John Lane

laneje@wofford.edu

John Lane’s latest book, Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems, was published by Mercer University Press in 2011 and won the Southeast Independent Book Association Award for poetry book of the year.

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NOVEMBER 27, 2013 by JOHN LANE

Mother, when my blood rises
it is you that flows through
my veins

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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