Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich
Ivan Illich
  • Born: September 4, 1926
  • Died: December 2, 2002
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Sociologist

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Ivan Illich was a Croatian-Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and critic of the institutions of modern Western culture, who addressed contemporary practices in education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development. The book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention was Deschooling Society published in 1971. It was a groundbreaking critique of compulsory mass education. He argued that the oppressive structure of the school system could not be reformed but must be dismantled in order to free humanity from the crippling effects of lifelong institutionalization.

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A just society is one in which liberty for one person is constrained only by the demands created by equal liberty for another. Justice & Injustice
All over the globe the U.S. is fighting to protect and develop at least a minority who consume what the U.S. majority can afford. Foreign Aid ;War & Peace
Economics is built on the assumption of scarcity. Therefore, it deals with values and calculations. It cannot seek the good that fits a specific person within a given human condition. Where scarcity rules, ethics is reduced to numbers and utility. Further, the person engaged in the manipulation of mathematical formulas loses his or her ear for ethical nuance; one becomes morally deaf. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Equity and energy can grow concurrently only to a point. Below a threshold of per capita wattage, motors improve the conditions for social progress. Above this threshold, energy grows at the expense of equity. Energy
Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet; in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying. . . . Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition and die. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In Latin America, no country is prouder of its legally obligatory admission-free school system than Argentina. Yet only one Argentinian of five thousand born into the lower half of the population gets as far as the university. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In the rich countries the poor expect a quantity and quality of commodities beyond the dreams of Louis XIV, while many of the so-called developing countries enjoy much higher economic growth rates than those of industrialized countries at a similar stage of their own histories. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Public schools have become the established church of secular society Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The central issue of our time remains the fact that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Poverty
The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
You come from a country which industrialized early and which succeeded in incorporating the great majority of its citizens into the middle classes. It is no social distinction in the U.S. to have graduated from the second year of college. Indeed, most Americans now do. Anybody in this the United States who did not finish high school is considered underprivileged. In Latin America the situation is quite different: 75% of all people drop out of school before they reach the sixth grade. Thus, people who have finished high school are members of a tiny minority. Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training. It is only among these people that you will find your educational equals… a middle class in the United States is the majority. In Mexico, it is a tiny elite. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
At the moment of death I hope to be surprised. Hope ;Death
Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet; in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying... Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition and die. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Leadership does not depend on being right. Leaders & Leadership
Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
School divides life into two segments, which are increasingly of comparable length. As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them. Life
The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
The public school has become the established church of secular society. Society
There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God. Religion & God
We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation. Hope