METROPOLIS: Gillette’s Utopian City Proposal

Before perfecting his invention of the safety razor and founding what became a major American industrial and sales enterprise, King Camp Gillette (1855-1932) authored several books and pamphlets calling for radical changes in the country's economic and social system. The first of these polemical tracts, The Human Drift, called for the establishment of an ideal … Continue reading METROPOLIS: Gillette’s Utopian City Proposal

The Kibbo Kift – “Intellectual Barbarians”

"The Kibbo Kift (archaic Kentish dialect for 'proof of great strength') has been described as 'the only genuine English national movement of modern times' and was certainly very different from Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts. Based on the woodcraft principles of naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton that had been a key part of the early Scout programme, the … Continue reading The Kibbo Kift – “Intellectual Barbarians”

Huxley, Hesse and The Cybernetic Society By Timothy Leary and Eric Gullichsen

An excerpt from Timothy Leary and Eric Gullichsen’s unpublished book The Cybernetic Society, written in 1987.     1967, L'ete d'amour, when Hesse was revered by college students as the Novelist of the Decade. A mega-sage, bigger than Tolkien or McLuhan or Bucky Fuller or even Kahil Gibran! In the ’60s Hesse’s mystical, utopian novels … Continue reading Huxley, Hesse and The Cybernetic Society By Timothy Leary and Eric Gullichsen