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The global financial markets, particularly the bond markets are in bad shape, and the UK was the first to show how bad it can get, but this is not a UK problem - its a global problem. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Endgame for Putin?

Endgame for Putin?


With the "mobilization" Putin reveals that he is running out of road. He is doing what he always does, escalating. To make sense of this escalation, and living with this regime, we talk to a Russian insider to guide us through these new developments. If you are interested in Russia, don't miss this. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The UK, already the most unequal country in Western Europe, just got more unequal. We start by breaking through the internet noise with tangible facts about inequality and standard of living, comparing Ireland, UK. US and Norway. Then we examine the madness of the UK's budget, Sterling collapsing, gilts tanking and a country unhinged over there, before settling down to the predictable stability and calm of the Irish budget! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Populism is often vilified - but it’s origin is far more noble than you might think - and we might all need a bit more populism moving forward! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Housing is a global asset class now and now that rates are rising, lots of leveraged property funds are likely to go bust. How is this going to play out and what does it all mean? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The economy is full of unintended consequences - and those ripple through time for decades. How the world stopped inflation in 1970 brought on our current world view - but this time we’re fighting inflation radically differently… Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
A few months back we talked about 1922 being the year the 20th actually began, in terms of modernism, ideology, politics and economics. We mused whether the same would be said of 2022, that this momentous year -with everything that is happening - would be the year the 21st century actually begins. There is nothing more 20th century than the British Empire and their monarchy. Is this the end of that road and what does that mean for the UK? Can the UK outlast the Queen? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The rotating cast of Torie leaders continues, this time it’s Lizz Truss’s time in the spotlight. What exactly is going on in the UK, and where is the nation headed? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
More than a few years back, I got the chance to sit down and chat to the most consequential politician of my life, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the USSR - the very antithesis to Vladimir Putin in every way, politically, intellectually and emotionally. We look back at his life and a leader who drastically changed the course of the world. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Many in China have stopped paying their mortgages - what happened to this once golden goose of investment? And perhaps more importantly: how does this end? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Within the Euro, given the vastly different economic structures and stage of economic development, some countries, like Ireland, have undervalued exchange rates and others, like Croatia/Italy/Greece have overvalued exchange rates. This means that Ireland experiences massive supply problems, in housing, transport, too much inward investment etc, while the others experience severe deficient demand problems, unemployment, emigration etc. This represents a permanent flaw at the heart of the system; will it be fixed in the next crisis? The solution is fiscal federalism, like Canada, USA or Australia, but who in Europe wants that right now? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.



The war on drugs has failed and the public perception of marijuana is changing rapidly, here's some numbers that underscore why legalization is long overdue! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
New countries start with no money. The departing colonists take everything with them, including capital. Like all former colonies, the New Ireland had no money. Micheal Collins, revolutionary leader and Minister of Finance, as well as head of the army, laid out a plan. From crowd-funding the 1916-1921 revolution, to setting up a national bank and a new national insurance company, designed to stop capital flowing to London, from marketing Ireland abroad, to rejecting state socialism and focusing on investment both national and foreign, Collins' economic vision for Ireland was the direct opposite to either the conservatism of the first 1920s governments or twisted radicalism of De Valera. What might have been - had he not been assassinated at 31, 100 years ago this week. Here’s his incredible story and how money & economics played a pivotal role in it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The Economics of Music

The Economics of Music


Today an Irish artist needs to get around 4000 streams an hour or about 300,000 per month to earn the minimum wage which we know is far below what is needed to pay the rent. How can someone survive trying to be a musician? Today we explore the "new" economics of music, what is the financial reality for young and not so young musicians, the history of the music industry and why the economic of our old friend Joseph Schumpeter is behind it all. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
All over the world rent prices are skyrocketing and bringing unbearable pressure on the young and the most vulnerable. let’s talk about how this comes about and what can be done to fix it. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
In partnership with Liberty Insurance, we bring you: Nudges, choices and personalization - today's episode is all about the countless small decisions we make everyday and how those choices are being influenced in new & various ways. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
The Return of Malthus?

The Return of Malthus?


Droughts in Europe, resource-wars and global warming got us thinking about Thomas Malthus and his observations about population. Can we square the world's finite resources with the demands of 7 billion wannabe consumers? We talk positive checks, why hunter gathers were taller and ate better than the first farmers, plus the big Malthusian warning from the past, the Irish Famine. In the past two hundred years ,the world prized itself free of the Malthusian Trap via technology; could we be about to fall back into the grip of Malthus? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Taiwan was all over the news this week. We explore why this small island will be the most sensitive geo-strategic location for the coming showdown between the USA and China. The global economy can survive a conflict with Russia, with China all bets are off. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Is Putin winning?

Is Putin winning?


The War in Ukraine is entering its 6th month, many predicted it wouldn't last 6 days.  As time drags on and Russia's energy strategy begins to pay off, can the West remain united? What does phase 2 of the war look like - and who is the most likely winner? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Ireland is a manufacturing powerhouse, producing half as much as the UK per year, despite having a population that is 13 times smaller. With 1% of EU's population, Ireland produces 5% of total EU industrial output. 30 years ago, Ireland had practically no manufacturing base to speak of. How was this transformation achieved? Can it be sustained? Can a strong manufacturing base explain a countries political and social outlook and what else can developed from manufacturing prowess? If Ireland can build a manufacturing base from scratch, can other countries follow suit? Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
Comments (48)

Cathal McCionnaith

The most one sided take on this conflict since the start.... Not a single impartial angle in the entire podcast, lads you are buying into the MSM circus!

Oct 1st

gerry gallagher

more anti putin/ anti Russian propaganda from paid CIA stoges

Sep 29th

Declan Farrelly

assumption not ascension

Aug 16th

Adrian Lunnay

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Jul 9th


David could you please explain petrodollar? And only friendly countries trading together, very naive. Biden is begging for oil from Venezuela and Saudis, who assassinated journalist.

Mar 24th

Warren Daly

Christ! Could you not have gotten someone lucid to have spoke about bitcoin? You needed to challenge them wild assumptions he spouted. He rambled on nonsensically

Oct 25th

Eoin Clancy

Also, the official number of "white" Irish, indentured servants just to Barbados was 58,000. Indeed, Mr. Davis is correct. They are called "red legs" and if people watching is your favourite past time, I would suggest a trip to the farmers markets midweek. It is the most white people you will see in one place on the island other than the arrivals section when the British Airways flight lands

Sep 27th

Eoin Clancy

Well, I'm currently in Saudi Arabia and couldn't possibly comment on your comments about illicit activities publically as the repercussions could be interesting. However, as a Dun Laoghaire boy myself, you could probably imagine my response. As the son-in-law of one of the 3 ex-Barbados Central Bankers who created the fiscal infrastructures facilitating revenue flows to that Caribbean island in the early 1980's, I can tell you that the relatively moderate standard of living there is only achieved as a result of the FDI that they reap from the Europeans and americans that are attracted by that tax regime

Sep 27th

Freedom Controlled

there's no such thing as man made climate change so your wasting your time. the climate is changing but it's the sun not you!!

Jul 21st

Freedom Controlled

so when a big tec giant censors you it's totally unjustified and a crime against free speech but when someone else gets censored it's ok cause they don't follow your narrative!! yah double standards anyone?

May 25th

Ciara G

Simplistic viewpoint presented here. The opinion is just "objections are bad" without giving specific examples or delving deeper into the reasons for them. No mention of developers applying for 15 story blocks in mature areas with little infrastructure. Objections normally go hand in hand with poor existing infrastructure, lack of local amenities, scarce school places, etc but that hasn't been explored in this discussion.

May 7th

Niall Carty

can you please explain why no criminal charges have been brought??

Mar 9th

sean mac domhnaill

david please x 50 watch episode 4 of the new series Devils ( sky Atlantic) it deals with the bank bailout and guarantee for bond holders , it is jaw dropping and It would make for a great discussion piece .

Feb 25th

Andrew Parker

Clear as mud

Feb 2nd

Martin Barrett

eretz (Hebrew) land ersatz (German) inferior substitute No relationship whatsoever. what else does this know-it-all get wrong?

Dec 22nd

Martin Barrett

more of David showing off. perhaps this would be more interesting and honest if he replaced his yes man with someone who would challenge his incorrect facts and lazy assertions.

Nov 19th
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Paul Burke

You're getting old lads. The great Ian Dury is gone more than 20 years ago!

Nov 18th

Declan McGrath

For an intelligent man your reference to former Provo in the context of O'Rahilly's house was willfully ignorant. Kingstown is alive and well.

Oct 13th

Eddie Ronayne

Christ... I remember 20 odd years ago when DMcW was on TV Sunday mornings and he was generally correct. However, the past few years is self promotion and heading seriously to the left... That lady is correct. It's more likely that Trump will win. And ANYBODY that understands economics would prefer that to Biden. Unsubscribing now. Bye

Sep 24th

simon kelly


Jul 12th
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