Disciplined Minds – Complete Audiobook
A special treat for all you Kickass-Cookies readers. The complete audio version of the book ‘Disciplined Minds’ by Jeff Schmidt. This is the current ‘field manual’ for being a revolutionary figure in your workplace.
A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-battering System That Shapes Their Lives, by Jeff Schmidt (2000)
Read by Lyn Gerry
Complete Audiobook (360 MB 13 Hour MP3 file)
Audiobook Chapters plus playlist (316MB ZIP file)
By Chapter 01 Timid Professiona..> 19-Sep-2010 20:17 30M 02 Ideological Disci..> 19-Sep-2010 20:18 26M 03 Insiders, Guests ..> 19-Sep-2010 20:19 15M 04 Assignable Curios..> 19-Sep-2010 20:19 13M 06 The Division of L..> 19-Sep-2010 20:20 12M 07 Opportunity.mp3 19-Sep-2010 20:20 35M 08 Narrowing The Pol..> 19-Sep-2010 20:21 44M 09 The Primacy of At..> 19-Sep-2010 20:22 21M 10 Examining the Exa..> 19-Sep-2010 20:23 30M 11 Gratuitous Bias.mp3 19-Sep-2010 20:24 17M 12 'Neutral' Voices.mp3 19-Sep-2010 20:24 15M 13 Subordination.mp3 19-Sep-2010 20:25 16M 14 Resisting Indoctr..> 19-Sep-2010 21:27 36M 15 How to Survive Pr..> 19-Sep-2010 20:27 29M 16 Now or Never.mp3 19-Sep-2010 20:28 25M
Note: Chapter 5 is unsuitable for reading out due to multiplicity of formulae.
This book explains the social agenda of the process of professional training. Disciplined Minds shows how it is used to promote orthodoxy by detecting and weeding out dissident candidates and by exerting pressure on the rest to obey their instructors and abandon personal agendas such as social reform — so that they, in turn, can perpetuate the system by squeezing the life out of the next generation.
Shortly after writing this book, Jeff Schmidt was fired from his position as Editor of the academic journal, Physics Today. After many years of legal battling, he was judged to have been dismissed without good cause, awarded a considerable sum of damages and reappointed, whereupon he swiftly resigned.
John Pilger begins his review entitled ‘Brainwashing the polite and professional way‘ by referring to this book as “one of the most original and provocative books of the past decade”. The book’s theme, writes Pilger “is postmodern America but also applies to Britain, where the corporate state has bred a new class of Americanised manager to run the private and public sectors: the banks, the main parties, corporations, important committees, the BBC”. He proceeds to cite a string of examples which underscore how relevant Schmidt’s analysis is to understanding the “corporate coup d’état” that has swept through Britain, and attempted to destroy alternative visions of how we might live.
The book has generally been favorably reviewed, with one reviewer calling it “bold and refreshing” and noting that “Schmidt’s voice has the authenticity of experience and concern, and thus has a much more subversive quality” than the traditional sociological approaches.