This episode deals with some of the ideas from the concluding chapters of Guy Standing’s book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class–A Politics of Inferno and A Politics of Paradise. He warns that without major changes we will be facing more and more interest in what he calls neofascism, or the populist and nationalist right. In the last chapter he outlines some solutions, the most discussed being a universal basic income. I spend time on that, but also on the guilt trip societies put on precariat workers, as though it is all their fault. A huge government apparatus exists to encourage the existence of a lot of precarious workers to provide cheap just in time labor, and a huge apparatus exists that employs thousands, if not millions, in administering paternalistic and judgmental programs to the “poor.” When you think about it, that’s sick, and a basic income sounds rational by comparison. … More Basic Income vs. Gaslighting the Precariat (Podcast)
Ideological Possession and the Rise of the New Right: The Political Thought of Carl Jung is my latest book. … More My New Book on Carl Jung and Ideological Possession
In this video, I discuss Berlin’s views of the Counter-Enlightenment thinker Joseph de Maistre, who in Berlin’s view anticipated much of modern fascism. … More Berlin on Joseph de Maistre and Fascism
In this video, I introduce key ideas from the “Against the Current” movements and discuss Berlin’s strategy for coming to term with and positively engaging those ideas. … More Can We Learn from the Counter-Enlightenment? Isaiah Berlin Did.