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The aim of this weekly podcast is to make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible. With the world at a political, technological and financial tipping point, economics has never been so important to all of us and yet, it’s made inaccessible and complicated by so many.

I’ve always thought what is complicated is rarely important and what is important is rarely complicated.


That will be our motto.


Every week we are going to tease out some big economic or political issue facing us, not just here in Ireland but in Europe and further afield. Globalisation has brought us all together. We all face similar challenges whether you live in Dublin, London, Minnesota or Milan.


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The David McWilliams Podcast David McWilliams & John Davis

    • Politics
    • 4.8 • 110 Ratings

The aim of this weekly podcast is to make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible. With the world at a political, technological and financial tipping point, economics has never been so important to all of us and yet, it’s made inaccessible and complicated by so many.

I’ve always thought what is complicated is rarely important and what is important is rarely complicated.


That will be our motto.


Every week we are going to tease out some big economic or political issue facing us, not just here in Ireland but in Europe and further afield. Globalisation has brought us all together. We all face similar challenges whether you live in Dublin, London, Minnesota or Milan.


If you would like to support the show, please consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/DavidMcWilliams

    The end of the car park

    The end of the car park

    Not all ideas are timeless - this week we look at how we can take dead space and turn it into living spaces through economic incentives
     
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    "Hand of pod" - The Maradona Generation

    "Hand of pod" - The Maradona Generation

    We go to Argentina to gauge the reaction to the death of the Diego. Plus we explore with the former economics minister of Argentina, Martin Lousteau, what went wrong in Argentina - a country that was once the richest in the world to now being the 77th richest. Its a cautionary lesson on how good countries can go bad, how strong economies can become enfeebled and ultimately why good economics matters!
     
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    The World in 2021

    The World in 2021

    On Thanksgiving, with the Dow hitting 30,000 and Janet Yellan taking over at the US Treasury, we examine the short and medium terms health of the US economy with David Rosenberg - Warning: it doesn’t look too pretty. We also look further out to assess the demographic, budget and debt arithmetic for the US and the West and how China goes from strength to strength. All this, plus a bit of Leviticus and Deuteronomy if you are feeling all biblical!
     
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    • 43 min
    the fallout from COVID

    the fallout from COVID

    There’s light at the end of the tunnel - for the first time it seems that people are starting to see the end of this mess. As we look to the return of some level of normality, we know that the new normal won’t look like the old normal: both companies & cities will have to adapt to the end of business travelling.
     
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    Show me the money

    Show me the money

    Optics and execution are two profoundly different things. All over the world politicians talk and entrepreneurs walk. Small businesses have been promised help by people who have never taken a risk in their lives, who don't understand the game because they’ve never had skin in the game. The result is a mess, good firms will shut, their loans bought by vulture funds and the process of the financialization of our economy, governed by spreadsheet spivs will take one further big step forward. We care about this. So should you!
     
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    “Don’t cry for me Great-Brit-Annia” - to be sung imagining Boris Johnson channelling his inner Elaine Page

    “Don’t cry for me Great-Brit-Annia” - to be sung imagining Boris Johnson channelling his inner Elaine Page

    “Is Boris Johnson England’s Eva Peron? All through my wild days, my mad existence…..and all that stuff, anyway we get to this point following an amazing conversation with economist Adam Posen about the USA. imperial delusions, NASCAR and the commercial fairytale that is Brexit. There’s lots in here from economic gravity, the “Great Patriot/Shit Citizen” dilemma & Northern Irish football melodies to a bit of Picasso, Joyce & early 20th century modernism.


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Art T Z ,

Invigorating

Sitting in here in Maryland, USA, I began listening to the pod on the funeral for austerity episode, and have jumped around to different topics. Today, I subscribed. The discussions are lively and thought provoking - I have already shared with friends. I highly recommend and enjoy these episodes.

RLJ 483 ,

Required listening for economists

This podcast should be required listening for any political figure in Ireland.

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Mac is the craic

Who ever thought that economics could be interesting? Like Marx, McWilliams brilliantly ties economics to everything of importance.

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