One of the most common socialist assumptions is that it is possible to perfect society. They believe that enough humans are sufficiently altruistic that, if only they were put in positions of power and control, they would be able to guide the rest of mankind to a similar state of near perfection.
If mankind is not perfectible though, then all of the systems built by Utopians are filled with harmful unintended consequences which will never end as they continue to try and support a fragile and unstable system intended for perfect people.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, David John Marotta appeared on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show with Rob Schilling to talk about the dangers of seeking utopia and the sinfulness of humanity.
Here is an outline of the discussion:
[0:00] The Dangers of Seeking Utopia
[9:24] Utopian views and the Family
[14:48] Sins of the Day
You can listen to the audio here:
Related Links & Notes
- Utopia by Thomas Moore
- Amazing Grace by John Newton
- Ideas Have Consequences by Richard M. Weaver
- John F. Kennedy’s affairs
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s affairs
- Max in Verse: Rhymes & Parodies by Max Beerbohm; “So this is Utopia, is it? Well, / I beg your pardon, I thought it was Hell.”
- Book of Common Prayer: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us.”
- Looking Backward On Socialism: A Radical Denial Of Human Nature “Not only does Looking Backward disregard a mother’s limits, but the socialistic utopia of the story asks mothers to treat all children with the same priority as their own. This is impossible. It breaks the limits of human capability. It defies laws of human nature.”
- The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
- Articles on the attempts to cancel Steven Pinker: “The Chilling Effect of an Attack on a Scholar ,” “Steven Pinker Survives Attempted Cancellation ,” and “Steven Pinker won’t be cancelled – but you could be “
- “Sins of the Day” (1959)
- Matthew 6:12-15 The Lord’s Prayer: Forgiveness
- Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
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