Watch “Barbara Ehrenreich – Smile or Die” on YouTube


I love the full (British) title of her new book: Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World




2 thoughts on “Watch “Barbara Ehrenreich – Smile or Die” on YouTube

  1. Great talk. I like the idea that someone is bringing some attention to this. When The Secret came out, I wrote an essay about some of the ideas and noted the unusual lack of response on that particular post. Amazing how quickly the public is willing to embrace ideas that hide what we’re really going through. And delusion is contagious I think.


  2. I’m curious to see how far back she traces this, so I will likely get the book. It’s been a long developing trend, from Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking) to Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) through all sorts of ‘self-actualization’ cults like EST and is really, come to think of it, the whole idea behind the Protestant split from the Catholic Church way back when. You could literally wish yourself into heaven. Sometimes I think that whenever people talk about ‘free will’ they are really talking about positive thinking!


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