Cucumber and Grapes

Frans de Waal and Sarh Brosnan discovered what happens when monkeys are paid unequally.

What happens when two monkeys are paid unequally?

Fairness, reciprocity, empathy, cooperation — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait.

But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.


Paul Verhaeghe talks about neoliberalism and what happens when humans are paid unequally.

Life is dog eat dog.

Business is dog eat dog.

Society is dog eat dog.

And of course the workplace… dog eat dog.

But here is a question: when was the last time you saw a dog eating a dog?

Is it natural for humans to act this way, or has neoliberalism brought out the worst aspects of human behavior?

Ross Ashcroft travels to Belgium to meet Paul Verhaeghe, professor of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent.

We ask him if the economic order we live under has changed us for the worse.

Watch the first 9 minutes of the conversation at:

While Michael Hudson highlights the Orwellian language and doublethink of economists.

Mainstream economists continue, in vain, to try and make the world fit into peculiar models that are based on junk ideas.

But there is a cohort of economists who have steadfastly resisted this alternative reality.

Their work focuses on re-building the flawed science to reflect the real world.

Host Ross Ashcroft talks with economist Michael Hudson in New York, whose latest book ‘J is for Junk Economics’ calls out the Orwellian language and doublethink that mainstream economists have been hiding behind for decades.


To understand what’s really going on, it’s not necessary to re-invent the wheel; the major issues that guide healthy economies were known to the Ancients and were expanded upon by the classical economists of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, E. Peshine Smith, Simon Patten, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, and others of many political stripes whose aim was to leave the brutal legacy of feudalism behind.

Their ideas and principles are brought back into the spotlight here.

It is hoped that this book will deconstruct today’s “value-free,” watered-down and deceptive economics that favor the wealthy, allowing the next generation to create a successful economy with proper checks and balances that will benefit everyone.

J Is For Junk Economics – Michael Hudson – 2017

Hopefully, the independent observer is now better equipped to evaluate whether divide and conquer tactics are embedded in any of the narratives promoted by the legacy-media.

Channel 4 News’ full, fiery interview with clinical psychologist and professor Jordan B Peterson, whose views on gender have amassed great controversy – and a huge online following.

For more conversations hosted by Ross Ashcroft go to:

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