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Socialist Fantasy

My piece on lewft wing politics and fantasy is up today on the Open Democracy website.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/kari-sperring/terry-pratchetts-discworld-where-we-are-all-heroes

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pennski
Sep. 22nd, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh fascinating! I have been comfort re-reading Pratchett so it's good to have some chewy thoughts to go with that.
jemck
Sep. 22nd, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly ☺
anna_wing
Sep. 23rd, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
The thing about Ankh-Morpork though, is that it is the way it is because of Vetinari, ultimately. It is fair (for various values of fair) because Vetinari is fair (for various values of fair), and also ruthless, self-certain, intelligent, devious, far-sighted, selfless, incorrupt and very brave. Vetinari is an idealised version of Machiavelli's Prince, just as the Discworld is an idealized meritocracy.

Edited at 2015-09-23 10:01 am (UTC)
dhampyresa
Sep. 23rd, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
That was a great read.
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