Utopia, Utopia, My Kingdom for a Utopia!

https://youtu.be/MawR-tA61dM One (no, not Richard IIInot Richard III) of our O Society people asks: Because we’re well into our political Tower of Babel era, communication about ideas has probably never been so difficult. I’m not aware of any interest in utopian ideology since at least the early 1970s, or even the notion such a thing could … Continue reading Utopia, Utopia, My Kingdom for a Utopia!

The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

by Chris Hedges edited by O Society Jan 31, 2020 In “The Open Society and Its Enemies,” Karl Popper warns against utopian engineering, massive social transformations led by those who believe they found a revealed truth. These utopian engineers carry out the wholesale destruction of systems, institutions, and social and cultural structures in a vain … Continue reading The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

Liezi 列 Waterfall

Heaven and earth operate without thought or purpose, through processes which are ziran 自然, so of them ­selves. Man follows the same course, through the process of growth and decay, without choosing either to be born or to die. Yet alone among the myriad things he tries to base his actions on thought and knowledge, to … Continue reading Liezi 列 Waterfall

The Wisdom of Trees

Walt Whitman on what our silent friends teach us about being rather than seeming by Maria Popova edited by O Society September 24, 2019 Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different … Continue reading The Wisdom of Trees

When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’

edited by O Society July 6, 2019 In 1971, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault met at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands for their first and only debate. Produced by the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation as a part of their International Philosophers Project, the programme featured discussions with eminent thinkers on the topic of … Continue reading When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’