In my English 227 class we just finished reading and discussing Thomas More’s Utopia. While classmates picked a few suggestions out of the book at the professor’s request to argue for, the overwhelming feeling was that a Utopian society was not one we wanted to adopt. I was pleasantly surprised to find that no one enthusiastically argued for the Utopian society. Why? People like personal freedoms. It would limit our self-expression, our ability to determine our own lives, even to have differing views. In short- it would limit our personal freedoms. But wait- I thought conservatives were for personal freedoms, not liberals. Could this be something we agree on? Perhaps on a broader scale, liberals believe in the ideals portrayed in Utopia- everyone is fed, everyone works, no one gets special treatment- but on a personal scale, few actually want to live like that. If they did, then why are there rich, liberal business owners? Shouldn’t they be pooling their resources, living on communes? The American dream is that if you work hard, you can amass resources and live comfortably. Isn’t it interesting that liberals seem to be reaching for that dream, which happens to stand at odds with a Utopian society? Understand, conservatives want a free society. In fact, our mission statement here at CR states: “We believe any attempt to establish utopia is bound to meet with failure and, more often than not, disaster.” It might just be that liberals think that too; they just don’t want to admit it.