Shamocracy Podcast Episode 3

On this episode we talk about the wave of automation that’s about to take our jobs, Gideon’s spending cuts, immigration, Daesh, and new regular feature ‘Headline or Headlie’, where Brogan reads me headlines from real news and satire and I guess which is which (it’s surprisingly hard).

Unfortunately there was a problem with the recording from about one hour in, so you may want to skip forward by 10 minutes when it gets unbearable. We’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen again in future.

Links:
Immigration is economically positive, immigrants from the european economic area to the UK pay more in tax than they take in benefits and social services and are better educated” Link
The Office for Budget Responsibility suggests higher net migration reduces pressure on government debt over time” Link
“In the uk, the period from 97 to 07 of high migration resulted in a substantial increase in overall employment and the highest growth in gdp per capita in the G7 without any significant negative impacts on the employment prospects of the native-born” Link 1 Link 2
Open borders could potentially double world GDP, and could be the single best way to reduce poverty” Link openborders.info
Michael Flynn, former head of DIA on the US supporting ISIS

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About Nick Brook

For many years, I was, like many, apathetic towards politics. I knew it wasn't going in the right direction, but didn't really know what direction it should be going in, or how it could change. I wasn't aware of the full extent of the problems we face. I had better things to be worrying about.

This changed in 2014 as I left my full time job, supporting myself with freelance work. As the pressure of full-time work lifted my attitudes towards many things began to change. I learnt a lot more about politics and became disgusted with the way things are going.

While the information about what is happening is out there, and a number of mainstream sources cover it in real-time, there didn't seem to be many people taking a step back to cover things with a wider, longer term perspective, or publicising the less well-known blogs and articles.

Chatting to co-founder Brogan Morris in a pool in North Carolina, we realised we were equally frustrated with politics and our new-found awareness was compelling us to do something. As the links flew back and forth on social media, we knew it wasn't just us who needed to know about this stuff.

So we formed Shamocracy, a blog dedicated to uncovering and collating the less documented and deeply insidious politics that is happening behind closed doors in the shining glass towers of Western oligarchies.

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