Utopian Visions Produce Both Good & Bad Political Policies
The Great Utopian thinkers of the past: Plato, More, and Marx, were all wonderful and also terrible. Plato gave us a society of women’s liberation, but also eugenic breeding. More gave us a world of freedom of religion, but not for atheists; a world without capital punishment, but wherein the prisons were like slave labor camps. And Marx gave us a world with no economic inequality and with gender equality as well, but he also gave us “the dictatorships of the proletariat run by the Communist Party intellectuals.” So much good and so much bad has been generated by these and other utopian thinkers.