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From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities

XI The New Man The vitality of Ruskin's social criticism does not spring from the farsightedness of his proposals for institutional reform. It springs from his endeavor to make these proposals serve the quality of life. Is it possible to capture the feeling of the abundant life Ruskin wishes man to lead? The assumption of abundance shapes Ruskin's vision of the future. By expanding the public sector, he hopes to provide all men with "luxury" and "delight" in food, lodging, conditions of work, and environment. To be sure, one can find many references in