Pointing finger

I haven’t read Ken MacLeod’s novels, so I can’t vouch for their goodness, but I really like this line about Parecon, Michael Albert’s unutopian economic utopia:

Michael Albert has been slightly miffed to have his utopia encounter the opposite reponse. Most critics, he says, admit that it would work. They just wouldn’t like to live there. Although Albert and his colleague Robin Hahnel have tried to answer their critics, it still looks to me as schoolmarmish an anarchy as Le Guin’s Annares. The invisible hand of the market and the clenched fist of the revolution give way to the pointing finger of the neighbourhood.


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