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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

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Award-winning podcast about the economic forces shaping our world, with Ayeisha Thomas-Smith and guests. Brought to you by the New Economics Foundation – the independent think tank and charity campaigning for a fairer, sustainable economy.

    How we win a new economy – a hot strike summer?

    How we win a new economy – a hot strike summer?

    Note to listeners: this episode was prerecorded in August 2022. 

    As the first week of rail strikes came to an end in June, Google searches for the phrase “join union” had increased by 184%. News channels and politicians didn’t seem to know what to make of the broad public support for the striking rail workers. Inspired by the RMT union, the unrest spread: criminal barristers, BT workers, posties and teachers are just some of the people exploring strike action.

    After decades of union busting, wage stagnation and decimated rights, are workers finally saying enough is enough? Why has the public suddenly got behind striking workers? And what would happen if we held a general strike?

    Ayeisha is joined by the TUC's Sian Elliot and Sarah Jaffe, journalist and author of “Work Won’t Love You Back”(@SianCElliott and @sarahljaffe on Twitter).

    -Find out more about Sarah's work at https://workwontloveyouback.org/
    -Want to join a union? You can find the right one for you on the TUC website https://www.tuc.org.uk/joinunion

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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 45 min
    How we win a new economy - the end of neoliberalism?

    How we win a new economy - the end of neoliberalism?

    In this mini-series of the New Economics Podcast, we’ll discover how our economy has been run over the past few years - and look at the key battlegrounds for those fighting to change the rules.

    Over the last few years, neoliberalism – the economic model that has dominated since Margaret Thatcher was PM – has taken a hit. Big spending and state intervention have been the name of the game, as the government scrambled to get to grips with the pandemic.

    While Boris Johnson gets ready to pack up his things, we still don’t know who will be replacing him in Number 10. The two final contenders, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, have been described in the press as “channelling the blue-suited ghost of Thatcher”.

    So, have the last few years solidified a new kind of economic mainstream? Or will Johnsonism be swept aside once the new PM has unpacked their toothbrush?

    In the first episode of this special mini-series we’re asking: has neoliberalism hit the buffers?

    Ayeisha is joined by Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Laurie Macfarlane (@elliemaeohagan and @L__Macfarlane on Twitter).

    -Read Laurie's piece with Christine Berry for Renewal on the Conservative's political economy: https://journals.lwbooks.co.uk/renewal/vol-30-issue-2/abstract-9553/
    -More on the Race Class Narrative here: https://classonline.org.uk/pubs/item/the-uk-race-class-narrative-report

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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear, used under Creative Commons licence.

    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 47 min
    How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

    How did the British Empire write the rules of today’s economy?

    Outside of the frenzied headlines about woke warriors cancelling Jane Austen and stately homes, we’re living in a period of renewed consideration of Britain’s colonial history.

    The British Empire began before the English Civil War, and shaped our country for 400 years. At its height, it covered almost a quarter of the entire world’s population. Beyond statues and street names, how is the empire still shaping our lives today?

    Ayeisha is joined by Dr Kojo Koram, lecturer in law at Birkbeck and author of Uncommon Wealth: Britain and the Aftermath of Empire.

    - Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.hachette.co.uk/titles/kojo-koram/uncommon-wealth/9781529338652/
    - Further reading from Perry Anderson here: https://www.versobooks.com/authors/81-perry-anderson
    - And from Tom Nairn here: https://www.versobooks.com/authors/821-tom-nairn
    - More from Kojo here: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745342047/empires-endgame/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 49 min
    Who owns the internet?

    Who owns the internet?

    What do you get the guy who has everything? A 44 billion dollar social media platform apparently. Elon Musk has already been accused of union busting, shot a car into space, and become the world’s richest man. So what’s next on his to-do list? Buying Twitter of course!

    From Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk, should we be worried that our online lives are in the hands of a few super-rich men? Will cryptocurrencies and Web3 make the internet good again? And what would a people-powered internet really look like?

    Ayeisha is joined by Dr James Muldoon, senior lecturer in political science at the University of Exeter and Head of Digital Research at the Autonomy think tank.

    You can grab a copy of James' book Platform Socialism: How to Reclaim our Digital Future from Big Tech here: http://www.plutobooks.com/9780745346977/platform-socialism/

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 46 min
    What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?

    What did Covid-19 reveal about how our economy is really run?

    In the early months of the pandemic, the government shut down whole sectors of the economy and started paying the wages of a huge proportion of Brits. Some worked from home, juggling homeschooling their kids and figuring out how to use Zoom. Others risked their health to travel to work. Meanwhile Big Tech and outsourcing companies raked in money through government contracts.

    What can we learn from moments when the predictable rules of economic life are suspended? Who wins and who loses in these points of crisis? And has the pandemic pushed us into a new form of capitalism?

    Ayeisha is joined by Sahil Dutta and Nick Taylor, lecturers in political economy at Goldsmiths University to discuss their new book "Unprecedented? How Covid-19 revealed the politics of our economy"

    - The book written alongside Will Davies and Martina Tazzioli is out now: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/691630/unprecedented-by-william-davies-sahil-jai-dutta-nick-taylor-and-martina-tazzioli/
    - Find out more about Sahil and Nick's work here: https://www.perc.org.uk/
    - Further reading on the care crisis and coronavirus by Emma Dowling here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/4031-the-care-crisis

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone.

    Music by C. Scott and Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 45 min
    What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?

    What does the Sunak scandal tell us about our tax system?

    A few weeks ago the chancellor presided over a spring budget which ushered in the fastest drop in living standards on record, as he told us that we “can’t protect everyone”. But this week it was revealed that his wife has avoided paying around £20 million in tax, due to her non-dom status.

    Accused of “rank hypocrisy” by Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak’s popularity has certainly been dented. The Sunak family hasn’t broken the law - but what does that say about the laws that govern who has to pay tax? What’s wrong with our tax system, when the chancellor can raise taxes on working people on one hand, and benefit from tax avoidance on the other? And what would fairer taxes really look like?

    Ayeisha is joined by Tom Peters, head of advocacy at Tax Justice UK.

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    Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by David Powell.

    Music by Poddington Bear under Creative Commons license.

    Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF!

    The New Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at www.neweconomics.org

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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318 Ratings

318 Ratings

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Ellon musk and mark Z

Two dangerous men who have questionable integrity and morals and ethics
If am taken aback that anyone could recommend Trump to come back to twitter he is dangerous far right thinker
How the heck did we the world get sucked into there reality ? Until online is safe we will not create healthy internet
Your ignoring that these two may have money but there mental state when it comes to in depth analysis is very poor

Germanjames ,

Really one sided

Clearly one sided but always interesting to hear a side of an argument put accessibly. I consider recommending to students but not for balance.

Covering the strike action in 2022 and asserting that really it's the government's fault, sitting in the shadows refusing to listen to RMT and other requests, the conversation blatantly ignored the fact that strikes in Scotland and London were held where SNP and Labour administrations are in power. Even the head of National Rail pointed this out along with the deal they'd offered and how other Unions had accepted it. It's not always a government plot and it would do your arguments better to use honesty.

There was a frustrating episode on the Election recently where as a charity they were "not going to be giving any opinions on this episode..." and then went on to use plenty of normative statements and phrases such as "we think", "it should" which are in no way simple presentations of fact. A shame as this could have been a useful episode, but it was so clearly unbalanced that it should put in to question their assertions of neutrality as a charity.

Recent episode on UK asylum response promised to be interesting but was a critique of all and any approaches. The attempt at balance was a question to better understand the government motivation for their appalling legislation and the interviewee once again gave her opinion not a presentation of the published thoughts of the government of which she claimed to be an avid reader. And even when asked to finish so that not all was “doom and gloom” the interviewee gave no actual possible alternative response. Indeed, there was praise for the volunteers and organisations that were doing good work (Big Society success anyone?) but the idea that the government “should” be doing that work. But no clarification of the assertion. Criticism of Afghan refugees being kept in hotels and isolated from integrating would suggest that community organisations are a fantastic way to help better than national government. But also criticism of sponsor scheme to help integration and inclusion of refugees more swiftly into supportive communities. I’m certainly not saying government has got it right at all and was looking for some analysis of the alternative options but it feels like there are none to be had from this podcast, so perhaps more credit for those trying ideas and then perhaps even wanting to improve.

The country needs proper opposition and competition for leadership otherwise we will continue to be stuck with best of terrible options.

Ellaw88 ,

Important - well researched and insightful

Brilliant - been listening for years - this podcast is essential for being engaged with the world

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