A week or so ago, I read an interview in which Mark Levin, author of Ameritopia, expressed some key parts of the book. While reading the interview, I noted some of my responses to it, sometimes directly, other times by implication.
Utopian thinking claims that government sees itself as the principal instrument for achieving social and societal well being. It is the only instrument that has the power to effectuate the required change. Utopian thinking opposes the idea of a limited government which invests in human freedom. On the other hand, human freedom is, by many, considered to be a necessary component of the natural state of humans.
A system that does not permit human freedom to supersede government power, is on the path of becoming the governmental system that may finally enslave its citizens. Such enslavement can be effectuated in various ways, of course.
This enslavement, however, is not the last chapter. Finally the system will be overthrown because human freedom is simply the natural state of humanity, enslavement does not eradicate this freedom, and this freedom will eventually rise to the top. In the process, countless individuals will be destroyed, on both sides of the conflict. Nonetheless, governmental oppression will not have the last say.
It does need to be said that this chain of events just outlined usually, and fortunately, doesn’t reach its logical end. But, as can be seen, the conflict between utopian thinking and human freedom thinking is a philosophic issue.
Utopians, admitting it or not, have to defend their right to enslave others by reverting back to human freedom, at least their own freedom if not that of the masses. That is to say, they (the utopians), need enough freedom from government slavery to enact their program of enslaving others!! That is their hypocrisy, or their basic contradiction, that they refuse to acknowledge. They insist that the “rules” apply to all but themselves. Thus, standing underneath utopianism is the belief that some people don’t have to live by the rules that utopia imposes on everyone else. Some people have to remain free for the utopian slavery to be imposed.
That is an infuriating contradiction that finally undermines utopian dreams, and rightfully so. Utopian aspirations have the seeds of their own failure built into the system, fortunately!! Human freedom may be temporarily thwarted, but with enough time (and enough imposed human misery and death), said freedom will eventually rise and conquer utopianism.
All this being said, one thing more needs to be pointed out. The same humans that are free, are by nature evil. The freedom to express their evil also leads to destruction, and requires restrictions to be imposed by equally evil people!!! Social cohesiveness requires that the evil in one person or group be restricted by the evil in another person or group. Without that dynamic happening, it all turns into a chaotic anarchy, from which will eventually arise social contracts which will bring temporary relief. But, the evil is not eliminated, and will again express itself in the rise of another utopian scheme.
Such is part of what happens with fallen humanity. Only a solution coming from beyond humans, and both free and not infected with the evil that plagues humans, will “work.” Thus, “maranatha” (“come, Lord Jesus”).