This week marks the birthday (Sept. 4) of Ivan Illich, one of the wisest social critics of the twentieth century!
Here are a few provocative Ivan Illich quotes that are representative of some of his best known works.
We encourage you to read some of the books, as they offer a deeper exploration of the provocative ideas introduced in these quotes.
Toward A History of Needs
“Much suffering has always been man-made: history is the record of enslavement and exploitation. It tells of war, and of the pillage, famine, and pestilence which come in its wake. War between commonwealths and classes has so far been the main planned agency of man-made misery. Thus, man is the only animal whose evolution has been conditioned by adaptation on two fronts. If he did not succumb to the elements, he had to cope with use and abuse by others of his kind.”
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com