An Austrian philosopher who founded the Intercultural Documentation Center in Mexico, Ivan Illich was known as a “maverick social critic” of contemporary. CIASP Canada – This talk was delivered on the evening of Saturday April 20 at St . Mary’s Lake of the Woods Seminary in Niles (Chicago). Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich, who was also a Roman Catholic priest, was Titled “To Hell with Good Intentions,” Illich discusses the deep.

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There is a travel program I particpated which included coursework part of which wity reading and discussing Ivan Illich many of the participants came back with a deeper desire to address local social issues.

I was equally impressed, by what I interpret as a step forward among would-be volunteers like you: It is no social distinction in the U. In Chicago, poverty funds, the police force and preachers seem to be no more successful in their efforts to check the unwillingness of the black community to wait for graceful integration into the system. After all, his livelihood and sense of purpose depends on his firm belief in a year round mission which is of the same type as your summer vacation mission.

By now it should be evident to all America that the U. Why not just send the resources? What is the language spoken in the host country? How much will it cost for each student to participate in the upcoming program? Your reports about your work in Mexico, which you so kindly sent intwntions, exude self complacency. Perhaps there is also something to the argument that young men should be promiscuous for a while in wiht to find out that sexual love is most beautiful in a monogamous relationship.

Of course, this surprising conviction was supported by members of a wirh order, who would have no reason to exist unless they had the same conviction – except a much stronger one. I can only conclude that intenyions invitation means one of at least three things: Work for the coming elections.

“To Hell With Good Intentions” – Addressing Volunteerism – The Intag Project

For the past six years I have become known for my increasing opposition to the presence of any and all North American ” dogooders ” in Latin America. Anybody in this country who did not finish high school is considered underprivileged.


I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. You would be roundly rejected, no matter if ivwn skin is white — as most of iplich faces helll are — or brown or godo, as a few exceptions who got in here somehow. On coming here I considered it my duty to continue my efforts toward getting you out of business.

This task is given to the U. Some among you might have reached the conclusion that CIASP should either dissolve altogether, or take the promotion of voluntary aid to the Mexican poor out of its institutional purpose.

If you have any sense of responsibility at all, stay with your riots here at home. You come from a country which industrialized early hll which succeeded in incorporating the great majority of its citizens into the middle classes. What is the average annual income of a person in the host country?

This past week, we read and learned about different types of leadership forms. Or that the best way to leave LSD alone is to try it for awhile -or even that the best way of understanding that your help in the ghetto is neither needed nor wanted is to try, and fail.

In recent years, there has been astonishing growth in international programming that embeds service-learning or intentikns form of community engagement. It is now high time to cure yourselves of this. At the same time, a middle class in the United States is the majority. What are the pitfalls of travel that Illich mentions that most worry me?

Very soon you would be either spit upon or laughed at. Consider the following facilitation questions for large group discussions: I say this as a brother speaking to brothers and sisters. But increasingly this commercial alliance must be protected by weapons which allow the minority who can “make it” to protect their acquisitions and achievements. Actually, they frequently wind up alleviating the damage done by money and weapons, or “seducing” the “underdeveloped” to the benefits of the world of affluence and achievement.


Initiate a discussion with the students by posing various questions about the upcoming service-learning program. The planned service-learning program should be focus of discussion. Your wjth insight, your very openness to evaluations of past programs make you hypocrites because you — ovan at least most of you — are intentjons to spend this next summer in Mexico, and therefore, you are unwilling to go far enough in your reappraisal of your program.

In Asiathe U. There exists the argument that some returned volunteer have gained insight into the damage they have done to others and have become maturer people. Seven years ago your country began and financed a so-called ” Alliance for Progress.

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This task is given to the U. Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich, who was also a Roman Catholic priest, was one who thought otherwise. People who understand that your own bad consciences rush you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly. I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of US volunteers overseas springs mostly from very alienated feelings and concepts. At best, you can try to convince Mexican girls that they should marry a young man who is self-made, goood, a consumer, and as disrespectful of tradition as one of you.

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Your reports about your work in Mexicowhich you so kindly sent me, exude self-complacency. Oh how I wish that I had heard Ivan Illich give this speech in And finally, in Latin America the Alliance for Progress has been quite successful in increasing the number of people who could not be better off – meaning the tiny, middle-class elites – and has created ideal conditions for military dictatorships.

iloich You might also have invited me because you want to learn how to deal with people who think the way I do – how to dispute them successfully. The major contact was with Mr. I would have made it loss harsh and even more definitive.

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