The Utopia of Rules

On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy

The Utopia of Rules (paperback, 2016, Melville House)

paperback, 272 pages

Published Feb. 23, 2016 by Melville House.

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Four or so essays on power, violence, and freedom, often through media critique and briefly sketched historical analogies. Themes of creativity (imagining better worlds) and force (police violence, the exhaustive interpretive labor that bureaucracy requires from those at the bottom); neoliberalism's squashing of technological progress and social freedoms while redefining those terms so it may champion them; science fiction and fantasy and play and games. Keeps coming back to imagination and its ambiguity and potential for destruction, leaving us left or right more comfortable within layers of rules even if they harm us.

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