Please join Practical Anarchy on October 28 for a discussion of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed.
In The Dispossessed, as one reviewer writes, LeGuin “provides a view of an anarchist society complete with an array of social problems. It is an ambiguous utopia. The ambiguity can only be resolved by looking at the actions of people like Shevek who dare to question the social roles that have developed. It is in their constant search for freedom and social responsibility, in challenging informal hierarchies and domination that we find the heart of anarchism.”
“Those who build walls are their own prisoners. I’m going to go fulfil my proper function in the social organism. I’m going to go and unbuild walls.” – Shevek
When: October 28, 2:30pm
Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St; http://www.bluestockings.com/events/
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The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.