Best Utopian Ideology Books
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1. American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time
Author: by Joshua Mitchell
Published at: Encounter Books (November 17, 2020)
America has always been committed to the idea that citizens can work together to build a common world. Today, three afflictions keep us from pursuing that noble ideal. The first and most obvious affliction is identity politics, which seeks to transform America by turning politics into a religious venue of sacrificial offering.
For now, the sacrificial scapegoat is the white, heterosexual, man. After he is humiliated and purged, who will be the object of cathartic rage?White women?Black men? Identity politics is the anti-egalitarian spiritual eugenics of our age. It demands that pure and innocent groups ascend, and the stained transgressor groups be purged.
The second affliction is that citizens oscillate back and forth, in bipolar fashion, at one moment feeling invincible on their social media platforms and, the next, feeling impotent to face the everyday problems of life without the guidance of experts and global managers.
Third, Americans are afflicted by a disease that cannot quite be named, characterized by an addictive hope that they can find cheap shortcuts that bypass the difficult labors of everyday life. Instead of real friendship, we seek social media friends.
2. Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
Author: by Rutger Bregman
Published at: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2018)
Universal basic income.A 15-hour workweek.Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe’s leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today. “A more politically radical Malcolm Gladwell.” – New York Times After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don’t need.
Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn’t be this way – and in some places it isn’t. Rutger Bregman’s TED Talk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. A quarter of a million views later, the subject of that video is being seriously considered by leading economists and government leaders the world over.
It’s just one of the many utopian ideas that Bregman proves is possible today. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon’s near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, and beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he champions ideas whose time have come.
3. Summary: How To Be An Antiracist: by Ibram X. Kendi
Author: by Knowledge Tree
Published at: Independently published (October 27, 2020)
Book Summary l How To Be An AntiracistWhat would you do if someone were to tell you that Not being a racist isn’t good enough? And that you can actually solve many of society’s ills by being an Antiracist? The book How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X.
Kendi points out exactly where and what went wrong with most commonly held views on racism, racist policies and racial discrimination. He champions the idea that just being not a racist is, in fact, not good enough to effect lasting change in this world beset by racial prejudice and inequity.
One should become An Antiracist to effectively combat any form of racism. Using his own personal journey as a backdrop to show and illuminate just how Antiracism is taking the centre stage and is the correct medicine for the chronic disease of racism, he goes on to detail major pivotal points in his life which encouraged his gradual progression toward Antiracism.
Antiracism can be embraced by anyone, no matter the color, race or ethnicity. Becoming an Antiracist means you are taking a big step in contributing toward building a fair and harmonious society. This book holds a detailed, comprehensive summary of the original book by Ibram X.
4. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Author: by Frederick Engels
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 29, 2015)
Socialism, Utopian and Scientific is a political science classic that needs no preface. It ranks with the Communist Manifesto as one of the indispensable books for any one desiring to understand the modern socialist movement. It has been translated into every language where capitalism prevails, and its circulation is more rapid than ever before.
The book explains the differences between utopian socialism and scientific socialism, which Marxism considers itself to embody. The book explains that whereas utopian socialism is idealist, reflects the personal opinions of the authors and claims that society can be adapted based on these opinions, scientific socialism derives itself from reality.
It focuses on the materialist conception of history, which is based on an analysis over history, and concludes that communism naturally follows capitalism. Engels begins the book by chronicaling the thought of utopian socialists, starting with Saint-Simon. He then proceeds to Fourier and Robert Owen.
5. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis
Author: by Christiana Figueres
Published at: Knopf; Illustrated edition (February 25, 2020)
Climate change: it is arguably the most urgent and consequential issue humankind has ever faced. How we address it in the next thirty years will determine the kind of world we will live in and will bequeath to our children and to theirs.
In The Future We Choose, Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac-who led negotiations for the United Nations during the historic Paris Agreement of 2015-have written a cautionary but optimistic book about the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity. The authors outline two possible scenarios for our planet.
In one, they describe what life on Earth will be like by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets. In the other, they lay out what it will be like to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world.
They argue for confronting the climate crisis head-on, with determination and optimism. The Future We Choose presents our options and tells us what governments, corporations, and each of us can and must do to fend off disaster.
6. Utopia (Penguin Classics)
Author: by Thomas More
Published at: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (May 6, 2003)
In his most famous and controversial book, Utopia, Thomas More imagines a perfect island nation where thousands live in peace and harmony, men and women are both educated, and all property is communal. Through dialogue and correspondence between the protagonist Raphael Hythloday and his friends and contemporaries, More explores the theories behind war, political disagreements, social quarrels, and wealth distribution and imagines the day-to-day lives of those citizens enjoying freedom from fear, oppression, violence, and suffering.
Originally written in Latin, this vision of an ideal world is also a scathing satire of Europe in the sixteenth century and has been hugely influential since publication, shaping utopian fiction even today. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
7. The Republic
Author: by Plato
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 15, 2021)
The Republic is a Socratic dialogue, written by Plato around 380 BC, concerning the definition of justice, the order and character of the just city-state and the just manfor this reason, ancient readers used the name On Justice as an alternative title (not to be confused with the spurious dialogue also titled On Justice).
The dramatic date of the dialogue has been much debated and though it might have taken place some time during the Peloponnesian War, “there would be jarring anachronisms if any of the candidate specific dates between 432 and 404 were assigned”. It is Plato’s best-known work and has proven to be one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory.
In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities coming into existence “in speech”, culminating in a city called Kallipolis, which is ruled by philosopher-kings; and by examining the nature of existing regimes.
8. The Structural-Anarchism Manifesto: (The Logic of Structural-Anarchism Versus The Logic of Capitalism)
Author: by Dr. Michel Luc Bellemare Ph.d.
Published at: Blacksatin Publications (April 6, 2016)
This book outlines a new form of anarchism, i.E., structural-anarchism, which advocates for a series of micro-revolutions, designed to install an anarchist federation/patchwork of municipalities, cooperatives, and autonomous-collectives, devoid of capitalism and devoid of any federal state-apparatus. Specifically, structural-anarchism is a form of anarchist-communism.
It is communism from below, rather than, the Marxist notion of communism from above, i.E., authoritarian-communism. Furthermore, this book explores the complications and the complexities of the basic fact that we are increasingly living within the confines of a disciplinary surveillance society, where privacy is really based on an individual’s ability to expose the surveillance mechanisms monitoring his or her private life.
The assumption is that surveillance and discipline are now total and that most surveillance and disciplinary mechanisms never attain the light of public knowledge and scrutiny. As a society, western democracies have moved beyond democracy into a new socio-economic formation, the framework of the soft-totalitarian-state, i.E., bourgeois-totalitarianism.
9. Four Futures: Life After Capitalism (Jacobin)
Author: by Peter Frase
Published at: Verso (October 11, 2016)
Capitalism is going to endPeter Frase argues that increasing automation and a growing scarcity of resources, thanks to climate change, will bring it all tumbling down. In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.
Could the current rise of real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender’s Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealthbut there’s no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of likes, wouldn’t rise to take their place.
A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.
Author: by Thomas More
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; null edition (January 24, 2019)
A utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities. The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia (in Latin), describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in fiction.
It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.
11. Inventing the Future (revised and updated edition): Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
Author: by Nick SRNICEK
Published at: Verso; Revised, Updated ed. edition (October 25, 2016)
A major new manifesto for the end of capitalismNeoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifesto for life after capitalism.
Against the confused understanding of our high-tech world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams demand a postcapitalist economy capable of advancing standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies that expand our freedoms.
This new edition includes a new chapter where they respond to their various critics.
12. The Idol of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity
Author: by Daniel J. Mahoney
Published at: Encounter Books (December 4, 2018)
This book is a learned essay at the intersection of politics, philosophy, and religion. It is first and foremost a diagnosis and critique of the secular religion of our time, humanitarianism, or the religion of humanity. It argues that the humanitarian impulse to regard modern man as the measure of all things has begun to corrupt Christianity itself, reducing it to an inordinate concern for social justice, radical political change, and an increasingly fanatical egalitarianism.
Christianity thus loses its transcendental reference points at the same time that it undermines balanced political judgment. Humanitarians, secular or religious, confuse peace with pacifism, equitable social arrangements with socialism, and moral judgment with utopianism and sentimentality. With a foreword by the distinguished political philosopher Pierre Manent, Mahoney’s book follows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in affirming that Christianity is in no way reducible to a humanitarian moral message.
In a pungent if respectful analysis, it demonstrates that Pope Francis has increasingly confused the Gospel with left-wing humanitarianism and egalitarianism that owes little to classical or Christian wisdom. It takes its bearings from a series of thinkers (Orestes Brownson, Aurel Kolnai, Vladimir Soloviev, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) who have been instructive critics of the religion of humanity.
13. Black Utopia: The History of an Idea from Black Nationalism to Afrofuturism
Author: by Alex Zamalin
Published at: Columbia University Press (August 20, 2019)
Within the history of African American struggle against racist oppression that often verges on dystopia, a hidden tradition has depicted a transfigured world. Daring to speculate on a future beyond white supremacy, black utopian artists and thinkers offer powerful visions of ways of being that are built on radical concepts of justice and freedom.
They imagine a new black citizen who would inhabit a world that soars above all existing notions of the possible. In Black Utopia, Alex Zamalin offers a groundbreaking examination of African American visions of social transformation and their counterutopian counterparts.
Considering figures associated with racial separatism, postracialism, anticolonialism, Pan-Africanism, and Afrofuturism, he argues that the black utopian tradition continues to challenge American political thought and culture. Black Utopia spans black nationalist visions of an ideal Africa, the fiction of W.E.B.
Du Bois, and Sun Ra’s cosmic mythology of alien abduction. Zamalin casts Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler as political theorists and reflects on the antiutopian challenges of George S. Schuyler and Richard Wright. Their thought proves that utopianism, rather than being politically immature or dangerous, can invigorate political imagination.
14. Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
Author: by Mark R. Levin
Published at: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
In his acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller, Mark R. Levin explores the psychology, motivations, and history of the utopian movement, its architectsthe Founding Fathers, and its modern-day disciplesand how the individual and American society are being devoured by it. Levin asks, what is this utopian force that both allures a free people and destroys them?
Levin digs deep into the past and draws astoundingly relevant parallels to contemporary America from Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, as well as from the critical works of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville, and other philosophical pioneers who brilliantly diagnosed the nature of man and government.
As Levin meticulously pursues his subject, the reader joins him in an enlightening and compelling journey. And in the end, Levin’s message is clear: the American republic is in great peril. The people must now choose between utopianism or liberty.
15. Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment
Author: by Carl Teichrib
Published at: Whitemud House Publishing (October 8, 2018)
A sense of uncertainty and foreboding anticipation is palpable, and it’s more than a feeling in the air. We are witnessing a titanic impact at the crossroads of religion, politics, technology, and culture. Fundamentally it is a collision of worldviews, and we are all experiencing the shockwaves.
Building on over twenty years of meticulous research, Game of Gods documents the historic and contemporary quest to reshape Western civilization, with global ramifications. Step into closed-door meetings at the United Nations, rub shoulders with faith leaders playing politics, scrutinize the religious impulse of technology, and watch how culture becomes a platform for spiritual engineering.
A new and dominant mythos emerges, the vision of Oneness. But is this the only claim? Considered in the pages of Game of Gods is a different and contrasting paradigm, a reality claim that emanates from beyond time, space, and matter.
This, too, has a bearing on ethics, liberty, and freedom. It makes a case for human dignity, hope, and salvation. Game of Gods is a comprehensive investigation into the changing nature of Western civilization, the revolutionary replacement of the Judeo-Christian framework with a new, yet ancient paradigm.
16. A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Author: by Muhammad Yunus
Published at: PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (September 11, 2018)
A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today’s most trenchant social critics.
Now he declares it’s time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken – that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest.
Is this a pipe dream?Not at all. In the last decade, thousands of people and organizations have already embraced Yunus’s vision of a new form of capitalism, launching innovative social businesses designed to serve human needs rather than accumulate wealth.
They are bringing solar energy to millions of homes in Bangladesh; turning thousands of unemployed young people into entrepreneurs through equity investments; financing female-owned businesses in cities across the United States; bringing mobility, shelter, and other services to the rural poor in France; and creating a global support network to help young entrepreneurs launch their start-ups.