From ‘utopia’ to dystopia and resistance, a short run

Greek Left Review

by COSTAS DOUZINAS 16 December 2013
 

Originally published at Open Democracy : Can Europe Make It?

http://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/costas-douzinas/from-‘utopia’-to-dystopia-and-resistance-short-run

The latest mutation of the neoliberal doctrine is turning Greece into a real life dystopia, but resistance can still save the day.

Demotix/Socrates Baltagiannis. All rights reserved.

Demotix/Socrates Baltagiannis. All rights reserved.

Michael Anderson’s film ‘Logan’s Run’ (1976) opens with the following statement:

“Sometime in the twenty-third century, the survivors of a war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo-mechanisms which provide everything. There’s just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of carousel.”

The first part is a description of pretty much every utopia.A society cut off from a threatening outside world, that lives secluded in peace and plenty. There is no conflict…

View original post 1,971 more words

Advertisements

One thought on “From ‘utopia’ to dystopia and resistance, a short run

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s