Your absolutely right, utopias are impossible and people will always be inherently hierchical. However striving towards utopian ideals and working to level the playing field is possible. Note that leveling the playing the field doesn't mean giving hand-ups, much more importantly it means preventing push-downs from the elites who have set the system to automatically benefit themselves.
Its kinda like the whole good and evil thing, evil will and must always exist in some form, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't devote our time to getting rid of it.
I saw F-9/11 again last night, and it ends with a quote attributed to Orwell (don't know the exact wording):
Hierchical societies can only exist on a pretense of poverty and ignorance
If this is true, than striving to eliminate poverty and striving to eliminate ignorance are the closest things we have to utopian ideals. Our world will never be free of hierarchy or authority.
Probably were Cavemen who were excellent hunters and therefore probably got more advantages. tribesman enjoyed more prestige that I'm sure other tribesman were jealous of.
I think it's obvious that the current system hasn't made any attempt to undo itself, and the victims of poverty and ignorance haven't noticed enough to care. Speaking of the proletariat:
Until they are conscious, they can never rebel, and until they rebel, they can never become conscious
(or something like that either orwell or marx, don't remember)
To answer my own question, I think the statement is true, that the best measure of a society's progress is it's losers. I also believe that measuring from the elite is ineffective since they generally create the circumstance that both they live in, as well as the rest of society.