Monday, November 21


Back to utopia "Can the antidote to today's neoliberal triumphalism be found in the pages of far-out science fiction?" By Joshua Glenn
In recent years...certain eminent contrarians - most notably Fredric Jameson, author of the seminal "Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (1991)...-have lamented the wholesale abandonment of such utopian ideas of the left as the abolition of property, the triumph of solidarity, and the end of racism and sexism....

At this moment of neoliberal triumphalism, [Jameson, a professor of comparative literature at Duke] suggests, we should take [writers like Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Samuel R. Delany] seriously - even if their ideas are packaged inside lurid paperbacks.
So a left-wing literature professor is whining that "solidarity" did not triumph, while "neoliberalism" has. The left-wing ideal has collapsed, so we should retreat into reading science fiction.

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