Anarchy 66/About New Babylon
About New Babylon
New babylon is a world city of leisure and creativity, spreading in all directions, enveloping the globe like a net, fifty feet above ground level, leaving the ground free for agriculture, nature and highways.
Under New Babylonic circumstances the lust for aggression in mankind will be sublimated into a lust for playfulness. (As Freud wrote to Einstein fifty years ago, this is the only alternative for mankind if it is not to be wiped out by wars.)
New Babylon is the “ambience total” for “homo ludens”.
Homo ludens is the new man of a mechanised world.
The machanised world of cybernetics and automation will leave much leisure time, and in this free time, man will establish his own settlement in collective creativity.
This settlement we call New Babylon.
New Babylon is the environment for a new type of man: homo ludens.
Homo ludens evolves in free time: time freed by automation. “A nous la liberté, après nous la liberté”.
Automation frees man from the slavery of forced utilitarian labour.New Babylon is the world man evolves while at play.