Mar 15, 2021
Ronald Purser is a professor of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. He is the author of several books including his most recent, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality. Purser’s essays and other writing have appeared in the Huffington Post, Alternet, Tikkun, The Guardian, and elsewhere.
Purser explains how neoliberal gangster capitalists and other plutocrats have distorted and cooptated “mindfulness” for profits and ultimately as a tool for creating a passive, isolated, weak public of consumers and passive citizens.
He also shares what he learned about how “mindfulness” apps are actually created not for reasons of helping users but to make profits for huge companies.
Chauncey reflects on questions of freedom and government and how Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill may in fact be one of the most progressive and positively transformative acts of legislation since the Johnson administration.
And Chauncey also shares some found wisdom on questions of personal integrity, self-respect, and honor.
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