What makes power tick and how does it become entrenched and abused? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the saying goes. What lies beneath power? Understanding the nature of power can help us move towards a world of freedom, justice and economic equity for all. In this dialogue, Robert Fuller points to a hidden form of discrimination that everyone knows but no one sees, discrimination based on rank.
(For other New Dimensions dialogues with Robert Fuller find programs #1803, #1988, #2044, #2091, #2672, #2869, #2891, #2896, #2983, #3069, #3152)
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 does World War II and the Vietnam War relate to the war on terrorism?
- How rankism uses power to support a belief system
- How can we transform the despair and hopelessness of young people around the world?
- How the “somebody mystique” affects our life and culture
- How did many people choose to ignore Hitler prior to World War II?
- How do we halt the abuses of rankism and move towards fairness and justice for all?
Program Number: 2896 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/24/2001