Utopian Discourse

In chapter 9 of David Flemings “City of Rhetoric” Fleming emphasized the need for a public, shared area that is to act as an environment where citizens with many differences can coexist long term. Fleming sees this place as an area in which those living in it do not deny their differences or similarities in hopes of coexistence, rather, find common ground within their similarities, and discuss their differences positively. Fleming states that before the construction of these places is possible, people today must rethink the ways in which their environments are made up today. Things such as public access to necessities like grocery stores and laundromats. This example of the physical changes that must be done in order to achieve Flemings ideal, adds to the idea of greater equality that Fleming leads to.

This chapter ties back to Fleming’s position on homogeneity in his book’s earlier chapters. Fleming states previously that homogeneity in an area, he uses the example of a neighborhood, births low or weak real political discourse. Naturally, one would think that the opposite of homogeneity, diversity, would birth a more intense or strong political discourse scene. Fleming combines these to idea in his last chapters, combining healthy diversity in an environment with positive but palpable political discourse within said environment. Fleming manages to tie together main themes of his work, while not coming to a simple ‘blank+blank=a combination of blank’, but rather fusing his ideas into his version of the most progressive, positive environment.

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