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POLITICAL THEORY – Karl Marx

POLITICAL THEORY – Karl Marx

Most people agree that we need to improve our economic system somehow. Yet we’re also often keen to dismiss the ideas of capitalism’s most famous and ambitious critic, Karl Marx. This isn’t very surprising. In practice, his political and economic ideas have been used to design disastrously planned economies and nasty dictatorships. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t …

History of English (combined)

History of English (combined)

The History of English in ten minutes. Chapter One: Anglo-Saxon or whatever happened to The Jutes? The English Language begins with the phrase ‘Up yours, Caesar’, as the Romans leave Britain and a lot of Germanic tribes start flooding in. Tribes such as the Angles and the Saxons, who together gave us the term Anglo-Saxon …

Why Mao Zedong Was The Most Brutal Tyrant

Why Mao Zedong Was The Most Brutal Tyrant

In the Steven Pinker book, “The better Angels of Our Nature” – a history of violence and an attempt to understand the darker side of humanity- the man who is the focus of today’s show plays almost a starring role among many of the other tyrants, criminals and government-sanctioned sadists. He is sometimes called the …

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

HISTORY: CONSUMERISM

For most of history, the overwhelming majority of the Earth’s inhabitants have owned, more or less, nothing. The clothes they stood up in, some bowls, a pot and a pan, perhaps a broom and, if things were going really well, a few farming implements. Nations and peoples remained consistently poor. Global GDP did not grow …

Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

Why Some Countries Are Poor and Others Rich

There are 196 countries in the world. 25 of them are very rich, defined as having an average wealth per person of over $100,000 a year. They are: But far more countries are quite poor, and some – which we’re considering here – are very very poor. These are the 20 poorest countries in the …