Found 10 posts tagged 'British Government'
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
February 4, 2017
Nick Duffell discusses his book Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege – A Guide to Therapeutic Work with Boarding School Survivors. The book uses the term ‘survivors’ because the effect on adults of being sent away to board in childhood and the problems associated with boarding, although downplayed and even denied, can be emotionally and psychologically devastating. From predominantly upper and upper middle class families, achievements in boarder’s professional lives – in business, politics, or some combination thereof – marginalize and all too often destroy their personal lives, particularly their intimate relationships. Unfortunately, they often end up in positions of power and influence.
January 9, 2017
Jim Hoggan discusses his book I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up. Today, we are ‘sick of politics’, weary of personal attacks taking the place of real debate, and numb to the lies of those in power because ‘everyone’s doing it’. From politics to so-called entertainment, everything seems to be about conflict and confrontation. We appear addicted to negativity. It is said that we are living in a ‘post-truth’ era where facts don’t matter and the line between real and fake news is steadily dissolving. Infantilization and political correctness stifle critical thought and even our fundamental ability to reason. The very meaning of words has become fluid and language limited in an Orwellian pincer movement. Cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias keep us trapped in bubbles of wishful thinking, unable to face or even acknowledge the converging crises facing the world in the early part of the 21st Century. We suffer from information overload and yet millions are poorly informed. Worse still, this dumbing down looks deliberate. But if indeed it is being orchestrated, who – or what – is doing it, and why?
British Government, climate change, cognitive dissonance, consumerism, corporate control, corporate state, mainstream media manipulation, politics, popular culture, propaganda, psychology, social media
July 12, 2016
The recent Brexit referendum in the UK was never meant to happen. The result of a miscalculated attempt by former British Prime Minister David Cameron to neutralize the right wing UK Independence Party, Brexit has plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis. While 48% of the electorate voted for the UK to remain within the European Union, 52% voted to leave. As a result, the country is now deeply divided, and the rancour of a bitterly fought campaign has merely intensified since the outcome became clear. The total lack of planning for a vote to quit the EU is also starkly evident in the chaotic in-fighting and back-stabbing that has marred the political aftermath. So just how did this unintended mayhem come about?
Brexit, British Government, climate change, collapse of society, corporate control, corporate state, economics, energy crisis, European Union, John Michael Greer, mainstream media manipulation, politics
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.
August 29, 2014
Nick Duffell discusses his book Wounded Leaders: British Elitism and the Entitlement Illusion. In an age when America elected its first black president and the Middle East stirred with popular uprising, Britons were again content to elect the products of their elitist Public Schools. But, their grooming for power aside, does such an education produce excellence – or expertise in self-deception and duplicity? The early 21st Century gives us some clues. Tony Blair maintained his façade of inner conviction but lost the nation through blind allegiance to the Establishment. David Cameron let his boyish mask of caring sincerity slip to reveal a bully’s attitude beneath his meritocratic pretence. A bicycle in Downing Street highlighted a deep-seated problem in Britain: a divided society caught in the enduring trance of the Entitlement Illusion.
July 11, 2014
John Michael Greer discusses his book Decline and Fall: The End of Empire and the Future of Democracy in 21st Century America. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” Although he was writing nearly a century ago, William Butler Yeats could just as easily be describing the United States today. The decline and fall of America’s global empire is the central feature of today’s geopolitical landscape, and the nature of our response to it will determine much of our future trajectory, with implications that reach far beyond the limits of one nation’s borders.
barack obama, British Government, cognitive dissonance, collapse of society, consumerism, currency collapse, depopulation, energy crisis, Federal Reserve, fracking, globalization, gold, hydraulic fracturing, John Michael Greer, peak oil, police state, quantitative easing, sustainability, transition movement
September 20, 2013
Philip Coggan discusses his book Money, Debt and the New World Order. In today’s financial climate, we are all, naturally, obsessed by debt. In almost every aspect of our life we experience it – on our credit cards, mortgages, bank loans and student loans. But where has this debt come from? How does it work? What is any money really worth? And what promises do we need to believe to keep the whole system afloat?
June 27, 2013
Dr. Malcolm Torry discusses his new book Money For Everyone – Why We Need A Citizen’s Income. Due to government cuts, the benefits system in the UK is currently a hot topic. In this timely book, a Citizen’s Income (sometimes called a Basic Income) is defined as an unconditional, non-withdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. Money for Everyone is the first book for over a decade to analyse the social, economic and labour market advantages of a Citizen’s Income. It demonstrates that it would be simple and cheap to administer, would reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom and would be good for the economy, social cohesion, families, and the employment market.