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On Rankism Over Rankism? January 3, 2006

Posted by Yvonne in Evolution of We, Indirect Approach.

In the summer of 2004, way BB (Before this Blog), we hosted a Presidio Dialogues event on “Ending Rankism: Creating a Dignitarian Culture“. Robert Fuller, author of Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, served as a conversation starter.

During the dialogue we observed that rankism is the only -ism that can’t be countered successfully with another -ism. You can generally top bigotry with ultra-tolerance-ism or wrong-ism with right-ism, but you can’t top rankism with some higher-order-rankism because it just perpetuates the rankism … so to shift the thing, you’ve got to create a new place to stand and a new view of the entire matter.


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