Content of The Utopian Vol. 8 - 2009

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  • Obama and Double Consciousness

    Aug 26, 2009

    When I try to sort out my sense of events since the election of President Obama—my senses both that this election was a major watershed in U.S. politics and society, and that Obama’s presidency will realize few if any of the hopes people had in voting for him—I find myself drawn to a fundamental idea in African American writing about the United States, W.E.B. Du Bois’s concept of double consciousness.

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  • The Hurt of No Longer Being / El Dolor de Ya No Ser

    Aug 26, 2009

    When speaking of a political regime so dependent on its tribal totem, we should not find it surprising that a fundamental chapter in its trajectory is about Fidel Castro...

    Tratándose cómo se trata de un régimen político altamente dependiente de su tótem tribal, no tiene nada de extraño que un capítulo fundamental de su deriva gire en torno a la persona de Fidel Castro...

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  • Small Farm Movement Takes Root in the Motor City

    Aug 26, 2009

    The morning’s farm activities include: milking the goats, carrying hay out to the horse, feeding the chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc. and collecting eggs, and tending the rabbits. All the familiar farm chores…only these are all being done in the heart of the City of Detroit, almost within sight of the smokestacks of the giant Ford complex.

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  • The Two Main Trends in Anarchism

    Aug 26, 2009

    To get to the real differences between the two trends of anarchism, it is necessary to look at the serious political differences between them—not at an nonideological “culture,” but at actual politics.

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  • Some Thoughts on Anarchism and Religion

    Aug 26, 2009

    We all have our own mythologies. We all live in our own (overlapping) worlds of symbolic representations of reality and have our unique ways of making sense of our lives and of the world we live in. We should respect and value the differences in these symbolic worlds, not try to stamp them out in favor of some kind of (in fact, unachievable) gray atheistic unity.

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  • Response to Leninism Without Lenin

    Aug 26, 2009

    In reading Gustavo’s article, “Leninism Without Lenin,” I find it hard to get a handle on where he is going.... While he appears to dismiss anarcho-syndicalism as an alternative to Platformism/Specificism, he nevertheless never makes it clear to me exactly what is his position.

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