To reforming economics as an interpretation of reality, rather than a diversion play for monopolists.
We Are Rent
Its an absolute pleasure to have Fred Harrison (Share the Rents) kick the year into gear with an appraisal of his new book series ‘We Are Rent’. Listening to his surgical tact one can’t help but feel these teachings contain deep and meaningful wisdoms addressing the key issues of our times. Just when you think you know it all, Fred unpeels another layer of understanding: “We continue to privatise the essence of our humanity. Those of us who claim to own land and therefore claim the rents that are produced in our societies are actually enacting the role of slavery. We are appropriating other people’s humanity.” Show notes
From Precarity to Self-Preservation
Karl reviews Australia's recent land valuation bonanza, what it means for social equity and how recent government public policy has dealt with it. As we emerge from the pandemic, how are governments sculpting their policy to suit? Show notes
Big Pharma's Covid Exposure
Has Big Pharma exposed society to undue risk in the covid era? In our 2nd episode on this issue, Tahir Amin (i-mak.org) takes us through the R & D ecosystem of pharmaceutical development. Is Big Pharma's role to develop life saving products or digest competition? Listeners will understand why this market is in urgent need of a major overhaul. As always, policy pathways are provided as a matter of courtesy. Show notes
The Planning Blame Game Diversion
A recording from Prof Nicole Gurran’s 129th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner: "So in terms of affordable rental housing, if granny flats are it, we were going great guns." Prof Gurran takes us through the motivations of blaming planning for affordability issues versus how well the sector actually performs. Transcript & Vid.
The Miracle of the Rentenmark
With the corona crash only just beginning economically speaking, we need the best tools available. So we delve back into the archives to this 2012 interview with the late Dr Adrian Wrigley. Dr Wrigley looks at how the link between currency creation and land rents is key to a stable economy where reward is based on effort, not privilege. There are some important learnings here as more jurisdictions look at local currencies as a recovery tool. Transcription & show notes.
Reform Theatre and the Global Housing Crisis
Will McMahon (Action on Empty Homes, UK) and Helene Caloir (Local Initiatives Support Corporation, NY) join host Karl Fitzgerald to discuss the global housing crisis in light of one of our regular themes - vacancy. A global issue calls for a global response yes? We discuss pandemic related themes to empty homes, homelessness and the international nature of commodification. Can we work together to move beyond the reform theatre enveloping housing policy? A big announcement looms. Show notes.