William Morris is well-known as a textile designer but his friendship with Eleanor Marx and Frederick Engels tends to have been glossed over, as was his enthusiastic support for Marx's ideas on the... More > question of Alienation resulting from mechanisation.
This latter question finds expression in Morris's own ideas on the need to end the false division between craft and design and his belief that useful objects should be made to last and to be beautiful - as opposed to the capitalist concept of built-in obsolescene.
News From Nowhere presents his vision of a future socialist society following a Revolution in Great Britain that condemns the Houses of Parliament to. ... Oh dear - it is probably as well if I leave you to find out for yourself dear reader.
Published in support of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.< Less
An influential leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, John Ball paid the ultimate price for his outspoken support for the common people. He was hung, drawn and quartered in front of King Richard II... More > on 15 July 1381, according to the "Christian" laws then practised.
At the last major meeting of the Kentish rebels at Blackheath he preached his famous "communistic" sermon. "When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the Gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may, if ye will, cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty."
William Morris in his Dream brings the past alive and takes us back to those heroic days when the labouring poor stood up against the ruling landed aristocracy.< Less