Zeborah (zeborahnz) wrote in whileaway,
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Anno Domini 2000; or, Women's Destiny

Sir Julius Vogel based his 1889 utopia on three principles, which he helpfully lays out in the epilogue:
  1. there's no reason women can't do everything men can [except for a telling blind spot he has regarding participation in and leading of the armed forces];
  2. there's no reason the various British colonies shouldn't form a British empire;
  3. there's no reason we shouldn't eliminate poverty [on the grounds that a) it's easy enough to give everyone basic sustenance and lodging, and b) this won't eliminate ambition but rather stoke it because ambition increases the higher up the foodchain you get, and the poorest people are actually too poor to have energy for ambition].
I review the novel on my DreamWidth (or my LiveJournal), and the book is available in various e-formats at the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.
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