from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An imagined place where government is of the worst; the opposite, in the character of its political institutions, of the ideal commonwealth which Sir Thomas More (1516) placed on his imaginary island Utopia (‘No-where’). See Utopia.


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  • Considerations such as the above serve to explain why writers and film directors ‎ since George Orwell's 1984 have depicted the future, not as paradise regained, but as a ‎ series of dystopias and cacotopias (perhaps the most memorable, after Orwell's haunting ‎ novel, was Anthony Burgess's more 'lyrical' cacotopia, "A Clockwork Orange", which ‎ found the perfect director in Stanley Kubrick, the misanthrope of the twentieth century). ‎

    The Incoherence of Progress

  • A dystopia (or alternatively cacotopia) is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror.


  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term was coined in the late 19th century by British philosopher John Stuart Mill, who also used Jeremy Bentham's synonym, cacotopia.



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  • Some theories of wealth quite confound:

    They claim it will drain to the ground.

    Such greedy myopia

    Begets cacotopia

    For we, the poor worms who will drown.

    March 17, 2015