- Feb 2008
Utopias have been the rage forever, and the 20th century was rife with new ones that claimed to be intellectually thought out rather than faith-based. But they're just as impossible and absurd as their forebears. Communists, fascists, Objectivists (bloody Ayn Rand types are still dogging us), and the Straussian neocon dimwits that plague our politics, all are tiresome and detrimental to constructive dialogue.I think maybe the two most obvious failures of history, would be the various political ideologies which contain messages of global salvation (eg communism, neoconservatism, Cecil Rhodes-style colonialism, etc), and religion. Neither have resulted in nor ever will result in the utopian world they promise.
Fanaticism and utopianism are good indicators of a faulty ideology. Which is why I won't be reading any Left Behind books this summer...