uto·pi·an·ism | \yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of utopianism 

1 : a utopian idea or theory

2 often capitalized : the body of ideas, views, or aims of a utopian

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What a 28-year-old American with very little international experience sees as socialism is really utopianism... Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "In socialist candidates' election success, some see ominous rejection of Democratic 'Old Guard'," 7 July 2018 Throughout 2017, the price of bitcoin rose stratospherically, driven by a volatile cocktail of surging amateur interest in cryptocurrencies, professional price manipulation, rampant speculation, and techno-utopianism. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Has Bitcoin Entered the Doom Loop?," 29 June 2018 Her utopianism, so timely amid the catastrophes that still shake the world, particularly recommends this most personal of histories. New York Times, "Notes From the Book Review Archives," 11 May 2018 The lost souls for whom Theosophy was too outré and social utopianism too woolly-headed and political were a natural audience for Sister McPherson’s message. Gary Krist, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why a Legendary East Coast Evangelist Chose Los Angeles for Her Pentecostal Empire," 7 May 2018 So many of them were born from the militancy or utopianism of the 1960s. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The inchoate new MPAACT show Blood Mural misses what’s right in front of it," 25 Apr. 2018 This makes one of Kaplan’s final chapters, on the dangers of a new utopianism, all the more chilling. Bret Stephens, New York Times, "Foreign Policy From the Dark Side," 28 Mar. 2018 If the utopia that was meant to be America by its early settlers has failed, my guess is that Mr. Fraser would argue this is no reason to eschew the dream of utopianism generally. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Class Matters’ Review: The American Dream as Nightmare," 22 Mar. 2018 The citizens’ councils, designed as visions of democratic utopianism, hold little power. Max Fisher, Amanda Taub And Dalia MartÍnez, New York Times, "Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away," 7 Jan. 2018

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1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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