Thursday, 28 June 2012

Wilde and Morris: Give Socialism a Chance?

Is this Utopian? A map of the world which does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias
Oscar Wilde

It is the province of art to set the true ideal of a full and reasonable life….a life to which the perception and creation of beauty, the enjoyment of real pleasure that is, shall be felt to be as necessary to man as his daily bread… 
William Morris

Two Victorian minds alike in their affection for socialism. So why have we never really given socialism a chance? Our current capitalist system claims to have its socalist elements (its old-school Labour Party members and the like), but ultimately the dialogue is always one on capitalist terms.

Perhaps it's time to give socialism another look. Ready Steady Book examines the issue, through the lenses of this Victorian pair, here.

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