Though often forgotten, the Diggers of the English Revolution were egalitarian radicals well before their time. No account of socialist history is complete without them.
Ed Simon is a staff writer for the Millions and an editor at Berfrois. His book Furnace of This World; or, 36 Observations about Goodness is available from Zero Books, who will also be releasing his collection Printed in Utopia: The Renaissance’s Radicalism in 2020.
Since its publication in 1516, Thomas More’s Utopia has helped us aspire to a just society.