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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Auto manufacturers, we have already observed, produce simultaneously both cars and the demand for cars. The Alphabetizaton of the Popular Mind.

An improvement on this native degree of mobility by new transport technology should be expected to safeguard these values and to add some new ones, such as greater range, time eneryy, comfort, or more opportunities for the disabled.

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Once this lesson is learned, people lose their incentive to grow in independence; they no longer find relatedness attractive, and close themselves off to the surprises which life offers when it is not predetermined by institutional definition. Yes, we want that transportation to be cleaner, safer, faster, less congested, and more convenient, but we still absolutely want more of it. High-speed transportation, almost unfailingly, does impair slower but more universally available modes like walking and biking.

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Energy and Equity by Ivan Illich

dnergy Inexorably we cultivate, treat, produce, and school the world out of existence. The left hand of society seems to wither, not because technology is less capable of increasing the range of human action, and providing time for the play of individual imagination and personal creativity, but because such use of technology does not increase the power of an elite which administers it.


He manages to do this with profound effect. Every month I see another list of proposals made by some U. The Columbian Legacy and the Ecosterian Response.

It is also the aand fastest-growing labor market. Their natural ability speaks for the personal liberty of each one to go wherever he or she wants to go. Like highways, schools, at first glance, give the impression of being equally open to all comers.

Law enforcement has moved there Energy and equity Ideas in progress World perspectives. It only creates a universal demand for motorized conveyance and puts previously unimaginable distances between iplich various layers of privilege. The new expressway expands Chicago, but it sucks those who are well-wheeled away from a downtown that decays into a ghetto.

Jack Mcclure rated it really liked it Sep 18, Both roads have the same destination: DemocraciaAbierta Global platform for Latin American voices. The idea that we look at energy equitt for some free limitless source to bring perfection, but rather beyond a certain level energy becomes corrupting.

Understanding the role of endrgy Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world. School makes alienation preparatory to life, thus depriving equityy of reality and work of creativity. People are born almost equally mobile. But as long as any system of vehicles imposes itself on the enegry by top speeds that are not under political control, the public is left to choose between spending more time to pay for more people to be carried from station to station, and paying less taxes so that even fewer people can travel in much less time much farther than others.

How to write a great review. Schoolteachers and ministers are the only professionals who feel entitled to pry into the private affairs of their clients at the same time as they preach to a captive audience.


School is an institution built on the axiom that ewuity is the result of teaching. After ans certain point, that is, more energy gives negative returns. But if the middle classes of a speed society may be tempted to ignore discrimination, they should not neglect the rising marginal disutilities of transportation and their own loss of leisure. Like the military, they tend to develop effects contrary to their aims as the scope of their operations increases.

Silence now ceased to be in the commons; it became a resource for which loudspeakers compete. Just as the commons of space are vulnerable, and can be destroyed by the motorization of traffic, so the commons of speech are vulnerable, and can easily be destroyed by the encroachment of modem means of communication. Illich argued that high energy consumption is inversely correlated with equity and inevitably degrades social relations and human freedoms: At each new level, the concentration of power must produce its own kind of rationale.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This is the unfortunate axiom at which useful discussion frequently stops, needlessly limiting the scope of a debate that requires far more nuance. Further excerpts from Deschooling Society The contemporary ideal is a pan-hygienic world: The transportation industry, of course, will hear none of it.

Half of the people in our world never set foot in school.