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The Democratic Gulag

Patriarchy, Leadership and Education

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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 4. Education

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EDUCATION

One of the most important functions of a vibrant democratic culture is to provide the institutional and symbolic resources necessary for young people and adults to develop their capacity to think critically, to participate in power relations and policy decisions that affect their lives, and to transform those racial, social, and economic inequities that impede democratic social relations. —Henry Giroux, 2000

Education, leadership, religion, and economics are the core pillars of the democratic gulag. Education is the institution that is most evocative of the methods and influences of patriarchy and leadership and their role in socializing each generation into their values. They work in conjunction to ensure the continuance of the status quo. Education is pivotal and emblematic of the invisible power of patriarchy. It is the incubator of the patriarchal reality and the prime socializer of society after parents. Thus, understanding the role of patriarchy and leadership in education is critical to changing the status quo of society. It is the vehicle through which the values that a society wishes to imbue in its future citizens are inculcated in its people. It is also the key disseminator of the social and cultural expectations of the public, governments, and the corporate sector. The values of the rest of society are condensed in the educational enterprise. Every aspect of patriarchal society is heavily invested and directly involved in carrying out its important mission. ← 201 | 202 →

Education is the most powerful force...

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