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PODCAST: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

May 11, 2016

PODCAST: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

PODCAST: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity
Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow the Money Weekly Radio!
In this week’s broadcast, Christian economist Jerry Robinson discusses the limits of economic growth with popular media theorist and author, Professor Douglas Rushkoff. We also discuss his latest book, Throwing Rocks at Google: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. But first, an update on the upcoming 2016 FTMDaily Financial Liberty Summit. Enjoy the show!


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PODCAST: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity


Show Notes

Segment 1: What Jerry Thinks

Segment begins at 1:35

It's Almost Time for the 2016 FTMDaily Financial Liberty Summit!

Christian economist Jerry Robinson opens today's show with an exciting update on our upcoming 2016 FTMDaily Financial Liberty Summit.

The 2016 FTMDaily Financial Liberty Summit Begins In…


Watch: Jerry Robinson Talks About the Upcoming 2016 Summit

DAY 1: Friday, May 20


DAY 2: Saturday, May 21


Join us for life-changing financial wisdom in the beautiful Rocky Mountains


Segment 2: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Segment begins at 10:17

An Interview with Douglas Rushkoff

Why doesn’t the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone?

In this segment, Jerry is joined by American media theorist, writer, and lecturer, Douglas Rushkoff to discuss his latest book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. Dr. Rushkoff is a critic of the present financial system and advocates for open-source solutions over closed-loop corporate/government solutions.

According to the inside cover of his latest book:

When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn’t between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole—the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives—are all trapped by the consequences. It’s time to optimize our economy for the human beings it’s supposed to be serving. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus (Douglas Rushkoff)

In this interview, we ask Dr. Douglas Rushkoff several thought-provoking questions, such as:

  • How has modern technology led our society to being more consumption-driven than ever?
  • How can peer-to-peer technology of the Internet be applied to America’s education system?
  • How is the idea of “perpetual growth” bankrupting our society?
  • Explain one of your quotes: “If you are not a programmer, you are one of the programmed”.
  • The introduction of written text led to Judaism, the printing press led to Protestantism. What will be the result of humanity’s new digital era of computer programming?

Plus, Douglas explains an epiphany he had as a young man that humans are meant to function in a "read-write" world, but instead we are existing in a "read-only" world. Enjoy the interview!

Segment 3: Precious Metals Market Update

Segment begins at 43:49

Precious Metals Market Update With Tom Cloud

Precious metals advisor Tom Cloud joins Jerry Robinson to discuss the latest market events impacting the price of gold and silver.



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