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The Democratic Gulag

Patriarchy, Leadership and Education


Robert Bahlieda

The Democratic Gulag is a provocative, comprehensive investigation of the pervasive and transparent power of patriarchy in social evolution and contemporary society. It asserts that we live in a well-constructed ideological, intellectual and social gulag of patriarchal values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that is created through the primary social institutions that we see as the foundations of modern civilization. The book is an in-depth academic study of the role of patriarchy in shaping modern social values and a comprehensive and contemporary cross-contextual analysis of the seminal role and paradoxes of patriarchy as the meta-ideology of human history. Employing the perspective of critical theory, it traces patriarchy through history to our contemporary world by examining its role in shaping democracy, education, religion, politics, economics, leadership and gender relationships. It suggests that rather than a social/historical curiosity, patriarchy is an under-theorized, active and virulent agent that continues to be the foundational source of our global social dysfunction. Without deconstructing and altering its ideological core as well as its complex and multidisciplinary role in our present and future society, positive human social organization is unsustainable. It argues for the necessity of developing democratic and open leadership and governmental and personal relationships that will liberate humanity and create a post-patriarchal world.
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Chapter 2. The new patriarchy




How does patriarchy or neopatriarchy become part of the attitudes of the individual? It is by the relentless domination of the older male. The inner structure of the patriarchal family is constituted by relations of authority, domination and dependency, which both reflect and are reflected in the structure of social relations. —Femea, 2003

Patriarchy in a Postmodern World

Postmodernism has revealed the layered complexity of the patriarchal paradigm and its unrelenting, intransigent effect on our social values. Patriarchy has proved much more resilient and difficult to eradicate than anyone believed. It moved from aristocratic and priestly elites to the current political, economic, managerial, and technological ones (French, 1985; Lerner, 1986; 1993). It is expressed through modernist rational beliefs in our society. Elkind (1995) describes the key reasons for the changing values from modernism to postmodernism that have dominated recent history and are expressive of the core values of patriarchy. They can be used to justify both good and evil acts:

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