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Allyn Fives

A recurrent challenge for political theorists is to determine what role, if any, utopianism is to play in politics. Here I approach the issue in a negative way, by considering why we object to it, when we do. That is, on what basis do we reject utopianism or, as is more often the case, single out its illegitimate manifestations? Utopias are by definition demanding. Indeed, when we do object to utopianism it is because it demands too much of us in the name of some moral ideal or principle, for example, a utopian ideal of the just society. And

in Judith Shklar and the liberalism of fear
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Ten theses
Ben Cohen
Eve Garrard

(Originally published in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys (eds), Socialist Register 2000: Necessary and Unnecessary Utopias , Merlin Press, London, 1999) I offer here some reflections on utopia. I make no extravagant claim for them. They do not trace out a history of the concept, nor do they attempt to explore its thematic range and variety. They are simply one person’s thoughts on the subject as we approach a new century and millennium. I have arranged them into ten summary theses. 1. Socialism is utopian As a goal socialism is, and it always has been

in The Norman Geras Reader
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Imagining the new society
Alison Smith

small group of like-minded people or, in the most euphoric representative of the genre, L’an 01 , by all the human race. The vast majority construct their Utopias around a small and closely knit group (Serceau 1983a ). The encouraging implication is that even if it has proved impossible to engineer a change in society, all is not lost; one or two people may still succeed in creating within the current society a microcosm of the ideal. This current in the post-’68 cinema may well be introduced in the words of Jacques

in French cinema in the 1970s
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Tim Di Muzio
Richard H. Robbins

1 Toward a Stark Utopia Our thesis is that the idea of a self-adjusting market implied a stark utopia. Such an institution could not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it would have physically destroyed man and transformed his surroundings into a wilderness. Inevitably, society took measures to protect itself, but whatever measures it took impaired the self-regulation of the market, disorganized industrial life, and thus endangered society in yet another way. It was this dilemma which forced the

in Debt as Power
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Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue (2012) and Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude (2003)

, corporatised ‘space’ of the financial centre looming large across the water. 2 Time is money in the city, but in Brooklyn, at least during the ‘slow hours’ at Auggie’s, it is spent a little differently – savoured like a good smoke, or wasted just ‘hanging out’ (21). Figure 1 Auggie’s Photographs. Photo Credit: K. C. Bailey (still photographer), Smoke , Dir. Wayne Wang, Pers. Harvey Keitel, William Hurt (New York: Miramax Films, 1995). Paul starts dating a woman whose doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Visions of Utopia in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

in The politics of male friendship in contemporary American fiction
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Aidan Beatty

But this patriarchal and ‘petty-bourgeois utopia’ 97 was also part of an older discourse; if it was accepted that a man was sovereign in his own home, it followed that wives and children were his subjects. A 1922 NAREB pamphlet entitled ‘A home of your own’ had said that buying a home was not just a financial investment but ‘A QUESTION OF LIFE ITSELF’. NAREB’s pamphlet spoke of buying a home as a way of ‘building moral muscle’. Becoming a homeowner ‘puts the MAN back in MANHOOD’. Homeowners were ‘completely self

in Private property and the fear of social chaos
Río Escondido
Dolores Tierney

the tensions between Government discourses of progress and modernity and Río Escondido’s representation of Mexico. At the same time, this chapter takes issue with the idea that this film (along with all Fernández’ films) represents an ‘antimodernist utopia’ antithetical to progress and modernity, and suggests instead that it is firmly rooted in the contemporary moment (and problems) of its

in Emilio Fernández
Andrew Carnegie’s dreamworld
Duncan Bell

46 2 Duncan Bell Race, utopia, perpetual peace: Andrew Carnegie’s dreamworld Introduction What is the intellectual history of American foreign policy? Two methodological issues stand out in thinking through this question. The first concerns the appropriate level of analysis, and thus the range of materials that are suitable for constructing such a history. Must we focus on ideas or conceptual schemes that have directly (or even indirectly) shaped debate and decision-​making among the Washington policy elite, or could our analysis also encompass the production

in American foreign policy
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Norman Geras

05 Crimes Against Humanity 113-130 3/12/10 10:12 Page 113 5 Utopia into law Alain Finkielkraut has written that it was a purpose of the Nuremberg Trials ‘to bring the law to justice’.1 One may express the same thing the other way round: the purpose of the trials was to bring justice into the law, the law of nations. It was to do so by making the demands of a universalist morality the basis of what has been called, in a related context, ‘a revolutionary legality’.2 This is a vision of legal utopia: utopia, not as some unattainable state of perfection, but as

in Crimes against humanity
Andrekos Varnava

their selection, and often too, their retention, resulting in many places becoming misadventures. To be sure, almost every imperial and colonial venture was a search for El Dorado or a utopia. By exploring various cases this collection seeks to show how El Dorados arose in Europe across imperial traditions, colonial projects and periods in time. The aim is not to offer an overarching explanation for imperialism

in Imperial expectations and realities