History Future Now with Tristan Fischer
By Tristan Fischer
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History is not a random collection of facts about dead people. History is a powerful tool that helps us understand the world around us today and helps predict what is most likely to happen in the future. History Future Now is THE podcast for listeners who want intelligent analysis of current events in a historical context.
||025 A Lost Generation: a chilling account of our youth unemployment crisis||This story about my personal encounter with a beautiful Russian prostitute 17 years ago has resulted in huge debate on the History Future Now website. HFN looks at the frightening similarities with the collapse of Communism and the hell that people wer...||12/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||024 Will Europeans be wiped out? The impact of immigration on Europe, past and future||20,000 years ago a new wave of immigrants from Africa wiped out the indigenous European population. Homo Sapiens took over and Homo Neaderthalensis disappeared. In this episode we look at the historical impact of immigration on thirteen groups of i...||11/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||023 Revolting Europeans: what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution? Part 5||In this multi part Episode History Future Now looks at the riots and protests of 2010, 2011 and 2012 and asks what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution. We look at history to see the causes of earlier European Revolutions and see what re...||11/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||021 Revolting Europeans: what does it take to get Europeans to have a Revolution Part 3||In this multi part Episode History Future Now looks at the riots and protests of 2010, 2011 and 2012 and asks what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution. We look at history to see the causes of earlier European Revolutions and see what re...||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||022 Revolting Europeans: what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution? Part 4||In this multi part Episode History Future Now looks at the riots and protests of 2010, 2011 and 2012 and asks what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution. We look at history to see the causes of earlier European Revolutions and see what re...||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||020 Revolting Europeans: what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution? Part 2||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||019 Revolting Europeans: what does it take to get Europeans to have a revolution? Part 1||11/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||018 Crisis - or an explanation on the origins of the decline of the West||Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus was written around 1592 and was based on an earlier German work about Dr Faustus, a talented German scholar at Wittenburg University who was frustrated by the limits of human knowledge. Feeling that he understo.||2/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||017 Keynes And Hayek Are Both Dead, And Wrong||Despite the fact that both John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich August Hayek are dead, their ideas are very much alive today and form the basis of whether governments chose austerity or stimulus as a way out of our current economic crisis. Both men wer...||10/20/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||016 Why do we need the military? Securing energy supplies and trade routes||History Future Now looks at our military expenditure and asks two basic questions: first, what is the purpose of the military and second, if we did things differently would we need to spend so much on the military? The results were surprising and the...||10/10/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||015 How to stop the jobs crisis and to bring good jobs back home||The Great Recession has been going on for four years, with no end in sight. A great part of the problem is financial: we borrowed too much money for too long and now don’t have the ability to pay off our debts. That is the reason why governments acros.||10/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||014 Why The Nuclear Family Needs To Die, In Order For Us To Live||The concept of a nuclear family is relatively recent – it is first mentioned in The Oxford English Dictionary in 1925 – and refers to a household that consists of a mother, father and their children. It is recent because the cost of establishing a h||10/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||013 How Bad Is The Youth Unemployment Crisis In Spain? Worse Than You Can Imagine.||History Future Now has been tracking the expanding numbers of young people who are unemployed in the European Union with great concern. Both Greece and Spain have youth unemployment rates that are well over 50%. Most European Union youth unemployment ...||10/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||012 Debt Jubilees and Hyperinflation: why history shows this might be the way forward for us all||Government debt levels in the United States, European Union and Japan are at all time historic highs, after decades of borrowing money to pay for regular annual expenditures, regular military interventions and multiple bailouts. Working out what will ...||10/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||011 Why Western managers are incentivised to outsource overseas and why this is bad for society||I met with a partner of an accounting firm recently who said that his partners had concluded that most of the accounting work that is not face to face with their customers can be done anywhere in the world. With this realisation, his firm looked at ...||9/17/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||010 How The Old Rob The Young And How The Young Support Their Crime||Niall Ferguson, the impossibly handsome economics history professor linked to Harvard and Oxford Universities and author of Empire, Colossus, Civilisation etc, is in the news at the moment for his 2012 Reith lectures on how the old are impoverishing th...||9/15/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||009 China Has Many Of The Characteristics Of An Emerging Colonial Power. How Does It Compare Historically?||China has been accused of being a neocolonial power in Africa. The country, through semi-governmental organisations is buying up land in countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar and Zambia and investing heavily in resource ...||9/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||008 Where are all the jobs going? Lessons From The First Industrial Revolution And 150 Years Of Pain.||In a world which is seeing a simultaneous increase in the capabilities of robots and artificial intelligence to do many factory and service sector jobs, and a significant increase in the world’s interconnected population, a natural question to ask is: .||9/12/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||007 Renewable Energy: Victim of Subsidy Discrimination?||Why does renewable energy get criticised for receiving subsidies that are far smaller than subsidies and expenditure on other sectors of the economy? History, Future. Now. examines why this bias exists from a historical perspective and concludes that ...||9/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||006 Energy as a proxy for power: Renewable energy vs fossil fuels||Renewable energy frequently gets a bad press because it explicitly and publicly is the recipient of subsidies, whether in the form of feed in tariffs, as in the case of solar and wind energy, or capital grants, as in the case of newer technologies suc...||9/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||005 How Climate Change Will Drive New Barbarian Hordes Into Europe||The Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire which followed it, was one of the most successful multi ethnic, multi cultural, multi linguistic and multi theistic societies in history. This ability to absorb foreigners and to assimilate them into the Roman ...||9/8/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||004 Environmentalism and the mystery of right wing opposition||Conservatives are rightly suspicious of environmentalists. By 1992, with Reagan, Thatcher and the end of the Cold War, socialism and left wing thinking appeared to be dead. Conservatism was triumphant and left of centre parties all around the world...||9/7/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||003 Standing on the shoulders of toddlers - why we have never grown up and what this means for our future.m4a||Once upon a time, you were a toddler. By the simple act of covering your eyes with your hands the people around you would cease to exist. By lowering your hands they would, miraculously and to great amusement, reappear. More terrifyingly, your mother...||9/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||002 Why the loss of middle class jobs will usher in the rise of political extremism.m4a||After four years of recession in Western economies, a new theme is beginning to emerge: this time things really are different. It appears that we are not witnessing a conventional recession...||9/4/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||001 Rare Earth Metals, China And The Transfer Of Power||Rare earth metals are not exactly a typical dinner party topic of conversation. But perhaps they should be: they combine high technology and the global balance of power, with an interesting discussion about electron shells thrown in for extra points.||9/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Been waiting For This!
Big fan of the best history podcasts but have been waiting for a literate, intelligent show focused expressly on analyzing current events in light of historical context, without a religious or political filter. This is a wonderful show! Thank you.