utopian socialism


: socialism based on a belief that social ownership of the means of production can be achieved by voluntary and peaceful surrender of their holdings by propertied groups
utopian socialist noun

Examples of utopian socialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the labor camp, Dostoyevsky experienced a political and spiritual conversion that led him to reject the French utopian socialism of his youth and embrace the idea of a benevolent autocracy guided by the Russian Orthodox faith. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 In portraying these women, Lemmon chooses not to delve deeply into the role of Kurdish nationalism, with its strains of utopian socialism and feminism. Lisa Anderson, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 Over the years, Greeley had advocated vegetarianism, spiritualism and utopian socialism. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2021 In this climate of relativism and revisionism, where the most outlandish theories are a Google search away, both Marxism and utopian socialism seem credible. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 14 Mar. 2020 Free Love was a robust, national, often middle-class phenomenon that emerged from utopian socialism, early feminism and the deep American tradition of resistance to government. Michael Bronski, Time, 25 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of utopian socialism was in 1849

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“Utopian socialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utopian%20socialism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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