A war is being fought over ‘variable standard energy tariffs’. Deconstructing necessarily imperfect public services and reconstructing them as artificial commercial enterprises has only made life more complicated.
When brilliant Soviet cyberneticist Viktor Glushkov designed a blueprint for a computerised planning system, the Soviet Union looked on track to become web pioneers. In the end, however, there was to be no digital network.
Billed as ‘a year of imagination and possibility’ to mark the 500th anniversary of More’s Utopia, 2016 didn’t work out that way. 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, is another opportunity.