Best Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have WonCharlie Jane Anders9/03/08 9:05pmFiled to: Liberal dystopiasPoliticspolitical science fictionToptriviagasmdystopian futuresfuture dystopias1751EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Republican Party is gathering in St. Paul, to put forth its vision of the future. And over the next few days, you'll be hearing a lot about the horrendous futures that could take shape if gormless liberals were allowed to run the show. Which makes us wonder: what does science fiction, the literature of the future, have to say about liberal-run dystopias? And it turns out, there are plenty of horrendous futures blighted by the heavy hands of our zinfandel-spitting liberal elites. Here are the scifi stories John McCain should mention in his acceptance speech.AdvertisementFor ease of reference, we've divided the liberal dystopias into a few major categories:Political correctness conquers the universe.AdvertisementIn other words, imagine the movie P.C.U. (or better yet, rent it and watch it, it rules) only taken to a much worse extreme.George Orwell's 1984 might not be quite as much fun as P.C.U. (although the Eurythmics rock the movie soundtrack) but it's in many ways the original template for political correctness with its newspeak and use of language to sanitize everything. It's not, however, such a great example of what we currently mean by political correctness, since the oppressive super-state doesn't display much concern about offending minorities or oppressed groups.Instead, we should look to Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron, about a future dystopia where everybody has to be "average," and if you have any special abilities, you have to suppress them. Are you smarter or more beautiful than other people? The state will use special devices to remove those advantages, so everyone's equal. It's been a TV movie and it's soon to be a major motion picture, 2081. ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.