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Sponsored by Marxist Education Project and Victor Serge Foundation
Convened by Richard Greeman
In 2017 Naomi Klein reminded us that “No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Utopia and plausible account of how to get there from here. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?
To answer that question, we have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even once chance in a hundred for a better world – we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of future historians living in the year 2117 in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century to the year 2017 (on the bi-centenary of the unforeseen 1917 Soviet revolution) and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN - today’s capitalist death-spiral - to NOW - a sustainable, egalitarian global society free of war, oppression and exploitation.
Our ongoing Future Historians seminar has been meeting since September 24, 2017. We gather in-person at our New York studio and via teleconference with participants across a dozen time zones – from L.A. California to Moscow, Russia - including participants in Chicago, D.C., Vermont, Paris and Rabat, Morocco.
Our process : examine the historical evidence and collectively piece together a plausible picture of our possible better world and the roads that led to it. One rule: no gods, no extra-terrestials.
Our goal: create a popular utopian fiction, working title THEN AND NOW in the tradition of Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and Morris' News from Nowhere. The popularity of these utopias brought to life a new socialist movement at the end of the 19th Century. We hope that THEN AND NOW also go viral, inspire it readers with hope for the future, and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Join us! All power to the imagination!
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