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60Time for Utopia? An Exchangehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/1995/03/002-time-for-utopia-an-exchange
Wed, 01 Mar 1995 00:00:00 -0500 One of the cornerstones of modern conservative thinking-indeed, of conservative thinking generally-is the critique of utopianism. As we all know, the critique of utopianism states, very simply, that radical efforts to improve society almost always yield evils worse than those that reformers (or revolutionaries) originally set out to cure. From this follow a number of other conservative precepts, including the famous law of unintended consequences-i.e., that social policies inevitably produce by-products that their architects neither intend nor desire-stressing the pitfalls of even moderate social reform.