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Looking Backward: 2000-1887 / Edition 1

Looking Backward: 2000-1887 / Edition 1

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Looking Backward, 2000-1887 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jmattas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A socialist utopia, which tells of a world in which I'd very much like to live, where everybody is all happy-happy-joy-joy. The transition from harsh capitalism to the new order is not so believable, but the description of the socialist system and of the flaws of scattered capital is very attractive, and it made me think, why indeed it couldn't be like that. If only people could be less selfish and greedy...This book still has a lot to give, because Bellamy's prophecies have not fulfilled themselves. I think that today we are further from any possible dramatic transition than in the 1800's, because there is much less extreme poverty, people "kind of get along", and this doesn't excite revolutions.Bellamy states that in a humane socialist nation, the true potential of humans, as given by God, is finally realized. It's an interesting question, whether people are born good or bad, but settling the issue by invoking a deity is not a very satisfying answer.The dialogue is attractively old-fashioned, and apparently even this radical writer couldn't foresee the evolution of the sexes.
iubookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this as part of a course on social movements. Most course readings are dry and dull, but this kept me interested. Thank you to Jack McKivigan for forcing me to read this classical rendering of utopian societies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago