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theleveller BS: Darwin's Witnesses (1068* d) RE: BS: Darwin's Witnesses 26 Jan 14

I think you're letting your own opinions of Wilde cloud your judgement. I prefer to go to primary sources - specifically Wilde's own words, such as his extremely serious-minded pamphlet, 'The Soul of Man Under Socialism' which explains his political beliefs in considerable detail. Wilde was not just anti-establishment but very much anti-state. In his biography of Wilde, Ellman quotes him as saying: "I think I am rather more than a Socialist, I am something of an Anarchist, I believe...". You'll also find references in 'De Profundis'. In his history of Anarchism, 'Demanding the Impossible', Peter Marshall devotes a whole section to Wilde in his chapter on British Libertarians, talking of how Wilde was fond of quoting Chuang Tzu, especially, "...there has never been such a thing as governing mankind". Plenty of evidence of Wilde's anarchistic beliefs if you look for them.

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