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When given word association options, capitalism is linked most often to ‘the rich, corporations, exploitation and unfairness’. Socialism, in contrast, gets most associated with the terms ‘workers, people, equality, fairness, opportunity, and community.”

Ryan Bourne, quoting from IEA report ‘Left Turn Ahead?’

In last Friday’s Telegraph Business section, Ryan Bourne helpfully drew attention to the Institute of Economic Affair’s (IEA) July survey ‘Left Turn Ahead?’, which surveyed young people’s attitudes towards capitalism and socialism. Their conclusions should worry everyone who believes in free market democracies.

The fact is that ‘capitalism’ has become so heavily intermediated, controlled by financial institutions and the elite, that younger generations simply don't recognise how it can offer them participation.

So please READ ON .. as this week, conscious that we are in the middle of Party Conference season here in the UK, we set out the urgent case for overhauling our approach to economics.

 

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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.

The main set of proposals are as follows:

Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young. 

Six key steps of egalitarian capitalism

  1. A proper programme of financial education to help people from all walks of life to build a personal store of freely disposable assets.
  2. Setting the conditions for disinter-mediation, in particular reducing the extent of parasitic inter-mediation which separates people from a sense of ownership and control.
  3. Direct share ownership: drawing together employee, consumer and share-owner, providing much improved corporate governance so that individual share-owners can participate fully in the companies in which they have chosen to invest.
  4. Calls for risk to be properly recognised when setting taxation on reward. This means encouraging innovation and continuing to recognise the risks taken by self-employed people.
  5. Addresses inter-generational equity, introducing a programme of incentivised financial learning for the disadvantaged young, fuelled from inheritance tax receipts, to enable them to achieve their full potential in adult life.
  6. Tackles one of the most difficult issues for democratic capitalism: universal benefits. It proposes a new voluntary approach for higher taxpayers to make discretionary payments for using universal, state-run services.

 

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The Bigger Picture: 100 Years of the Culture War, Does Aukus herald a new global order, why more are paying for healthcare
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at 100 years of the Culture War, as expounded in a new book by Frank Ferudi. He wonders if the Aukus pact is a sign of a new global order and discusses why the French are so very angry about it. And with NHS waiting lists approaching 6 million, he considers the ramifications for socialised healthcare of a growing number of people without health insurance deciding to pay for operations.
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: How serious is Evergrande and are the Fed about to taper?

Laith Khalaf, Head of Investment Analysis at A J Bell, looks at the problems of Chinese property company Evergrande and considers what the financial ramifications are likely to be. With the Federal Reserve hinting that it might begin cutting its pandemic stimulus as early as November, he looks at the popularity of the UK government's first green gilt, which could have been sold ten times over, and the impending arrival of an NS&I green savings bond later this year.

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   The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why investing in shares needs a much higher profile on TV and Radio
Lord John Lee has become a champion for people investing in the stock market over recent years: he's written three books on investing, he's a patron of ShareSoc, the society for individual shareholders in the United Kingdom, and he's now challenging Government, broadcasters and regulators to encourage a much higher profile for investing in shares on TV and radio. Gavin Oldham meets with John to discuss the background to his initiative and his proposals for change; and they go on to consider how customer share ownership can be expanded, how to encourage more active participation in shareholder voting, and how to improve financial education.
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 This Is Money: How bad will the energy crunch get? Plus a underpaid state pension update

The week began with an energy crunch, as households woke up to the problems sending gas prices spiralling - and the impact that could have on their bills. It ended with a needless rush on petrol, as people were told there was no need to panic-buy fuel .. and some promptly panic-bought it. The petrol issue we’re told is to do with a shortage of HGV drivers to deliver fuel, the gas problem is unfortunately far more complex. The immediate impact for households is that some are finding their energy supplier has gone bust and they are being transferred elsewhere, others are discovering they can’t switch, and many are staring down the barrel of a potential big imminent price cap rise followed by another next spring. This is Money’s energy and consumer correspondent Grace Gausden explains what’s happening and Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert discuss the implications with her. Then Tanya Jefferies joins to talk about the National Audit Office report into underpaid women’s state pensions, which highlighted her and our columnist Steve Webb’s work in exposing the fiasco, Tanya updates us on their investigations and what may happen next. And finally, there’s a new bank in town: Chase. Well it’s actually a very old one, because it’s JP Morgan launching current accounts in the UK under the Chase brand. It’s got 5% interest, with a catch, 1% cashback and some nifty features. Is it worth getting?

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Sir Clive Sinclair, Tesla's whoopee cushion & an IgNobel decongestant alternative
Share Radio's technology editor Steve Caplin pays tribute to the inventiveness of the late Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the pocket calculator among other things - even though he always used a slide rule. He gives a Tesla a test drive, including its built-in whoopee cushion, admires a new microcar, looks forward to streets lit by glow-in-the-dark plants, explains why the Lithuanian government is warning people about Xiaomi phones, recommends an auto cut-out app and highlights the latest IgNobel Prizes, one of which says sex is better for clearing the nose than decongestant.
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Business of Film: Rose Plays Julie, Kate & Johnny Guitar
James Cameron-Wilson examines the UK box office, depressed by a lack of any new big films ahead of the delayed release of the James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’. Stylish Irish film ‘Rose Plays Julie’ arrived at #30 in the chart, though James still recommends last week's Irish entry ‘Herself’, now at #15. With nothing else new to get his teeth into, James recommends the Netflix film ‘Kate’, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson, despite a somewhat derivative thriller plot. He also feels the 1954 Joan Crawford film ‘Johnny Guitar’, long held to be a camp classic, deserves a higher reputation; it is now out in a restored edition on DVD and Blu-Ray.
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Motley Fool Money: New Stock Highs, Supply Chain Woes, and Big Tech Insights

Costco ends the fiscal year on a strong note. Nike struggles with global supply chain issues. Adobe posts record revenue. FedEx cuts full-year guidance. Stitch Fix surprises with a quarterly profit. Salesforce and Darden Restaurants hit new all-time highs, and Toast pops 50% on its first day of trading. Emily Flippen and Jason Moser analyse those stories and share two stocks on their radar: Coupang and Compass. Plus, CNBC host Jon Fortt discusses the latest revelations about Facebook, what investors should know about new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, and WeWork’s upcoming debut in the public markets.

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Motley Fool Answers: A Bad Year for Chinese Stocks, Red Flags for Pyramid Schemes, and Asset Location

Chinese stocks are down 14% so far this year, Motley Fool analyst Ben Ra joins us to explain why. The Ascent’s Brian Frey shares the buttery soft red flags of a pyramid scheme. And we answer Adam’s question on which types of stocks belong in which types of accounts.

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Modern Mindset: Lisa Kramer on Return to Work Anxiety

Adam Cox is joined by Lisa Kramer, Business Psychologist from Kooth, to discuss why many Brits may be feeling anxious about their return to the office. They look at how employers can spot the signs of employee anxiety, and what can be done to combat it.

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The Hypnotist: Deserve to Lose Weight with Music
Leave your worries behind you and enjoy 38 minutes of pure relaxation with Adam Cox and his soothing background music, as he guides you to breathe in calm and breathe out tension; explaining how, just as food is fuel for the body, oxygen is fuel for the mind.
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The Bigger Picture: A World of Individual Opportunity - the Vision of Egalitarian Capitalism

Imagine a world in which everyone has a stake in the great tech firms that serve them each day, and where dividends are gradually replacing wages to provide regular income for everyone, as work becomes scarcer as a result of automation? Imagine a world where every young person not only has a small inheritance with which to start their adult life, but also the opportunity to build its value by learning life skills? Simon Rose is taking a well-earned break this week, so we’re taking the opportunity to bring you a talk given Gavin Oldham in August to the leading City of London think-tank Z/Yen.

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Sharefound: Good News for 16-18 year-olds in Wales!

On 31 August '21 The Share Foundation hosted a virtual event for young people in Wales, to help them find money that the government put away in a Child Trust Fund for when they reached 18. All young people born in the UK from 1st September 2002 should have one of these accounts, but huge numbers don't know anything about them! With Welsh-speaking help from Jac, this audio podcast of the virtual event tells you all about your good fortune, and invites you to register at https://findCTF.sharefound.org so that Sharefound can help link you with your money. Please share! And if you want to join a virtual event yourself, please visit https://www.sharefound.org/ctf-virtual-events and register for your choice of date: they're taking place each fortnight.

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The Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Getting work right for women

Women’s roles have been challenged with many women reporting feeling the pandemic has reversed decades of progress on equality. Women have worked more support hours than men and while women make up 47% of the UK’s workforce, they account for 52% of people furloughed and 54% of job losses, a report from the Women’s Budget Group found. This poses the question of whether women are deemed to be less valuable workers than men. However, there have also been positive outcomes as a result of the pandemic – a greater awareness of others and their need for symbiosis between life and work, a realisation that flexibility is possible and dare I say it... more efficient.

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 Economist Questions: A ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ Workplace: Tricky Balancing Act?
Research into workplace productivity and management practice is often focused on the links between ‘Good’ and ‘Efficient’ practices. ‘Good’ covers employee-friendly policies; for instance, those providing opportunities for better Work Life Balance. In contrast, ‘Efficient’ practice includes the use of KPIs, setting clear performance expectations and tackling underperformance where it is identified. In this episode Peter Urwin and Professor Richard Saundry discuss this, drawing on their own understanding as researchers and experiences as line managers. The operational reality is that managers hold a position between the interests of their organisation and those who work for them – how do they balance the (often competing) need to create both efficient and good workplaces?
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VIDEO: Tracking down £1bn of missing Child Trust Fund cash

Every child in the UK born between 1 Sept 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 has a Child Trust Fund (CTF). But one child in six has lost contact with the money. Gavin Oldham, Chairman of The Share Foundation – which runs the Junior ISA & Child Trust Fund schemes for children in care for the Department for Education - is trying to re-connect them. He talks through the CTF, how to track an account down, and what a child can and can’t do with the money.

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Superinvestors

In a new partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced its first audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters. 'Superinvestors' lays bare the investing secrets of legendary investors - from early 20th-century figures such as Benjamin Graham and John Maynard Keynes, through to more modern names such as Anthony Bolton and Warren Buffett.

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The Share Foundation

How you can help young people in care prepare for adult life by supporting The Share Foundation’s ‘Stepladder of Achievement’ programme.

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