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Blueprint to Utopia presents a manifesto on how nation states can implement Utopia to all the world’s citizens. William F. Clark begins the work by outlining the social contract citizens have with a government, claiming that governments discriminate in favor of their citizens against foreign citizens, and that this policy is a major flaw because this inhibits social development. The author outlines what he sees are socially unacceptable practices under the capitalist system that led Karl Marx to develop his Communist Manifesto as a more acceptable system. After outlining attempts by fiction writers and philosophers to present the Utopian social framework, the author launches his five steps on how this can be achieved.
I found Blueprint to Utopia an entertaining read, helped by the author’s smooth and polished narrative. William F. Clark has taken material from Plato, Karl Marx, Adam Smith and Emanuel Kant to support his thesis, although I found the basic assumption that governments discriminate in favor of their citizens against foreign citizens as a fundamental flaw highly questionable. The author appears to understand how current social, economic and political systems came to dominate humanity round the world, yet he ignores fundamental human nature that gave rise to these systems, suggesting Utopia can nevertheless be reached by following his five steps. Like many works written on this subject, William F. Clark’s solution rests on ‘If only’ that ignores reality, hoping that men of good will everywhere can bring about an ideal social order.
Human evolution and survival as a species rests on competition and the need to protect family, clan, village, city, and ultimately the state. These in turn led to the development of economic and political systems we see practiced round the world, something the author fails to appreciate with his steps to achieve Utopia. Despite what I see as flawed assumptions, readers will find Blueprint to Utopia rich with material for thought and individual reflection.