. . . and Gulliver Returns
--In Search of Utopia--
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Every age has problems that social thinkers attempt to solve
with utopian ideas. No society in history has faced the problems
that we face today. From the global problems of climate change,
natural resource depletion and overpopulation with their predicted
ramifications of famine, wars--and even extinction--to the national
problems of: poverty, crime, undernourishment, education, youth
unemployment, unsustainable promises of inflated pensions and
the healthcare of ever-aging populations.
Our traditions, bolstered by our faith in hopes that are
economically and ecologically impossible, bind us in Plato's cave
believing that the shadows we see are real and that the impossible
promises of our priests and politicians will come true. There are
solutions--each with its own problems. Commander Gulliver
suggests licensing parents as the most obvious solution to solving
both our overpopulation and most of our social problems.
China has not licensed parents to determine who are actually
qualified to parent. Still its limitation of children has reduced its
fertility rate from nearly 8 children per woman in 1960 to 1.6 per
woman today--and 70 years after the policy was enacted in 1980
China's population will begin to recede. But the effects of the policy
have already resulted in 400,000,000 fewer babies. This has
enabled China to use the money saved from not having to educate
four hundred million more children in primary school into being
economically capable of offering quality higher education for those
who are alive. It has allowed China to significantly reduce poverty,
to develop the most rapidly developing economy, and to become a
paragon in the economic world.
Overpopulation is responsible for many of our planet's
problems--global warming, the lack of fresh water, poverty, high
gasoline and food prices, air and water pollutions, the scarcity of
natural resources, the excess of wastes and their proper disposal,
and even some wars.
In the year 2025 Commander Lemuel Gulliver XVI returns from
a twenty-five year odyssey around the solar system, searching for
sites where the world's excess people can be re-located. He found
none. On his return he vows to search for solutions to the planet's
most pressing problem.
He visits several countries to seek answers for solving this
critical problem and to find a peaceful way to work toward utopian
living. He visits with leaders of state and with experts in several
fields that are critical to establishing a peaceful, ecologically
friendly society on this planet.
He discusses with these people various plans for reducing
population and a number of ideas geared to developing a well
thought-out society, a utopia, such as: morality and values,
psychological and ethical motivations, politics--
the science of the
, the necessary ingredients of a just society, rational and
irrational prejudices, the responsibilities of parenthood, eugenics,
and the place of religion and non-religion in the ideal society.
He has written ten books of his planned fourteen book series
and invites you to read them. He would appreciate your comments