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PODCAST: Vanessa Baird and Owen Jones on the feral rich

This is an episode in the Radio NI podcast series, which features regular interviews with contributors to New Internationalist's magazine and books. You can subscribe to this podcast for free in iTunes, or via the RSS feed, or by visiting the Radio NI blog to check for new interviews.

Vanessa Baird and Owen Jones on the feral rich:

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The feral rich are becoming more savage as the wealth gap grows, despite the economic crisis. How do they get away with it and what can be done to stop them?

In this podcast New Internationalist co-editor Vanessa Baird, and Chavs author and Independent columnist Owen Jones, discuss their ideas for turning the tables on the super rich and stopping the demonization of the poor. From tax avoidance to a maximum wage, is it possible to teach the feral rich when enough is enough?

Find out more about January/February’s double magazine on the feral rich, and how to subscribe to New Internationalist at our magazine page.


The New Internationalist podcast is produced by Amy Hall.

Thanks to Water Pageant for the music used in this podcast. Find out more about the band on their MySpace page. Their new album, Sightlings is out now. Other sounds thanks to Rickmk2, under a CC License 1.0, and Hush Musicent, under a CC License 3.0.

Slideshow photo: digitalmoneyworld, under a CC License.

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  1. #1 Elin Hansen 15 Oct 13

    In my opinion, the reason the labor left didn't come crashing down on the rich is because they were making the decision on where, or on what side they were going to be on, and since what they wanted was to keep their power, they decided rather than representing those who paid their dues as aggressively as they had in the past, they would work with administrations too and that's where they are today. This makes our teacher's contracts quite inferior to what they should be.

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Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

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