Social Vision from Fantasy Novels

I realize by looking for political ethics in fairy tales, I will probably miss the point.   But if the author was a failed Christian socialist in the 19th century, and who for all his faults articulated an interesting social vision, one is justified in looking for social visions.

William Morris held to a non-statist form of socialism.  Perhaps lacking a well-informed Christian faith, and perhaps being unable to transcend his own Western position, he was unable to find what he so rightly sought.

Despite some of Morris’s wackier views, I can’t help but think his social vision has something to commend it.  State Socialism has obviously failed, yet democratic capitalism lacks the aesthetic charm and is a modern blip on the radar.  Fortunately, many communal ethicists have posited  middle ways.

Morris’s work (The House of the Wolfings) begins by showing a community that is knit together by blood, labor, and liturgy (not in the overt Christian sense, but by ritual that transcends the mundane).

One comment on “Social Vision from Fantasy Novels

  1. Triple347 says:

    I will have to check this out. It sounds really intriguing.


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