|⇦|| Episode #599 - What Economics Can't Tell You About Money
(Alienation, The Black Magic of Money)
|⌚ Sat 14 April 2012 ☻David Hawkes, Robin Upton, Jean-François Brien|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2This week, a set of sideways looks at money. We begin with an interview of David Hawkes on a range of ideas about the 'magic' of money, its ability to promote materialism and alienate humans from their work. Next an audio version of Robin Upton's 2011 presentation, "What Economics Can't Tell You About Money", followed by a radio adaptation of the film On Modern Servitude.
|Fear has made us slaves, and it keeps us in that condition.|
— David Hawkes
Then we hear an audio version of a 2011 presentation by Robin Upton, entitled "What Economics Can't Tell You About Money". He summarizes various recent academic research which details money's ability to subtly affect the mind of its users, making them more distant from one another, less inclined to collaborate, more independent and even less susceptible to physical pain. This continues into our second hour.
|My optimism is based on the certainty that this civilization is about to collapse.|
My pessimism lies on the things that are dragging us down in its fall.
— Jean-François Brien
Thanks to C.S. Soong and Against The Grain for the David Hawkes interview, and to Jean-François Brient for the film, which inspired this episode
Some of this episode's content is repeated in episode 681.
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