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Private Convictions are Sacrificed in the Consensus Process.

by
Dean Gotcher

"[We] must develop persons who see non-influencability of private convictions in joint deliberations as a vice rather than a virtue." (Kenneth D. Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change)
"Submission to authority, desire for a strong leader, subservience of the individual to the state [parental authority, local control, Nationalism], and so forth, have so frequently and, as it seems to us, correctly, been set forth as important aspects of the Nazi creed that a search for correlates of prejudice had naturally to take these attitudes into account." "The power-relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) This is the hallmark of Marxism. "It is not individualism [the child subject to the father's/Father's authority, humbling, denying, dying to his "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will] that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him. Society ["human relationship based upon self interest"] is the necessary framework through which freedom [from the father's/Father's authority] and individuality [to be "of and for self," i.e., carnal, i.e., "of and for the world" only] are made realities." (Karl Marx, in John Lewis, The Life and Teachings of Karl Marx)

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