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On the Pastimes of Utopian Citizens

Friday, August 21st, 2009

As a reflection on the YKON World Game, the whys and wherefores of it, let’s draw a parallel between two radically different utopian visions. A comparison between their play tells a story of its own…

First utopian vision:

Thomas More is rather well-known writer of the book Utopia, a renowned book by itself. So I’ll skip the bio, and assume everyone has a handle of who and what I’m talking about. One anecdote on the man, though: More is less well-known as the protagonist of R. A. Lafferty’s whirlwind of a novel, Past Master, which happens to imply the consequences of utopias in a rather subversive fashion.



Thursday, November 1st, 2007

in the article “One State: Solution or Utopia” Uri Avnery writes: “When the situation looks black, utopias flourish. The one-state solution is such a fruit of despair. Perhaps each of us has despaired at some point and said: There’s nothing to be done, the situation is “irreversible.” But one should not turn despair into an ideology. Despair destroys the ability to act.” Ykon comment: interesting interpretation of utopian thought, it is a form of despair. And a truer reaction would be to “act.” But is that not the problem at least in this case. Too much action taking the form of violence, too little thinking by the once who act in viloence that would maybe stop them from acting?

The ideal world…

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Coniff Tamara in Billboard 10/13/2007 

“In an ideal world, we would not need to ask, in a business setting, “What is it like to be a woman?” “What is it like to be a person?” would suffice. I suppose we would also not need lists that are gender- or race-specific. Sadly, we don’t live in that utopian society yet. All the women featured in Billboard’s list this week have broken the glass ceiling and inspire others. Their success reminds us that there are countless women who still don’t get equal pay for equal work and find themselves hitting the proverbial wall at director-level posts. So we have the list. We have to bring attention to the issue and make people think.”


Thursday, November 1st, 2007

In The Demands of Liberty, Pierre Rosanvallon writes that “possibilities sometimes arise when one side’s utopia coincides with the other side’s calculation.” It is a fine creed for liberals.