Utopia

Isle of UtopiaI’ve mentioned Utopia or utopianism in several posts, and while I’ve linked to sections of Thomas More’s 1516 book, here is a link at which you can read the complete work online. Book II describes this statist fantasy island, and although this work is almost 500 years old, it provides insight into current events of today. It’s not very long, and if you’d like an overview, there is one at Wikipedia.

Mark Levin includes a chapter on More’s Utopia in his book Ameritopia, and writes in his Introduction:

…Utopianism is the ideological and doctrinal foundation for statism. While utopianism and statism or utopian and statist are often used interchangeably, the undertaking here is to probe more deeply into what moti- vates and animates the tyranny of statism. Indeed, the modern arguments about the necessities and virtues of government control over the individual are but malign echoes of utopian prescriptions through the ages, which attempted to define subjugation as the most transcendent state of man.

Utopianism has long promoted the idea of a paradisaical existence and advanced concepts of pseudo “ideal” societies in which a heroic despot, a benevolent sovereign, or an enlightened oligarchy claims the ability and authority to provide for all the needs and fulfill all the wants of the individual—in exchange for his abject servitude.

…Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto are indispensable in understanding the nature of utopianism. They are essential works that have in common soulless societies in which the individual is subsumed into a miasma of despotism—and each of them is a warning against utopian transformation in America and elsewhere.1

History tells us that none of man’s attempts to establish paradise on earth have been done without coercion, and none of them have ever ended well. There are reasons for this—who man is, and who man is not. Utopians arrogantly deny this reality, recycling their attempts and always thinking that they will be the ones who finally succeed in fundamentally transforming society. They’d spend their time more profitably herding cats.

Your local library probably has a copy of Utopia. You might even find Ameritopia there!
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Isle of Utopia: public domain {PD-1923}.
1Mark R. Levin, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America (Threshold Editions of Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York NY: 2012) xiii.

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