William H. Whyte

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The Organization Man (1956)

JANUARY 10, 2014 by WILLIAM H. WHYTE

William Whyte's complaints about hierarchical, individual-effacing organizations remain compelling. What's even more so is how much more richly varied, customizable, and flexible society has become.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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