It was indeed a great book. Beautifully written. The story revolves around the life of Shevek, an inhabitant of the world of Anarres. The central premise is that Anarres is a world where anarchism is the predominant political system, founded by individuals who splintered away from the neighbouring world of Urras many years ago to start a different society. The life and travels of Shevek serve as the vessel for contrasting full-blown anarchism with full-blown capitalism, as he visits and explores the country of A-Io on Urras. A-Io is patriarchy and individualism dialled up to 11. The book provides many moments of point and counterpoint on the merits and dismerits of individualism and communalism when both go to their extremes.
I enjoyed the No Gods, No Masters documentary for giving a bit of a historical lay of the land of anarchism. However, it’s very battle-heavy and full of conflict. (Maybe it has to be?) Regardless, I would like to see a companion piece with more discussion on the history and evolution of the ideas, not just the struggle. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5t1cr7
Some new items for the reading list (after just reading the Wikipedia article on The Dispossessed): Mutual Aid by Kropotkin; Post-Scarcity Anarchism by Bookchin. And The Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin.
I read The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin recently. It’s quite a few weeks since I finished it, so my recollections are now a little hazy, but I wanted to take the time to write something about it, as it was very good.
Enjoyed the Accidental Anarchist documentary. Interesting to see second recent mention of Abdullah Ocalan, Bookchin and democratic confederalism (other recent one being Adam Greenfield ‘s talk at Virtual Futures.)