Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Educator and humanitarian Fuller follows up his Somebodies and Nobodies with this stimulating, scattershot manifesto on the fight against 'rankism,' or the abuse of power based on rank. While the notion subsumes racism, sexism and class inequality, rankism also addresses the thousand daily insults inflicted by playground bullies, abusive bosses, officious bureaucrats, condescending academics and snobs that everyone suffers in a hierarchical, status-conscious society. Fuller's program for a 'dignitarian society' emphasizes fine-grained reform of institutions and interpersonal relations, with lots of committee meetings and frank dialogues with rankist reprobates. A physicist by training, Fuller advances a deliberately vague, liberalish policy agenda, featuring schemes for conducting 'dignity impact studies before authorizing new uses of power.' Fuller insists that the dispassionate discussion of provisional 'models' of reality can resolve any dispute without recourse to rank-pulling; religious fundamentalists and rationalists, for example, should just 'build a 'meta-model' that reconciles the antagonists' views on basic methodological issues.' Fuller's high-mindedness sometimes verges on navet, but his provocative analysis illuminates a rich vein of social discontent. 20-city author tour. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)