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UG#649 - Why Money Will End (And How To Prepare)

21-06-2013 07:30

This week, a special show featuring a 2-hour made-for-radio commentary on a recent presentation entitled Why Money Will End — And What to Do About It. Does a life beyond money have to be unthinkable? Or is it just that a highly funded campaign is trying to make it seem so? What if it was "bu$ine$$ as usual" that was in reality unthinkable, and there was a more beautiful world of abundance awaiting us, once enough people have the courage to say goodbye to money and its scarcity-inducing story of selfishness and separation?...

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UG#648 - The Monoculture of Modernity (Reflections on The Many Ways To Live)

17-06-2013 20:50

We hear a variety of alternatives to the ideas and practices of modern materialist monoculture, noting that historically speaking, it has existed only for the blink of an eye. Our main speakers are author academics Jared Diamond and Augustin Fuentes and we hear a compilation of research on spanking put together by Stefan Molyneux.

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Audio: Sheffield - Building our Response to the Climate Challenge

15-06-2013 14:28

Attached are audio recordings and slides from the "Building our Response to the Climate Challenge" public meeting which was co-organised by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Sheffield City Council on 13th June 2013.

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UG#647 - Making The Universe Your Employer (Giving Up The Burden Of Money)

15-06-2013 09:22

This time we hear a combination of voices contradict the story of the selfish-maximising skin-encapsulated ego. Aided by Mark Sundeen, we hear from Suelo on how he decided to 'make the universe his employer' and give up money. Then an interview with Charles Eisenstein on stepping into the gift, together with a short speech by Amanda Palmer on connecting with fans and the benefits of giving her music away free.

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Misleading Half-Truths About Mental Health

14-06-2013 16:43

More misleading half truths from the appalling BBC

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The Sick Man of Little Asia and the Nazi Occupiers

14-06-2013 15:14

The civil war in Turkey has several origins. On its Asian side there is so much ongoing conflict that it has become ever more attractive for the successor state of history's longest lasting empire to indulge itself in a technocratic hallucination of fictional sovereignty. Plans for the regulation of river flows into Iraq exploit the total dependency created by such measures to maintain illusions of power and influence that cannot be found for real in the international role of the country. On its European side there is an absurd stalemate and permanent haggling whether Germany is going to allow its ailing WWI ally into the equally rotten conglomerate of the EU or not. The term „privileged partnership“ has become a joke in itself, with ever more unreasonable demands made as an entry price, up to the grotesque scenery of a German military presence being established last winter for no other purpose than humiliating Erdogan. And now, the bizarre rhetoric emanating from the regime indicates that it has lost control of the escalation it ignited with its mindless attacks against protesters.

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UG#646 - Much Is Learned By Being Lazy (Knowing Who We Are, Life in Monongahela)

08-06-2013 20:54

Another philosophical episode this week, featuring a range of reflections from the wise on what life has taught them, and how (and why) the world has changed since their youth. Our main readings are books by Wendell Berry, John Taylor Gatto and Henry David Thoreau.

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Anti-Capitalist sectarianism. (Part - 1)

06-06-2013 09:32

Given the persistence of political and religious sectarianism and its rapid proliferation into extreme forms throughout the world it is worth considering in considerable detail the characteristics of this reactionary tendency. In this the first of three articles the opinions of Marx and Engels in the 19th century on this vexed question are considered.

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UG#644 - Living Here And Now (Having A Personal Philosophy, Walden 3)

06-06-2013 09:10

A carpe diem show this week which asks "Do you have a personal philosophy?" If you are one of the many people who have not given the matter much thought, Professor William Irvine cautions against accepting the 'default philosophy' of hedonistic consumerism. Now is the time to decide what you stand for and to refuse to stand for anything less!

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Ofcom duty to have standards on satellite TV Channels in communities' names

03-06-2013 12:43

Ofcom is bound by LAW to have standards on satellite TV Channels being operated with OFCOM licences in the names of communities. Yet there is evidence of rampant violations of basic standards by the majority of these outlets.It APPEARS that OFCOM doesn’t have much respect for the communities in whose names these operators do their business. One such community, UK Bangladeshis, are set to change this. In a community petition launched ion East London this morning, UK Bangladeshis Say have set out a neat list of demands for OFCOM

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UG#643 - Living A Higher, More Ethereal Life (Foreclosures, Monongahela, Walden)

30-05-2013 23:37

What would it mean to live 'a higher & more ethereal life' we ask this week in a successor program to last week's show. The quote is from Henry David Thoreau's classic Walden which we keep reading, and which details the shed he built by Walden Pond in 1845 at a cost of $28.12½ (i.e. around $1000 nowadays). Our main presentation is a 2013 interview about Direct Action to resist the US government sponsored armed gangs who are attempting to evict people from their homes. We supplement this with short readings from John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education and from Suelo.

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The State of Nature in the UK

30-05-2013 08:25

Last week, a coalition of 25 organisations which campaign and research on wildlife in the UK launched a landmark report – The State of Nature. This is the first time that the UK’s wildlife advocates have collaborated to produce such a comprehensive overview of the current status of native species, and it represents a significant achievement in biological monitoring.

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Is the Naxal the New Vanguard of Antifascism?

29-05-2013 20:34

With the guerilla attack on a convoy of career politicians in India last week, this has suddenly turned from a big issue into a big question, not so much in the Hindu state itself as in smaller nations whose regimes, due to its sheer size, are eying the most populous one of the Asian subcontinents like a moon in order to exploit as much as of its gravity as they can for their local dominance. The Naxal, the Marxist rebel network within that entity, has escalated the insurrection against the Delhi regime to the level of the 20th century resistance against the first wave of fascism under Japanese occupation reaching the Indian ocean. The Delhi regime has reacted with a statement calling the attack "a Holocaust", which puts forward the question why Indian internal affairs would be gravitating around German history. Obviously it is not the case that the Naxal was entrapping an entire tribal subculture to feed them to the hellfire and rewrite history accordingly, like the Nazis, and if any comparison had been made between the Chhattisgarh attack and the Jewish insurrection in the Warsaw ghetto there would probably have been widespread cautioning against such analogy as in the case of the Palestinians a while ago. Scientific experience suggests that the small entity rotates around the big one and not the other way round, so what does such an inversion of circumstances tell about the Naxal?

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Countering the Resurgence of the EDL

29-05-2013 08:41

In the last week the extreme right has been making all the running in the aftermath of the killing of soldier Lee Rigby on Wednesday. We have seen a sudden outpouring of racism and speedily-organised mobilisations by the EDL. The demonstration at Downing Street on Bank Holiday Monday was the first 'official' EDL event organised in response to the killing which anti-fascists had any time to respond to. earlier in Leicester Square.

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State Funerals, Amnesia and Anarchism

27-05-2013 22:37

°Response to the statement of FAU on the death of Chavez. Editor Collective EL LIBERTARIO (Venezuela). Originally published -in Spanish- in TIERRA Y LIBERTAD, Madrid, May 2013, # 298, p. 3-6. Internet -> *** In memory of our beloved comrade Rafael Sposito (a.k.a.) "Daniel Barrett"

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Guantanamo: A pinnacle of depravity!

24-05-2013 14:11

The folowing article considers Guantanamo as an example of the banality of evil. It also notes the similarity between the illegal enslavement, deprivation and torture of the detainees at Guantanamo - to produce information; and earlier forms of US slavery - to produce different commodities.

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UG#642 - Living a 3-Dimensional Life (Living Moneyless, Walden #1)

24-05-2013 03:16

A poem by Wendell Berry starts us off on a differently paced, more musical set of episodes this episode. As a counter to what Jacques Fresco terms 'base articiality of materialism and mindless consumption' we weave a tapestry of thoughts including those from iconoclastic earthy thinkers including Suelo, the moneyless resident of a Utah desert from whom we heard in episode 600 and the American Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.

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Crisis of Civilization Podcast#3 Sibel Edmond: the most gagged person in the USA

21-05-2013 20:17

FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds was described as “the most gagged person in the history of the United States” by the American Civil Liberties Union. This week, Nafeez mosaddeq Ahmed released an article about her story which has gone viral. You can read the article "Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to al-Qaeda chief spiked?" here

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Is NATO planting the 'sectarian' bombs in Iraq & Pakistan?

18-05-2013 00:32

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Moscow to try to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to agree to his plans to get his friends in the US and the EU to invade Syria and Iran but gets a frosty response. Meanwhile another Russian fleet moves into the Eastern Mediterranean and Syria and Iran get a Russian upgrade to their anti ship missile systems.

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UG#638 - Modern Human Self-Enslavement (Addiction To The Consumer Treadmill)

14-05-2013 15:37

This episode two speakers give us a new angle on why so many people seem addicted to living lives that leave them unfulfilled. Firstly, doctor and addiction specialist Gabor Maté gives a personal reflection on the question "Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted?". After a musical break we hear a radio adaptation of Consumed - The Human Experience, which looks at how marketing is finely tuned to hijacking human evolutionary drives.
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