Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World (Paperback)

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"It's the hubris of every generation to think that they have arrived at the best way of living. But all the things we now take for granted, all the modern wisdoms we hold to be self-evident, were once derided as dangerous or foolish radical thinking."-From the Prologue

In Radicals Chasing Utopia, Jamie Bartlett, one of the world's leading thinkers on radical politics and technology, takes readers inside the strange and exciting worlds of the innovators, disrupters, idealists, and extremists who think we can do better-and believe they know how. Bartlett introduces us to some of the most influential movements today: techno-futurists questing for immortality, far-right groups seeking to close borders, militant environmentalists striving to save the planet by any means necessary, and psychedelic pioneers attempting to heal society with the help of powerful hallucinogens.

The success of democratic societies hinges on our ability to listen to-and in some cases learn from-the radical movements in our midst. Their methods may be extreme, but in chasing utopia, these groups are challenging what is possible and previewing the world to come.

About the Author


Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and a technology columnist for the Telegraph. His first book, The Dark Net was longlisted for the Orwell Prize, nominated for the Debut Political Book of the Year and the Transmission Prize, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, the Washington Post, the New Statesman, the Independent, and Flavorwire. He has appeared on NPR and has written for Salon, The Spectator, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Aeon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781568589862
ISBN-10: 1568589867
Publisher: Nation Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 400
Language: English

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