These creations could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks.
It’s difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?
That’s the fascination at the heart of “Commissions for Utopia,” a series of futuristic scenes of North Korea dreamed up by one of the country’s promising young architects.
I’m not talking about the kind of claustrophobia that keeps people out of crowded elevators. I’m referring to “career claustrophobia,” a stagnation that stifles even the most promising careers. Surprisingly, this dysfunction is so pervasive today that scarcely anyone notices it.
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Sarah (Maslany) is in a desperate race to find her missing daughter, but her scorched earth tactics spark a war with Rachel (Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones (Maslany, Maslany, Maslany).
But these details have been lumped into larger cultural narratives, particularly about women’s rights. To some extent, this is understandable and important. One of the most powerful moments in Ginsburg’s dissent is when she quotes Sandra Day O’Connor in a 1992 case involving Planned Parenthood: “The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” She also cites a number of critical facts about contraceptive access: Women pay significantly more than men. The cost of an Intrauterine Device, or IUD, is roughly equal to a month of pay for a woman working at minimum wage. Almost a third of women would change their form of birth-control if cost weren’t a factor. In these and other spots throughout her dissent, Ginsburg is undoubtedly correct: Affordable birth-control access is an important economic and public-health issue.
But even if that’s true, it’s also true that certain religious groups regard some forms of contraceptives as morally wrong. This is where simplistic defenses involving the word “science” are misleading; even if the medical community has come to a rough consensus about the definition of conception, there’s no way that this consensus can entirely displace or satisfy larger philosophical and religious convictions about the nature of life itself. At its deepest level, this controversy is about competing understandings about the “truth” of human existence. This kind of competition has always been part of life in America, and it probably always will be.