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Easing Towards ‘A Vast Policy’: Establishing the Guild of St. George

  • Graham A. MacDonald
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Abstract

The intellectual origins of The Guild of St. George are considered from the standpoint of utopian thought, past and present. The rural bias in Ruskin’s program is noticed along with his revival of the guild as an organizational form considered appropriate to the requirements of modern living and economic performance. Its virtues are those of localism, co-operation, promotion of performance standards, craft education and job satisfaction, all conducted within a conservative legal framework, not a separatist one. Ruskin compares it favourably against the forms provided by large industrial labour unions or by the firms of the capitalist market place, which encourages pursuit of an ego-driven form of individualism.

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