All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity

Source: Greater Good Science Center

Robert Fuller’s bestseller Somebodies and Nobodies diagnosed and named the malady of rankism — “what somebodies may do to nobodies.” In this sequel, he further explores the social and psychological costs of this problem and counters it with the vision of a “dignitarian” society. Drawing on his experiences as a scientist, college president, and public diplomat, Fuller identifies rankism as the chief obstacle to achieving the American vision of liberty and justice for all — and he spells out the steps required to eradicate it. Beginning with a call to action, the author exposes what is at stake by demonstrating rankism’s poisonous presence in politics, business, and even personal relationships. By way of solutions, he offers alternative dignitarian models for several fundamental parts of society, including education, healthcare, politics, and religion. All Rise illuminates the subtle, often dysfunctional workings of power in all our interactions, and shows why change is not only desirable but vital.

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