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Renegade Inc.

Renegade Inc. is a new kind of talk show for people who think differently. We interview thinkers, writers, leaders and creators in search of new ideas. No soundbites. No shouting. No hype. Just great guests and entertaining conversation for people who want to question the conventional wisdom of modern life. Renegade Inc is hosted by award winning independent filmmaker and broadcaster Ross Ashcroft. It’s the show for the renegade spirit in everyone.

Aug 12, 2019 12:27

The Re-Generation

In summer, we always take the show on the road, and where better than to the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall? We went in search of new ideas, great speakers and, of course, those people who are thinking differently.

The pioneering writer and campaigner Rory Spowers is also founder of the Re-Generation – a movement that highlights role models for systems change.

After many years thinking deeply about food, health, economics, community, culture and consciousness, he is now bringing together the best minds in the world to address our most pressing environmental and social issues.

Host Ross Ashcroft caught up with him to hear his ideas on how we really reconnect with nature and each other.

Aug 5, 2019 08:42

The cult of globalism

One of the central ideas in the push for globalization is for the state to become subservient to the corporates, and for citizens to become submissive consumers.

Is it any wonder that our political classes are so loathed after dancing to the tune of corporate lobbyists who have pushed this agenda for decades?

Around the world politicians and their economists have peddled the idea that substituting sovereignty for global corporate interests has been a price worth paying…but many people aren’t convinced.

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the former IMF economist Magda Polan and author and founder of Radix think tank Joe Zammit-Lucia, to ask what are the lessons we can learn from the ideology that has always put profit before people and planet?

Jul 29, 2019 14:44

Follow the money: How the world really works

It was the Scottish author Charles Mackay who spotted that human beings go mad in crowds and come to their senses slowly and individually. One place to see this madness in action is in financial markets, especially when those markets have been juiced with cheap money. But manias never last, so on the cusp of the next economic crisis, some people are waking up to the reality of how the world really works. In fact, daily, more and more people have stopped drinking the Kool-Aid and have started joining the dots. Their mission is simple – to understand how far the tentacles of the vested interests really reach to maintain the status quo.

Jul 22, 2019 10:22

Thatcher’s Museum: Are we living in it?

Margaret Thatcher is undoubtedly one of the most divisive characters in British political history. But whatever you think of her, she’s a woman whose economic policies have had repercussions that are felt today.

She will always be known as a politician who loved the tenuous idea of linking property ownership to democracy, who valued economic over social progress, and who thought that a big bang liberation of the City of London would deliver untold riches for everyone…
But, in reality, after forty years of Thatcherism the UK now presides over austerity, a private debt explosion, financialization, privatization, deregulation, inequality and extortionate monopolies.

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by economists and authors Grace Blakeley and James Meadway to discuss if today we are living in Thatcher’s museum.

Jul 15, 2019 08:32

Rentier Britain: All the rent goes to the 1%

There are three fundamental issues that lie at the heart of our current economic malaise: the first is unearned income and wealth from land rent, the second is the creation of money by privately owned banks, and the third is rent-seeking that is used to juice profits out of intellectual property through copyright and patents.

But the political class, supported by lobbying, continues to avoid addressing these issues. So monopolies grow larger and larger, and as they do, more and more people are excluded from the economy.

To really address the root causes, why don’t we start by calling out the rentier economy as a structural issue that no progressive society can actually afford?
Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by economist, author and co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network, Professor Guy Standing to discuss rentier capitalism and reclaiming the commons.

Jul 8, 2019 08:35

What’s the real plan with Iran?

The Middle East has always been a sandpit for military powers to fight their proxy wars. The latest country to be threatened to have Western democracy visited upon it is Iran.
But after decades of casual violence and conflict, Western interests are now no longer able to topple regimes with impunity, and then exploit their natural resources – and citizens in the West will no longer tolerate deathly Middle Eastern foreign policy.

So are we at a turning point?

Will the presence of other actors in the region now change the balance of international power and perhaps begin a new chapter of peace and economic progress?

Host Ross Ashcroft is joined by the journalist and Middle East based commentator Sharmine Narwani to discuss how Iran and the Middle East is reshaping the world order.