Utopia is a word derived from the Greek prefix “οὐ (ou-), not,” and “τόπος (topos) – place,” with the suffix “-iā (-ία)” that is a typical ending of the place names (toponym). Utopia literally means “nowhere.” Also, Utopia can be interpreted with the Greek prefix “eu-, good”; a good place.
Utopia is not an actual Greek word. Thomas More introduced the word in his book “Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia” in 1516. As the name suggests, Utopia (No Place) can be a place that might not be actualized in the real world. But our interest in a dream world has never been subdued despite its impracticality. Political thinkers and philosophers have pursued to show how the world of perfection looks like or can be achieved. It is no wonder that Utopia or Dystopia is a recurring theme of SF novels as well.
President Trump has lost the election. We are bombarded with all those media articles about how the President would react, what he will do – another crazy, non-common-sensical behavior-, and what kind of norms he is going to break this time.
Anarchism has a bad connotation – no authority, chaos, animal kingdom, survival of the strongest, etc. Any anarchist does not think we can live alone like orangutans. So, what does it mean when there is no central government, and how do human beings actually live together?
Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Translated: Arthur Goldhammer (2014)
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