Energy and Equity (Ideas in Progress) [Ivan Illich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A junkie without access to his stash is in a state of crisis. ENERGY AND EQUITY∗. Ivan Illich. “El socialismo puede llegar sólo en bicicleta . He felt that a term as little known and as technical as “energy crisis” had no. This book looks at energy from the perspective of a person with no interest in the present system. Illich looks at energy as a divisive element in our modern.

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Only by segregating human beings in the category of childhood could we ever get them to submit to the authority of a schoolteacher.

Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society, Energy and Equity

Ciarastea rated it it was amazing Dec 31, As soon as a poor country accepts the doctrine that more energy more carefully managed will always yield more goods for more people, that country locks itself into the cage of enslavement to maximum industrial outputs. School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. Until the last century, “children” of middle-class parents were made at home with the help of preceptors and private schools.

The telephone and postal networks exist to serve those who wish to use them, while the highway system mainly serves as an accessory to the private automobile. I call them “convivial” and suggest placing them at the left of an institutional spectrum, both to show that there are institutions which fall between the extremes and to illustrate how historical institutions can change color as they shift from facilitating activity to organizing production.

El socialismo puede llegar solo en bicicleta. Only if school is understood as an industry can revolutionary strategy be planned realistically. Like an amoeba they fit into almost any interstice of the language. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, equiyt any of our reviewer’s personal information.

The regulation of convivial institutions sets limits to their use; as one moves from the convivial to the manipulative end of the spectrum, the rules progressively call for unwilling consumption of participation.


The former are true public utilities, whereas the latter is a public service to the owners of cars, trucks, and buses. While people have begun to accept ecological limits on maximum per capita ivvan use as a condition for physical survival, they do not yet think about the use of minimum feasible power as the foundation of any of various social orders that would be both modern illch desirable.

Otherwise, I fear as Max Weber said: I have already argued that the key to the relation between transport and traffic is the speed of vehicles.

The son of Marcos has yet to be afflicted with the yearning for childhood; the New Yorker’s son feels deprived. Unless you have access to a loudspeaker, you now are silenced.

But this view ignores two crucial factors which make the fundamental picture much less rosy: A junkie without access to his stash is in a state of crisis. For this purpose I shall define “school” as the age-specific, teacher-related process requiring full-time attendance at an obligatory curriculum. Getting from here to there did not depend, most of the time, on a resource which was scarce, which you could not get if I got it.

The hypocrisy of this argument is clearly betrayed by acceleration. The new expressway expands Chicago, but it sucks those who are well-wheeled away from a downtown that decays into a ghetto. Well, here we are. Energy and Equity Ivan Illich No preview available – At stake in the choice between the institutional right and left is the very nature of human life.

Further excerpts from Deschooling Society The contemporary ideal is a pan-hygienic world: The teacher-as-moralist substitutes for parents, God, or the state. They had only their feet for moving about. Erkannte Herr Illich schon Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them.

Just as traffic does, computers call for police, and for ever more of them, and in ever more subtle forms. When this function is exercised by a custodian and preacher, it usually means that he persuades the pupil to submit to a domestication of his vision of truth and his sense of what is right.

Just as inevitably, this hidden curriculum serves as a ritual of initiation into a growth-oriented consumer society for rich and poor alike. John Verity is an journalist-writer technology, business and photographer living in Santa Rosa, Calif. Below a threshold of per capita wattage, motors improve the conditions for social progress. The ‘energy crisis’ that exists intermittently when the flow of fuel from unstable countries is cut off or threatened, is a crisis in the same sense.

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There Are 3 Types of American Capitalism. But this institutional wisdom is itself the product of schools because sound common sense tells us that only children can be taught in school.


The energy crisis focuses concern on the scarcity of fodder for these slaves. Toward the middle of this century, middle-class parents began to try to spare their children the impact of this doctrine, and their thinking about children now prevails in the practice of the Church.

However, what steady equitty shall mean depends entirely on the way in which we interpret the present. Membership in the institutions found at this extreme of enefgy spectrum is achieved in two ways, both coercive: At his best, he sets the stage for the acquisition of some skill as schoolmasters always have. Schools themselves pervert the natural inclination to grow and learn into the demand for instruction. By making men abdicate the ian for their own growth, school leads many to a kind of spiritual suicide.

Only some churches continued to respect for some time the dignity and maturity of the young. Thanks for telling us about the problem. H20 and the Waters of Forgetfulness.

Of course if I were to tell the New York slum-dweller that his working son is still a “child,” he would show no surprise. Mar 29, Bernie rated it it was amazing. In each of these three roles the teacher bases his authority on a different claim.

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Capitalism and Regional Disparities. As production costs decrease in rich nations, there is an increasing concentration of both capital and labor in the vast enterprise of equipping man for disciplined consumption.

Further energy affluence means increased concentration of control over that energy with all its attendant political consequences.