On the failure of utopias

(Prologue to the long exposition : On humanity's failures to steer itself properly)

The world goes wrong... relatively. Sometimes it feels so more acutely than other times. Do people care ?

In his essay A Participatory Future of Humanity, Dean Rickles assumes they don't.
"Many of the problems are rooted in the fact that people believe that the way things are at any time are how they have to be. They find it difficult to question the (or their particular) status quo"
Is he serious ? Did he completely forget about history ?

One century ago, lots of people felt things going wrong really badly. They looked up at the starry sky, imagined all the planets that should exist somewhere up there, orbiting other stars, and shared to each other this deep conviction : another world is possible. While of course, worse worlds are conceivable, the point was that we felt too bad on our planet, the planet of capitalism, and there should exist somewhere up there, some quite better, more hospitable worlds, as they vaguely imagined under the name of planet of socialism, and this is all what mattered.
But why was it that, despite their dedicated wishes, the planet of socialism seemed so inaccessible to them ? The answer appeared obvious : the main obstacle was gravity.
Indeed, this Planet of Capitalism on which they lived, was exerting a powerful gravitational force pulling back to it anyone who would try to jump away. This the gravity of the rest of their world and all the other people around them, with whom they constantly needed to interact for their survival. The gravity of all their habits, all what they had learned since their birth about how to live and interact with their peers. The point was clear : they couldn't get there alone. They needed to unite their efforts together, to form a critical mass of people whose mutual gravity, together with their common will to leave the Planet of Capitalism, could overrun the gravity of the rest of the Planet of Capitalism itself, so as to escape from it.

Eventually they succeed to give to their picture of the Planet of Socialism a sufficient public attractivity to gather that critical mass of people they needed to take off. They formed the huge Soviet Spaceship, whose plan was to serve as the Vessel of Transit, from the Planet of Capitalism to the Planet of Socialism. It still wasn't clear where this Planet of Socialism could be exactly found in the sky and what it would look like. Yet hopefully, they assumed, once their Soviet Spaceship would reach closer to the stars, the Planet of Socialism should show up somewhere on their cosmic horizon.
To put all the chances of right directionality on their side, in replacement for the capitalist methodology of blindly impersonal market interactions between independent units, each ruled by a self-interested leader, they formed groups of representatives in charge for the global intelligent planning of what needs to be done in the name and for the interest of the whole community. Indeed, if they follow a collectively designed intelligent direction, then surely they should succeed better until reaching the planet of socialism, than those who follow the blind impersonal forces of market mechanism and their self-interest driven local leaders, shouldn't they ?
Yet, even after many years of that epic voyage, the Planet of Socialism didn't show up, and the Soviet Spaceship found itself lost in space. What a disappointment for these heroic travelers to discover that, despite all their efforts of intelligent planning, they were heading into the wrong direction ! But what sort of conspiracy may have mislead them into targeting the wrong galaxy ?

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