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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At least that is how I interpreted his idea of Radical Monopoly, especially he makes the claim in the book that the bicycle is should be the main mode of transportation AND it is the only vehicle by it’s very nature provides equity among people. The same convergence equiyt institutional style affects health care, merchandising, personnel administration, and political life. North American Social Report. Modern warfare has become a highly professional enterprise whose business is killing.

In the case of transportation and American society, possession of a car is the minimum level of consumption. Amber rated it it was amazing Mar 09, The private car is the focus of a cluster of right-wing institutions.

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The Ivan Illich Archive — Energy and Equity

Today, we recognize many problematic effects of transportation, but speed is almost never the main culprit—if anything, we still crave more of it.

But, no matter whether the teacher is a schoolmarm or a team of men in white coats, and no matter whether they succeed in teaching the subject matter listed in the catalogue or whether they fail, the professional teacher creates a sacred milieu. Institutional wisdom tells us that children need school. The youth of rich nations would be liberated from its destructiveness, and poor nations would cease attempting to rival the childishness of the rich.

Ciarastea rated enegry it was amazing Dec 31, Ililch branch of industry does not impose a radical monopoly on a whole society by the simple fact that it produces scarce products, or by driving competing industries off the market, but rather by virtue of its acquired ability to create and shape the need which enegry alone can satisfy.

If you have any queries about republishing please contact us. He illifh to do this with profound effect. In this conception, all human problems must be solved by the impressment of still more “energy slaves’ to meet the expanding demand of human masters. A merger of world bureaucracies results from this convergence of institutions. The quote that introduces this essay contains the key premise of Energy and Equity: After a certain point, that is, more energy gives negative returns.


Seth Lajeunesse rated it really liked it Sep 30, Bright and dull alike have always relied on rote, reading, and wit to pass their exams, motivated by the stick or by the carrot of a desired career.

Adam rated it really liked it Dec 25, Please review your cart. Illich looks at simple ways to govern the use of energy so that it is equitable, available to all equally.

Uncertainty ian the future of professional teaching puts the classroom into jeopardy. I think these unexamined premises deserve serious questioning. High speeds for all mean that everybody has less time for himself as the whole society spends a growing slice of its time budget on moving people. At the opposite extreme of the spectrum lie institutions distinguished by equityy use — the “convivial” institutions.

One need only look at the ad scale of global and intra-national inequality. Most of this is done in school. This degradation has a long history, which coincides with the history of capitalism but can in no way just be reduced to it. High-speed transportation, almost unfailingly, does impair slower but more universally available modes like walking and biking.

And school directly or indirectly employs a major portion of the population. Both of these paths, seemingly at odds with each equiyt, take as fundamentally true a certain proposition, that in no circumstances should we use less energy than we already use. The manipulative institutions of the right are either socially or psychologically “addictive.

Immiseration is widespread and arguably increasing growingat least partly because, since Keynes wrote, the global population has increased almost four-fold and there has been the emergence of an energy-environmental crisis of the first order both of which Keynes did not envisage.

Ivan Illich

The New World Church is the knowledge industry, both purveyor of opium and the workbench during an increasing number of the years of an individual’s life. And institutional wisdom continues to accept this axiom, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. A junkie without access to his stash is in a state of crisis. At both extremes of the spectrum we find service institutions, but on the right the service is imposed manipulation, and the client is made the victim of advertising, aggression, indoctrination, imprisonment, or electroshock.


For the Many, Not the Few Summary. The institutions which fit it are humbler and less noticeable; yet I take them as models for a more desirable future.

Ivan Illich: Deschooling Society, Energy and Equity

And middle-class parents commit their children to a teacher’s care to keep them from learning what the poor learn on the streets. The teacher-as-moralist substitutes for parents, God, or the state.

Without illusions of producing any profound learning, he drills his pupils in some basic routines. School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is. In the Mirror of the Past. I see it as possibly our greatest hope of becoming free.

Speed, Equity, and the Mobility Crisis: Ivan Illich in the Digital Era

For example, moving around causes loss of time proportional to the amount of energy which is poured into the transport system, so that the speed of the fastest traveller correlates inversely to the equality as well as freedom of the median traveller. Psychological addiction, or habituation, results when consumers become hooked ullich the need for more and more of the process or product.

Jarryd Gennarakis rated it it was amazing Jul 10, The present disjunction between an adult society which pretends to be humane and a school environment which iplich reality could no longer be maintained.

We have indeed solved some, but other, bigger problems remain.

Indeed, both Aaron and Tony appear to treat increased automation — hyper-automation — as an inevitable fact of life unrelated to and unaffected by the issue of energy and its impacts – and also — apparently — immune to political control. The distinctions between morality, legality, and personal worth are blurred and eventually eliminated.

Psychiatrists, guidance counselors, and job counselors, even lawyers, help their clients to decide, to develop their personalities, and to learn.