Dystopia

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Musing on a few posts, like this and the other:

The philosopher John Gray has thought through these issues as well as others.

Since the 1960s, the future of the world has tended towards dystopia, rather than utopia. Philosophers and politicians have been the last to notice this, as they have been too busy constructing their own utopias. When the communists failed to construct their utopia by central planning in the early 90s, the capitalists took over, and tried to construct their utopia based on the free market. Both have failed. The neo-cons invaded Iraq hoping to construct a democratic utopia, but found dystopia.

Writers of fiction have captured this better. JG Ballard comes to mind, as well as Will Self. Also filmmakers like David Lynch or David Cronenberg or Fatih Akin. But no philosopher has come close, till John Gray.

These dystopian authors love John Gray. Here is Will Self, writing admiringly of anyone for the first time. John Gray writes on utopias and the iraq war here.  Here,he criticizes both the religious and the new atheists for constructing different utopias. In this one, he says Bush and Gore are simply constructing different utopias on the environmental issue and that the solution lies elsewhere.

It may just help remembering that the man who coined the word utopia was executed.

Most blogs are utopian. This one, tries to be dystopian.

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