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The Ambiguous Utopias of Ursula K. Le Guin and Samuel R. Delany

April 15, 2011 by

The first half of the 1970s was a heady time for libertarians. FULL ARTICLE by Jeff Riggenbach


Colin Phillips April 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

I really enjoyed “The Dispossessed”, but I bristled a little every time a character mentioned that their anarchic society uses a “DivLab” to determine who should do which work.

jon April 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

the dispossessed is an excellent work. it puts the fallacy of “anarcho-communism” on display for all to see plainly.

Tony Fernandez April 15, 2011 at 11:05 am

So what happened? Why did the movement essentially falter? I’ve theorized that the winding down of the Vietnam War served to demobilize the American public, such that the libertarians lost that huge opportunity. With Vietnam gone, people seemed to not care enough to learn about this other political ideology. People, in a sense, were fine with choosing between douche and turd sandwich.

Inquisitor April 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

Le Guin is actually one of the authors I like most. Not her ideology but her story-telling ability.

MB April 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Hmmm. Many years back when I was first getting into libertarianism, and reading the libertarian sf that was out there (was a long-time sf fan), such as the work of L Neil Smith, etc, I picked up “The Dispossessed”.

Frankly, I couldn’t get past the first chapter. An early comment in that chapter aimed at a character carrying a personal firearm, and calling it a phallic symbol was a turn off. Maybe I should try it again.

While I had heard of Delaney, I did not know about “Triton”. I may have to look for it and read it.

X April 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Triton sounds interesting. Especially the u-l sector idea.

Although, I find it ironic that city planners would “plan” for an “unplanned sector” of a city…..

Chris April 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

…and make a law that no laws could be made. But it works.

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