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Why is utopianism so popular?

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Rather:

Why do people (especially anarchists) focus so much on an idealized vision of society (these visions varying wildly from person to person) but not spend as much or more time trying to elaborate strategies for how to get there?
asked Jan 3, 2011 by enkidu (6,690 points)
i disagree with your premise--or at least it is not true of most of the anarchists i have spent time around, or heard about.

there are far more people focusing on unions, platforms, insurrection, activism, organizing, etc, than there are talking about how things are going to work (or not) ATR.

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Most people have absolutely no idea what vision of society Anarchists are trying to work towards, so it frequently needs to be explained.
answered Jan 7, 2011 by mr.johnson (170 points)
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1) Because dreaming about heaven is much easier than slogging through myriad difficulties to bring it about

and

2) Because even though many anarchists will claim that workers, artisans, et al are brainwashed or nurtured or manipulated into submission; the truth is that many people seem to want a corporate, capitalist, government, deity daddy. So it's near impossible to put a dent in the opinion of such a majority.

Thus social/political/dogmatic anarchists are relegated to theoretical discussions on internet forums (irony!). And unless these two situations change, an anarchist society will remain an unrealized ideal in my opinion.
answered Mar 15, 2012 by MrThisBody (1,590 points)
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