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Big Tech thinks they’re too big to be held accountable - and with gutless antitrust enforcement, they are.”

Elizabeth Warren

On 29 July the world’s most powerful tech chief executives - Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Tim Cook (Apple) and Sundar Pichai (Google) - were summoned to Washington to testify at the US House of Representatives antitrust committee. The central purpose of the hearings was to determine whether the companies had too much market power.

Whether it achieved that aim is debatable, as the above Twitter quote from Elizabeth Warren points out. However, our principal concern is not just their concentration of power but also their concentration of wealth: for it is the latter, combined with intensive automation, which jeopardises the entire economic progress of humanity.

So please READ ON .. as this week we revisit a subject last tackled by this commentary on 15 January 2018 ('Tech giants should issue free shares to their customers'), but from a different perspective: the capacity for big tech to remove money from circulation, thereby reducing the majority of people to subsistence income.

 

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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 Talk by The WealthiHer Network: Family matters
Financial health is a crucial part of overall wellbeing, and yet we don’t talk about money. Listen to our experts: Maya Prabhu, Managing Director and Head of Wealth Advisory at J.P. Morgan Private Bank; and Kelly Hearn, psychotherapist and ex-investment manager, as they share their thoughts with Tamara Gillan on how and why you should be talking to your children about money from a young age.
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Modern Mindset: Modern Stage Hypnotism

Adam Cox is joined by stage hypnotist, Robert Temple, who details the fun and challenges of being a stage hypnotist in the 2020s. He discusses the perceptions and misconceptions of stage hypnotists and why he decided to become one. They discuss why many hypnotherapists look down on stage hypnotists, and what the future has in store for this form of entertainment.

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The Bigger Picture: The planning system overhaul and how e-businesses might boost the UK

Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University examines the Government's ideas for reforming Britain's planning system and suggests what the ramifications might be for solving the country's housing problems. As an economist shows that the UK economy has been bouncing back faster than over comparable countries, he looks at a think tank's ideas for introducing e-businesses as a way of giving Britain a post-Covid boost.

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Business of Film: Flash Gordon at 40, Summerland and Endings, Beginnings

James Cameron-Wilson talks to Simon Rose about the latest state of the UK box office, still becalmed ahead of the imminent release of Tenet. Together, they review the camp classic Flash Gordon which is out again for its 40th birthday. According to star Brian Blessed, it is the Queen's favourite film. James also reviews the Gemma Arterton film Summerland and the Shailene Woodley vehicle Endings, Beginnings.

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The Week That Was: Intercontinental Hotels, Prudential, Admiral & GVC

Helal Miah of The Share Centre looks at recent news from Intercontinental Hotels, Prudential, Admiral and GVC, all to some extent affected by the Covid pandemic. He looks ahead and gives an idea of what we might expect from Persimmon, Wood Group and BHP.

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Gadgets & Gizmos: Vein scanning and rage rooms

Share Radio's tech maven Steve Caplin shines his LED light on vein scanning, cars with predictive touch screens, rage rooms to rent, learning the piano through a role play game, a black dot absorbing 99.9% of light, a high-tech drill, how to put an end to leaves on the line and space rockets that can land themselves.

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Motley Fool Answers: Mastering Money With the Budgetnista

Tiffany Aliche explains how she went from being unemployed and in debt, to founding a multimillion-dollar business – all while providing life-changing financial education.

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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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