Eutopian Ideas

For centuries, very possibly for all time, people have envisioned a world without problems. Plato’s, The Republic, was one of the first of these ideas to come down to modern times in print. In this classic book, Plato envisions a world where the State raises the societies children, and plans what their roles in society will be. He also proposes that this city State would be the ultimate source of legal justice in the society.

Idea of a Utopian Society
Idea of a Utopian Society

Other thinkers, primarily around the 16th Century, such as Thomas Moore, believed in a communistic societies with people bound to a central organization like Plato’s city State, and that this State would be totalitarian in dictating who uses what and how. Moore’s Utopian belief takes for granted that individuals in the society would, though not necessarily Christians, follow the dictates of the Ten Commandments (thou shalt not steal, kill, etc). He also assumes that people will work hard so that they can get more out of the sharing of the goods produced.

Societies like this have already been tried and proven to not work. Under totalitarian societies, learning and innovation is stifled, while the ruling class becomes rich and prosperous at the expense of the populace who they control. As for communistic societies, countries like the Soviet Union and modern nations like Cuba and elsewhere, as well as the experimental societies carried out by the Utopian thinkers themselves, are examples enough to prove that such ideas cannot succeed. They either failed soon after their founding, like Jamestown’s early days, eventually collapsed like the Soviet Union, or are poor and helpless countries with no advancement and a constant falling behind other nations that promote private property and human rights separate from the State.


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