The Allure of Utopia – Part the First

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

A truly libertarian country
Utopia: Nine of the most miserable attempts to create idealised societies
Cooch
Hey, just reading about Vit Jedlicka’s Liberland – if you were to create a Utopian society, what would be the founding principles?

Cooch
One of mine would be that everyone has to have a personal commitment statement (a.k.a. a personal mission statement). 

Bast
Yes! Everyone must take accountability for their own actions.
Cooch
And one vote for each person, regardless of age, BUT each one must provide a case for why they should be given a vote.
Bast
Even children?
Cooch
Yup.
Bast
Like babies? How would they?
Bast
Not sure I’m with you on that one. I remember what I was like as a kid – I was a – ack – Conservative.
Cooch
Well babies can’t write or talk, so they wouldn’t be able to make a case for themselves.
Cooch
And that’s okay. I still like you.
Bast
We can agree to disagree about children voting. I do think those eligible to vote must vote or be penalized. I’m Australian that way.
Cooch
Agreed. However, if someone is not able to provide a legitimate reason or show a willingness to vote, they would be excluded.
Bast
Who would judge?
Bast
What if they lied?
Bast
How would you know?
Cooch
All very good questions. Which may be how that particular utopian society would fail.
Bast
Maybe that’s why we needed artificial age limits.
Bast
Or maybe only those who have a personal mission statement can vote.
Cooch
I still think it’s more about intelligence than age. Most kids are more earnest than some adults.
Bast
True, although I was a little liar when I was a kid.
Cooch
Well, it’s truly a night of revelations isn’t it? 
Cooch
As an aside, I really like Liberland’s flag. It’s quite pretty.

Bast
Yes, it is. I kind of like the concept of a micronation too.
Cooch
Founding principle #2 for my Utopia: flags and emblems must be more than a collection of stripes of different colours.
Bast
Ha! I think the Canadian flag is the best in the world.
Not just cuz it’s ours.
Cooch
Agreed. It is awesome.
Bast
Founding principle #3 – equal pay for equal work.
Cooch
And equal opportunity for progression.
Bast
Oh, and animals are allowed everywhere.
Cooch
Founding principle #4: religion is not a founding principle.
Bast
True, although freedom of religion didn’t work out too well for the States. Or did it?
Cooch
So do you mean that they had the freedom to use religion as a founding principle, and that’s what doomed them? Because I can buy that.
Bast
Sort of. They had it, it worked for a few centuries, but now it’s backfiring on them.
Cooch
Maybe when you are focused on one ideal or goal, and you get it, you start thinking only about preserving it, and that is the beginning of the end.
Cooch
So, founding principle #5 for me would have to be evolution of the society.
Bast
Is that a principle or a goal?
Cooch
Ahhh, I see where you’re going. Furthering evolution by creating utopian societies. That could be a thing.
Bast
Aaaaaand full circle – we’re back to evolution!
Bast
Ciao for now – off to watch Battle of the Network Stars!

To be continued…

One thought on “The Allure of Utopia – Part the First

  1. This made me chuckle!
    Love the concept that being focused on preserving one ideal can be the beginning of the end. Very insightful Cooch!

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