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Posted by Fron, on February 21, 12018 at 23:09:14:

As a side note, on further consideration, I'm not sure I'd characterize the Culture series as anti-capitalist the way Stross seemed to be on Twitter. Whatever Banks' own opinions (and they were certainly pretty left-wing), the books only really bother to make much of a case against capitalism if you're technologically advanced enough that resource scarcity stops being a thing entirely. There's even a bit in one of them when, confronted with something that is unavoidably scarce by nature (a seat in person at the opening performance of a symphony) his utopian citizens spontaneously, if temporarily, reinvent money.

I always see his writing more as an indictment of dominance, bullying, that sort of thing.