"incentives" and The Dispossessed

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Sat Sep 30 12:32:15 MDT 1995

Important to note LeGuin's essential support for the Anarres society.

Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan

On Sat, 30 Sep 1995 P8475423 at vmsuser.acsu.unsw.edu.au wrote:

> Lisa's little note:
> (Even my "light" reading is serious stuff lately.  Steve, I checked
> out that calculus book, but Ursula is a bit more engaging at the
> moment.)
> ...
> is fine by me, since I think I was the one who recommended Le Guin
> in the first place! It is a book that I have bought perhaps ten
> times, given away as often, and read maybe 3 or 4 times. It is
> a superb fictional account of how authoritarian tendencies can
> come to dominate even a society designed along anarchist lines
> (and even lacking a Stalin to so pervert the design, as Louis
> so eloquently pointed out was Stalin's impact on planning in
> the USSR).
> Mind you, she does suggest something close to a cure, as Lisa
> I think is about to read--but it's a cure that leads to Takver's
> effective expulsion from Annares.
> Happy reading. The calculus can wait.
> Cheers,
> Steve
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