The well-laid plans of these serious men don’t make much sense, but then they don’t need to.
In consistently "failing" schools, the competitive spirit is always present, but with an estranged character.
The introduction of a therapeutic element in the absence of any explicit acknowledgment of the social and material context in which tensions arise intensifies repression rather than relieving it.
If anything has changed in the theory of the "competitive personality" since Mills's time, it is that the kind of social personality it outlines is more ubiquitous and embodied more spontaneously.
Mills's classic essay on the "alert, obsequious instrument" of the competitive personality.