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This conclusion of the book picks up where the introduction left off, in a return to a discussion of utopias and their shadows. The piece confronts the tension between utopian yearnings and the limitations of all intentional human acts. It mentions science fiction as one location of irony and doubt about fantasized futures. Several frightening versions of utopian thinking are described here, cautionary tales about any effort to clean up the world and make it perfect. Nonetheless the piece—and the book—ends with the need to confront the nightmare versions of one’s wishes without giving up on the generative power of political imagination.

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