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Perhaps in the 1930s, and in the minds of those pushing "Scientific Socialism".
Unfortunately we now know that taking government too far away from democracy
doesn't work - Communist China not only claims to be using "Scientific
Socialism" but actually does have a much more prominent roles for ex-engineers
and so on in government.
Tyranny, of course, is not a step forwards to the future, but a step backwards
It *is* true that a number of the tropes in 1930s science fiction that wound up
in the early Superman comics' depiction of Krypton, for example, very likely had
their origin in rosy visions of Stalin's Russia created by its propaganda at the
This is a very complicated and suble question - whereas anti-science policies by
some political forces in the U.S. during a pandemic are a simple and
One of the most basic steps needed to move America towards both the future and
to renewed greatness is to restore the health of the American educational
system, so as to better approach the ideal of "Jeffersonian democracy".
Think of Siegel & Shuster's Krypton as the product of a couple of
fanboys in love with the 1936 film written by Wells, "Things To Come."
They also named the town where "The Daily Star/Planet" was
published "Metropolis." The boys were in First Fandom,
Actually, they didn't, initially. In the earliest issues it was "the
metropolis," no capital M, and at least once it was specifically "the
metropolis of Cleveland." The editors in New York were the ones who
made it "Metropolis," a fictional everycity.
Indeed it's just a word that means "big city",
with some specific additional meanings.
Dictionary.com includes "the mother city or
parent state of a colony, especially of an
ancient Greek colony" - of course each ancient
Greek city was an independent nationstate so it
came to the same thing, and so far I've only
come across its Imperial sense referring to the
capital city e.g. London (England) in the
British Empire. Overwhelmingly it just means
"a city". Wikipedia thinks that "metropole" is
a word for the colonising nation instead of its
seat of government, but Dictionary.com doesn't
include it. (Do they take write-ins?)
Both words also exist in various countries,
not all English-speaking, with a specific
meaning in town or regional or ecclesiastical
In the USA, a "metropolis" is the largest city of the nation,
or of a particular state, regardless of whether it is the
the capital and seat of government. Washington, DC is the
nation's capital, but New York City its its metropolis.
The Big Apple's suburbs and nearby cities that are at least
partly commuter towns and are in the same market for media
and transportation are considered to be part of the "metropolitan
area," even if they lie across state boundaries in Connecticut or
New Jersey. NYC is New York State's metropolis, also, but Albany
is the capital.
LW-E is right about Cleveland in the early SUPERMAN strips.
Columbus proper has outstripped Cleveland as Ohio's largest city,
but the "metropolitan area" (CSA) of Cleveland–Akron–Canton is
still larger than the CSA [combined statistical area] centered
on the Buckeye State's capital.
Artist Joe Shuster used his boyhood home of Toronto as an
inspiration for how Metropolis looked.
The Seattle Metropolitans were the first US-based ice hockey
team to win the Stanley Cup!
Note that one of their Cup tries was canceled by the
"Spanish" flu pandemic.