The point please
According to Bellamy an ideal world is a socialist one and while the picture he paints does seem very nice there is still something just slightly off putting about it. For instance the thought that people work out of a sense of patriotism is just not believable. That is because if everyone was so patriotic it would make sense for there to be more wars due to the feeling that one lifestyle is the best and needs to be spread. Instead the world of Bellamy does not even contain an army to protect the people from attack even though it is stated that the entire world had not yet fallen under this system. The other is that rules were meant to be broken and people love to do so even if it is in small ways. This leads me to believe that on the surface everything is nice and people are deliriously happy but underneath there must be some form of thought police keeping the people complacent. If not than the 2000 that Bellamy described is one that I would not wish to live in since it has decidedly stepford like qualities. It is for this overly perfect reason that the novel has a slightly creepy vibe which makes reading it turn into a game of waiting for the other shoe to drop. The problem is it never does and so one is left feeling as though nothing was resolved and wondering what the point was.
Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. New York: Viking Peguin Ink, 1982.