1. ‘Peace & Plenty’ I once heard the fictional land of Shangri-La described as one of Peace & Plenty, though I don’t believe it was in James Hilton’s novel. The phrase sort of struck a chord with me. Of course, I imagine something different from Dorian Gray-esque monks and deadly mountain passes. Maybe a story about a near-future dystopia being cleverly camouflaged as a blossoming utopia. A land where news media paints a portrait of the real world as accurately as gonzo-porn paints a portrait of sex. A land where grown men kill teenagers and get away with it. A land where the Church, the State and the Rich all guffaw in an Oligarical circle-jerk of unrestrained stratification. A land where major cities file…