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William Davies is professor of political economy at Goldsmiths, University of London and the author of This is Not Normal: The Collapse of Liberal Britain
The pandemic has forced No 10 and its behavioural psychologists to confront the most basic questions: what are rules and what makes us follow them?
There is a political logic uniting the international oligarch and the comfortable Telegraph-reading Hampshire retiree.
People used to define themselves by their pleasures – by their sexual preferences and lifestyle choices. Today, we increasingly define ourselves by our suffering and our weaknesses.
In an age where easy prosperity will never return, the challenge is to “protect” against privatisation.