The Shepheard Walwyn Podcast
John Tippett (Part I) – A philosopher’s take on economics

John Tippett (Part I) – A philosopher’s take on economics

May 10, 2021

John Tippett has been a student and teacher of economics and philosophy for over 50 years.  His book, A Philosopher’s Take on Economics, distills the wisdom he has gathered in that time and weaves them together in a startlingly original way. 

In the book he argues that economics has profoundly lost its way. Not only has it lost its purpose, but it’s forgotten that it should actually have one. And whilst economics started with philosophy at its heart, it has ignored its roots and so has cultivated a strange, dismal philosophy that serves only the few. John’s approach is as effective as it is simple – he takes us back to first principles. He argues that economics and the “economy” is meant to serve all of us. Specifically, its actual role is to offer everyone the practical possibility to live creative, happy lives. 

 

To celebrate the launch of the second edition of his book, we are releasing two podcasts.  In the first one, John explains how he came to both economics and philosophy and discovered his calling for helping others. He explains how he came to the realisation that economics and philosophy are actually inseparable if you are wish to apply them in any practical, positive way. 

 

In the second podcast, we start with why economics is so flawed and why doesn’t it get better.  We then look at how you can apply the practical philosophy at the heart of true economics. We finish with what we can do to actually “build back better” for all of us, as the global economy recovers from lockdown. 

 

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Fred Harrison (Part IV) – Looking ahead into the next crash.

Fred Harrison (Part IV) – Looking ahead into the next crash.

April 15, 2021

Fred is on record for predicting the start of the next major crash to be 2026-28. In this final podcast of the series, he looks ahead and considers four major challenges facing us in the UK – recovering from the pandemic and handling Brexit; how to handle the rise of online retail and the effect it has on our communities and the position of China in the global economy.

Fred Harrison's The Power In The Land, 2nd edition, is now available as an eBook:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/the-power-in-the-land-fred-harrison/

Fred Harrison (Part III) – Having the best ideas for the many makes no difference if “The Few” don’t like it.

Fred Harrison (Part III) – Having the best ideas for the many makes no difference if “The Few” don’t like it.

April 5, 2021

In 1990, Fred had an opportunity to work with the former USSR as it transitioned from a communist economy. All assets were in state hands so it would seem that having an economic system built for the people would be an obvious choice. It was obvious and so it was stopped. As Fred explains, having a successful and fair economy went against the economic interests of the few.

Closer to home, Fred lobbied the Blair government, who were claiming they wanted to chart a “Third Way.”  As you will learn, they wanted nothing of the sort and so they presided over the largest economic collapse in generations. Having faced the reality of a political elite who was not interested in doing the right thing, Fred explains what he did next.

Fred Harrison's The Power In The Land, 2nd edition, is now available as an eBook:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/the-power-in-the-land-fred-harrison/

Anthony Werner (Part II) - Economics is just the Beginning…

Anthony Werner (Part II) - Economics is just the Beginning…

March 29, 2021

In Part II of the interview with Anthony Werner, the publisher who has led Shepheard Walwyn since 1979, we look into some of the other works in the Shepheard Walwyn catalogue.  The jigsaw or tapestry that is Shepheard Walwyn today starts with economic and social justice that Anthony learned from his father in South Africa. However, he has also published many other works that explore related themes such as ecology and spirituality - perhaps one of the most famous authors in this area is John Butler.

Anthony Werner (Part I) - Publisher with a Purpose

Anthony Werner (Part I) - Publisher with a Purpose

March 19, 2021

Anthony Werner has led Shepheard Walwyn for over 40 years.  He took over from the founder, Christopher Shepheard Walwyn in 1979. When the firm ran out of capital, Anthony invested his own money to keep it going and began publishing books that he felt needed to be published because of their importance to society. 

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In these two podcasts, we are going to focus first on his work in “ethical economics” as he describes it, focusing on his near 40 year collaboration with Fred Harrison, one of our authors. We explore how he came to the principles that are articulated so well by the authors he supports. We also consider how he appears to have been guided by a series of curiously serendipitous incidents throughout his life or, as he describes it, being guided out of the blue.

Fred Harrison (Part II) – Great Reset? How about a People’s Reset?

Fred Harrison (Part II) – Great Reset? How about a People’s Reset?

March 5, 2021

The richest people in the world, through the World Economic Forum in Davos, are arguing for a “Great Reset.” This would mean that normal people own nothing and that resources are concentrated in the hands of an elite. In this podcast, Fred explains how we could have a People’s Reset using the economic ideas popularised in the English speaking world by Henry George, a US born social campaigner. It looks as if we have lots of problems in society. In fact, we have only one… 

Fred Harrison (Part I) – The Economist who does the Impossible

Fred Harrison (Part I) – The Economist who does the Impossible

February 15, 2021

Fred Harrison is known as a broadcaster and social campaigner – if he is known at all. And yet, he has predicted the last two major economic crashes (the 1990s and 2008-10) more accurately than anyone in the world. Amazingly he wasn’t on TV or advising governments on how to handle it. He was ignored and frozen out of the dialogue of recovery. The publisher Shepheard Walwyn is proud to have published Fred’s books for nearly 40 years.

In this series of podcasts, Fred talks about his journey from newspaperman to economist to social campaigner. He explains how he can do what others say is impossible and why those in control persist with an inferior and dangerous set of economic beliefs. He also offers ideas for what could be a truly great reset, if we based our economic system on fairness and science.

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