Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

Schooling in Burma produced brain- and heart-dead or damaged Racist graduates

April 15, 2013

Schooling in Burma, with all its mindless emphasis on test scores, class ranks, exam marks and ‘outstandingness’, has absolutely no organic correspondence with intellectual, personal or moral development of the human young there.

( I suppose that’s generally the Asian middle class disease — academic excellence with no serious thoughts. My teenage daughter in Berkeley, properly educated, can hold a serious intellectual conversation with my world renown academic mentor at Wisconsin. She showed absolutely no signs of being intimidated by him and his academic wife. In fact, she even enjoyed sharing her grounded reflections on what’s wrong with American middle schools!)

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The iron law of oligarchy

April 22, 2011

The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German syndicalist sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties. It states that all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop into oligarchies. The reasons behind the oligarchization process are: the indispensability of leadership; the tendency of all groups, including the organization leadership, to defend their interests; and the passivity of the led individuals, more often than not taking the form of actual gratitude towards the leaders.

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