Each of the 26 issues has now been given a "first step"!
"Utopia" is not accomplished overnight.
Change for the better is almost always accomplished incrementally.
One word about the word "utopia": Nowhere. In the context of this web site it simply means efforts to make the world for all of us a better place
in which to live.
Defining Utopia as a place of Perfection is ridiculous. Perfect is not possible - no where. Better can happen every day...for you, for me, for all of us.
(Be sure to read to the bottom of this page.)
"If it had not been for the discontent of a few fellows who had not been satisfied with their condition, we would still be living in caves. Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization." - Eugene V. Debs
This TMU website is focused on the other half: social change
to make a better world.
UTOPIA IS ARRIVING SOON - HOLD ON TO YOUR CAP! Read the book:
ABUNDANCE - The future is better than
you think. Technology is rapidly changing the world so that we will very
soon have the means to meet all the basic needs of every man, woman and child on
the planet while saving the planet as well! The book presents information that
we can never seem to access thru the MSM. Not an easy read, but super
Here is one example:
EDUCATION: A $35. computer tablet has been created and every child
in the world can have one to access all the available knowledge in the world.
Millions have been distributed...millions more will be. SOLES - self-organized
learning environments are being created; we are finding ways to make learning
more like video games - game design and digital culture (which children love)
and less like traditional schooling; the Khan Academy began to teach via YouTube
- spreading everywhere - students can watch and learn at their own pace - over
2300 topics! Teachers are still necessary but not as lecturers but as
"the more well educated the population, the more durable its democracy." (See pages 174-188)
(They want you to buy the book. That's an option.)
THE COMMUNE AS/IS THE WORLD
TheModernUtopian.com website will discuss what I call "the other half", the side of "Utopianism" that is not about communes.
Times have changed and the world must become our commune,
not just isolated spots.
Please remember, we are all in
Harm to one is harm to all.
Salvation for one is salvation for
We are not separable, even from
all other creatures on this inter-dependent planet Earth.
Any other view is self-defeating
in the long run.
THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE MODERN UTOPIAN
WAS PUBLISHED IN THE FALL OF 1966.
Here is what I wrote in that first issue:
"The Modern Utopian has come into being because of a personal wish to take an active part in social change. Because I believe that something should be done to correct the many social ills which exist, I decided to find out what organized action was in fact taking place.
That there are many groups advocating an end to the war in Viet Namand rallying for Negro rights is obvious to almost anyone. But what about the fight against other social evils? I discovered that there was very little way for most people to come in contact with other social action groups except by chance or as a result of much effort.
Each of these organizations puts out its own newsletter and publications; but, to read a hundred different newsletters is not practical for most people. The more I investigated, the more new groups turnedup which I never knew existed. And they are still turning up.
I also became interesed in the experimental community idea and I was evolving the opinion that such communitie were the most important way to effect a radical and constructive social change in our society. I soon learned of the existence of many religious and secular intentional communities These groups also had their own literature and newsletters.
Through all this was born the idea that one periodical should exist to bring together information and news about these diverse organizations. Persons interested in the field of social change could read all about these groups without having to belong to everyone of them.
Because of the emphasis on change, I decided that The ModernUtopian should not be particularly concerned with social service agencies except as they also propose definite social changes. They would then be, in part, change agencies and this aspect would be covered in the magazine. (Planned Parenthood is an example of an agency which is both social change and social service.) These diverse...organizarions would have ar lease one thing in common: a vision of a new future unlike the old....a look forward to an uncharted yet better world to come...
THAT WAS 40 YEARS AGO.
THE NEED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
IS EVEN GREATER TODAY.
THIS WEBSITE WILL EXPLORE SOME "UTOPIAN" DREAMS - A POTENTIAL REALITY - ONE DAY?
(Not "utopian" if you will it.)
THE BEST SYSTEM IS ONE THAT COMBINES “SOCIALISM” AND
Here are a few examples
(And with these, maybe we could eliminate the
The “too big to fail” banks should have been
“temporarily nationalized.”Reorganized, under new leadership, broken up into smaller manageable
units, and then returned to the private sector, with the exception of few regional federal banks.
Although the auto
industry needed to remain under private ownership, the loans should have had
a few more strings attached, such as
once profitable, using some of those profits to expand development and
production of electric cars.
(See my Petition which involves participating by the
government as well.)
There would not have been ObamaCare which serves the
private insurers so well.Private health
insurance would continue as optional as well as supplemental to Medicare for everyone. People
could opt out of Medicare, if they choose, although a minimum Medicare payroll
tax would continue for everyone, as it is today.
Climate change, as well as most other environmental
issues involving industry, could be helped by a combination of incentives and
Wall Street could be more strictly regulated to minimize
speculation. A tax on transactions, elimination of credit default swaps and
other instruments that increase risk.All capital gains and dividends taxed as ordinary income with the
exception of long term capital gains (up to a specific dollar limit per year).