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Is Another World REALLY Possible?

International Study Group and Collaborative Writing Project

Sponsored by Marxist Education Project and Victor Serge Foundation

Convened by Richard Greeman

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In 2017 Naomi Klein reminded us that “No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Utopia and plausible account of how to get there from here. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?

To answer that question, we have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even once chance in a hundred for a better world – we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of future historians living in the year 2117 in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century to the year 2017 (on the bi-centenary of the unforeseen 1917 Soviet revolution) and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN - today’s capitalist death-spiral - to NOW - a sustainable, egalitarian global society free of war, oppression and exploitation.

Our ongoing Future Historians seminar has been meeting since September 24, 2017. We gather in-person at our New York studio and via teleconference with participants across a dozen time zones – from L.A. California to Moscow, Russia - including participants in Chicago, D.C., Vermont, Paris and Rabat, Morocco.

Our process : examine the historical evidence and collectively piece together a plausible picture of our possible better world and the roads that led to it. One rule: no gods, no extra-terrestials.

Our goal: create a popular utopian fiction, working title THEN AND NOW in the tradition of Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) and Morris' News from Nowhere. The popularity of these utopias brought to life a new socialist movement at the end of the 19th Century. We hope that THEN AND NOW also go viral, inspire it readers with hope for the future, and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Join us! All power to the imagination!

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