Meanwhile the population moves out into the countryside and starts to live off the land and relearns the old skills of gardening, building new homes, making their own clothes and any number of other handicrafts.
Mostly this guy, but everyone, and they will do it happily. Possessions are few, but beautifully crafted and food is wholesome and plentiful. As I passed him he touched his hat with some real goodwill and courtesy, and much servility.
As Morris had expressed it back in the 19th century: Edted by Asa Briggs. There are many other small differences between the two books for example Looking Backward has a government resembling the corporate management of today and goods are exchanged for citizens credit. It has the potential to be instructive, which, I believe, is the strength of this book.
It's not exactly the most riveting novel, nor is it executed particularly well executed its Victorian is showing , but it does give a rather refreshing view of socialism and communism. For Labour party politicians in the early 1950s, Morris was still an almost living presence. An interesting look through the eyes of a Victorian writer on what may happen in the future. Who the heck uses the word quoth in 1890! Oh, yes, now I remember hearing tales of such things as 'payment' and 'money' being common at the end of the nineteenth century, but their meaning has been fair lost to history!
The revolution had no manifesto though people kept waiting for it, clearly a bone of contention for the socialists of the day, just as it was recently for the occupy movement. Human nature is animal nature, it always was varied and wild, and this looks unlikely to change. England now has no government, money or marriage. Of course, also, we have helped to populate other countries--where we were wanted and were called for.
Its central tenet - that society should refind the value of work and thrive on beauty, rather than consumerism - is timely. Visions of this nature come around periodically. The novel also rejects contemporary Victorian technology and civilization. He was not the last to do so; this particular Victorian mindset is now mainstream in much of England, most strangely in the government itself, most particularly in the media certainly in the BBC , but also in universities, teacher training colleges therefore also in schools , and whole swathes of the middle class.
He wakes up back in the 19th century, but says that what he saw was more a vision than a dream.
A loving and nurturing family is one in which the family members work for each other, where parents forego material possessions in order to foster and nurture their children. Within the current system, I'd never need to learn how to build my own picnic table, for instance.
Nor was that wonderful: Wonderfully odd! This summer — 2007 — the iron rusty Victorian water mains are being replaced in Tottenham Court Road in London.News From Nowhere by William MORRIS read by Elizabeth Klett Part 1/2 - Full Audio Book