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Doug Lain – Capitalism: Is There No Alternative?

May 10, 2017

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Doug Lain discusses some of the ideas in Mark Fisher’s book Capitalist Realism – Is There No Alternative?

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It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. After 1989, capitalism has successfully presented itself as the only realistic political-economic system, a situation that the bank crisis of 2008, far from ending, actually compounded. Fisher’s book analyses the development and principal features of this capitalist realism as the lived experience of our everyday lives. Using examples from politics, film, literature, work and education, it argues that capitalist realism colours all areas of contemporary experience, is anything but realistic, and asks how capitalism and its inconsistencies can be challenged. For Fisher, spiralling rates of poverty, inequality, depression, and disenchantment are warning signs that the system as we know it is in deep trouble.

Capitalist Realism is a scathing critique of the post-ideological malaise which maintains that the economics and politics of free market neo-liberalism are givens rather than constructions. Mark Fisher’s writing put Zero Books on the map in 2009 and Capitalist Realism continues to define their mission. Fisher’s vision remains as powerful and poignant as ever, adopting a new dimension in the wake of his untimely death in January 2017.

Previous interviews with Doug Lain:
The Dream of Reality
Can Human Beings Live Forever?

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John Bunzl & Nick Duffell – The Simpol Solution Part Two

May 4, 2017

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John Bunzl and Nick Duffell discuss their book The Simpol Solution. Energy crisis, fossil fuel depletion, wealth inequality, mass migration, economic collapse, environmental disaster, political instability, nuclear proliferation, terrorism – why are governments and major international organizations so hopelessly unable to solve our mounting global problems? The truth is, that in an age of globalization, free-flowing capital, and banking without borders, government hands are effectively tied. Regulations or other schemes which might reign in the worst excesses of business and industry are rarely enacted or even considered simply because they would lead to cuts in corporate profits. Taken with the fact that governments in general are adept at drafting bad legislation, often operate a revolving door policy with business in terms of recruitment, and are themselves hardly paragons of best practice when it comes to energy, economy, environment or any other stress point you can name, we face an apparently intractable situation.

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John Bunzl & Nick Duffell – The Simpol Solution Part One

May 4, 2017

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John Bunzl and Nick Duffell discuss their book The Simpol Solution. Energy crisis, fossil fuel depletion, wealth inequality, mass migration, economic collapse, environmental disaster, political instability, nuclear proliferation, terrorism – why are governments and major international organizations so hopelessly unable to solve our mounting global problems? The truth is, that in an age of globalization, free-flowing capital, and banking without borders, government hands are effectively tied. Regulations or other schemes which might reign in the worst excesses of business and industry are rarely enacted or even considered simply because they would lead to cuts in corporate profits. Taken with the fact that governments in general are adept at drafting bad legislation, often operate a revolving door policy with business in terms of recruitment, and are themselves hardly paragons of best practice when it comes to energy, economy, environment or any other stress point you can name, we face an apparently intractable situation.

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Shaun Chamberlin – Surviving the Future

December 5, 2016

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Shaun Chamberlin discusses Surviving the Future: Culture, Carnival and Capital in the Aftermath of the Market Economy, a recently-published companion piece to Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, the life’s work of British Economist David Fleming. When Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making. In it, he examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations – ecological, economic, and cultural – upon which it is built. Knowing that collapse is the only possible outcome he asked, and envisioned, “What will follow?”

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Reece Girven – Money, Make-believe and Mass Hypnosis

August 28, 2015

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Reece Girven discusses the deception at the heart of our debt-based monetary system, and the Quantar Trading Network, a radical new concept designed to replace it. From the age of the goldsmiths to the present day, the modern banking model has been transformed from a simple safe-keeping service into a monstrous money-from- nothing Ponzi scheme. What was once commodity-based currency now exists largely as little more than mere numbers on a computer screen. And where once banks could lend only that which their customers deposited, loans are now created from thin air on a whim and at a keystroke. Known as fractional reserve banking, the lending at interest of money that does not exist is now out of control, and day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, the global debt mountain continues to grow.

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Amit Goswami – Quantum Economics

August 4, 2015

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Amit Goswami discusses his book Quantum Economics – Unleashing the Power of an Economics of Consciousness. In view of the 2007/2008 global economic meltdown and the financial chaos that has followed in its wake, it’s obvious that the current economic systems are not working. But economists don’t have a clue about how to successfully modify the existing models. Meanwhile, political institutions around the world are bogged down in paralysis and conflict, and still see only the same old ineffective methods for dealing with the crisis: either the demand side or the supply side model of government intervention.

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Richard Heinberg – Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

May 2, 2015

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Richard Heinberg discusses his latest book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. Climate change, along with the depletion of oil, coal, and gas, dictate that we will inevitably move away from our profound societal reliance on fossil fuels. But just how big a transformation will this be? While many policy makers assume that renewable energy sources will provide a relatively painless solution, Heinberg suggests instead that we are in for a wild ride; a civilization reboot on a scale similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions.

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David Fridley – Green Dreams: Future or Fantasy?

November 21, 2014

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David Fridley of the Post Carbon Institute discusses renewable energy technology and the future of industrial civilization. In the face of depleting fossil fuel reserves, renewable energy sources are held up as the best hope for clean, green and truly sustainable future societies. Upon closer investigation, however, solar, wind and hydro-power are much more limited in scope than we like to believe, making business-as-usual in the coming decades impossible using renewables alone.

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Brian Czech – The End of Economic Growth

August 23, 2013

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Brian Czech discusses his new book Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution. Politicians, economists and Wall Street would have us believe that limitless economic expansion is the Holy Grail, and that there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment. Supply Shock debunks these widely accepted myths and demonstrates that we are in fact navigating the end of the era of economic growth, and that the only sustainable alternative is the development of a steady state economy.

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Samuel Alexander – Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation

July 12, 2013

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Samuel Alexander discusses his new book Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation. When industrial civilisation collapsed in the third decade of the 21st century, a community living on a small island in the South Pacific Ocean found itself permanently isolated from the rest of the world. With no option but to build a self-sufficient economy with very limited energy supplies, this community set about creating a simpler way of life that could flourish into the deep future. Determined above all else to transcend the materialistic values of the Old World, they made a commitment to live materially simple lives, convinced that this was the surest path to genuine freedom, peace, and sustainable prosperity. Seven decades later, in the year 2099, Entropia describes the results of their remarkable living experiment.

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