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Lucas Cranach's "Golden Age"—total unemployment, abundant food, bit boring?

In a perfect society, where do babies come from? The dangers of a licentious paradise are no joke: in Henry Neville’s 1668 “pornotopia” The Isle of Pines, a fiesta of lust and begetting by a shipwrecked Englishman and four female companions results, several generations later, in the island’s collapse into “whoredoms, incest and adultery.” On the other hand, rigid controls are tantamount to eugenics—for example, the Brave New World caste system, where…

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