Only freedom can encourage men to nice things and bring about intellectual and social transformations. The artwork of ruling men has never been the art of educating and provoking them to a brand new shaping of their lives.
It is exactly this which all the schools of authoritarian Socialism have by no means understood. In the jail, in the cloister, or within the barracks one finds a reasonably excessive degree of economic equality, as all the inmates are provided with the same dwelling, the identical food, the identical uniform, and the same duties.
A common ‘social liquidation’ would thus be rendered simple, without violent expropriation. Morris envisaged the abolition of government by Act of Parliament, and due to this fact described himself as a socialist and never an anarchist. However, the utopia he imagines in News from Nowhere is undoubtedly an anarchy. In this passage he discusses the query of … Read More