Is Equality A Dream?

Is Equality A Dream?

I am in the course of this lecture going to refer to a few of the socialists I most admire—Morris, Tawney, Titmuss, Rita Hinden herself. I will start with William Morris. “On this then I take my stand as a socialist,” he said, “that there cannot be equality and justice in a society, if private property is allowed in it.” He and many others who came before and after him believed that private property is an institution for organized robbery of the poor by the rich, a system of oppression no less oppressive when its strength is derived from superior wealth than when it relies on a preponderance of physical force. The one is the other: the wealthy can hold on to their property because they can and do summon the physical force of the state to their aid.

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