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Atwood om Orwell och Huxley

16 juni 2003 | Ingen har kommenterat än

Utmärkt essä av Margaret Atwood om George Orwells Djurfarmen och 1984, Aldous Huxleys ”Du sköna nya värld” och andra dystopier hos Guardian idag:

”The 20th century could be seen as a race between two versions of man-made hell – the jackbooted state totalitarianism of Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four, and the hedonistic ersatz paradise of Brave New World, where absolutely everything is a consumer good and human beings are engineered to be happy. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it seemed for a time that Brave New World had won – from henceforth, state control would be minimal, and all we would have to do was go shopping and smile a lot, and wallow in pleasures, popping a pill or two when depression set in.

But with 9/11, all that changed. Now it appears we face the prospect of two contradictory dystopias at once – open markets, closed minds – because state surveillance is back again with a vengeance.”

Atwood kommenterar också sin egen Tjänarinnans berättelse:

”The majority of dystopias – Orwell’s included – have been written by men, and the point of view has been male. When women have appeared in them, they have been either sexless automatons or rebels who have defied the sex rules of the regime. They have acted as the temptresses of the male protagonists, however welcome this temptation may be to the men themselves. Thus Julia; thus the cami-knicker-wearing, orgy-porgy seducer of the Savage in Brave New World; thus the subversive femme fatale of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1924 seminal classic, We. I wanted to try a dystopia from the female point of view – the world according to Julia, as it were. However, this does not make The Handmaid’s Tale a ”feminist dystopia”, except insofar as giving a woman a voice and an inner life will always be considered ”feminist” by those who think women ought not to have these things.”

Läs hela Margaret Atwood i The Guardian: Orwell and me

Apropå Tjänarinnans berättelse, se också Paul Krugmans senaste kolumn i New York Times om Tom DeLay, republikanernas majoritetsledare:

”…expect to see the wall between church and state come tumbling down. Mr. DeLay has said that he went into politics to promote a ”biblical worldview,” and that he pursued President Clinton because he didn’t share that view. Where would this worldview be put into effect? How about the schools: after the Columbine school shootings, Mr. DeLay called a press conference in which he attributed the tragedy to the fact that students are taught the theory of evolution.

There’s no point in getting mad at Mr. DeLay and his clique: they are what they are. I do, however, get angry at moderates, liberals and traditional conservatives who avert their eyes, pretending that current disputes are just politics as usual. They aren’t — what we’re looking at here is a radical power play, which if it succeeds will transform our country. Yet it’s considered uncool to point that out.

Many of those who minimize the threat the radical right now poses to America as we know it would hate to live in the country Mr. DeLay wants to create. Yet by playing down the seriousness of the challenge, they help bring his vision closer to reality.”

Läs hela Paul Krugman: ‘Some Crazy Guy’

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