by Freddie Sayers
Monday, 22
June 2020

Matthew Crawford: the dangers of Safetyism

by Freddie Sayers

Matthew Crawford is a motorcycle mechanic turned philosopher with a unique perspective on the current moment (see HERE for John Gray’s review of his new book, Why We Drive). Instead of talking in terms of partisan politics, he talks in terms of lived experience and what a good life feels like.

I’ve been a fan since his first book, and was delighted to have this wide-ranging conversation about risk, autonomy and and the new politics. In such a divided time, his is one of the few voices that could appeal equally to a Californian surfer dude and a midwestern religious conservative. That’s why it’s so important. Have a watch.

Click here to listen to the podcast version.

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  • June 23, 2020
    Mattew is not the first prominent motorcycle mechanic and philosopher. I'm thinking of Robert M Pirsig who in the 70's wrote "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" followed later by "LILA An inquiry into morals". These were well received and highly rated books at the time. I was very excited by... Read more

  • June 23, 2020
    Its like you read my mind! I was first introduced to 'safetyism' in one of unherd's articles in May but the concept has been playing on mind in recent weeks. In internet search and voila! I've found this. I cannot wait to read his books. You can count me in as one of life's risk takers! The moment... Read more

  • June 22, 2020
    I started to notice health and safety issues the moment I moved to the UK. I'm beginning to regret the Dutch laisser faire. Not surprised at the state of our society now with too much safetyism in place. It transformed a whole generation. Yes, libertarians are sceptical with respect to the... Read more

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