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Excerpts from Ameritopia the Unmaking of America by Mark R. Levin, 2012
“Any social science which does not teach the impossibility of rational social construction is entirely blind to the most important facts of social life, and must overlook the only social laws of real validity and of real importance. Social sciences seeking to provide a background for social engineering cannot, therefore, be true descriptions of social facts. They are impossible in themselves.” — Karl Popper
“For men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely discontented yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they have access to a source of irresistible power. They must also have an extravagant conception of the prospects and potentialities of the future … They must be wholly ignorant of the difficulties involved in their vast undertaking. Experience is a handicap.” — Eric Hoffer
Utopianism substitutes glorious predictions and unachievable promise for knowledge, science and reason, while laying claim to them all … A heavenly society is said to be within reach if only the individual surrenders more of his liberty and being for the general good, meaning the good as prescribed by the state. If he refuses, he will be tormented and ultimately coerced into compliance, for conformity is essential … He must become reliant on and fearful of the state … Once dispirited, the individual can be molded by the state with endless social experiments and lifestyle calibrations.
Especially threatening, therefore, are the industrious, independent, and successful, for they demonstrate what is actually possible under current societal conditions … They must be either co-opted and turned into useful contributors to or advocates for the state, or neutralized through sabotage or other means.