The Deception of Utopias

September 1, 2014

Someone might object that such concepts do not correspond to reality. Men often seek false “utopias,” only to be disillusioned, a fact which gives foundation to the popular notion that all dreams are illusions or even dangerous fantasies.


We would not dispute such claims. Like all things linked to man’s fallen nature and fertile imagination, our dreams can lead to spectacular failures, nationalist incarnations, and horrific aberrations. Left to himself, man might achieve some great things, but his unrestrained dreams, more often than not, run the risk of being bitter utopias—literally paths to “nowhere.”


John Horvat, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go (York, Penn.: York Press, 2013), 326.


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