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The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

"The Dispossessed" by Ursula K Le Guin is a different book in 2020 than when I first read it.

It shows two ways of life (neither of them perfect) one that is fascist-ish capitalism, other anarchistic.

I can not not think of Urras (the capitalists) as a 2020 western world.

Anarchists on Anarres had much less, but were sharing what they had, and they worked much less. This is a bargain I would gladly take.

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The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

I also can't compare response to drought on Anarres, to the cluster fuck covid is.

Well organised society, with high trust can survive a lot. While we can get organised enough to stay at home and do basic sanitary precautions.

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The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

To sum it up: somehow even as UKL tried to underline risks and downsides of living in anarchistic utopia, seeing late stage capitalism, I can not wish I was born there.

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@jacek I felt a really haunting clash of two desires:

On the one hand, Anarres really does sound so much more appealing than the real-world Urras. And an Anarres without the resource constraints of being exiles on a barren moon could be better still.

But on the other, I couldn't imagine actually living there, because it would entail giving up so many things I've become accustomed to from living on Urras. #SFFBookClub

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

@jacek ...so the ending broke me a little.

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

@eldang I'm thinking that getting less things, but for less work, and having better safety is overall a sweet deal. And could be way out of capitalism.

Probably housing situation would be hardest for me (communal housing is hard neurodiverse people). However it's not like after the Revolution we would loose whatever already build so housing problems would be for another generation.

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

@jacek I just read a short story that's sort of a prequel to The Dispossessed (I'll write more about it soon) and it features Odo herself talking about not being a perfect Odoist because getting there will take a few generations.

@eldang I vaguely remember reading this story.

There was a time when during vacation (~~shool age) I would travel with family to somewhere, find closest library, and scavenge it for sff books that were printed in the `90 once and then not reprinted.

The pages were yellow, and the binding was loose.

Fun times!

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

@jacek It's a wonderful book. Easily my favorite by Le Guin so far.

The Dispossessed Spoilers // Bleak real life thoughts 

@Argus @jacek

The dispossessed came up in our latest session of our coop spec fiction writing group!

We read "The ones who walked away from Omelas" and "The Day Before the Revolution". Both raised a lot of ideas to talk about and we all had contrasting interpretations of the 'meaning'!

@emi @Argus I especially remember and like short story titled: "Unlocking the air".

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