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A practical utopian’s guide to the coming collapse

Graeber, David (2013) A practical utopian’s guide to the coming collapse. The Baffler (22). pp. 53-58. ISSN 1059-9789

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What is a revolution? We used to think we knew. Revolutions were seizures of power by popular forces aiming to transform the very nature of the political, social, and economic system in the country in which the revolution took place, usually according to some visionary dream of a just society. Nowadays, we live in an age when, if rebel armies do come sweeping into a city, or mass uprisings overthrow a dictator, it’s unlikely to have any such implications; when profound social transformation does occur—as with, say, the rise of feminism—it’s likely to take an entirely different form. It’s not that revolutionary dreams aren’t out there. But contemporary revolutionaries rarely think they can bring them into being by some modern-day equivalent of storming the Bastille. -- This article is an excerpt from The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement, by David Graeber.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Baffler Foundation Inc. © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 15:58
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 23:15

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