Utopian Ideas

“If one hopes, as I do, that within fifty years…the children now in school may live to see the day when the present arguments for world government may not be entirely fantastic.”


— James Bryant Conant (1893-1978), Harvard University president


“Sex is the mysticism of a materialistic society — in the beginning was the Flesh, and the Flesh became Word… [it has] its own mysteries — this is my birth [control] pill; swallow it in remembrance of me!”


— Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British philosopher and writer


“Mankind, the Christ retried — Recrowned, recrucified;
No god for a gift, God gave us. Mankind alone must save us…”


— 1908 Harvard University class poem


The atheist worldview of life is “a materialistic culture that frees humanity from superstition.”


— Howard Thompson, President, American Atheists


“[Walt] Whitman and [humanist educator John] Dewey tried to substitute hope for knowledge. They wanted to put shared utopian dreams — dreams of an ideally decent and civilized society — in the place of knowledge of God’s Will, Moral Law, the Laws of History, or the Facts of Science…. As long as we have a functioning political left, we still have a chance to achieve our country, to make it the country of Whitman’s and Dewey’s dreams.”


— Richard Rorty, “Achieving our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th Century America” (1999), Stanford University’s Professor of Comparative Literature, a postmodern protagonist.


“In practice, communism is nothing less than sheer barbarism that makes even the horrors of Nazism pale in comparison. Professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii outlines that barbarism in his book Death by Government, a comprehensive detailing of the roughly 170 million people murdered by their own governments during the 20th Century. From 1917 to its collapse in 1991, the Soviet Union murdered about 62 million of its own people. During Mao Zedong’s reign, 35,236,000, possibly more, Chinese citizens were murdered. By comparison, Hitler’s Nazis managed to murder 21 million of its citizens and citizens in nations they conquered. Adding these numbers to the 60 million lives lost in war makes the 20th Century mankind’s most brutal era…. The very attempt to achieve the utopian goals of communism requires the ruthless suppression of the individual and an attack on any institution that might compromise the loyalty of the individual to the state. That’s why one of the first orders of business for communism, and those who support its ideas, is the attack on religion and the family.”


— Walter Williams, The [Colorado Springs] Gazette, 8/16/06, p. M6 (reprinted in The American Christian College Journal, 11/06, p. 6)