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All Rise by Robert Fuller

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1WHAT’S AT STAKE

RANKISM EXPLAINS A LOT OF THE BAD BEHAVIOR WE SEE IN BOTH INSTITUTIONS AND CULTURES, AS WELL AS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS.… GIVING IT A NAME EMPOWERS THOSE ON THE RECEIVING END TO FIGHT IT, OR AT LEASTTO RESIST THE CORROSIVE EFFECT IT MAY HAVE ON THEIR OWN SOULS.

—ESTHER DYSON, EDITOR, RELEASE 1.0

Seeing Rankism Everywhere

A COMMON RESPONSE to the notion of rankism is the one I had myself soon after I started using the word: I began seeing it everywhere. This surprised me at first, but not long afterward I realized this was a consequence of having defined rankism so broadly—as the abuse of the power attached to rank. It stands to reason that something defined this way would show up wherever power was in play—and that’s almost ...

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