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April 12, 2013 at 2:58 PMComments: 9 Faves: 0

Utopia and How To Get There

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This Author

"Nearly all creators of utopia have resembled the man who has toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists in not having toothache...whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness." - Oscar Wilde

Communism

Step One: Incite revolution in the commoners. The purpose of said revolution being the total destruction of the current system. There can be no remains.

Step Two: One person, or a collective of "one" persons, takes complete control over the masses. All choices are to be made by this person or collective of persons.

Step Three: Destroy all detractors. There can be no entity living outside the absolute rule of the government.

Step Four: Set up central banking system. All currency must flow through said bank. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Five: Set up controls for education system to optimize production and malleability in the one class. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Six: Set up controls for labor to optimize production and malleability in the one class. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Seven: Gain ownership and, ultimately, control over all modes of transportation for the one class. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Eight: Gain ownership of all agricultural production from the one class. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Nine: Eliminate the concept of private property. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Ten: Whilst eliminating the concept of private property, all of said property will become property of the government. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Eleven: Once all property has been stripped from the one class, heavily tax income. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Twelve: Eliminate all inheritance. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

Step Thirteen: Keep the one class happy and compliant with high-brow speech on the greater good and complete equality. Any who resist shall be destroyed.

"Instead of inflicting these horrible punishments, it would be far more to the point to provide everyone with some means of livelihood so that nobody's under the frightful necessity of becoming first a thief and then a corpse." - Thomas More

Democracy

Step One: Convince each constituent that their individual efforts represent a massive contribution to the health and wealth of the nation. In essence, make the cog believe it is a gear. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Two: Convince each constituent that they possess the freedom to pursue their own fate. This should be done while controlling the industry demand for chosen professions. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Three: Convince each constituent that they are equal to their fellow citizens. This will only apply during institutionalized indoctrination. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Four: Convince each constituent that they have some control over their ruling body by elective process. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Five: Convince each constituent that the popular opinion of the whole is what will pass as rule. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Six: Convince each constituent that the minority opinion will be given equality despite their lack of power. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Seven: Convince each constituent that their voice can manipulate the choices made by the government; that compromise is a possibility. Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Eight: Convince each constituent that government rule is limited by the ruling government. Refer to this as "checks and balances." Any who resist shall be publicly defamed.

Step Nine: Distract from truth with beautiful people.

"A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias." - Oscar Wilde

Liberal Despotism

Step One: Create government body dedicated to fair business practice and humanitarian missions. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Two: Put forth regulation that requires a majority of corporate profit be invested in the well-being of the citizen. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Three: Give the people complete control over their own liberty. Place condition of fair treatment. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Four: Put forth "natural law," punish all according to crime committed. If hands are still available, firm handshakes for any who resist.

Step Five: Be very excited about code of morality and ethics. Cross fingers that excitement will spread. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Six: All beings are equal. States should attempt to progress culture to a mode of complete exclusivity, becoming unique from other states. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Seven: Provide any and all citizens opportunity to run for the office of Supreme Director. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Eight: Give Supreme Director complete control over legislation, as long as he/she does not impede civil liberty. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

Step Nine: Eliminate any and all religious or political belief. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake and exile.

Step Ten: Befriend only those nations who believe the same. Any who resist shall receive a firm handshake.

"I think perhaps we want a more conscious life. We're tired of drudging and sleeping and dying. We're tired of seeing just a few people able to be individualists. We're tired of always deferring hope till the next generation. We're tired of hearing politicians and priests and cautious reformers...coax us, 'Be calm! Be patient! Wait! We have plans for a Utopia already made; just wiser than you.' For ten thousand years they've said that. We want our Utopia now - and we're going to try our hands at it." - Sinclair Lewis

Anarchy

Step One: Completely eradicate the idea of control along with hierarchical dominance. Any who resist will be very lonely and, most likely, will sound very silly.

Step Two: Declare freedom for all. Any who resist will be very lonely and, most likely, will sound very silly.

Step Three: Maintain peace through solidarity. Any who resist will be very lonely and, most likely, will sound very silly.

"The belief in a political Utopia is especially dangerous. This is possibly connected with the fact that the search for a better world, like the investigation of our environment, is (if I am correct) one of the oldest and most important of all the instincts." - Karl R. Popper

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9 Comments

  • Liberal Despotism

    Step 5: "Be very excited about code of morality and ethics. Cross fingers that excitement will spread."

    Whose code?

  • Another good one...

    "Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality."

    Albert Camus

  • I would assume that the Supreme Director would determine the moral/ethical code. I say this, but there isn't a ton of precedent to draw from as far as Liberal Despotism is concerned.

  • The democracy section sounds like you're describing America's system when in actuality that system is and always has been a Republic.

    Ancient Athens was the only place I've read about that actually had a "true" democracy.

    Democracy is a failure of a system as well, because as you state the minority is trampled with the illusion that it's respected and cared for.

  • Sorry Kage, but the US is a self-described democracy. For that matter, there is very little difference (outside a free elective system) between a republic and a democracy.

    Republic - a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    Democracy - government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

  • http://capitalismmagazine.com/2003/01/republic-democracy-whats-the-difference/

    That sums up my belief on the matter much better than I can.

  • Capitalism Magazine eh?

    I get that there is a constitution that apparently is supposed to hold up to the scrutiny of the majority, and that is your belief, but you can not actually tell me our country isn't run by majorities Kage.

    Not only has the constitution become a far different beast since its inception, but the government has also morphed itself. Those who continue to claim constitutional right are living in a rather fantastic realm of ignorant faith.

    Hang on to the idea of founding fathers and the nobility of false histories as long as you want, it will take you no further than any other ideal held aloft by a democratic people. Those who have the money to influence votes are the ones who get policies passed in the United States of America. We are an economic nation, capitalist to the core.

    These governmental ideologies are dead weight to the law makers of today and tomorrow.

  • You're right in that regard. I'll hold on to the founding fathers idea of government. Companies need to fund legislature because the government has power now. If you take away that power then government won't be lobbied.

    I've always viewed the government as somethings that's sole purpose is to ensure your rights are not able to be taken by other citizens, or foreign enemies. In today's society the government is seen as a provider and protector of people which wasn't it's purpose, and never was intended to be.

    The sole purpose of our republic was to make sure that each citizen has rights to provide for themselves and the right to protect their lives. Life Liberty and pursuit of happiness none of these could be taken from anyone by a majority. If I was arrested by a democratic mob for selling crappy pans I still had my rights. Then I would receive a fair trial where a unanimous (not a majority) decision would have to be made for me to lose my rights. I feel the government has stepped WAY beyond that with executive orders, and infringements on our rights by misreading, or reading to far into the means of our constitution.

    Traffic laws should be guidelines not laws that are punishable via jail times and fines.
    Food choices should be made by the people not the FDA. They say selling raw milk is illegal cause they were paid to after they received the power to make those calls. If I want to drink raw milk it's my right. It's my pursuit of happiness. The governments job is to make it so no ones can tell me I can't drink raw milk.

    There are way too many fingers on the governments hands and the governments hands are in everything. The more fingers the government grows the more lobbying and corporate funding to legislation you're going to see.

  • Unfortunately Kage, due to the human element, the ideas of true freedom and government can not coexist. Within each and every human lies the will to power, and government is merely another platform to perpetrate this aspect of our species.

    True freedom only comes when restriction and structure are stripped away as an unnatural occurrence. The more we perpetrate this hierarchical structure upon the populace, the further we remove ourselves from the idea of freedom. Constitutions, declarations, bills, legislation, mass media, capitalist sentiment...all are forms of control. Bought and paid for by those who look to influence change in any way that they can.

    That being said, I am all for the attempt to influence change, just not at the expense of human freedom, or humanity as a whole.

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