42 thoughts on “POLITICAL THEORY – William Morris

  1. 'have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.' marie kondo is that u?

  2. the worst part about this video is that it completely ignores the fact that morris was the godfather of fantasy literature and a pioneer in socialist organizing. he's much bigger than this video leads on…….

  3. well lets differentiate between craftsmanship and interactive effect, what we see at IKEA and Morris "Red House" is TOTALLY can't be compared. but yeah, thank's to WW2 when every thing slogan is "with few creates more" and forget about whose making it. and also after war, comes the mighty BAUHAUS that influence everything and especially industrial house seem don't bother about it.

  4. William Morris would have scolded me for not valuing craftsmanship. Sometime around 2010, I visited an art gallery, and an artist was selling his paintings of boats, which were very nice. But he was asking something like $5000 for each painting. Maybe I'm just not knowledgeable enough about paintings, but that seemed more than a little pricey, and I did not buy one. I'm sure he had spent years developing his craft and put great effort into each painting, but I just couldn't see spending anywhere near that amount for one of his paintings. Now, maybe this guy was famous, and I was ignorant of this (which is entirely possible), in which case perhaps $5000 was a bargain for one of his paintings. I wish the guy well, and I hope he finds customers to buy his paintings.

  5. Now we get all our stuff from IKEA an Amazon and wonder why there is no meaning or purpose in our lives…

  6. I'm a little surprised gow this video glosses over the fact that he implemented these ideas into his own vision of Socialism, was actively engaged in and (co-)founded socialist movements and would greatly influence key Fabians.

  7. The school of life is the one channel that does not make me feel bad no matter how long I watch it

  8. its difficult for people to be informed when all the info is commercial propaganda..stop trying to justify capitalism.. it doesn't work..or at least it works with so many repairs and twists that ANY type of system would work. communism would not require so many amendments for a good life for all people.

  9. The assertion that consumers need to change is, for some reason, so often overlooked. There are very few reasons, especially in the age of information, for a consumer to be swindled into purchasing a product that they 1. don't need or 2. don't want. Don't like sweatshops? Spend 30 seconds searching the manufacturing record of the company you want to buy from. It sends me for a loop when I see men and women my age (mid 20s) buying new outfits for $30 or less every time they go out. I'd wager that if you asked them how they feel about worker's rights in Bangladesh, they would be against the exploitation, yet they still own hundreds of their garments that are worn once, then fall apart. Now, I have no idea if this is willful ignorance or not but, either way, it is morally reprehensible since information is so freely available

  10. Although a bit of a scoundrel where Morris's wife is concerned, Rossetti's work is absolutely stunning, his portraits of Jane Morris are simply wonderful.

  11. My sixth form is named after this guy. So is a pub near my sixth form. A little random fact no one cares about.

  12. The School of Life
    You forgot to mention how William was an activist of socialism.

    You also didn't mention how he was also friends with Peter Kropotkin. And how William was influenced by anarchist and communist ideals.

  13. Great video, but I feel it completely erases/overlooks his views and key influence as a socialist and Marxist. He was one of the most important British socialists of the 19th century, indeed, the noted historian AL Morton declared him "the first English Marxist"! He absolutely did not believe the change necessary for us to lead fulfilling, beautiful lives could be achieved by simply educating consumers and changing their behaviours. He firmly believed in revolution, that the change he felt necessary could only be achieved by workers taking democratic ownership and control over society and the economy. He explicitly advocated communism.

  14. Damn ended up learning about this guy for Design Tech, turns out he's a lot more interesting than I expected…

  15. Hehe, I loved how casually it was mentioned, "… a year after marrying his favorite actress and model … ". No big deal.
    "Now Billy, just keep it cool and go build a few houses for fun."

  16. I think Morris had it backwards… Within the system of capitalism it is on the consumer to show charity to the worker. What if workers gave their work up to those they see fit.
    Take the example of the car…. 1 worker could build a ferrari for 1 rich guy and the rich guy could pay him quite nicely for it… or the same worker could build a combine harvester for a farmer who feeds hundreds of hungry people… Which one would the worker find more rewarding?

  17. I enjoyed his fantasies very much. They inspired CS Lewis a good deal. I never got around to seeing about his other works and ideas, til now.

  18. I wonder if that could be applied to bereoucracy with the ever increasing use of virtual technology. Our minds are still set to find pleasure in creating phisical objects, hence the feeling of fulfiment when we craft something, but working in a cubicle is constraining and frustrating. Wouldn't it be greate if VR could substitute typing on a keyboard with using our hands in a 3D space to manage files, complete reports and create presentations? It would be an illusion but at least it would aleviate some of the torment. What do you guys think?

  19. I enjoy The School of Life videos but would like to see more videos about the other side of the argument: Hayek and Milton Friedman, for example.

  20. Sadly the fashionable green wallpaper used arsenic and killed many people. Green wallpaper and carpets was deadly. See BBC series on this subject but Morris was unaware of this. Yes buy carefully and keep using the items through generations. Things go in and out of fashion but something beautifully made and good to look at is always a pleasure.

  21. You did not mention his wonderful works of fantasy. Most significantly, The Well at the World's End. This is a portrayal of something like a medieval world, wherein people seek the healing, long-life giving waters of a magical well, recalling perhaps, the legend of the Fountain of Youth. Pure magic!

  22. One this guy was an artists! How best to spend one's time is the main stead of such a mindset. An artists doesn't understand the process of turning a resource into an object that can be loved. Mining the materials. Farming the energy. Appreciating the market. He was correct about enjoyment of labor. If: not; enter the machine unable to determine how efficient the process is. Society does need to be educated on what is valuable to it; and, what is not. Sadly: society is a collection of individuals. These individuals have one thing in common. That commonality is sustaining their daily lives. That requires energy and love. It is love (what is appreciated) that is the main difference between us all. Some may love the cheap and disposals because it doesn't require much investment. Some may love the expensive and charitable because it does require much investment (which the well-do have plenty of). He forgot those workers spent very little time at home to sit and reflect on their possessions while doing up to 12 hours a day sweating; and, another 8 sleeping. They could count how much an object was worth by tallying it against that working day. The rich only had to tally how many of said workers they had. And: how much time was spent helping to stimulate the economy to grow was their only business of the day.

  23. Doesn't this idea assumes that all the market has the option to go for the quality product? Wouldn't making products that last longer slow down the economy as quantity demanded lowers? Wouldn't making cheaper products arrange a broader market spectrum (i.e., available for poor and rich alike) ?

  24. I found this after seeing William Morris's name in my Art History book. His ideas contrasted with those of James Abbott McNeill Whistler who promoted the creed "Art for Art's Sake," not for the sake of pushing morals or ideas. Just for the sake of being beautiful. But there is a difference in what people find beautiful, right?

  25. I'm loving your "Political Theory" videos and I found an interesting fact, in most of them a thing I clear, to have a better economical system the consumer needs to be educated.
    Marx and Adam Smith concours. (and alot of other people as it seems…)

  26. Mass production doesn't necessarily immediately equate to shoddy quality or short lifespan in the products.

    Take the AK47 Assault Rifle for instance.
    Mass produced, yet sturdy and durable, a weapon that can last through generations with proper care and maintenance.

  27. Unfortunately, products are made cheaper with far less quality. Even the new doors I install in my home cannot measure up to the old ones that are being replaced, which are 40 years old. I cannot save the old ones; I would if I could. Even those are not as good as the ones that were built over 50 years ago. One I recently purchased from the Home Depot is made out cardboard (I kid you not) sandwiched between two veneers. It is an extremely light door. it would not take much to knock it off its hinges. I will give it 5 to 10 years.

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