The machine-like behavior of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed.”

Ivan Illich, born 4th September 1926.

llich was a priest who thought there were too many priests, a lifelong educator who argued for the end of schools, that hospitals cause more sickness than health, that people would save time if transportation were limited to bicycles & that historians who rely on previously published material perpetuate falsehoods. He put forward an intellectual treatise for questioning all systems of authority – from religion, to education – ‘School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is’ – to the bureaucratic mechanisms of the state.