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    I've had some time (and a second cuppa) to think about this now. First, Cassiodorus, thanks for a wide-ranging and thought-provoking contribution. There's much to be said about the conceptualization and utility of the terms "Left," "Right" and "Center," in circumstances when such terms are symbolically appropriated (self-definition, generally positive) or ascribed (oppositional, generally negative.) Your discussion reminded me of a paper I read a while ago by Jonathan White entitled "Left, Right and Beyond: the Pragmatics of Political Mapping," in which White addresses conceptualizations of the categories "Left" and "Right" that focus on their stability and contingency. Worth another read, perhaps...

    You're on to something with your discussion of tradition and utopia, and I think that your call to "think science fiction" is a useful one. I wonder, though, how that call fits with your conclusion that we need "a real, utopian Left, a Left with [a] genuine Romanticism"? Both our contemporary Right and Left seem afflicted by Romantic nostalgia, related to the negative experience of modernity (I'm thinking of the fascinating discussions in Alastair Bonnett's Left in the Past: Radicalism and the Politics of Nostalgia). What we may need when confronted with the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change is a radical imagination and political vision that is as anti-nostalgic (thus unRomantic, I'd think) as it is anti-modern.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 08:56:23 AM PDT

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