The Soul of Man Under Socialism, the Socialist Ideal Art, and the Coming Solidarity. by Oscar Wilde, William Morris, W.C. Owen

The Soul of Man Under Socialism the Socialist Ideal Art and the Coming Solidarity by Oscar Wilde William Morris W C Owen Publisher New York Humboldt Pub Co Subjects Socialism Notes This is an OCR reprint There may be numerous typos or missing text There are no illustrations or indexes When you buy the General Books edit

  • Title: The Soul of Man Under Socialism, the Socialist Ideal Art, and the Coming Solidarity. by Oscar Wilde, William Morris, W.C. Owen
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    1. Stefan

      This Oscar Wilde essay is one of the most prophetic and insightful works of 19th century political philosophy I have ever read. In this essay, Wilde talks about a world that we are only beginning to imagine now, over 100 years later. He saw the full potential of socialism and its possibility of freeing the human race once and for all. On the other hand, he warned us of authoritarian perversions of socialist thought that have become predominant in the 20th century, long after Wilde's death. He se [...]

    2. John

      It's hard for me to decide whether Wilde expected what he wrote in this little book to be taken seriously or whether he meant it as a satire of liberal thinkers and do-gooders. One thing is reasonably clear; Wilde himself seems to have made no serious effort in his own life to practice the ideas he expresses in The Soul of Man under Socialism.Consider this from the book:"The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism—are forced, indeed, so to spoil them. The [...]

    3. Christopher

      Important: Wilde was not a philosopher but a writer and no one should be taking his "proposals" here too seriously.I agree with other reviewers that his remarks on the excesses of capitalism are fair and his anarcho-libertarian/socialist dreams can even be alluring for certain people. But I also agree with another reviewer here that it's perplexing to decipher just how much of his essay is actually tongue-in-cheek and how much is serious proposal. Even Wilde once said, "I am so clever that somet [...]

    4. leynes

      The Soul of Man under Socialism is an 1891 essay by Oscar Wilde in which he shares his socialist world views and examines the role of art within society.The chief advantage that would result from the establishment of Socialism is, undoubtedly, the fact that Socialism would relieve us from that sordid necessity of living for others which, in the present condition of things, presses so hardly upon almost everybody. In fact, scarcely anyone at all escapes.Oscar argues that, under capitalism, the ma [...]

    5. kaśyap

      Wilde's egoistic utopia found on aesthetic ideals. A scoiety where there is no property, no poverty and hunger and no burdens of wealth. Where machines do all the tedious labour and a man is completely free to chose himself. Wilde seems more concerned with the banality of the bourgeois than the suffering of the proletariat. You can clearly see that this is an artist's vision. It's interesting to contrast this with Ayn Rand. Invdividualism vs communism is a false dichotomy.

    6. Salman Tariq

      Its is the only book I want in add in my "read again shelf" .Its satire about stuff we talk about, like Drama ,Arts and Literature ; stuff we dont like to talk about,for instance our myopic approaches to the earlier headings I mentioned. A must must read. Life To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.Who dictates art Upon the other hand, whenever a community or a powerful section of a community, or a government of any kind, attempts to dictate to the artist what h [...]

    7. David

      Oscar Wilde is one of my favorite authors. This book is full of Wilde's humor and wit, but in a way that turns political science into political art. His arguments are well thought out--especially when it comes to the differences between socialist and capitalist systems, and the effects of each on the individual.In this book, he constructs a view of government that favors individualism in such a way that makes me wonder whether Ayn Rand ever read this. Wilde's view of a collective that cares for [...]

    8. Joseph

      The European Socialism movement of the 19th century is much different from socialism of today. Many things we take for granted in our so-called capitalist society simply did not exist then for the vast majority of people. Leisure time, vacation, property ownership, college education (or even high school education), child labor laws, did not exist for the vast majority. Barely subsistence wages and a huge pool of people needing work kept the majority of the population lock into wage slavery. Ther [...]

    9. Katie

      Tripe. I am a fan of Oscar Wilde, so when I saw this book offered free on iTunes, I figured I'd check it out - I really wish I hadn't bothered. If I had to boil down what it seems that Mr. Wilde was trying to say it would go something like this: 1) People shouldn't have to work for a living; life's necessities should be provided by machines so that folks can spend more time contemplating their navels. 2) Artists are the greatest and most important group of people around. 3) If the general popula [...]

    10. Madelyn

      2 stars because the doctrine is faulty, would be 5 if it were based on writing. Thoroughly enjoyed understanding socialism from Wilde’s point of view, despite the blatant misrepresentation of scripture and reality.

    11. Girish

      The soul of man essay by Oscar Wilde is more a musing than a concrete ideology. He explores the concept of individualism and the necessary conditions for it to thrive. Though interesting and to an extent amenable - you can't shake off the feeling the author is not sure what he wants.My takeaways - where I agreed most with the author:- Private property can never be an indicator of success as it hijacks a man from reaching his potential. Whether the alternative is for abolishing private ownership [...]

    12. Ahmad Sharabiani

      The Soul of Man under Socialism, Oscar Wilde عنوان: سوسیالیسم و فردگرایی؛ اثر: اسکار وایلد؛ مترجم: باوند بهپور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر چشمه، زمستان 1386، در 91 ص، موضوع: سوسیالیسماسکاروایلد را بیشتر با رمان «تصویر دوریان گری» یا نمایشنامه‌ی «اهمیت ارنست زنان بودن» و زندگی جنجالی‌اش می‌شناسند. با [...]

    13. meandermind

      There's a lot of things one could say about this. Most of them I've said IRL, in my mini socialist book club that me and one friend has started. So I'll just say this: It's very refreshing to read a book before Soviet, when not every attempt at figuring out a better society was met with a "NOPE. DID NOT WORK. CAN NEVER WORK BECAUSE OF THAT ONE TIME IT FAILED". It fills me with a joy to see another viewpoint than today's sort of blind acceptance of capitalism. HOWEVER, Wilde's sharp witty tone so [...]

    14. Paul Pellicci

      The Soul of Man under Socialism was a very interesting little book. Although, I don't believe Oscar Wilde's interests included the common Socialist schools. Yet, socialism was the fad of the day. Many intellectuals were interested in the theories, but Oscar was in his eyes an artist and an Individualist. Capital "I" on individualist. I couldn't find a date for this writing, but I believe his legal problems and the rumors preceding his legal problems were actually the motivation, and not economic [...]

    15. L

      Wilde turns Ayn Rand on her head by arguing only through Socialism can man be free enough to become creative and useful, whereby in Capitialism man spends too much time putting out the fires it causes and on which it thrives. He seeks a non-authoritarian world whereby both government and corporations are not excessive. The power rests in guilds and not institutions.As Fran Lebowitz writes: Capitalism came to Russia and destroyed Communism. Capitalism came to America and destroyed Democracy. Wild [...]

    16. Timothy Warnock

      "the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing"I adore Oscar Wilde's writing, he offers such a wonderful, yet sassy, and unique perspective -- this essay is ostensibly less about socialism as it is about art and individualism (opposed to authoritarianism), a wonderful read.

    17. Ageng Indra

      "Menanyakan 'apakah Individualisme itu praktis' adalah seperti bertanya 'apakah Evolusi itu praktis'. Evolusi adalah hukum kehidupan, dan tidak ada evolusi kecuali terhadap individualisme." (Hal.27)Keraguan utama saya akan sosialisme sampai hari ini, kurang lebih, karena saya merasa pandangan itu seolah-olah menghilangkan penghargaan kepada individu dengan mengatasnamakan komunitas. Oscar Wilde, di "The Soul of Man under Socialism", memberi perspektif berbeda. "Manusia yang tidak memikirkan diri [...]

    18. Friedrich von Uxküll

      A seminal but heterodox text in the history of Socialism. Wilde cuts against the grain with this short piece, he does not, as many socialists do, praise the people or democracy, but rather the individual and his artistic aspirations.There are many aspects to admire in this text, however there are, in my humble estimation, spots that do not hold under scrutiny. The quips against 'friction' being the most egregious, it is (for many) only through such friction, antagonism, struggle, etc. that many [...]

    19. Emma Roulette

      Pretty good essay. Gets me excited thinking about the blossoming possibilities of living a competition-free life. And not just a life free of capitalist competition for private property, but all that that implies, too. Like social competition for respect and acclaim. Once free from these burdens, we are now able to pursue our "Individualism". Now we can take joy in things like self-cultivation, leisure, and learning. Wilde thinks that any attempts to lessen the burden of private property, withou [...]

    20. laura

      "There are three kinds of despots.  There is the despot who tyrannises over the body.  There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul.  There is the despot who tyrannises over the soul and body alike.  The first is called the Prince.  The second is called the Pope.  The third is called the People" Wilde writes indulgently in this book, a true champagne socialist. He talks largely about the soul of the wealthy and the artist under socialism. His accounts are not well backed, his arguments [...]

    21. Mehmet Erkurt

      Genel sosyalizm tanımları bir yana, sanata ve otoriter devletle olan ilişkisine değinmesiydi beni esas vuran. Sanatın durumu, sanatçının durumu, gazeteciliğin hali Her şey o kadar bugün ki. İşimi çok sorgulattı bana. Bir bakıma, sanattan da ne kadar kopuk olduğunu aslında. Sanat değil de zanaat olduğunu. Zanaat ve ticaret olduğunu. Bu kötü mü? Hayır, ama her aydınlanma gibi biraz yordu başta. Bunun dışında, kitaptaki bazı toplum savları temelsiz kalmış, havada s [...]

    22. Sleepydrummer

      A bit of a spiel from the ever attentive Mr. Wilde. His observations are acutely precise, delving into the complex realm of man and his nature. He speaks of Jesus, social habits, communism, among several topics. His perspective seems reasonable from his point of view. Mr. Wilde’s plays and witticisms are well known, this side of the author is less so. We can see the seeds of de Profundis in this prose.

    23. Aric Cushing

      A man so ahead of his time it's shocking. He even predicts robots in the book's title essay. Don't miss this one.

    24. Elizabeth

      [4.5]Thoroughly enjoyed this. Unputtdownable. This has definitely tempted me to read more Wilde as well as more essays.

    25. Santhosh

      socialismindividualismpersonalityindividualism of the artistnon-interference into artists and creation of artperfectly formedrealising one's perfectionfull expression of a personality

    26. Neeraj Chavan

      "It's much more easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought. The emotions of a man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence.""A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses.""To call an artist morbid because he deals with morbidity as his subject-matter is as silly as if one called Shakespeare mad because he wrote King Lear""At present, machin [...]

    27. Jeffy Joseph

      Initially, I was reluctant to read this fearing it to be a rallying cry to Socialism. However, I was wrong and am glad that I decided to try it. The slimness of the book probably had a role there. Wilde is not concerned about the political system per se. His view is that true art and artists exists only when they are free from authority. This authority could be that of a despotic ruler/system or it could be the one exercised by the mob. Under authority, these artists are pressurized to create po [...]

    28. Chris

      Very intriguing book. I am trying to challenge myself to read things I disagree with, to become more well rounded or some such nonsense. This challenged me, I'm intrigued to think of these ideas more practically.

    29. Matthew Hunter

      Other than reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and attending a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, I've spent very little time with the works of Oscar Wilde. I stumbled upon the title of this work while reading The Nation magazine. I'm glad I did!For those curious about what Noam Chomsky means when he calls himself a Libertarian Socialist (aka anarchist), The Soul of Man under Socialism offers a good explanation.Wilde argues that non-authoritarian socialism leads to individualism. He w [...]

    30. Dimitris Hall

      "[]with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they [altruists] have seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease: they merely prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are part of the disease.They try to solve the problem of poverty, for instance, by keeping the poor alive, or, in the case of a very advanced school, by amusing the poor. But this is not a solution: it is an aggravation of the difficulty. [...]

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