Monday, May 28, 2007

Stephen Duncombe, on dreams

Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, on Against the Grain:

Look, our dreams aren't realizable, so don't get fooled by someone who says that they've been realized and don't get disenchanted if we don't realize them tomorrow or the next day or the next day... what they really are is something to move towards, something that we know is a dream. The problem with fantasy is... that it parades as reality. A dream is different. You wake up from a dream and you know you've had a dream. That's the type of ethical dreaming that I think the left has to do, we have to say we have these dreams, they're seemingly impossible dreams but we are going to move towards them and we're not gonna get disenchanted if we don't get there and we're also not going to get bamboozled by people who say we don't have to worry about that, we've achieved civil rights... These impossible dreams don't allow you to... become disenchanted and they don't allow you to have false fulfillment, they're always out there in front of you.

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