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“Demagoguery is an appeal to people that plays on their emotions and prejudices rather than on their rational side. Demagoguery is a manipulative approach - often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians - that appeals to the worst nature of people.”

Definition from vocabulary.com

There is a strange poignancy about seeing the US mid-term elections unfold just days before such a significant anniversary of remembrance. We have on display both present and past examples of human susceptibility to demagoguery, demonstrating its immense power over individual self-determination. 

Throughout history there have been, and still are in abundance, those who can whip up crowd fever. Its appeal to the herd instinct can overcome both common sense and intelligence and the results can be devastating, as we have seen time and again in the 20th century. 

So please READ ON .. as this week we explore this fundamental weakness in our human psyche, and ask if anything can help us moderate it.



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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: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.

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St. Paul's besieged

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: How to invest amidst UK political upheaval

How should UK investors behave when the political and economic outcomes are so uncertain? Tim Price, fund manager with Price Value Partners and author of Investing Through The Looking Glass argues for the benefits of diversification and traditional "value" investing. He considers the possible implications of a second Brexit referendum and a future Corbyn government and looks at the worsening prospects of world trade.

Motley Fool Money: Crypto Hangovers and Must-See Movies

Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Home Depot and Walmart report big earnings but fail to impress Wall Street; Nvidia nosedives on a crypto slowdown; And Eventbrite gets a chilly reception; Analysts Aaron Bush, Matt Argersinger, and Jason Moser discuss these stories and review Apple’s budding film career; Plus, corporate governance expert and film critic Nell Minow talks shareholder rights, Stan Lee, and must-see holiday movies.

The Business of Film: The Grinch
James Cameron-Wilson examines a bumper week for new releases at the UK box office. He reviews The Grinch, Widows (highly recommended), Overlord, the World War One documentary They Shall Not Grow Old from Peter Jackson and Wildlife. For home viewing, he looks at Harry Dean Stanton's last film, Lucky.
Gadgets & Gizmos: The cyber security minister with no computer

Steve Caplin tells us about the cyber security minister who has never used a computer, the launch of electric scooters in London (limited use only), the folding phone more like a brick, why a kilogram usually isn't, the AI news anchor and the collapsible bike helmet (in a good way).

Policy Matters: What can economists can tell policymakers about happiness?
In this episode of Policy Matters, hosts Franz Buscha and Matt Dickson are joined by Dr George MacKerron, senior lecturer in economics at the University of Sussex. George is an expert in the economics of happiness and wellbeing and the man behind the ‘mappiness’ project. George explains the importance of looking beyond financial measures of individual and national wellbeing and discusses the extent to which the cliché that ‘money can’t buy happiness’ holds true. Franz, Matt and George then discuss the findings from the ‘mappiness’ project which collects real-time data on individual’s self-reported happiness, allowing detailed analysis of the activities that have the greatest impact on how we feel and the way this also depends on where we are and who we’re with. George goes on to explain a number of ways in which public policy can have real impact on individual’s happiness and wellbeing.
This is Money: Follow the money - Are bank scammers about to be stopped in their tracks?
This is Money has relentlessly campaigned to fight online fraud – and in a major victory, Britain's biggest banks are now trialling a new system to trace stolen money. Is the end nigh for scammers? Editor Simon Lambert and host Georgie Frost talk about bank fraud and our long-running campaign to help protect our readers from the growing crime. We also talk through new rules to come in early next year that will spell out exactly what banks have to do to help prevent customers falling victim of bank transfer scams and why we launched our Beat the Scammers section in 2016. Elsewhere, if you are in the market for a credit card, one of the more eye catching is Virgin Money's offering which could get you a trip to New York with its new bumper sign-up offer – but what's the catch? We also talk about the property market and how estate agents – especially across London and the South East - have come under pressure since the Brexit vote, which has triggered a considerable slowdown. This has seen Foxtons announcing branch closures this week. And rather than the gloom and doom predictions of a potential house price crash, Simon asks: are house prices preparing to go on something of a run?
Mini Mindset: The Psychology of Looking at Our Food

Whether preparing a meal that takes 15 minutes or 50, home cooks can be forgiven for taking a moment to applaud their own efforts after plating up. Social data from HelloFresh shows that nearly 30,000 customers paused before eating their home-cooked meals and shared photos demonstrating feelings of pride and a sense of achievement. Dr Christy Ferguson discusses how taking time to appreciate the food that we have made can be beneficial to our mental wellbeing.

Track Record: Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer runs his own background and intelligence checking service in the US, and speaks and writes widely on company culture. He’s also a podcast host and a regular contributor to Forbes.com. As well as his deep interest in employee engagement, he’s also a musician. He says simply saying ‘thanks’ and showing your gratitude to a workforce in very small ways can boost morale and company confidence – but says it’s not all about the free perks at work and having a corporate Sabbuteo table!

Mini Mindset: Changing Attitudes to Christmas Shopping

The high street, once a popular choice for shoppers, has faced many changes in recent years. The increase of online shopping is a clear indicator, as 1 in 3 of us will exclusively use the internet to shop this Christmas. Annette Picardo, Managing Director in the UK for Etsy, explains how people are moving towards a more mindful and conscious way of shopping. New independent research finds that people feel happier when supporting their local community and local businesses.

IEA: Equal Pay Day, unravelling the victim-hood narrative

This year, Saturday November 10th was Equal Pay Day – the day the Fawcett Society calculates that women, on average, essentially start working for free, because of the gender pay gap. But Office for National Statistics calculated just a few weeks back that the pay gap is the lowest it’s ever been on record. Yet Equal Pay Day hasn’t moved. It’s the same day as it was last year. A new IEA briefing, written by Associate Director Kate Andrews and Chief Economist Julian Jessop, argues that this is a result of calculating the gender pay gap in order to obtain a figure nearly 60% higher than the official data. Kate Andrews has put together a podcast to provide ‘alternative listening’ for those who don’t want to engage in fear-mongering around women in the workplace. Kate brings together women from across the political spectrum, with diverse background and views, but who all agree on one thing – that’s that there’s a positive story to tell about women who work. She asks them all: ‘What positive message do you want to send to women today’, and also asks them for a practical policy proposal to help tackle the issues that working women still face.

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Experian, Vodafone & Royal Mail

Graham Spooner of The Share Centre looks back at numbers from Experian, Vodafone and Royal Mail and looks ahead to forthcoming results from compass, Centrica & United Utilities, Easyjet and Kingfisher.


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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