MIKE Driver and Julie Ponesse: two names and two thinkers to conjure with. TCW readers are probably aware of both. Mike Driver, banker, businessman and philosopher poet, started writing occasional pieces for us in April last year. His writing is characterised by the manner in which he questions everything from our modern ‘safety at all costs’ culture to the way in which we ‘attend to’ a world that is changing and – despite the cruelty, control, and sheer idiocy many of us are witnessing – the need for eternal optimism.
I am not surprised that the former professor of ethics at the University of Western Ontario, Julie Ponesse, whose appalling treatment by the university we reported on here, picked up on Mike’s writing. It is indeed unique in its thinking, analysis and imagination.
She approached him for a conversation which they recorded a week or two ago. Their discussion ranges over the not so conspiratorial aspirations of the billionaire class, being optimistic during a pandemic, conformity, the natural laws of the universe and the inability to truly control it – a basic fact of life that hubristic and overweening politicians as well as the messiah complex technocratic seem unable to grasp or simply have no notion of.
One great quote of Mike’s many in this thought provoking dialogue – the real problem that Matt Desmet misses in his theory of mass psychosis is acquired psychopathy:
‘Acquired psychopathy is what happens when you get too much money and that’s the real issue. He is almost blaming the population, whereas it is those who are doing the manipulating – the billionaire class – (I am not saying every billionaire is a psychopath) but acquired psychopathy is a much more interesting topic to me than Mr Desmet’s theory . . there’s an amount of money that takes you beyond morality.’
So true and so ignored.
You can listen to and watch to Mike pulling no punches here. Seeing two such decent intelligent and sensitive people, unbowed but understanding of the world’s current plight, does restore one’s faith in humanity! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!