Let There Be a Consensus – Utopian Ideals or dystopian chaos?


In general, fantasies of a social situation radically simplified and ennobled by the imperative of survival—a life in which good-versus-evil is all that could be said to remain of either politics or morality—dominate contemporary visions of the end of the world.

Images of dystopia are necessarily reflections of their time. If this is a reflection of our cultural fears, then the contemporary environmentalists who would like the government to involve itself more and more in our individual choices have a much tougher task ahead of them than current opinion polls suggest.

We want organizers and movement builders to be able to claim the vast space of possibility, to be birthing visionary stories. Using their everyday realities and experiences of changing the world, they can form the foundation of the fantastic, and, we hope, build a future where the fantastic liberates the mundane.

References
__Berg, C. (2008). ‘Goddamn You All to Hell!’: The Revealing Politics of Dystopian Movies. Institute of Public Affairs Review: A Quarterly Review of Politics and Public Affairs, The60(1), 38.

__Boggs, Carl (1977). ‘Revolutionary Process, Political Strategy, and the Dilemma of Power’, Theory and Society, 4(3), 359-393.

__Kunkel, B. (2008). Dystopia and the End of Politics. Dissent55(4), 89-98.

__Riccio, A. (2017). Open utopia: a horizon for left unity. Oregon State University.


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