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The Locust and the BeePredators and Creators in Capitalism's Future$
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Geoff Mulgan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165745

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165745.001.0001

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Anticapitalist Utopias and Neotopias

Anticapitalist Utopias and Neotopias

(p.104) Chapter 6 Anticapitalist Utopias and Neotopias
The Locust and the Bee

Geoff Mulgan

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies the radical alternatives that can be found in the traditions of utopian thinking that have offered fully formed alternatives to a flawed present, from Thomas More to Ursula LeGuin, and from William Morris to Ivan Efremov. Utopias are one of the ways societies imagine alternative futures, and many utopians put their ideas into practice too, creating islands of the future. Then as now they were healthy antidotes to the lazy pessimism which claims that all attempts at progress are futile. If utopias are worlds where predators have been eliminated, dystopias are ones where they rule. But utopias both promise too much and deliver too little, their greatest weakness now as in the past being that they lack an account of how change will happen.

Keywords:   utopias, dystopias, radical alternatives, Thomas More, Ursula LeGuin, William Morris, Ivan Efremov, progress

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