Podcast: What is “Economic Anxiety”?

A triptych on the concept of economic anxiety. The meme-cum-trope came hard and took op-ed columns by storm in 2016. Zach and Justin peel back the layers of this specious analysis. The episodes are based on Zach’s article, “The Myth of Economic Anxiety.”

In this first episode, they discuss Zach’s thesis that economic anxiety is a mere front-cum-pretext for something nefarious. Tune in to find out…

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Origins stories are in vogue. Economic Anxiety needs its origin story. Where does it come from? What’s its appeal? What’s its basis? Spoiler: it’s probably not reality.

Justin and Zach explore the aspects of economic anxiety that made this Manichean meme into the punditocracy’s go-to explanation of the 2016 election.

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In the crescendoing finale of the three-part series, Zach argues that pleading economic anxiety is akin to “slapping you and then telling you that you should empathize with my choice to slap you.” It is moral harm ‘justifying’ moral harm.

Not uncontroversial stuff.

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