Walden Two | Study Guide

B. F. Skinner

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Walden Two | Chapter 27 | Summary

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Burris, Castle, and Frazier watch some members of Walden Two meet others in a convoy of trucks just below the community. Frazier tells them the others are from Walden Six. Burris and Castle are curious about the idea of other Waldens, and they question Frazier about the nature of the proliferation of other similar communities. They go to one of the lounges, where Frazier tries to introduce the architects to Burris and Castle but fails. The conversation becomes a bit more confrontational as Castle presses Frazier on the matter of controlling undesirable influences from new members. At one point Castle even calls Frazier a dictator.

Analysis

One curiosity in this chapter is Frazier's initial response to Burris when he asks if Frazier had other Waldens in mind when he started out. Frazier says no, but a few pages later he states he is "looking forward to the time when members will move about a good deal from one community to another." This suggests Frazier at some point has entertained the idea of expansion, particularly since he has many detailed arguments about why and how the community should expand.

The ideas Frazier shares for controlling information, and his statement Walden Two is fundamentally antidemocratic, lead Castle to consider him a fascist. This is partly because of Frazier's admission the community will continue to expand its influence in local and state politics until they can seize control of the political system. At the same time, the community will press its agenda regardless of dissent from those outside the community. To Frazier this is the way to establish a "new order" that works better. Frazier reiterates the Walden Two community is unique. Toward the end of the chapter he mentions the great geniuses throughout history who have engaged in domination with the wrong motives. He insinuates he is himself a genius, and he seems certain his motives in domination would not be selfish.

This chapter reveals the weakness of hubris or self-importance in Walden Two Burris has been looking for. However, Burris does not comment on Frazier's ethics or politics, and Castle is left to argue against him alone.

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