New World Same Humans #31 – Audio Edition

  
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This week’s essay is about a paradox. More specifically, about how contemporary industrialised societies both cultivate and erase us as individuals. I think this phenomenon helps explain peculiar features of the societies in which we live. And we’re only at the beginning.

One last thing: look out for the launch this week of the new Wednesday email. I’m designing it to be the polar opposite of the Sunday instalment. While the Sunday email is a deep read (or listen!), Wednesday’s will be snippets of news along with fast analysis on underlying principles and trends that you can put to work.

I’m thinking of calling the mid-week instalment New Week Same Humans. But by Wednesday I may have changed my mind. If you either love or hate this title, now is your chance to tell me. You know where I am.

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Links in this week’s instalment

1. In Civilisation and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud argued that an irreconcilable tension sits at the heart of civilised life.

2. The Austrian thinker Leopold Kohr has been rediscovered in recent years.


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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.