The Infinite City: Utopian Dreams on the Streets of London

The Ideal City (unattributed: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino)

Are cities filthy, dangerous places; the cesspools of immorality, where the rich trample on the dreams of the poor, where the poor steal whatever they can from the rich and animals and nature are wantonly desecrated?   Or, are cities the hallowed ground on which the divine promise of humanity slowly reveals itself; where communities based on ties of shared spirit, not of shared blood, work hand-in-hand to guarantee that the life of every citizen is lived to the fullest, to serve as proof that humans were wisely charged with inheriting the earth?  Author and economist Niall Kishtainy takes us on a wild ride through the utopian dreams and nightmares of the most influential thinkers to call London home.  And keep in mind that “no man is an island”: as Niall reminds us in The Infinite City, his forthcoming powerhouse publication: “today we live in anti-utopian times, but utopian dreaming is essential to a vibrant society that is truly conscious of its own desires; without it we fall back on unexamined utopias, often those dictated by the powerful.”  Come welcome Niall to our show and let’s become friends with the greatest citizens in modern history.   

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