The Soul of Man under Socialism By Oscar Wilde

21 January 2014 — The Marxist Internet Archive

Oscar Wilde 1891

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.

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Ex-UK minister of defence and former army chief of staff named in Iraq war crimes case By Jean Shaoul

21 January 2014 — WSWS

Britain has been referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague over allegations of war crimes committed during the occupation of Iraq. There was a call for an ICC investigation under Article 15 of the Rome Statute into the actions of senior British officials during the conflict.

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21 January 2014 — New Left Project

Wit, provocateur, sharp social satirist. Oscar Wilde was, famously, all these things, but he was also a highly engaged participant in the radical political circles of late Victorian London. Nowhere was his stature as a serious political thinker more evident than in his 1891 essay, ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism.’ 

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The Soul of Man under Socialism By Sos Eltis

21 January 2014 — New Left Project

Despite its title, Wilde’s 1891 essay ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism,’ first published in the Fortnightly Review, advocated not state socialism but anarchism: there were to be no laws, no prisons, no punishments, no family, in short no authority over the individual. In Wilde’s utopia everything necessary or useful was to be manufactured by communally-owned machines, while people were to be left free to choose their own occupations, cultivating leisure and pleasure, ‘the making of beautiful things, or reading beautiful things, or simply contemplating the world with admiration and delight.’ 

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 20 January 2014: Israel’s ‘Jewishness’ claim rejected

20 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Ashrawi Denounces Statements of Australian FM
IMEMC – Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, strongly denounced statements made by Australian FM, Julie Bishop, who criticized what she called “European pressure on Israel’. …
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South Africa: Infrastructure ‘fast-track’ may trip up government and corporations By Patrick bond

21 January 2014 — The Daily Maverick

What we academics often term South Africa’s ‘Minerals-Energy Complex‘ (MEC) keeps getting away with murder, including economic strangulation. As just one example, in spite of a recent trade surplus, the balance of payments is going into extreme deficit largely because MEC multinational mining houses – especially BHP Billiton, Anglo, DeBeers, Lonmin and Glencore – vacuum out profits to their London and Melbourne financial headquarters. This leaves SA basking not in BRICS prosperity but instead leading the slide of the ‘Fragile Five’: big emerging markets suffering vast capital outflows.