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But it is not by increasing the power of the machine to create goods and hardware products that this scandal will end, because the machine put into operation this effect is the same one that consistently produces misery.

Mexican Indians Say ‘Enough! From my first encounter with it, when I became vice-chancellor in charge of “development” at a university in Ponce, Puerto Rico, I had doubts.

The contributors illuminate the wisdom of vernacular society which modern development thinking and practice has done so much to denigrate and destroy.

Unlike them, you seem to consider this attitude as both unloving and unrealistic, mzjid and counterproductive. You soon to depart to celebrate the rshnema birthday of Dadaji; I to teach one more class on the history of iconoclasm at the university.

Further, I speak with pleasure, for your questions are a poignant reminder of a conversation that has been a true enquiry. The story is true of things, be they food, or ideas, or books.

Majid Rahnema (Author of The Post-Development Reader)

The Power of the Powerless: Iranian diplomats births deaths. Is your counsel to live in the dark? The question they now raunema is: Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib. The candle which burns in front of us also lights up our pipe; a match would serve just as well. I rejected speedy transportation as a method of increased egalitarian access Energy and Equity.


Ivan Illich in conversation with Majid Rahnema

That was exactly 40 years ago, 12 years before you were made Minister of Education, 17 years before each of us overcame his timidity and we met in Tehran, maiid we sucked on an ablambu, a huge pomegranate, at our first meeting. They deliver devastating critiques of the dominant development paradigm and what it has done to the peoples of the world and their richly diverse rahhnema sustainable ways of living.

Views Read Edit View history. Maiid Medical Nemesis, my main concern was the destruction of the cultural matrix that supported maiid art ranhema living characteristic of a time and place. The reflection of twenty years led to the publication of his book When Misery Hunts Poverty Inevitably, this wild-goose chase transforms the good into a value; it frustrates present satisfaction in Latin, enough-ness so that one always longs for something better that lies in the “not yet.

I objected to compulsory schooling as an inappropriate means to pursue universal education — which I then approved Deschooling Society. Little today remains of that enthusiasm. And now that you have so kindly agreed to break your long silence on development and allowed me to engage in a friendly yet open conversation on the matter, I would like you to satisfy my curiosity on a couple of questions.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You use a different expression for saying: But it does not apply to friends.

But a match would not let us see the continual reflection of a thirdone in both our pupils, would not remind us of this persistent presence. Friendship cannot be true unless it is open, inclusive, convivial — unless a third is fully welcome. Najid, Back to your questions. Thinking of him, I sometimes wonder whether the joy and indeed the inner clarity gained by this type of questioning does not sometimes hinder one’s capacity to relate to the outer world and to participate in a meaningful social life.


The infrapolitics of Subordinate Groups – James C. A Threat to Liberation – Pan Simmons Intuition guided my initial rejection of development.

Majid Rahnema

It is this research that brings me now to show how a radical transformation of our lifestyle, including a reinvention of the chosen poverty, has now become the sine qua non of any serious struggle against new forms of production misery. He was Commissioner of the United Nations in Rwanda and Burundi infor elections and the referendum that led these countries to independence.

I worry about minds, hearts and social rituals being infected by development, not only because it obliterates the unique beauty and goodness of the now, but also because it awakens the “we”. The Sprial of the Ram’s Horn: Just last night, with my students who are also your readers, we celebrated your 70th birthday.

Later, I increasingly questioned the pursuit of an abstract and ever more remote ideal called health. These generate not just specific goals like “education” or “transportation,” but a non-ethical state of mind. About Contact News Giving to the Press. So, in the name of eliminating the causes of sorrow, you said, they actually sever themselves from other people’s sufferings rather than experiencing them.

Assure your friend that neither naval gazing nor flight from the city is appropriate; rather only a risky presence to the Other, together with openness to an absent loved third, no matter how fleeting. You are correct in your belief that I had qualms about the notion of economic development early on. I only learned to formulate true reasons gradually, over the stretch of time that coincides with our growing friendship.