The hypothesis that economic hardship is fuel for the fire of reactionary cultural politics is widely aired on both sides of the Atlantic these days. By contrast, little attention is paid to the alternate causal reading — that reactionary cultural politics is a cause of economic decline.
But the evidence is fairly clear that immigrants and higher education are both major drivers of prosperity in the modern world, while adherence to rigid gender norms is a recipe for family instability and economic hardship. Cosmopolitan temperaments (what psychologists call “openness to experience”) remain a minority taste in America but advocates for cosmopolitan policies could strengthen their case by seeing cultural openness as a driver of prosperity and not just an independent axis of political conflict.
Reactionary Politics as a Cause of Economic Decline
Mr. Matthew Yglesias
Thursday, October 24, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Morse Building, Room B104
426 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA
Free, open to the public. No registration required.
About the Speaker
Matthew Yglesias co-founded Vox.com with Ezra Klein and Melissa Bell back in the spring of 2014. He’s currently a senior correspondent focused on politics and economic policy, and co-hosts The Weeds podcast twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Before launching Vox, he was the author of the Moneybag column for Slate and before that he wrote and blogged for Think Progress, The Atlantic, TPM, and The American Prospect. Yglesias is the author of two books, most recently “The Rent Is Too Damn High,” about the policy origins of the middle class housing affordability crisis in America.
Yglesias was born and raised in New York City, but has lived in Washington DC since graduating college in 2003.
Lecture Location—Morse Building, Room B104
On the campus of the Middlebury Institute, the Morse Building, Room B104, is located at 426 Van Buren Street, Monterey, CA. Attendees will come up the breezeway between the Student Services building and Morse Building, and room B104 will be on the right, just past the first stairwell. Wheelchair access by going around the Student Services building through the Holland courtyard.
Parking is available in any Middlebury Institute campus lot after 5 p.m., or on the street (time limits on surrounding streets end at 6 p.m.)
Contact Rachel Christopherson at the Center for the Blue Economy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 647-4183.