William Morris condemned the dehumanizing impact of industrial capitalism on workers and raised an early alarm about the threat it posed to the natural world. His vision of ecological socialism is a vital resource for today’s political movements.
Matthew Beaumont teaches at University College London. He is the author of several books, including The Walker: On Losing and Finding Oneself in the Modern City and Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London.
William Morris wasn’t just a brilliant artist and designer; he was also a committed socialist who raged against the injustices of capitalism and imperialism. From his political essays to his utopian novel News from Nowhere, Morris left us with a vital legacy.