political class beyond predictable, pie-in-the-sky promises and empty rhetoric about values, aspirations, and hard working families. And yet many citizens still believe that their vote actually counts for something when in the vast majority of cases it rarely – if ever – makes any real difference to anything. Who can blame them? We have long surrendered our sovereign status and personal agency to a kleptocratic elite obsessed with power, wealth, and self-aggrandisement. Now, entire generations know nothing else.
We explore these and other related issues including why the differences between the main political parties are disappearing, where we are headed if things continue as they are, and how the global financial crisis of 2007/8 – which was not allowed to run its rightful course – is coming back to bite us – hard. In a system where voters can see no real alternatives and increasingly resign themselves to disillusion and apathy, what will so-called representative democracy and indeed industrial civilization itself look like in the coming decades?
Previous interviews with Andy Duncan:
Democracy – The God That Failed
The Myths and Mysteries of Modern Money
Independence for Scotland?
The Alternative 2015 UK Election Special
A Greek Tragedy: Bankers, Bailouts and Bureaucracy
Anarcho-Capitalism, Andy Duncan, Austrian Economics, Brexit, British Government, economics, energy crisis, European Union, globalization, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, political correctness, politics, propaganda, Socialism
May 11, 2016
Andy Duncan discusses the forthcoming EU Referendum and related issues. On Thursday, June 23, 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom will vote on whether or not to remain part of the European Union. The United Kingdom’s membership of the EU was achieved in several discreet although ultimately orchestrated stages. Since the formation of the European Economic Community in 1958 which later morphed into the European Union itself in 1993, the entire scheme has seen ever deepening integration and interdependence between an increasing number of member countries, with the UK itself joining in 1973. Its restlessly expansive aims and ambitions were divisive then and they remain so today, arguably more than ever.
Anarcho-Capitalism, Andy Duncan, Austrian Economics, Brexit, currency collapse, economics, European Union, gold, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, politics, propaganda, quantitative easing, sound money
July 28, 2015
Andy Duncan discusses the Greek financial crisis and problems which threaten to engulf the entire European Union. Greece is currently mired in debt, but it is not alone. To some extent, all the countries of the European Union – like most nations worldwide – are running unsustainable deficits. Those countries that also have the Euro as their currency are in even deeper trouble. Greece and the rest of the so-called P.I.G.S. – Portugal, Ireland and Spain – are merely the tip of the iceberg. If Greece were to exit the Euro, it would be the first major sign of the entire project shifting into reverse, and the ideologues behind the scheme cannot allow this to happen. If Greece goes, others will surely follow. The true nature of the European Union as a purely political construct is being revealed.
Anarcho-Capitalism, Andy Duncan, Austrian Economics, Bank of England, corporate control, corporate state, currency collapse, European Union, gold, Individual Freedom, police state, quantitative easing, silver, Socialism, sound money
April 27, 2015
Andy Duncan discusses the 2015 UK General Election and the wider political scene past, present and future. Like many political systems around the world, UK politics is deeply divided and in a growing state of disarray. Many feel that voting in the UK today has become all but irrelevant, and in future may achieve little more than cementing a series of incoherent, toothless and conflict-ridden coalitions. In the face of enormous challenges, we get little from the political class beyond predictable, undeliverable policy promises and outright bribes for special interest groups during arguably the most unpredictable UK election of the modern age. And yet many citizens still believe that their vote actually counts for something when in the vast majority of cases it rarely – if ever – makes any difference to anything.
Anarcho-Capitalism, Andy Duncan, Austrian Economics, Bank of England, British Government, currency collapse, European Union, globalization, Individual Freedom, mainstream media manipulation, political correctness, propaganda, quantitative easing, Socialism, sound money, World Government
September 4, 2014
Andy Duncan discusses the forthcoming Scottish Independence Referendum taking place on Thursday, 18 September, 2014. The prospect of Scotland breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom has always been controversial and divisive. For every argument in favour of such a move, there has been a counter argument warning of the dangers of secession. Debates about what currency an independent Scotland would use, how it would pay its bills, which army would defend it, and whether it could – or should – become a member of the European Union have raged constantly, now kicked into high gear as the referendum itself draws near.
December 19, 2012
Andy Duncan on the myths and mysteries of modern money. Austerity, bailouts, base rates, interest rates, LIBOR rates, deficit, default, derivatives, inflation, deflation, stagflation, negative equity, negative growth, quantitative easing, stimulus – just what on earth does it all mean? Does today’s financial and economic news leave you bored, bamboozled, apathetic or even angry? Can’t bear to hear any more bull about bulls and bears?
April 4, 2012
Andy Duncan on the ideas contained in Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s book Democracy – The God That Failed, a radical debunking of the political system widely considered to be the best framework that society has developed around which to structure itself. Democracy and democratic ideals are being aggressively exported worldwide by the US and its allies, but in reality, democracy itself may be leading us to disaster.