Episode 1.9: Sons of Autarky

Episode 1.9: Sons of Autarky

Welcome to This Is Fine episode 1.9: Sons of Autarky. Thank you very much for listening, Finers. Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or your favorite app, and share this link with your favorite dad or uncle.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about how the crisis of declining male labor force participation, the opioid epidemic, the Trump vote, and racism are all connected by one powerful narrative, autarkic patriarchal white labor (APWL). That’s the belief that a man’s purpose is to provide for his family and that purpose can be only honored by certain types of work. Examining APWL, we look at some of the damage this story many men tell themselves has caused, and we look for a way out.

We’ll return in two weeks with This is Fine 1.10(!), when we’ll discuss industrial policy in the United States.

Works referenced on the podcast (in order of discussion):

Background Reading (including some of the academic work that informs much of the above):

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