The best place for socialism

21 November 2009 by Mike Gogulski
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The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

The Star Fraction by Ken MacLeod

See, what we always meant by socialism wasn’t something you forced on people, it was people organizing themselves as they pleased into co-ops, collectives, communes, unions. Now look at this place. Look at space, come to that. It’s crawling with them! And if socialism really is better, more efficient than capitalism then it can bloody well compete with capitalism. So we decided, forget all the statist shit and the violence: the best place for socialism is the closest to a free market you can get!

— Logan to Janis, in Ken MacLeod’s The Star Fraction, 1995

A real brain-twister of a book. Gotta read the rest of the series now.

Thanks to Arto Bendiken for the loan!

  1. 2 Responses to “The best place for socialism”

  2. By Tristan on 22 November 2009

    Definitely do that- he’s one of the best Science Fiction authors out there at the moment and is also really interesting on the libertarian and political side of things (he’s won three Prometheus Awards).

    I’ve recently been devouring his books 🙂

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 25 November 2009

    No wonder this passage echoed so strongly with me… I’ve seen it before, at the Market Anarchy pamphlet series at Invisible Molotov. Here, for instance. Huh!

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