(P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
We've all heard that (the love of) money is the root of all evil, but we can't imagine a world without it. This is exactly what the author does. He describes a world of the future where people act to benefit everyone, rather than having everyone do whatever it takes to get ahead. This is a story I'll listen to many times, because it describes the kind of future that I would like to be part of.
Looking Backwards is a classic of the late 19th and early 20th centuries which contains some of the early ideas of what would become the socialist movement. It is a Utopian novel in which a man form the 18th century is transported to the 21st. I think it is a fascinating picture into the 18th century mindset of what a perfect culture society could be.
To me this is not a book about what 'should' be, but instead it is about what 'could have been.'
The narration is crisp, if a bit fast passed, though to me this fits.
Overall I liked this version of the book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting glimpse into a possible version of our world today as dreamed up by a 18th century author.
No one should be allowed to read this book without first or directly after reading or listening to Atlas Shrugged. Atlas Shrugged will give you a opposing view to the "perfect world" portrayed in "Looking Backward" The victorian language in this book is also difficult to follow and requires concentration to stay with the story.
Just want to say, the narration is decent, the story is well told, but it's evil.
Some of the social aspects are not really questioned deeply enough, as in "how they are sustainable", like how many new citizens are required to be mustered in each year to handle all the surviving mustered out. At some point there are going to be large populations of citizens being paid not to work, basically social security, and everyone know how well funded that is. And how would they create new jobs to handle all these new citizens, at some point we would have people building "ghost cities", just to have a job, rubber rooms, or factories producing nothing.
And its also funny how the writer created a way that they could still have "writers" in the future, since that's their job. No one has a self interest, but if you squander your time after your job and work hard, for "yourself", you can write a book, have the government print it for a small fee, and if your really lucky, enough people will buy your book, to fund your work "quota", so you can stop working and just write books.
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