[OPE-L:2238] Socialism in a single moon?

From: P.J.Wells@open.ac.uk
Date: Wed Jan 19 2000 - 14:40:04 EST

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Since Steve Keen has managed to mention two of my extra-curricular
hobby-horses -- the work of Ursula Le Guin, and motor cycles -- in a single
post, I can't forgo replying.

On Le Guin, note that she describes Anarres (the anarchist world) and Urras
(the non-anarchist one) as "twin *planets*" orbiting each other (it is only
the tabloid papers on Urras that describe Anarres as a moon) -- BUT the
point is that economically Anarres IS a satellite of Urras: its economy is
ultimately dependent on exchanging minerals for manufactured goods.

And Urras is not strictly a capitalist world; one of its states is
explicitly state socialist, and is clearly there to show that Anarres'
different organisation ultimately depends on its being out of range of
capitalist guns.

On motor cycles, a separate post follows.


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