The real meaning of the word "Utopia"

From Unlearning Communism:

Think about this curiosity fact next time you are tempted to say it loud that Utopia is the perfect place. I’m also encouraging you to go to our website and read the few paragraphs taken from the Utopia, and to willingly expose yourself to Utopian paradise. After that, please revoke the memories of those enslaved in gulags, preserved by Solzhenitsyn, or imagine you and your loved one’s spending days in “working” concentration camps in Nazi Germany or reeducation camps in Cambodia.

From Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

...Their friends are allowed to give them either meat, drink, or clothes, so long as they are of their proper color; but it is death, both to the giver and taker, if they give them money; nor is it less penal for any freeman to take money from them upon any account whatsoever: and it is also death for any of these slaves (so they are called) to handle arms...

...If any man goes out of the city to which he belongs without leave, and is found rambling without a passport, he is severely treated, he is punished as a fugitive, and sent home disgracefully; and, if he falls again into the like fault, is condemned to slavery...


...Therefore all this business of hunting is, among the Utopians, turned over to their butchers, and those, as has been already said, are all slaves, and they look on hunting as one of the basest parts of a butcher’s work, for they account it both more profitable and more decent to kill those beasts that are more necessary and useful to mankind, whereas the killing and tearing of so small and miserable an animal can only attract the huntsman with a false show of pleasure, from which he can reap but small advantage...

They do not make slaves of prisoners of war, except those that are taken in battle, nor of the sons of their slaves, nor of those of other nations: the slaves among them are only such as are condemned to that state of life for the commission of some crime, or, which is more common, such as their merchants find condemned to die in those parts to which they trade, whom they sometimes redeem at low rates, and in other places have them for nothing. They are kept at perpetual labor, and are always chained, but with this difference, that their own natives are treated much worse than others: they are considered as more profligate than the rest, and since they could not be restrained by the advantages of so excellent an education, are judged worthy of harder usage.


USSR 101

As tens of millions became slaves in labor camps,

some of them because they were caught without "internal passport", or for "misbehaving".

It was Utopia indeed...