#7 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 2)

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“I tend to not believe in the larger system,” Chris Brogan told me in part 1 of our interview. And that’s where we pick up in part 2 — with a discussion about why Chris has little or no faith in the ability of the government and our political system to address the economic problems we face, individually and as a society.

We talk about Uber, the sharing economy and the people who work in it, the Great Depression, and lots more.

And yes, there will be a part 3… coming soon.


Show Notes

  • Chris Brogan
  • Uber
  • sharing economy
  • The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians, by Richard Eskow

    “Disruptive companies talk a good game about sharing. Uber’s really just an under-regulated company making riches. … Uber is the poster child for the pro-privatization, anti-regulatory ideology that ascribes magical powers to technology and the private sector. It is deeply a political entity, from its Nietzschean name to its recent hiring of White House veteran David Plouffe. Uber is built around a relatively simple app (which relies on government-created technology), but it’s not really a tech company. Above all else Uber is an ideological campaign, a neoliberal project whose real products are deregulation and the dismantling of the social contract.”

  • Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything (podcast), including his 3-part series Instaserfs (about the sharing economy)
  • serfdom
  • Susie Cagel is quoted in this episode talking about the sharing economy. Her clip is taken from Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything (Instaserfs, part 2). And I trust I’m using the clip here under “fair use.”
    Ms Cagel is a columnist at Al Jazeera America and Pacific Standard, and a frequent contributor of journalism for other outlets such as the Guardian, Forbes, Next City, and others. She’s a 2015-2016 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford, a summer 2015 artist in residence at BAVC, and a 2014 Online Journalism Award winner. Susie is currently working on an illustrated book about boom and bust economics in California.
  • Chris Brogan: “The person who emails me isn’t engaging in philosophy….” (at 33:12). Clearly, Chris isn’t getting any email from this guy.

photo of Chris Brogan courtesy of Raul Colon

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#6 John Lee Dumas: Burning Down The House (Part 1)

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John Lee Dumas is the host of Entrepreneur on Fire, one of the most popular and profitable business podcasts on iTunes. He’s also the inspiration for MY podcast, which is what you might call a “serious parody” of John, his many imitators, and their whole entrepreneurial worldview.

John deserves a ton of credit for joining me for this no-holds-barred Q&A, especially because I asked him questions I don’t think he’s accustomed to hearing. I mean, think about it: When I sent John my interview request, he could have easily said: Nope. No thanks, pal. Not interested in talking to you. (Which is what Seth Godin has been telling me recently via email.)

But John didn’t say that.

So thank you, John, for being such a stand-up guy, for responding to your critics — and for your sense of humor.

(Part 2 of this interview won’t be recorded until November 2015, which was the only opening I could book on John’s very busy schedule.)

Show notes

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#5 Chris Brogan: You’re It (Part 1)

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I’ve long followed the work of Chris Brogan, who is one of the most visible and vocal cheerleaders of the entrepreneurial life. He’s also one of the main inspirations for this podcast parody, which is why I’m surprised — and delighted — that he joined me for an interview.

We covered a lot of ground in a short time, but here’s how I’d sum it up: We agreed to disagree about most everything. (We also agreed to do another installment… coming soon!)

Here’s his official bio:

Chris Brogan explores how people use content and community to build marketplaces around areas of belonging. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including his forth coming book, Belong: A Framework for Embracing Community, Driving the Economy and Building the Future.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and once even presented to a Princess. People like Paulo Coelho, Harvey Mackay, and Steven Pressfield enjoy sharing their projects and best ideas with Chris, because they know he’ll share them with you. Tony Robbins had Chris on his Internet Money Masters series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs. Statsocial rated Chris the #3 power influencer online.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you how to understand. Through books, speeches, courses, and workshops, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of success, no matter where you are in the process right now. Chris also offers limited personal coaching, and offers limited consulting to businesses.

Chris lives in northern Massachusetts. He has two great kids and a loving and fun pair of parents, as well.

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#4 David Cay Johnston: The Great Divide

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In his new book, Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality, journalist David Cay Johnston assembles an impressive group of thinkers, writers, and (political) leaders who understand the possibilities — and the limits — of capitalism. Adam Smith, Paul Krugman, and Joseph Stiglitz… Mike Rose, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Robert Kuttner… Studs Terkel, Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama, and many others describe the societal risks of letting the gap between the haves and the have nots become too wide.

From David’s introduction:

“Inequality is about much more than just incomes or wealth…. Inequality is also about access and opportunity, which are much harder to measure. Education, health care, and exposure to environmental hazards all shape society, affecting who gets a shot at success and who gets success handed to them; who can overcome obstacles and who has those obstacles cleared away for them.

The single most important point of Divided is: keep in mind who benefits and who does not. It’s our choice. We decide. And we are free to make choices that will strengthen our society so that America, and the liberties of the people, will endure.”

Amen to that.

Show notes

David-Cay-Johnston-sqDavid Cay Johnston is currently a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University’s Law School. Prior to that, he was a reporter at The New York Times, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code. From 2012 to 2014, David was president of Investigative Reporters & Editors. David is also a contributing editor at Newsweek, a columnist for Al Jazeera America, and a frequent guest on MSNBC, PBS, CNN, Fox, and NPR. And with his appearance here at Entrepreneur Explosion, David has finally reached the very top of the media food chain. Congratulations, David! (And thanks for doing this interview.)

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#3 Barbara Held: Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching

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When I first requested an interview with Barbara Held — a professor of psychology at Bowdoin College — she turned me down. But then we talked… each of us kvetched a little… and soon we had agreed on a format for our Q&A. And to be honest, I think her initial concerns were spot on, which clearly demonstrates the power of creative kvetching. Details, and lots more, this episode.

 

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Dr. Barbara Held is the Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies at Bowdoin College. As a teacher, she focuses on personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy; as a researcher, she studies the conceptual underpinnings of movements in psychology, especially the postmodernist and positive psychology movements. In 2012, she received the Joseph B Gittler Award, which is presented by the American Psychological Foundation in recognition of the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge. Dr Held’s books include Back To Reality: A Critique of Postmodern Theory in Psychotherapy. In 2007, she published Psychology’s Interpretive Turn: The Search for Truth and Agency in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. But the book for which she is probably best known is Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining, in which she challenges what she calls the “tyranny of the positive attitude in America.” The book led to worldwide media attention, including features in The New York Times and People magazine, as well as appearances  on the Today show, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and the BBC and the CBC. Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching also helped establish Dr. Held as a leading critic of the positive psychology movement, which is one reason I’m so excited to have her on this show.

Show notes

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#2 Gary Brown: “Beware the cult of entrepreneurism”

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I had the opportunity & good fortune to interview Gary Brown, Executive Chairman & founder of Target McConnells, one of Ireland’s largest advertising & direct marketing agencies. He’s an insightful (and funny) guy.

Gary BrownGary Brown founded Target Marketing in Ireland in 1990, and rapidly transformed his company into one of the most decorated direct marketing agencies in Ireland. In 2005, Target Marketing became the first Irish and UK agency ever to win the prestigious Diamond Echo award from the Direct Marketing Association. In 2011, Gary merged his company with McConnells Advertising to form Target McConnells, which is now one of the biggest advertising and marketing agencies in Ireland. Gary is also a former League of Ireland soccer player and the former chairman of the Shelbourne Football Club. And on top of all that, Gary helped launch the music careers of Damien Rice and Bell X1. I discovered Gary because he recently wrote a pointed and very funny essay called Beware the Cult of Entrepreneurism, which we talk about in this episode.

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#1 David Coates: Wait a second… Is this guy a Marxist?!?

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Show Notes

David Coates

David Coates

Dr. David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Born and educated in the United Kingdom, David arrived at Wake Forest in 1999, where he teaches and writes extensively about public policy in the United States and the UK, about comparative political economy, and about the history of labor movements, among other subjects.

Dr. Coates is also the author of numerous books, including America in the Shadow of Empires. The book examines the empires of Rome, Spain, Britain, and Russia, and explores how and why these empires collapsed — and what America might learn from them.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • David’s new book: America in the Shadow of Empires (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Eileen

    (Note to file: On second thought, I think this song is about a different Eileen than the Eileen who married David. Must check.)
  • Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Marxist theoretician and politician who helped lead the resistance in the 1920s against Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime.
  • The optimism and timeless wisdom of Audrey Hepburn
  • Progressivism
  • Karl Marx (and Friedrich Engels): The German Ideology
  • Margaret Thatcher‘s quote that “there is no such thing as society” (in context, via The Spectator):

    “I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first… There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate.”

  • Zig Ziglar: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” 
  • The trailer for Inequality for All (a documentary featuring Robert Reich)
  • David recommends: Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, by Robert Reich
  • More books by Robert Reich
  • Olivia Newton-John
    Olivia-Newton-John-album-cover
  • David’s website
  • David on Twitter

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