Why We Drive – On Freedom, Risk and Taking Back Control - Matthew Crawford In Conversation With Bryan Appleyard


"Join philosopher and motorcyclist Matthew Crawford for a rebellious celebration of the human spirit, taking us to the heart of one of the defining questions of our time: who is really in control? Philosopher Matthew Crawford is ‘one of the most influential thinkers of our time’ (Sunday Times); he lectures internationally, writes for the world’s most influential broadsheets, and has become world-renowned for his unique perspective on the human condition. He also runs a vintage motorcycle repair shop – putting into practice the lessons he preaches in his bestseller The Case for Working With Your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad For Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. In this free, livestreamed conversation with Sunday Times journalist Bryan Appleyard, Matthew will fuse his twin passions to explore driving as the near-perfect embodiment of broader changes being wrought by government and technology throughout our lives. He will show how the driver’s seat to be one of the few remaining places where we still regularly take risk, exercise skill and enjoy freedom. But it is here too that we discover what we are losing to automation and the technocrats, and who will profit from the vision of progress they press upon us. Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy and adventure. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel. As we hurtle toward a shiny, happy ‘self-driving’ future, are we destined to become passengers in our own lives too? Blending philosophy with hands-on storytelling and drawing on his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, Crawford will lead us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists. In turn he will speak up for rivalry and play, solidarity and dissent – and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless."