Warren Bennis
(The Temporary Society)

"In order to effect rapid change, . . . [one] must mount a vigorous attack on the family lest the traditions of present generations be preserved.  It is necessary, in other words, artificially to create an experiential chasm between parents and children—to insulate the children in order that they can more easily be indoctrinated with new ideas."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)  

"If one wishes to mold children in order to achieve some future goal, one must begin to view them as superior. One must teach them not to respect their tradition-bound elders, who are tied to the past and know only what is irrelevant."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

". . . any intervention between parent and child tend to produce familial democracy regardless of its intent."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)  

"The consequences of family democratization take a long time to make themselves felt—but it would be difficult to reverse the process once begun. … once the parent can in any way imagine his own orientation to be a possible liability to the child in the world approaching."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

"… Once uncertainty is created in the parent how best to prepare the child for the future, the authoritarian family is moribund, regardless of whatever countermeasures may be taken."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

"The state, by its very interference in the life of its citizens, must necessarily undermine a parental authority which it attempts to restore."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

"Any non-family-based collectivity that intervenes between parent and child and attempts to regulate and modify the parent-child relationship will have a democratizing impact on that relationship."  (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

"For however much the state or community may wish to inculcate obedience and submission in the child, its intervention betrays a lack of confidence in the only objects from whom a small child can learn authoritarian submission, an overweening interest in the future development of the childin other words, a child centered orientation."   (Warren Bennis, The Temporary Society)

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