Why *THIS* Mindset Puts Our Liberty at RISK | Barry Brownstein & Kate Wand

09 Nov 2023 • 52 min • EN
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READ Barry Brownstein's Article: https://www.aier.org/article/to-live-for-grievances-risks-liberty/ LISTEN to Liberty Curious: https://www.aier.org/podcasts/ SUBSCRIBE to Barry's Substack: https://mindsetshifts.substack.com/ Why are so many in our generation brainwashed to see the world in a terrible way? And what is it about their mindset that makes them so susceptible to this kind of manipulation? In his recent article for AIER, Barry Brownstein writes, "Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay wrote in their book Cynical Theories, the contemporary social justice movement “is a worldview that centers social and cultural grievances and aims to make everything into a zero-sum political struggle revolving around identity markers like race, sex, gender, sexuality, and many others.” On this episode of Liberty Curious, I was joined by Barry Brownstein, professor emeritus of Economics and Leadership, to discuss how our personal grievances are a threat to liberty. “In his 1976 lecture, “Socialism and Science,” Hayek argued that socialism requires a “government with unlimited powers” to give groups with grievances what they think “they are entitled to.” Barry explains that our individual mindset has a ripple effect that shapes the society around us. When we build our identities around our personal grievances, we play into the hands of illiberal politicians and ideologies that promise to solve all of our problems for us, at the cost of our inner and outer liberty. 0:00 - intro 1:21 - holding onto grievances 6:30 - socialism mindset 9:01 - far-left & far-right grievances 12:01 - mindset in Russian Revolution vs American Revolution 14:02 - if the State doesn't fix your life 15:33 - self-concept against something 19:42 - identity politics and victim mentality 25:40 - neo-marxism & social justice 28:51 - hatred that lasts for centuries 33:50 - Hayek: the road to serfdom 36:39 - politicians exploit grievances 39:40 - a mindset shift 43:30 - ready-made ideology 45:26 - the power of choice 49:40 - is there still hope?

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