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By L. Sargisson

What is wrong with the area this day and the way may well it turn into larger (or worse)? those are the questions pursued during this publication, which explores the hopes and fears, desires and nightmares of the twenty first century. via structure, fiction, idea, movie and experiments with daily life, Sargisson explores modern hopes and fears in regards to the destiny.

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The book is, in part, an archaeology of Jameson’s own thought on utopia. It opens with this sentence: The Utopia has always been a political issue, an unusual destiny for a literary form: yet just as the literary value of the form is subject to 38 Fool’s Gold? permanent doubt, so also its political status is structurally ambiguous. ( Jameson, 2005, xi) He offers some examples: pre-Soviet Marxism, he says, characterized utopianism negatively as idealistic and lacking any conception of political agency or politics.

Utopianism operates on and across many different kinds of boundaries, including disciplinary boundaries, conceptual boundaries and the boundaries that structure thought and behaviour. First, it steps over boundaries that order and separate. Secondly, this renders the boundaries meaningless and/or emphasizes their porosity. Thirdly, this act of crossing borders and showing them to be porous creates a space where previously there was none. In this space, new and different ways of relating to the world can be practised.

Some (perhaps even most) of Žižek’s work is deeply and explicitly utopian. He identifies a prevalent worldview that casts utopia as dead. And he argues that we need to invent a new kind of utopianism: The year 1990 – the year of the collapse of communism – is commonly perceived as the year of the collapse of political utopias: today we live in a post-utopian time of pragmatic administration, since we have learned the hard lesson of how noble political utopias end in totalitarian terror... (Žižek, 2005, 122) Or, Think about the strange mess of today’s situation.

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