The United States society is a functioning, democratic government, which serves as one of the world’s superpowers. However, it isn’t without flaws. The United States is an overly materialistic, consumer capitol of the world, and as a result many of its citizens put money above all else. People have wondered if the United States would be better off applying Utopian standards to its society or not.

The United States is known for being the melting pot of the world. About 311 million people live here today, each one of them with the basic freedoms of speech, religion, and thought. Walking down an average American street, one may see some people dressed like punk, preppy, hippie, etc. That is because there are millions of different personalities and aspirations crammed into the United States. In Utopia, however, everyone dresses the same and their lives mirror each other’s. Utopian citizens can’t wake up one day and just decide to move across the country for no reason. Utopian citizens can’t have a vision of their dream company and make it come to life. In Utopia, every citizen must spend two years as a farmer. They do not get to choose when, the government decides for them. To the average American citizen, that would be an outrage. The United States and Utopia couldn’t be more opposite when it comes to choice, which is why our society could not function as Utopia.

If the United States were to attempt to completely convert to Utopian society, everything would have to be undone. The country would become a blank slate. Our rural and urban areas would have to be evened out, for in Utopia all cities are the same size. Most businesses would be sold, all banks would go bankrupt, and the President would be fired! Self-employed members of society in particular would be extremely upset because they would no longer be able to define their careers for themselves. Our school systems would need to be completely reworked. Many fashionistas and divas nationwide would most likely be brought to their knees in trauma when they first saw their new assigned frocks. However, the biggest issue of all would be slavery. Utopia punishes it’s criminals all equally by making them serve the rest of society as slaves. The United States abolished slavery in 1865; thus it would be extremely retrogressive and completely impractical for our society to revert to slavery again in the 21st century.

The truth behind the United States success has been freedom, creativity, and options for its citizens. Utopia functions on the opposite end of the spectrum, it keeps all everything under control by making it uniform, exact, and equal for everyone. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just a matter of two extremes. In Utopia, people don’t even have a choice as to how big or small their families can be! I can’t fathom the thought of an American family accepting the fact that they must give their newest baby away to balance-out another family elsewhere. For example, a family I know in St Louis Missouri (who’s surname just so happens to be the generic American name of Jones) would probably have to give Robin and Jewel away, and I know for a fact they would be distressed. The United States functions under vast materialism, and the adaptation of Utopian morals around consumerism and fashion to an extent could really help the United States. Yet, if the United States were to function as a Utopia much of what makes the United States great would be lost. It’s entirely impractical to imagine the United States citizens being willing to comply to a complete societal turn-around in which they would lose all rights to expression and be told what jobs to do their entire lives. Utopian communities require total investment of its citizens. The primary reason the application of Utopian society on American society wouldn’t work is because United States citizens are used to having opinions, freedoms, bright colored socks, and the fruition of their biggest dreams manifested, and once people are given the taste of that they won’t lose their freedom, and transition into a society where people more closely resemble robots than free-thinkers, without a fight.