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Will Davies is the director of the Political Economy Research Centre at the University of Goldsmiths, and the author of Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over the World.
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.