Best of the Left Podcast : #1522 An extremist cult conspired to destroy the United Kingdom from within

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Air Date 10/29/2022

Today, we take a look at the destruction accomplished over decades by adherents to a libertarian, neoliberal ideology in the UK which culminated recently in the tanking value of the British pound sterling and the resignation of the shortest-serving Prime Minister ever

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Why The United Kingdom Is In A Big Mess - AJ+ - Air Date 1-5-22

Why is post-Brexit Britain such a mess? Rising food and energy prices, empty shelves in stores and worker shortages. But could Brexit lead to something even bigger: the breakup of the United Kingdom?

Ch. 2: What's wrong with Great Britain? - Financial Times - Air Date 4-19-22

The FT's chief economics commentator Martin Wolf says the UK is facing six interlocking crises, from stagnant living standards to a lack of political leadership

Ch. 3: Thatcherism: What We Get Wrong About Neoliberalism - Kay and Skittles - Air Date 10-1-22

Differentiating between neoliberal ideology and how it plays out in practice

Ch. 4: Liz Truss: The Oligarch's Prime Minister | George Monbiot - Double Down News - Air Date 10-4-22

What happens when libertarian ultras get everything they ever wanted all at once? Welcome to Oligarch Island

Ch. 5: “We Are a Democracy in Name Only”: George Monbiot on Truss Resignation & Who Will Be Next British PM - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-21-22

British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned Thursday after just 45 days in office, the shortest term in the nation’s history. Her low-tax, low-regulation financial policies were widely criticized after they sent the pound plummeting

Ch. 6: James O'Brien claims trickle-down economics is as ghoulish, greedy and gross as it appears - LBC - Air Date 9-21-22

Explaining trickle-down economics for what it is and condemning the big lie that makes it palatable to the masses

Ch. 7: Does Economics Drive All Politics? - WhoWhatWhy - Air Date 10-20-22

Financial Times economic analyst Martin Wolf gives an overview of global economic forces, and looks at Britain’s economic and political chaos.


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Ch. 9: The Brexit effect: how leaving the EU hit the UK | FT Film - Financial Times - Air Date 10-18-22

The UK's recent disastrous "mini" Budget can trace its origins back to Britain's decision to leave the European Union. The economic costs of Brexit were masked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the crisis in Ukraine.


FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 12: Final comments on the destabilization of neoliberalism


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