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    Robert Blatchford, the Clarion and Socialism as a Way of Life

    STEVE THOMPSON sketches a brief profile of Robert Blatchford, the founding editor of The Clarion newspaper, who campaigned for socialism as a way of life.

    “Make socialists and you will get socialism,” said Robert Blatchford. He identified two socialisms – ideal socialism and practical socialism – arguing that making socialists, socialising the nation, is very different to campaigning for votes. He asked, is the object to socialise the nation or to gain socialist representation in Parliament?

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Comment

Unlocking Gramsci for Challenging Times

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History

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