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Adam Smith’s Pins: Economics & Markets

  • Thumbnail for EP70: Chokepoint Capitalism ft. (Cory Doctorow)

    EP70: Chokepoint Capitalism ft. (Cory Doctorow)

    Many of the creative industries look like an hourglass. On the one side, you have creators; on the other, the rest of us. In the middle, Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow say there's often a 'chokepoint.' 
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  • Thumbnail for EP62: Socialize the Series of Tubes (ft. Ben Tarnoff)

    EP62: Socialize the Series of Tubes (ft. Ben Tarnoff)

    Recently a major outage took nearly a third of Canada offline. No phone, no internet… even access to 911 got shut down in some places, all thanks to Rogers Media Inc. But why does one company get so much control over a vital service like the Internet in the first place?
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  • Thumbnail for EP39: Three Corporations in a Trenchcoat (ft. Matt Stoller & Dwayne Winseck)

    EP39: Three Corporations in a Trenchcoat (ft. Matt Stoller & Dwayne Winseck)

    If you eat, use a cell phone, connect to the internet, open a bank account, down a pint, or pick up a prescription in Canada, you’re probably experiencing the country’s familiar brand of oligopoly and monopoly. It’s arguably worse than the US. We’re basically three corporations in a trenchcoat.
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  • Thumbnail for EP36: Koch Block My Campus (ft. James L. Turk & Jasmine Banks)

    EP36: Koch Block My Campus (ft. James L. Turk & Jasmine Banks)

    Right wing money in academia is pervasive and influential. Libertarian-minded billionaires like the Kochs and their partners have funded scholars and think tanks across the US, and similar things go on in Canada too. On this episode of Darts and Letters, we explore big money and its corrosive influence on academic freedom and academic integrity.
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  • Thumbnail for EP25: The Cornish Consensus (ft. Joe Roberts of the Democratic Socialists of Canada)

    EP25: The Cornish Consensus (ft. Joe Roberts of the Democratic Socialists of Canada)

    As the G7 Summit wraps up in the United Kingdom, the blueprint for a kinder, gentler, more generous capitalism is being floated. It’s being called the Cornwall Consensus. Meanwhile, in Canada, a democratic socialist organisation has popped up during the pandemic and is attracting a lot of attention. This week, we plumb the depths of the Cornish new world order, go back to the future with a look at the end of the end of history, and sort out the state of Canada’s political left.
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