Werner Erhard Explains himself

The post below references the philosophy of Werner Erhard. Hear him explain it in his own words (he starts about two minutes in, but the context helps):


  1. Howard Schumann said,

    April 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    It is totally false that people who gained a new understanding of themselves and who they really are lost a commitment to fight against injustice. This is just another made up story used to denigrate the work of Werner Erhard whose contributions to humanity in the last century have been enormous. It only stands to reason that those whose energies are totally taken up by fighting anxiety and low self esteem cannot contribute to others as much as an individual who feels good about themselves.

  2. Howard Schumann said,

    April 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Werner himself explains the social nature of his programs:

    “I am a sort of revolutionary. I have a strange ambition, though. I don’t want any statues. What I want is for the world to work. I want to create a context in which government, education, and families are nurturing. I want to en­able, to empower, the institutions of man. Social transformation doesn’t argue against social change. Radicalism and resistance produce obvious values. But after a while, social change chases its own tail. Social change just produces social change. After most ordinary revolutions, after most social change, the world still doesn’t work. For the world to work you must have social transformation, which creates the space for effective social change.”

    -Werner Erhard

    Excerpted from Werner Erhard, The Transformation of a Man, A biography by W. W. Bartley, III, Ph.D., Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1973

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