Critique of Utopian Society

According to Sir Thomas Moore, Utopian society is an imaginary place where there is a society ruled by a government that is flawless (Moore et al.). The ideal society is seemingly well balanced and social conditions, and laws are perfect. However, utopia is full of unhealthy desires, have massive religious persecution, and lacks social classes. I do agree with J.C Davis argument that in a utopia world, people are transgressive as they are in the real world and their desires are subversive to collective well-being for various reasons (Davis). Every person wants to live in a perfect world, but people have different desires.

Unfortunately, with Utopia people will likely lose their freedom. Without freedom, people will be forced to do like things they dislike or be ruled against their wishes. Living in a world with the presence of things you dislike which are prevalent will even make the place less perfect and undesirable. In this case, the reality that makes humanity so wonderful will be sacrificed by transgressive people in efforts to make the world they are living in perfect. People will lose their ability to choose from themselves leave alone their decisions to choose their destiny. For instance, Moore argues that in a utopia, people will seek permission for traveling to visit their families and friends. In this case, no one can travel without permission and the failure to comply with laws, individuals, would face severe punishments. Additionally, people living in a utopian life will be forced to have a contract-enforced marriage. In this end, men and women will adhere to restricted years to get married and should not engage in Clandestine premarital intercourse.  Hence, utopia is a dubious concept since the restrictive laws violate people’s rights and freedom

The disparate utopia imagined by Moore claims certain social justice which tries to comb equality, liberty as well as equity in different ways. This is because the means that is invented to establish the rules that will govern the society are more or less restrictive at a point they are absurd to individual behaviors and social frameworks. In this end, the invented rules are assumed to be sufficient to achieve ideal utopian but rest on the implicit axiom that is specifically concerned with individual characteristics as well as compliance with the proposed legal framework. Hence, social injustices will hide behind the masks of an ideal society. In regards to social injustices, imperfect utopia is related to lack of philosophical thought as well as the absence of economic, psychological, and social thoughts on serious reflection on liberty and equality. Besides, the thought to idealize organizations and not the man or nature will likely bring more social injustices. In such a setting, individuals will be ill-treated by following the competence criteria. As a result, there will be inequalities regarding housing and wages.

Moreover, the idea of utopia will significantly abolish social classes. Despite the rejection of segregation in favor of luxurious and integration of phalanstery housing and accommodations, the utopian society will find it hard to allocate the entire population in such egalitarian design sufficiently. To this end, it is likely that the slave class will be assigned more tasks. Hence, the ideal society will turn into a slavery state. Conclusively, Utopian life is not perfect as people think desires. In this life, their rights will be alienated, and they will be forced to follow restrictive laws in efforts to realize a perfect.


Works Cited

More, Thomas, George M. Logan, and Robert M. Adams. “Thomas More,” Utopia.” Latin Text and English Translation (1965).

Davis, James Colin. Utopia and the ideal society: a study of English utopian writing 1516-1700. Cambridge University Pr

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