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Lee Hoinacki
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Dec. 1, 2004, 11:10 a.m.
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Remembering Ivan Illich- Lee Hoinacki on his life and work
Ivan Illich was one of the most radical political and social thinkers in the second half of the twentieth century. In 1970 Illich published Deschooling Society which argued that the top-down management of schools makes students powerless - and that the same top-down management is typical of the modern, technological economy that prevents people from learning. Tools for Conviviality made the same criticism of technology generally. Along with Energy and Equity, this book made Ivan Illich one of the most important theorists of the radical ecology movement of the 1970s.
Lee Hoinacki is a former Dominican priest, professor of political science, and subsistence farmer. He holds degrees in philosophy, political science, Latin American Studies, and theology and has taught at several universities He is a speaker and author of many books. In 1960, he met Ivan Illich in Puerto Rico and became his close friend and collaborator. Hoinacki is completing a book on the subject of death based on one of these collaborations.

interview - Lee Hoinacki
music - "You Dont Have To Play The Horses" Bruce Cockburn, Night Vision.
tech - editing: Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko, production: Randy Kay
Ivan Illich died December 2, 2002.

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The thing most necessary, is to remove all those restraints which prevent the human mind from attainting its genuine strength. Implicit faith, blind submission to authority, timid fear, a distrust of our powers, an inattention to our own importance and the good purposes we are able to effect, these are the chief obstacles to human improvement. Democracy restores to man a consciousness of his value, teaches him, by the removal of authority and oppression, to listen only to the suggestions of reason, gives him confidence to treat all other men with frankness and simplicity, and induces him to regard them no longer, as enemies against whom to be upon his guard, but as brethren whom it becomes him to assist.

William Godwin, General Features of Democracy (203)

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