William Morris

Why socialism?

The word “socialism” has been used by all sorts of people to mean all sorts of things. Like “democracy”. That’s really because (like democracy) socialism is such a good idea that all sorts of political tricksters and frauds have wanted to lay claim to it. William Morris was famous as a designer, but also an active socialist. Over 130 years ago, at the time when socialism was first becoming a stable and organised movement, he summed up how he understood it. “What I mean by socialism is a condition of society in which there should be neither rich nor poor, neither master nor servant, neither...

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