A.J. Castellitto
The utopia fallacy
By A.J. Castellitto
February 18, 2019

By Toby Sumpter, Crosspolitic

"We live in a world obsessed with power and power disparities. On the one hand, the modern world professes not to trust power – e.g. power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely – and of course there is no shortage of examples of power misused, authority abused. But the current modern egalitarian gospel is the good news of no more authority, no power disparities.

This is the whole point of the socialist, communist, egalitarian impulses of the left: if we can just flatten out all the privilege and power disparities between majorities and minorities, male and female, rich and poor, black and white, etc., then everybody will stop fighting, stop taking drugs, and peace and harmony will break out all over. The problem is that in order to get there – to that point of absolute equality – you have to be coercive, you have to force people to give up their power and privilege, which means in order to get to that supposed non-authoritarian utopia, you have to exercise, um, what shall we call it? ... authority.

And all of this is a longish way of saying that authority and power are really inescapable. There will always be some with more influence, more gifts, more strength, more authority, and yes, more power. The question is not whether there will be powers and authorities, the question is whether the authority and power will answer to anyone or whether it will be autonomous – a law unto itself.

The terror of the modern progressive project is the deeply laced lie that authority is only temporary until everything is completely equalized and then authority will just fade away into the sunset like a child's lost balloon. In many cases, they no doubt have come to sincerely believe this, but this assumption that power will be voluntarily relinquished assumes that people really are basically good, which is a complete lie, but even on their own accounting the whole thing is illogical.

If power corrupts then how can you even use power to destroy power? If authority is inherently evil, then how can you use the authority of elections or the authority of the law or the authority of politicians or the authority of science or the authority of anything to accomplish the dissolution of authority?

On their own grounds, it must be admitted that authority can function as a good. But it is apparently only a good when it pushes the world toward a less authoritarian state. But this is like saying that a circle is only a good when it can be a square. Good luck with that, fellas."



For further reading and consideration:

America Inc. and the Christian Allegiance

Global utopia and the reality of earthly humanity

Open letter to pro-amnesty Christians

Heeding Horowitz and exposing leftists

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