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Oscar Wilde: The Soul of Man under Socialism.

“The Soul of Man under Socialism” is an essay by Oscar Wilde, written in 1891. He argues for a libertarian socialist worldview, and a critique of charity. He wrote this article after he converted to anarchist philosophy, and following his reading of the works of Peter Kropotkin. In this essay, Wilde argues that, under capitalism, “the majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism—are forced, indeed, so to spoil them“: instead of realising their true talents, they waste their time solving the social problems caused by capitalism. Thus, caring people “seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they...