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Aug 17, 2020

David T. Pan is Professor of German in the Department of European Languages and Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and has previously held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Stanford University, Penn State University, and McKinsey and Company. He is the author of Primitive Renaissance: Rethinking German Expressionism (2001) and Sacrifice in the Modern World: On the Particularity and Generality of Nazi Myth (2012). He has also published on J. G. Herder, Heinrich von Kleist, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Jünger, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Schmitt, and Theodor Adorno. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, on the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the U.S. State Department, and as the Editor of Telos (

We discuss his article titled, “Economy and Ecology: Federal Populism and the Devil in the Details of Universal Basic Income," published in Telos, issue 191, summer 2020.