Books on Utopias/Dystopias from our discussion today

I give you…. free books!

Utopia. Thomas More.
Erewhon. Samuel Butler.
1984. George Orwell.
Brave New World. Aldous Huxley.
Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. (Sorry– no online version here, since the book is still under copyright.)

And I am shocked no one mentioned this one:
The Giver. Lois Lowry. (Once again, this book is still under copyright, but there is some interesting information here.)

In what ways were movements like the eugenics movement trying to create a “perfect” society? In what ways can this go wrong? How often is the creation of a dystopian society linked to attempts to limit the quest for knowledge and self-expression in this works?

What role does individualism play in the fight against fascism? How do fascist governments attempt to dismantle individual thought and limit knowledge?

Ooh, here’s some Indiana Jones fun:

What is the relationship between vocabulary and thinking? Here’s something that actually references 1984 in contemplating this connection: http://www.angelfire.com/journal/worldtour99/sapirwhorf.html

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