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America: Utopia Lost

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Of course, one reason is that utopia has not come to pass. Many Americans have a harder time making ends meet; working hours are longer, reversing a 50-year decline; the cool new gadgets come with neuralgic 300-page manuals. But the other reason is the lack of what George Bush pere so eloquently referred to as "the vision thing" in politicians who are busy with political catfights, tinkering at the policy margins or raising money.

"Utopianism" is often used as a pejorative, but our nation was built on — and flourished on — utopian dreams. We need them now more than ever.

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