My ambition is to carry out a Kropotkinite utopian argument, by constructing an

anarchist utopia from parts found in various real human social forms; but that ambition

must face a powerful objection. Utopian texts, including this book, perform external

criticism and expand political imagination; but it has been argued by Michael Walzer

that only internal criticism is possible, and that since our only moral resources are

in our shared ‘social meanings’,1 the shared meanings and ways of life of others are

not available to us.