The No.9 Bus to Utopia has 65 ratings and 17 reviews. their relationship breakdown, he decided he had something to learn about giving. When David Bramwell's girlfriend left him he was inspired to get away and Ending with a (I don't think this is a spoiler, but hey, stop reading now if you don't want to take that risk. These all go some way towards imagining the end Rosa Parkes' refusal to move from the whites-only section of a bus and similar rebellious actions by relations problem for these institutions, coyly termed a 'legitimation deficit' by political. PDF | The literature contains many examples of utopian predictions stemming from the dystopian outcomes can occur simultaneously, albeit in relation to different factors. .. buy shoes or diagnose a rash or pay bills or get cash (a new digital kind) or write your .. To this end, a qualitative focus was adopted in the main.
I'm so glad I read this book. The final chapter resonated with me strongly, and I would very much recommend this read for anyone interested in this topic.
Oct 11, Dee rated it it was amazing An uplifting and funny book, with much to ponder and a simple underlying idea for making our lives better. May 11, Robert Hutchinson rated it really liked it Interesting if a little weird.
I'm a sucker for "utopia" books! Jul 28, Abigailann Abigail rated it it was amazing Like many of us at some point in our lives, David Bramwell decided that he needed something different from life. For him, this was a quest to find Utopia. But what did Utopia truly mean?
This book chronicles to journey to his answer, and helps the reading formulate their own reply. Each community that David visits in interesting in its own way.
The No.9 Bus to Utopia by David Bramwell
He describes every one with feeling and genuine interest, drawing the reader into considering their benefits and negative aspects. It piqued my inquisit Like many of us at some point in our lives, David Bramwell decided that he needed something different from life.
It piqued my inquisitive nature, occasionally making me feel as if I'd been let into some hidden world. As David travels we ca begin to glimpse not just the physical journeys he made during the book, but also the mental and philosophical ones. With frankness, he describes how his out-look was changed and affected by each new experience. Its easy to sympathise and sometimes laugh with him. Most of all this is a truly though-provoking yet easy to read book.
Unlike some utopian movements, therefore, he did not create a colony of like-minded individuals and escape to it. Instead, Quaker efforts were based around projects to help the poor and to educate people on the arts of self-sufficiency. In fact, handicrafts and small-scale husbandry have been an enduring feature of utopian schemes to this day. I myself attempted to create a little utopia, too: I lived on a farmhouse in Devon for 12 years and attempted some basic carpentry, kept chickens and pigs and grew vegetables, with varying degrees of success.
Romantic feelings Another charming production of this period was a book called The Isle of Pines by republican wit Henry Neville. Published init was the Robinson Crusoe of its day: This utopia is more Land of Cockaygne than tightly controlled socialist system.
In it Swift, like previous utopists, rails against the injustice of the modern world in quasi-Marxist terms, complaining that: That the bulk of our People was forced to live miserably by labouring every day for small wages to make a few live plentifully. But toward the end of the century came both a revolution in France and a Romantic backlash against the Industrial Revolution.
He imagined a utopia called Jerusalem: The Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, for his part, hatched plans to sail away from England to America and create what he called a Pantisocracy: All property would be in common. The scheme got as far as a flat-share in Bristol and collapsed. The Victorian period was filled with earnest discussion among do-gooders and intellectuals on how to alleviate the conditions of the poor.
In the midth Century, dozens of Owenite experiments sprang up: View image of New Harmony, Indiana Most of these schemes failed — or at least did not last long. Also still with us are the model communities of Bournville near Birmingham and Port Sunlight near Liverpool, the first built with chocolate money by the Cadbury family, the second with soap money by Lord Leverhulme, founder of Sunlight Soap now owned by Unilever.
Both were capitalist attempts to build comfortable environments for workers. Less successful was a town called Pullman near Chicago, Illinois.
Inrailroad entrepreneur George Pullman of Pullman Palace Car fame launched the ambitious model village, named after himself.
He aimed for the town to run as a business and return a profit to investors. Second, there were no public gatherings of any size. Third, workers had to buy goods in the over-priced Pullman shops.
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And fourth, no blacks were allowed. In short, it was a disastrous mixture of the worst of centrally-controlled socialism and grasping capitalism — with racism thrown in for good measure. Following the great market collapse ofPullman hiked rents.
The fundamental problem in creating perfect worlds: The situation got violent; troops went in to quell the uprising.
The government forced Pullman to sell his town. He died in so widely loathed, he had to be buried 12 feet underground for fear that his body would be dug up and desecrated by disgruntled employees.
And since most utopias are inflexible, what happens to your ideal community when market conditions — which are outside your control — change?
New patterns At around the same time in England, William Morris was concocting a far gentler version of paradise. The generously bearded Victorian hero wrote one of the great utopian fantasies, News from Nowhere — a book full of charm, wit and good ideas. Morris himself was absurdly energetic, managing to pursue simultaneous careers as a poet, artist, novelist, printer, pamphleteer, painter, designer, typesetter, business man, socialist pioneer and rabble-rouser he was thrown in jail for attending an anti-war rally.
He had little tolerance for the lazy and memorably declared: Unlike the big-headed Pullman, though, Morris never imposed his utopian visions on anyone else by actually creating a commune or village.
He was a romantic who became a revolutionary. As he wrote of himself: Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time, Why should I strive to set the crooked path straight? News from Nowhere was published in Really, Morris wanted all people to live what he called a refined life, to have the leisure time to read and play music and think and be poets.
John Ruskin, another medievalist and fan of the guild system, was outlining projects for ideal village communities, while the Arts and Crafts movement also was inspired by the Middle Ages. Money has been abolished. There is no private property. Children get out into nature: The inhabitants have a lot of fun: Immediately following Morris came HG Wells, who wrote a dozen utopian and dystopian novels. They were generally technological in nature: Tolstoy, an anarchist and a Christian, held that the state was responsible for most of the bad stuff: Tolstoy counselled passive resistance and non-violence instead.
The familiar elements were there: Two of these communes still exist today in the UK. One is the Brotherhood Church of Stapleton, which, according to a recent New Yorker piece, is home to four humans, a deaf cat, a few hens and an enormous cow. The other is the Whiteway Colony in the Cotswolds, formed in More village than commune, Whiteway is a collection of 68 houses loosely bound by a monthly meeting.
In a young Indian philosopher started to correspond with Tolstoy. Inthe young man — Gandhi —launched a cooperative colony in South Africa which he named Tolstoy Farm. Dark visions One of my favourite 20th-Century utopian societies, however, is the anarchist occupation of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. It is described without sentiment by George Orwell, who fought for the anarchists, in his account Homage to Catalonia.
View image of Anarchists in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War Meanwhile, utopias continued to hatch from the imaginations of novelists. In this ideal society, there are no men at all, and the women prize education above all else. Women have learned to reproduce via parthenogenesis — no men required.
The No.9 Bus to Utopia
Children are the responsibility of everyone, though during the first two years of life the child is closely attached to her real mother. There is no war or private property. At the same time, other novelists decided that it would be more fun to write dystopias than utopias — and hence science fiction began. In this grim fantasy, the people live alone in underground cells, connected to everyone else in the world by screen The machine is worshipped as source of all knowledge and freedom: The Machine is the friend of ideas and the enemy of superstition: