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There is a fine tradition of Utopias going terribly wrong when people tried to put their ideals into practice. Five hundred years ago, the lawyer and philosopher Thomas More wrote a book with an unhelpfully unwieldy title: Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia. We can just call it Utopia — an original name, coined by More himself, for an original and hugely influential idea. Is this paradise, whichever name you give it, unobtainable? There is no such thing as private property there, and no sectarian strife — but there is a welfare state incorporating state-sanctioned euthanasia , as well as full employment, a programme of rehabilitative slavery for Utopian criminals, a democratic political system that works, a six-hour working day many enjoy their work so much that they work longer, though , divorce courts, and a general disdain for gold and silver which are used to make chamber-pots.
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Utopia , an ideal commonwealth whose inhabitants exist under seemingly perfect conditions. Hence utopian and utopianism are words used to denote visionary reform that tends to be impossibly idealistic. The order and dignity of such a state was intended to provide a notable contrast with the unreasonable polity of Christian Europe, divided by self-interest and greed for power and riches, which More then described in Book I, written in England in The description of Utopia is put in the mouth of a mysterious traveler, Raphael Hythloday, in support of his argument that communism is the only cure against egoism in private and public life. More, in the dialogue , speaks in favour of mitigation of evil rather than cure, human nature being fallible. Written utopias may be speculative, practical, or satirical.