The Pitfalls of Communism

The author of the article “Paradise lost: Can mankind live without its Utopias?” believes that in the value that society should be able to realize that no system is perfect and Utopia can never exist. In modern times a Utopia is often considered a perfect place where nothing ever can go wrong and everything is good. Communism is often described as a utopian form of society where everyone is equal and everyone has everything they need. Sadly this is not the case, as resources are finitely limited but human wants are infinite. Communism on a small scale i.e. a group of 100-150 people in a small area are easy to satisfy but as the population linearly increases the needs match however the wants grow exponentially.

The author does believe we lack that value not only in society but in morality. I would have to agree with the author in the fact that no society or system is perfect and that we will always find a mistake in every idea, act and system that we do. I do be believe that I live in the same society as this author as I often see it every day. I live in NYC and my cousins who live out in Long Island 25 miles share two contrasting views. I see their lifestyle as hedonistic and Utopian while they view my lifestyle as dystopian. We both live under the same system of democracy and capitalism yet we live two separate and contrasting lives. They see current society as perfect and I view it as imperfect. I believe Plato and Xenophon would have agreed with my viewpoints. “He also gave him the right to receive certain parts of the beasts sacrificed, and assigned to him enough choice land in many of the outlanders’ cities to ensure him a reasonable competence without excessive riches.”

Rothstein, Edward. “Paradise Lost: Can Mankind Live without Its Utopias?” New York Times, 5 Feb. 2000. Web. 19 Sept. 2017.

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