|⇦|| Episode #567 - Radical Democracy and The Rebirth of Epimethean Man
(Deschooling Society 7)
|⌚ Sat 3 September 2011 ☻David McNally, Various Spanish Activists, Ivan Illich (reading)|
Download Hour1 Download Hour2We start this week's show with Professor David McNally on 21st century instances of people rebelling against their would be overlords. Then a set of activists in Spain on how a recent wave of protests against the austerity morphed into an experiment in self-government. Finally, we conclude our reading of radical philosopher Ivan Illich's 1971 book, Deschooling Society, in which he describes the re-conceptualisation needed to break from the counter-productive and dependency producing hierarchical institutions of the 20th century.
In our next section, we hear various activists from Spain on the self-organising people's assemblies which have been happening there as a result of activism which continued beyond the election. Hundreds of thousands of people, again, have been massing in peaceful protest, something that not widely reported on by the commercially controlled media until violence erupted as a result of agents provocateurs.We conclude the show with the final chapter of Illich's Deschooling Society. Following on from last week's episode, in which he described his vision for decentralised, bottom up hierarchies, In chapter 7, Rebirth of Epimethean Man, Illich describes what will be necessary to break out of the trap of institutionalisation. He suggests we need to fundamental our self-conception, from a mass of consumers with needs to individuals with out own roles and purposes. We can no longer demand that institutions meet homogeneous 'needs', but must trust instead in friendship, not in material consumption but the joy of spontaneous, unplanned life.
Thanks to C. S. Soong for the David McNally interview, and to John Larsen for pointing me to the Spanish activists interview and to Chris for posting it.
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