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William Morris

A Duke on Hard Work


The “Daily Chronicle” of December 11th ult. gave us the following intoxicating toothful in spite of the no treating order:

    HARD WORK THE REMEDY
      According to the Duke of Northumberland the only firm foundation for reconstruction was self-denial and hard work, and politicians should draw attention to this instead of trying to persuade people that they could get something for nothing.

 One would hardly have thought that the noble gentleman would have deemed it necessary to point the way to politicians just at the present moment, at all events, for ever since “reconstruction” showed its head above the political horizon politicians have done precious little but preach toil and abstinence on the part of the workers.

What is Socialism?

Extract from a Socialist Party contribution to a panel on the subject organised by the Platypus Society on 23 March.

In 1893 in Britain William Morris took the initiative for the publication of a Manifesto of English Socialists which declared:

'Our aim, one and all, is to obtain for the whole community complete ownership and control of the means of transport, the means of manufacture, the mines and the land. Thus we look to put an end forever to the wage-system, to sweep away all distinctions of class, and eventually to establish national and international communism on a sound basis.'

That this was signed by such non-Marxists as GB Shaw and Sidney Webb shows that, at that time, the difference between reformists and revolutionaries, possibilists and impossibilists, was not so much over what the aim was as over how to get there.

Socialists and War

William Morris in 1887 when there were rumours of a war with Germany:

Book Review: 'William Morris The Marxist Dreamer'

Romantic revolutionary

'William Morris: The Marxist Dreamer', by Paul Meier. (2 Vols. Harvester Press 1978)

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