It’s not a sin to see individuals. It is a sin to refuse to see where society won’t look at people as individuals and instead assigns characteristics to them, based on their traits, which are typically immutable ones, like race, gender or sexual orientation. And it’s also, if not exactly a sin, perhaps a laspe, to refuse to admit that you have collaborated with that system, even if you have never done anything overtly wrong.

What patriarchy means at it’s core is dominance hierarchy — and nearly every aspect of American life has elements of dominance hierarchy deeply embeded with them. Things like racism and sexual harassment are all functions of dominance hierarchy. So is homophobia. It may well be better than 50 years ago, but it’s not good. The rampant levels of male suicide and things like school shooters are all a function of patriarchy.

Fortunately, there is a growing wave (still small, but growing) of those who see the destructiveness of living that way — and are creating blueprints for living and working differently. The book I mentioned above, Stewardship, by Peter Block, is one such blueprint. Riane Eisler’s Center for Partnership Studies is another.

Management becomes a set of tasks and activities, not a full-time job title. Everybody manages, although some have a wider view and a longer time perspective. The notion of management prerogatives disappears. There is no privileged class of people. Everyone does work that brings value to the marketplace.

When Les Moonves ran Linda Bloodworth Thomason out of the network because he didn’t like that she made shows with strong, independent, female characters (Murphy Brown, Designing Women) he went against the economic interests of the company. Those shows were huge and made a lot of money and she could have made more, but instead, patriarchy got in the way.

Thanks for the chat. It’s always refreshing to get to share ideas in a civil manner, even if we don’t see 100% eye to eye.

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