Peter Y. Paik


On his book From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe

Cover Interview of March 22, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Is mass violence justified if it brings about a better world?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The contemporary critique of capitalist society depends on the health of the economic and political status quo: an oppressive authority that is “strong” is far easier to condemn than one that is weak and caught in the process of dissolution.”

On the second:

“The justifications for the invasion and occupation of Iraq convey the impression that much of the rhetoric of revolutionary socialism is being straightforwardly deployed on behalf of a radical program to extend democracy and free markets throughout the globe.”