About Metropolis/2520

Metropolis/2520 is a blog written by Justin Reynolds, a writer and designer living in Suffolk. Over time it has evolved into an exploration of the different futures, the utopias and dystopias, made possible by accelerating economic and technological change.

I’m particularly interested in the possibility and shape of economic and social systems that might present alternatives to prevailing free market orthodoxies. In particular, what might a social democracy of the future look like?

I don’t regard social democracy as an end in itself: I’m also interested in the possibility of other forms of political transformation. But it seems to me that the rehabilitation of the 20th century’s most successful political philosophy is the most pressing task at hand for progressives. It’s a subject that requires a broad canvas, encompassing politics, economics, technology, science fiction, literature, architecture and film.

Some of the posts here first appeared as contributions to other online journals, in which case I provide a link to the original article. In addition to the material here I have written features forThe New European, openDemocracy, The Calvert Journal, The Fabian Society, Creative Bloq and Social Europe. I co-founded the digital magazine Sceptical Scot to provide a non-partisan forum for Scotland’s ongoing independence debate.

By day I work as a web designer and copywriter – my work, together with a blog on design and copywriting, is available at Justin Reynolds | Writer & Designer. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. (Since most online discussions take place on social media these days I’ve switched this blog’s comments off.)

The blog’s title is inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, a vision of some future city suspended between heaven and hell. Not a bad image, perhaps, for social democracy, an attempt to make the best of the world as it is.

Image | Still from Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang, 1927