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Democracy: The Theoretical Model
By Robley E. George
Socioeconomic Democracy is a theoretical model socioeconomic system wherein there exist
both some form of Universal Guaranteed Personal Income and some form of Maximum Allowable
Personal Wealth, with both the lower bound on personal material poverty and the upper
bound on personal material wealth set and adjusted democratically by all participants of
A Proposal to Reorder Society
By James Concannon
This essay is a "call to arms" for Utopians to take advantage of
what could become a cultural phenomenon, a reality show to nominate an independent
candidate for President of the United States. The essay challenges those who write and
talk about Utopia to use this show as a vehicle to actually run someone for President who
would have a "Utopian" platform, and provides just such a set of views.
Some Future Social Effects of the Communications Revolution
By Eduard Prugovecki
Methods of implementing computer-coordinated forms of participatory democracies by
means of the Internet are discussed in light of the foreseeable progress in communication
technology. Comparisons are drawn between the effects of the Industrial Revolution and the
Communications Revolution at present in the making. The role of future Internet
developments in changing the perceptions of social and political realities is examined.
Group Decision Making: A Sociological Model for Future Democracies
By Eduard Prugovecki
Utopias that advocated economic egalitarianism fell in disfavor along with communism
at the end of the Cold War. Yet, economic egalitarianism is fully compatible with freedom
and democracy. The author describes how a complex of interrelated computers could
facilitate a utopia of egalitarian democracy.
Utopianism Come of Age:
From Post-Modernism to Neo-Modernism
by Tsvi Bisk
Utopianism arose at the same time as Modernism, suffering the same critical attacks
through the ages. Now, as we move from Post-Modernism to Neo-Modernism, we need a new,
practical Neo-Utopianism for the future.
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