Analysis Of Samuel Moyn's The Last Utopia

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During the early 1970’s, the world was undergoing a radically quick change. Social groups and human rights activists were propped up and inspired across the world. Almost instantaneously human rights became a predominant ideology that influenced political systems in America, Latin America, and the Soviet Union and its Satellite Nations. Many human rights activists sought to establish sovereign nation states that strayed away from colonial rule, therefore resulting in the rights for citizenship. Human rights became an idealistic ideology that was intended to grant unalienable rights to all human beings, regardless of a countries politics. Under an idealized view, human rights were supposed to transcend politics, however, in practice, the dichotomy of human rights and politics are inevitable. In Samuel Moyn’s book, The Last Utopia, Moyn attempts to answer the questions: how did human rights …show more content…
In many nations in Latin America, waves of violent coups started to crop up during the early 1970’s. Militaristic coups in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Cuba came due to authoritarian, fascist governments aimed to strip the freedoms and rights of the people. However, how did the Human Rights Movement prevail instead of another movement? According to Moyn, there had been many previous regimes of dictatorship and repression; how did this time spark Human Rights instead of previous Regime changes? Moyn believes that the Human Rights movement grew out of the 1970’s coups because of the utopian ideals inspired by these revolutionists. Unlike previous movements, Human Rights appealed to a moral system, causing many to feel empowered by hope. Discontent from years of right wing oppression lead many Latin Americans to revolt against an authoritarian system, and replace it with a more moralistic

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