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Rocking the Google Bus

Companies like Twitter can make billions of dollars in revenue while providing a widely used service and still be considered a financial failure. Though today’s digital technologies provide new innovations that reorganize daily life, can the digital economy expand forever? Will our most promising tech ever reach its potential in an economy pushing for growth… Continue reading

Climate Agreements

After years of mediocre negotiations on an international agreement to limit future climate change, it is easy to be cynical about the viability of a global strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What do these large conferences really mean for the future of the planet? Our correspondent reports back from the December 2015 COP21 meeting… Continue reading

The Deliveroo drivers Strike

What does the Deliveroo drivers’ strike mean for the future of the sharing economy – and the future of work? A Podcast conversation on last August’s Deliveroo strike, from the New Economics Foundation’s always excellent Weekly Economics Podcast. Last week, Deliveroo drivers in London went on strike for six days in opposition to new contracts… Continue reading

Seeing Wetiko

Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit or thought-form driven by greed, excess and selfish consumption. It deludes its host into believing that consuming the life force of others for self-aggrandizement or profit is a logical and morally upright way to live. In this interview presented by the Upstream podcast, Martin Kirk – founder… Continue reading

Michael Hudson: The Slow Crash

The following podcast and transcript of an interview with Michael Hudson were originally published on Naked Capitalism. An interview by Guns and Butter with Michael Hudson. His latest book is KILLING THE HOST: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy If you do not see the podcast player below, you can listen… Continue reading

Are we Reaching an Age of Stagnation?

The common political conversation about our shared economic future focuses on achieving an escape velocity where the post-war growth boom can return as usual. While years of lackluster economic performance mount, a rapidly growing global economy is still discussed like it is readily just over the horizon. Can the factors creating a slower growth world… Continue reading

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

“There is a tendency in capitalism to automate labor, to turn things previously done by humans into automated functions. In recognition of that, then the only utopian demand can be for the full automation of everything and common ownership of that which is automated.” This podcast, featuring a conversation between Aaron Bastani and Kirsty Styleslwas forwarded to… Continue reading