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Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

Why utopian dreams inevitably become totalitarian nightmares.


As Milan Kundera memorably puts it in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: “Once the dream of paradise starts to turn into reality…people begin to crop up who stand in its way. And so the rulers of paradise must build a little gulag on the side of Eden. In the course of time this gulag grows ever bigger…while the adjoining paradise gets even smaller and poorer.”

Academia is the canary in the coalmine.

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