Utopias and Other Wastelands

1978U [CRN: 25286]

What factors are necessary for a social movement to grow? We'll look at international Progressive movement, appropriate technology, trade unions, and cooperatives, as examples of modern movements doomed in one nation, flourishing elsewhere. We'll interpret the conservative utopias of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, alongside the radical utopias of Theosophists. Looking into the alliances of professionals, experts, national legislators, capitalism and organs of world government, trying to understand alignments of power that caused some movements to flourish and others to falter, asking when individuals and collectives have the opportunity to change the world around them and how we measure their success. Enrollment limited to 20. M
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