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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 1. 1962.

Capitalist Society "Ugly"

Capitalist Society "Ugly"

William Morris and John Ruskin, both of whom attacked Capitalism for introducing machinery at the expense of the individual's sense of craftsmanship and beauty, were two of the last Socialists to fight in vain against the Industrial Revolution from the idealist's point of view. Morris, who was both artist and poet, turned to Socialism because of a disliking of ugliness and squalor of an industrial Capitalist society. In his time, art and culture generally were only available for the wealthy. "News from Nowhere," written in 1891, is his Utopian vision of a socialist England.