Rank based abuse, or rankism, is as old as time, and takes its toll on everyone, some much more than others. In personal relationships, rankism takes the form of disrespect, disregard, insult and humiliation. When one nation pulls rank on another, demanding subservience or surrender, the result is often war. This is a timely and long suppressed topic that Fuller addresses with deep insight, and in doing so, radically alters our worldview.
Robert Fuller, Ph.D. is a physicist, former president of Oberlin College, and leader of the dignity movement to overcome rankism. He has consulted with Indira Gandhi, met with Jimmy Carter regarding the President’s Commission on World Hunger, worked in the USSR to defuse the Cold War, and keynoted a Dignity for All conference hosted by the President of Bangladesh. Fuller co-authored the text, Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics.
His books on dignity and rankism include:
- Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New Society Publishers 2003)
- Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism, co-authored with Pamela A. Gerloff (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2008)
- Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship? (e-book, Smashwords 2012)
- The Rowan Tree: A Novel (Robert W. Fuller 2013)
To learn more about the work of Robert Fuller go to www.robertworksfuller.com.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How you can stop the exploration of rank
- What are the ways to address rankism in your life
- How rankism relates to freedom and democracy
- Why rankism is often unconscious behavior
- How rankism connects to addiction
Host: Interview Date: 4/24/2003 Program Number: 2983