How did this get a negative connotation?

This is the idea that a perfect society can somehow be created where there is no suffering, poverty, conflict, etc. This society will need to be engineered in some way, and can usually only exist through cooperative effort.

This is antithetical to many groups in both political and religious contexts, and, as such, the word is often used pejoratively to imply that someone’s beliefs or policies are frivolous, silly, or sinister.

The word “utopia” was invented in 1516 by Sir Thomas More. It’s a made-up word that he formed by combining the Greek words for “no place.”

Why I Looked It Up

I can’t remember exactly, but I did have a politically conservative friend that mentioned it several times in relation Democratic policies.

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