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10/10/12: Robert Maynard Hutchins: Barbara Ehrenreich

April 27, 2015

I’ve mentioned Robert Maynard Hutchins before on my blog. He’s not related to me that I know of, by the way.

AP Language & Composition Notebook

Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempt to discover whether a minimum wage job fulfills the minimal and possible standard of living in her book, Nickel and Dimed, corresponds to a universal idea that concerns the errors within society. Robert Maynard Hutchins demonstrates these faults with the quote, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

Specifically, Hutchins successfully implies that the disintegration of democratic values includes “undernourishment” in association to Ehrenreich’s book. Meaning, the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to develop. For example, Ehrenreich makes a distinction between corporate individuals and regular laborers. She states how some people are “corporate as opposed to human” (22) and how “managers are there for only one reason – to make sure that the money is made for some theoretical entity, the corporation” (22). Due to…

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