The Shepheard Walwyn Podcast
John Butler (Part II) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part II) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

May 16, 2022

Welcome to the third and final installment of our interview with John Butler, the 84 year old YouTube sensation and author of the Shepheard Walwyn book Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment. Now, this conversation carries on from our last one. And we start off with one of John's most famous stories, which was when he was eating his favourite pig, or recycling love as he describes it. He also looks at the difference between sinners and consumers. Are they the same thing? And we also ponder his famous adage “to make whole, be whole”. We look at the upside of failure and depression. And we finish with the funniest additional information ever written on a CV.

We begin with asking John about eating his favourite pig!

Part two

01.30    Eating his favourite pig – recycling love. TLC in everything you do.

06.45    From tending to vegetables to tending to people. And making the economics fit your approach.

10.00    “What is your understanding of being made in “God’s image”?

18.00    How can you best handle failure and depression?

24.30    Russia and being with your own people for the first time.

32.15    The funniest “additional information” section ever written on a CV

 

For previous episodes please go to:

John Butler (Meet The Author) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

May 10, 2022

This week we continue our conversation with John Butler, 84 year old YouTube sensation and author of Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment.

In this conversation, we explore the experiences he writes about in the first part of Wonders. We explore his relationship with nature, his time as one of the first organic farmers in the 1960s and collaborated with people like EF Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful and Lady Balfour, co-founder of the Soil Association.

We also get into how he sees his spiritual work as an evolution of his farming work.

This conversation follows on from our meet the author interview that took place in his favourite church in Bakewell. To continue we made our way to the top of John’s favourite hill just outside Bakewell. This gave us some wind and insect noise so apologies in advance for that. The place has held a special meaning for john since he was a boy so I begin the interview by asking where he’s taken us and what the place means to him.

 

Here’s a summary of what we discussed.

00.00             Welcome and Introduction

01.50             Nature as John’s first Church – seeking space.

05.00             John in Africa – Space, Freedom and Spiritual Connection. 

11.00      Organic Farming, TLC and raising soil consciousness to raising human consciousness.

14.00            Always knowing he wanted to be a farmer

19.00            Travelling to South America and making friends with people who want to kill you.

24.30       Inheriting Three Acres at Bicker Fen, Lincolnshire – Can you farm without destruction?

27.30             Expressing your love for the earth through organic farming.

31.00             How to align intention and purpose.

36.00             Thank you.

 

For previous episodes please go to:

John Butler (Meet The Author) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

John Butler (Part I) - The Wonders of Spiritual Unfoldment

www.shepheardwalwyn.com

Dominic Frisby Part 4 - Getting robbed, crypto, and taxation

Dominic Frisby Part 4 - Getting robbed, crypto, and taxation

April 26, 2022

Welcome to the final instalment of the Dom Frisby interview.  In this conversation we discuss the challenges facing governments around the world and the rise of what some call the “Sovereign individual” also known as the digital nomad.

We consider the implications of increasing government spending with reduced tax revenues.

We look at what countries can do to maintain or even increase tax revenue when those who generate the most (taxable) income can move between borders seemingly at will to avoid them. This then leads us to a discussion of crypto currencies.

Dom was an early adopter in the space writing what I believe was the first book on bitcoin with a major publisher.  In spite of this, we find out why Dom isn’t worth hundreds of millions of dollars today (even though his investments should be). It’s a heart breaker!

We then finish with what Dom is working on now - essentially an innovative audio experience/musical book and a new way to for him to help investors.

Here’s the time stamps:

1.30      What is the problem with government spending and taxation for companies and soon to be sovereign individuals?

11.30   Writing the first book on Bitcoin with a major publisher.

13.20   What’s Dom’s current perspective on crypto?

14.50   Why isn’t Dom a gazillionaire even though he was an early investor in bitcoin?  

16.00   What are Dom’s current projects? A new audio genre and an investor newsletter.

 

We hope you have enjoyed this series of podcasts with Dom Frisby.

Be sure to check out the links on this podcast. Check out Dom’s material on Amazon here.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00G4A3MM8?

His free YT channel is here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MoneyandMarketswithDominicFrisby

Be sure to check out Dom’s comedy here.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Frizzers

and his new subscription service on gold, crypto and other investment ideas.

https://frisby.substack.com/

 

Until next time, keep thinking!

Dominic Frisby Part 3  -  Why is Government the most Expensive Thing you can Buy?

Dominic Frisby Part 3 - Why is Government the most Expensive Thing you can Buy?

April 19, 2022

Welcome to part three of the interview with Dom Frisby. I am your host Jonathan Brown.

In this podcast we continue our conversation with investor comedian about how Dom measures freedom by the size of the government.

1.30      The bigger the government, the more damage it does. And how freedom and individual initiative creates brilliance.

7.00      Incompetence and corruption in government.

9.00      What is likely to happen if we dramatically reduced government?

10.30   Taxation and major events in history – The American Civil War.

16.00   Some controversial points about Abraham Lincoln’s behaviour in the war.

19.00   Why Britain was able to outlaw slavery.

 

Check out Dom’s material on Amazon here.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00G4A3MM8?

His free YT channel is here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MoneyandMarketswithDominicFrisby

 

Be sure to check out Dom’s comedy here.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Frizzers

and his new subscription service on gold, crypto and other investment ideas.

https://frisby.substack.com/

Dominic Frisby Part 2 - What does real capitalism look like? Adam Smith and the Edinburgh Fringe

Dominic Frisby Part 2 - What does real capitalism look like? Adam Smith and the Edinburgh Fringe

April 11, 2022

Welcome back to the podcast. I am your host Jonathan Brown. Today we continue our conversation with Dom Frisby. We move the conversation into Dom’s great documentary about Adam Smith and the Edinburgh fringe – essentially an exploration of how individuals can self organise to create brilliance than the elite can plan it.  We then take a look at Dom’s views on education and how we can create much more space for choice and self-organising.

I then look at Dom’s free documentary about Adam Smith and give some pointers on what to look out for.

Here’s the time stamps for this conversation.

1.30      Welcome back – Adam Smith, the Edinburgh fringe and self-organising economies.

9.00      The importance of voluntary action to create a freer and fairer economic system.

11.00   Education and how we could improve outcomes through more choice.

16.00   The difficulty in predicting collapse even though it’s obvious a system can’t support itself.

 

Some thoughts on watching Dom’s excellent documentary on Adam Smith.

We talk about Dom’s documentary in this part of the talk. I encourage you to watch it and to consider there are things you could do to increase individual actions and choice in your community. The Fringe was founded due to restrictions on who was allowed to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. If you weren’t posh enough, if you weren’t worthy as determined by the organisers you weren’t allowed to take part. So, the first acts went there – at their own cost – and offered something they felt people would like to see – and they were right. 

It's easy to get into the weeds with Smith and the classical economists but Dom’s work makes it much clearer. So look at how the Fringe developed to become the economy and how one comedian managed to change the economics and format of the Fringe forever – and how finding a way to give away your service (in this case a comedy act) meant people were finally able to make money.

It starts with putting Adam Smith in context. Whilst he’s credited with effectively founding English-speaking economics, his work is rarely studied anymore. Smith is like Darwin: people quote him but hardly anyone has read the actual work.

Fascinatingly, Smith wrote A Theory of Moral Sentiments as an advertisement for his lecture series. He also talks about how Smith was able to travel around Europe learning from some of the greatest thinkers in Europe.

There are some great interviews with some of the UK’s top comedians and the most popular acts at the Fringe. At the heart though is a model for entrepreneurial action and how economies can self regulate.

 

 

You can watch Dom’s ode to Adam Smith and the Edinburgh Fringe here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6e6TpIrba0&t=48s

What’s also worth a listen is how the film came about and how the problem of centrally planned media is still alive and well. Entrepreneurship is essentially problem solving or “scratching your own itch” and finding a market.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gTmk7e1aRM

 

His free investment focused YT channel is here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MoneyandMarketswithDominicFrisby

 

Also, be sure to check out Dom’s comedy here.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Frizzers

Maybe is one of my favourites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Shhueskb7zE

If you get chance to see him live, he’s a hoot and the crowd’s pretty decent too!

Also subscribe to his newsletter – he’s been a lot busier than expected since the crisis in Ukraine.

https://frisby.substack.com/

There’s a free version so go with that first.

Dominic Frisby Podcast 1 – The Trouble with Government a.k.a Why every Cuban father wants his daughter to be a hooker

Dominic Frisby Podcast 1 – The Trouble with Government a.k.a Why every Cuban father wants his daughter to be a hooker

March 30, 2022

Hello and welcome back to the podcast. My name is Jonathan Brown. Today I am speaking with Dom Frisby, perhaps the worlds first economic commentator/comedian. Dom has been a friend of SW and PSE for a long time, hosting talks with Phil but also being crucial to the superb documentary The Four Horsemen, something we know our readers and subscribers have enjoyed.

A short time ago we interviewed Dom to look at all his work. Whilst he isn’t an SW author we think his work is worth time to look at as he has an interesting perspective on precious metals, crypto, the markets in general and political systems.

In this first podcast we look at how Dom became the world’s first economist-investor-comedian, how he became a libertarian - subtitled “why Cuban fathers want their daughters to be hookers”!

We also look at how well intended government actions can undermine and even eliminate personal responsibility of the citizens they are trying to help, the importance of 1909 to the First World War and why people of every political persuasion seem to dislike the BBC.

Here's the time stamps for this session.

 

  • Welcome, how you got going and how did a comedian get a column in MoneyWeek?

9.30      Where did your libertarian views come from?

11.00   The Four Horsemen documentary and Life After the State.

17.45   Why Cuban fathers want their daughters to be hookers (the unintended actions of governments.)

22.00   How the governments undermine personal responsibility (unintended consequences part two)

29.00   When did things go really wrong? WW1 and the rachet effect.

33.00   Why do all political parties resent the BBC?

Thanks for listening to the first part in this interview with Dom. For more information check out the links to his content below – his youtube channels and his new investor subscription service. Also check out the other episodes when they are released.

His free investment focused YT channel is here.

https://www.youtube.com/c/MoneyandMarketswithDominicFrisby

Also, be sure to check out Dom’s comedy here.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Frizzers

Also subscribe to his newsletter – he’s been a lot busier than expected since the crisis in Ukraine.

https://frisby.substack.com/

Check out Dom’s material on Amazon here.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00G4A3MM8?_encoding=UTF8&node=266239&offset=0&pageSize=12&searchAlias=stripbooks&sort=author-sidecar-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Heather Remoff (Meet The Author) - What’s Sex Got To Do With It?

Heather Remoff (Meet The Author) - What’s Sex Got To Do With It?

February 14, 2022

My guest today is Heather Remoff, author of What’s Sex Got to Do with It? Darwin, Love, Lust and the Anthropocene. Heather first discovered flaws in Darwin's theory of sexual selection during her doctoral research in the 1970s and has spent the last 40 years developing her understanding of it and related fields, including economics. 

What’s Sex Got to Do with It? is her attempt to add insight to Darwin’s work so that it can accommodate advances in genetics and in female mating choice – advances that were unavailable to Darwin when he wrote The Descent of Man, his sequel (if you will) to the Origin of Species and his exploration of sexual selection. 
In this conversation, we learn about all the work Heather has done that took her sociology work and her PhD in anthropology at Rutgers and beyond.  

 

The timeline for the podcast is as follows. 

00.0           Welcome

2.00        How Heather got into anthropology and evolutionary theory through sociology, including testosterone levels in women and what it does to leadership standing. 

8.30        Interviewing women to find out the traits that most influenced their choice of reproductive partner. 

10.30     Getting beyond material resources and being saved by the tape. 

16.30     What studying economics taught her about evolution and sexual selection and the link between economics and inequality. 

 

23.30     Who are her ideal readers for the book? 

26.00     What was the hardest part about writing the book?

31.00     The puzzle of concealed ovulation and sexual receptivity and how it affects female choice. 

35.00     The extraordinary importance of chromosome fusion as our abrupt origin story. 

38.00     Final thoughts and close. 

Be sure to look out for our other interviews with Heather as we explore her ideas in more detail.

 

To read the book go to:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/whats-sex-got-to-do-with-it/

Robin Russell-Jones (Meet The Author) - The Gilgamesh Gene Revisited

Robin Russell-Jones (Meet The Author) - The Gilgamesh Gene Revisited

January 31, 2022

Dr Russell-Jones is an author and medic and one of the UK’s foremost environmental writers. He has produced films and co-edited several seminal works on the environment, including Lead versus Health with Sir Michael Rutter FRS, Radiation and Health with Sir Richard Southwood FRS, and Ozone Depletion: health and environmental consequences with Prof Tom Wigley. He chairs an educational charity, Help Rescue the Planet, dedicated to minimising air pollution and mitigating climate change.

 

To read the book go to:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/the-gilgamesh-gene-revisited/

Phil Anderson (Part 4) - The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking

Phil Anderson (Part 4) - The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking

January 4, 2022

Welcome back to the final part of this 3 part podcast series with economist and investor Phil Anderson. Phil wrote the Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking in 2008 which documented the boom bust cycles in US land and property values over the last 250 years.  Phil is an in demand speaker in the  and is the founder of Property Sharemarket Economics, a subscription service for investors looking for advice on global market movements.  In this podcast we look to the future and what we can predict is likely to happen based on our understanding of the past.

In this podcast we cover:

               0.00-200               Welcome and set up.

                2.00                        Use the past to help guide you through the future.

6.00                        Nikolai Kondratiev – Russian economist who spotted waves in long term economic trends and David Ricardo – two economists worthy of further study.

11.30                     How credit facilitates the boom going higher.

12.30                     Getting ready for the big one which will draw everybody in (and forget the past).

18.50                     How the work of WD Gann has helped.

21.00                     Most known for his land and property work but is a trader at heart.

22.00                     What are your next projects?

26.30                     What is he doing at Property Sharemarket Economics?

28.30                     Close.

  

Thank you for listening to this mini series with Phil Anderson. If you’d like to find out more be sure to buy the book and check out his site at propertysharemarketeconomics.com.

 

To read Phil's book:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/the-secret-life-of-real-estate-and-banking/

 

Download your FREE eBook: The 228-year-old investment secret and discover that the biggest economic gains are still ahead of us: https://bit.ly/PSEblog

Phil Anderson (Part 3) - The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking

Phil Anderson (Part 3) - The Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking

December 28, 2021

Welcome back to part two of this 3 part podcast series with economist and investor Phil Anderson. Phil wrote the Secret Life of Real Estate and Banking in 2008 which documented the boom bust cycles in US land and property values over the last 250 years.  Phil is an in demand speaker in the and is the founder of Property Sharemarket Economics, a subscription service for investors looking for advice on global market movements. 

Following on from our first interview, we begin where we left off with the Great American BBQ where the USA was parcelled up and sold off to the highest bidders.

In this podcast we cover

1.01.1      What did the 12 states do to create the 18 year cycle (and ensure there were people to work          in the factories)?

1.00           Running out of Frontier.

7.00        Moving into the 20th Century and the First World War.

10.00     Think like a bank not like a customer.

11.00     Banking = a license to print money.

15.00     The Florida Boom- Bust

17.00     How you know you are heading for a crash when a politician says they’ve ended the boom-bust cycle.

20.00     Recovering from the Second World War.

22.00     What did you notice about the changing post-war cycle?

23.30     The con artists may change but the cons don’t change that much!

25.40     The best way to rob a bank is to own one.

27.30     Phil’s biggest learning from all his research.

29.00     This time will be different? It’s not been different so far.

32.00     Wall Street feeding and encouraging an addiction to speculation. 

 

Thank you for listening. Join us next time where we look ahead to the future of the markets.

 

 To read Phil's book:

https://shepheardwalwyn.com/product/the-secret-life-of-real-estate-and-banking/

 

Download your FREE eBook: The 228-year-old investment secret and discover that the biggest economic gains are still ahead of us: https://bit.ly/PSEblog

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