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Published on Jul 31, 2010
This is another extract - with minor re-editing, to be clear - from Canadian Broadcasting's 5-hour program, The Corruption of Christianity, which featured Ivan Illich in conversation with David Cayley. That program was broadcast in 2000 and is now available in recorded form from CBC. Illich died in 2002, but Cayley later published a book providing access to full set of interviews on which the program was based: The Rivers North of the Future, The Testament of Ivan Illich (House of Anansi). Both program and book are highly recommended for here, Illich reveals the full depth and breadth of his thinking about how Western Society, with its rampant industrialism, tremendous social inequality, debilitating tools (e.g. schools, medicine, the automobile), and ecologically questionable future, has come to be as it is. With this text, his 1970s books, such as Tools for Conviviality and Deschooling Society, gain new weight and relevance. Illich, it turns out, never stopped exploring history to learn more about the truth of today.