Looking Backward



Planning Session: 2012 August 08

  • Bellamy's Utopia v. today's dystopia
    • Jacob keep reading and highlighting
    • "I dreamed I sat on the throne" passage is fascinating and evocative, but...WTF?
  • Contrast vision of Boston with Romneyan campaign proclamations
    • Both from Massachusetts! (handy)
    • Bek to research
    • Can we get it across without being strident?
  • Dave to search archives for industrial sounds
    • Futuristic sounds?
    • Does this one even have violin? (not so far)

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But remember, these are layers, not sections


Sample text (Jacob):

"Early in the last century the evolution was completed by the final consolidation of the entire capital of the nation. The industry and commerce of the country, ceasing to be conducted by a set of irresponsible corporations and syndicates of private persons at their caprice and for their profit, were intrusted to a single syndicate representing the people, to be conducted in the common interest for the common profit. The nation, that is to say, organized as the one great business corporation in which all other corporations were absorbed; it became the one capitalist in the place of all other capitalists, the sole employer, the final monopoly in which all previous and lesser monopolies were swallowed up, a monopoly in the profits and economies of which all citizens shared. The epoch of trusts had ended in The Great Trust. In a word, the people of the United States concluded to assume the conduct of their own business, just as one hundred odd years before they had assumed the conduct of their own government, organizing now for industrial purposes on precisely the same grounds that they had then organized for political purposes. At last, strangely late in the world's history, the obvious fact was perceived that no business is so essentially the public business as the industry and commerce on which the people's livelihood depends, and that to entrust it to private persons to be managed for private profit is a folly similar in kind, though vastly greater in magnitude, to that of surrendering the functions of political government to kings and nobles to be conducted for their personal glorification."


Belle Epoque