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The Soul of Man Under Socialism In The Soul of Man under Socialism Oscar Wilde expounds on an anarchist world view Wilde argues that under capitalism the majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism

  • Title: The Soul of Man Under Socialism
  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • ISBN: 9781419183041
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Soul of Man Under Socialism By Oscar Wilde, In The Soul of Man under Socialism Oscar Wilde expounds on an anarchist world view Wilde argues that under capitalism the majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism are forced, indeed, so to spoil them instead of realizing their true talents, they waste their time solving the social problems caused by capitalism, without taking their coIn The Soul of Man under Socialism Oscar Wilde expounds on an anarchist world view Wilde argues that under capitalism the majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism are forced, indeed, so to spoil them instead of realizing their true talents, they waste their time solving the social problems caused by capitalism, without taking their common cause away Thus, caring people seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see in poverty, but their remedies do not cure the disease they merely prolong it because, the proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.

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    1. 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 sees t [...]

    2. 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 They find [...]

    3. 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 sometimes I [...]

    4. 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 maj [...]

    5. 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 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. 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 he is to [...]

    7. 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 itse [...]

    8. 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 There was [...]

    9. 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 time contemplating their navels 2 Artists are the greatest and most important group of people around 3 If the general populace likes a work [...]

    10. 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. The soul of man essay by Oscar Wilde is 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 I don t think [...]

    12. 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 soon become [...]

    13. 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 economics or po [...]

    14. 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 Wilde s b [...]

    15. 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.

    16. 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 dirinya sendiri s [...]

    17. 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 of the [...]

    18. 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, without attemp [...]

    19. 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 are largely unfounded [...]

    20. Genel sosyalizm tan mlar bir yana, sanata ve otoriter devletle olan ili kisine de inmesiydi beni esas vuran Sanat n durumu, sanat n n durumu, gazetecili in hali Her ey o kadar bug n ki imi ok sorgulatt bana Bir bak ma, sanattan da ne kadar kopuk oldu unu asl nda Sanat de il de zanaat oldu unu Zanaat ve ticaret oldu unu Bu k t m Hay r, ama her ayd nlanma gibi biraz yordu ba ta Bunun d nda, kitaptaki baz toplum savlar temelsiz kalm , havada s z lenler var Yine de beni bir donan mla b rakt i in be [...]

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. 4.5 Thoroughly enjoyed this Unputtdownable This has definitely tempted me to read Wilde as well as essays.

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

    25. It s much easy to have sympathy with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought The emotions of a man are stirred 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, machinery competes aga [...]

    26. 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 populist [...]

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

    28. 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 write [...]

    29. 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 The proper [...]

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