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Utopia

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or hardly thinking?

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The good, the bad
and the brain fart
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A utopia refers to the result or aim of any effort to make the world or humankind perfect. It derives from the book Utopia by Sir Thomas More (1516), about a perfect society where everybody is happy and has everything they need. It has been debated whether the name means "Good Place" or "No Place" - the former is "Eutopia" in Greek, the latter Outopia, and it may have been a pun on his part.

The word "utopian" can be used as a snarl word in many cases. Marxists were accustomed to contrast their "scientific socialism" with the pre-Marxist "utopian" socialist philosophies. It can also be applied, with an equal amount of irony, by conservatives to liberal or leftist reformers.

One drawback a utopian "planner" must deal with is that one person's utopia is often another person's Hell; another is that there are few utopian ideas that are not by now completely worn out.

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