The Necessity Of New Ideas

The clock is ticking. Welfare economics has eroded in the West as Multinational Companies have taken full advantage of globalisation and far surpassed the wealth of many democratic States. Conflict & economic insecurity have fuelled the largest mass migration crisis in history. But the question, is this simply the natural consequence of our global economic system?

Why do we look at issues of war/economy/migration/climate change in isolation? Could it be that they are all connected to, and symptomatic of, the larger neoliberal global order?

Do we have to describe Countries as either “developing” or “developed” – Why are we all  on the same path to becoming urban concrete jungles of Starbucks & skyscrapers?

Is there perhaps a different path we can walk to eliminate poverty without selling our environment and democracy to private industry?

These are some interesting and important questions the world desperately needs some answers to. This video provides some provocative stoking for the fire.

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Okay You Don’t Like Capitalism But What Do You Really Want?

 

 

In this thought provoking video philosopher Slavoj Žižek says its time to stop protesting against capitalism, take a step back and actually think what you really want as an alternative. What can you do to dismantle the market structure without regressing into a 20th Century communist system of servitude and domination?

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.

A Transcript of the video can be found here http://bigthink.com/videos/dont-act-just-think

Why People Don’t Have Great Careers

Economist Larry Smith brazenly and eloquently debunks the excuses people make not persue their dreams & passion.

This is an incredibly honest psychological analysis of the modern being. And offers an important insight into how we can avoid the pitfalls of 21st century life and thrive as creative, fulfilled human beings.

Cynical Advertising & Obesity: How The Industry Hijacked Food

I wrote an article back in 2014 documenting the pernicious role advertising & marketing were playing in the obesity epidemic. From Coca Cola’s have your ‘name on a bottle’ campaign or highly refined Cereal companies offering toys in their boxes, or huge Sports Stars advertising McDonald’s & Subway like its staple of their diet, the food industry pays huge money to manipulate how we perceive food.

It’s worth a read if you’re interested in assessing your psychological relationship with food vs. product.

It’s hard to overstate the massive impact this manipulation has on the psychology of children. Once a habit/relationship is welded to the neurocircuitry in youth, it is very hard to break the cycle in adulthood, as proven by the statistics on obese children going on to be obese adults.

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The industry know this, they know if they get children they’ll have a customer for life and they’re doing everything to stop effective reforms/changes to tackle obesity by aggressive lobbying & threatening government with exporting jobs. In Ireland,  a sugar tax has not been introduced on heavily sweetened drinks despite 88% of the population in favour after shocking reports that almost one third of Irish children are overweight/obese and 4 in every 5 adults over 50 are overweight.

Yet the worrying power of the globalised food industry can be seen in all jurisdictions. From Michelle Obama’s stark change in emphasis in her childhood obesity campaign from food to ‘exercise’ after huge industry pressure to Theresa May’s pledge to end health inequality of Britain’s poorest, diluted to mere voluntary programs for industry.

This despicable relationship between government & industry means we’ve accepted giving children a life of chronic disease and depression in exchange for corporate profit.

 

“The Current Animal Holocaust Is Worse Than Any Human Holocaust in History”

Controversial Vegan & Animal Rights Advocate Gary Yourofsky debates the ethics of Slaughterhouses & Global Animal Industries on Israeli Television.

Power to The Consumer: How Social Media Changed Music Forever

As I discussed in another media outlet in 2014 It’s hard to believe that only five years ago consumers were forking out $15 for an artists album of 11 tracks. With today’s streaming industry, services such as Spotify have given us access to unlimited libraries of music for as little as $8 p/m. This shift in power from industry to consumer is seismic. And now artists are changing their approach too..

Jacob Whitesides is emblematic of a new generation. A musician who funds his entire career – records, tours & travel – through social media.

 

Has the Milennial Age signalled the end for the classic Record Label? Or will the industry short circuit this developing phenomenon?