[lbo-talk] Comment on Henwood's radio interview of James Livingston 3/23/17

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Mar 23 13:43:56 PDT 2017

I’m trying to recall an occasion when you had something interesting to say and coming up blank. But thank you so much for your comments.

I have no disdain for Jim at all. I disagree with him on some things.


> On Mar 23, 2017, at 4:36 PM, Eugene Coyle <e.coyle at me.com> wrote:
> I just listened to “Behind The News” on KPFA. The second half of the program was an
> interview with James Livingston, the author of “No More Work.” I gathered from the program that Livingston’s book
> advocates a Universal Basic Income, to free people from unneeded, useless, and poorly paid work.
> If there is more in the book I didn’t hear about it.
> Livingston was shallow and unprepared for a discussion of his ideas. He was unable to respond to Henwood’s
> antagonistic questions. And he didn’t seem to pick up on the disdain and
> antagonism that I heard from Henwood.
> Henwood, on the other hand, was unable to sharpen his inquires to bring out
> either fatal flaws in Livingston’s argument or draw the author into responses
> that would defend his ideas.
> Henwood was punching down at Livingston, in contrast his with being overmatched
> trying to shoot holes, a few years ago, in Kathi Weeks' arguments against work
> Henwood and Livingston did agree that the issue of jobs and income distribution requires a political
> resolution.
> Gene
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