On a Quest


«But if you had been with me in Utopia and had presently seen their fashions and laws, as I did … then doubtless you would grant, that you never saw people well ordered, but only there.« Thus does Thomas More describe his vision of the ideal state in his 1516 book «Utopia.» If someone asked you which utopias were relevant for you today, what would you reply? Technological? Economic? Private utopias? Are we so self-involved or so chastened by the worlds in which we live today that we have given up dreaming of a better society? Some people seem to think so who, after the collapse of socialism and the seemingly universal ascendancy of the economy, even saw in its crisis the end of the political utopia – and were presumably also disappointed in the face of the all-pervasive political cynicism. … >>