By Ursula K. Le Guin
Why this book?
I love The Dispossessed because it imagines a world in which a non-hierarchical society is developed intentionally as a whole, organizing work, families, living spaces, education, food production, and so on around how best to fulfill the society’s needs while also supporting the development of individual talents. It juxtaposes this intentionality and equality against a capitalist society which is very toxic and individualistic, where people are selfish, society is hierarchical, some elites are extremely wealthy, with mass poverty and despair in the populace. This alternative to capitalist society does not romanticize, but shows how hard it would be to achieve, along with the importance of people working together.
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