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When discrimination is race-based, we call it racism; when it's gender-based, we call it sexism. Somebodies and Nobodies introduces rank-based discrimination - or "rankism" - a form of injustice that everyone knows, but no one sees. It explains our reluctance to confront rankism, shows where analyses based on identity fall short and, using dozens of examples, traces many forms of injustice and unfairness to rankism.

Robert Fuller served as president of Oberlin College and subsequently worked internationally as a "citizen diplomat". He lives in Berkeley, California.

©2004 Robert W. Fuller (P)2015 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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"...a wonderful and tremendously important book on the 'ism' that is far more encompassing than racism, sexism or ageism. 'Rankism' must be our prime target from now on in. Viva Fuller!" (Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Working)

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  • 11-08-17

The First will be Last, and the Last will be First

The author made a compelling case on the concept of Rankism or the human tendency to abuse our position, power, and authority in life. It shines a light on this form of discrimination.

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  • 24-08-21

A fundamental truth.

As surely as the axiom “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely" illustrates. It could easily be amended to read; ”Power corrupts, unchecked power corrupts absolutely." This research clearly shows the far reaching implications of Rankism. Rank abuse has lead to virtually every problem we currently face in the U.S.. Bold and insightful, this book should be required reading and included in all Core Curriculum’s. I would eagerly sign up for a course on this subject.

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RANKISM ~ The Negative Foundation for ALL Isms

Our Goal IS Universal Dignity for All Beings

“L🥰VE ~ THE BEL😘VED Republic”
E.M. Forster - “Two Cheers for Democracy”

Bob Fuller brilliantly defines and describes rankism
while offering solutionary practices to realize
the necessary transitions from being a nobody
to being a somebody without rankism.

“The civil rights movement
offers the methods
and energy of identity politics
to the moral campaign
for human rights.

Combined to form a
dignitarian movement against rankism,
the political movement for civil rights
and the moral campaign for human rights
complete and fortify each other.

A dignitarian movement provides
a nonviolent, democratic approach
to the daunting and inescapable challenge
of the twenty-first century-global economic justice”

— Somebodies and Nobodies:
Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
by Robert W. Fuller

“The somebodies will be nobodies
and the nobodies will be somebodies.”

Matthew 19:30 (trans. John Dominic Crossan)

— Somebodies and Nobodies:
Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
by Robert W. Fuller