Bertrand Russell and the Socialism That Wasn't

  • Jean Bricmont
  • Normand Baillargeon
Keywords: Socialism, History, Marxism, Philosophy


Russell was both a liberal and a socialist, a combination perfectly comprehensible in his time, but almost unthinkable today. As a liberal, he opposed concentrations of power in all its military, governmental, and religious manifestations. But as a socialist, he equally opposed the concentrations of power stemming from the private ownership of the means of production, which therefore had to be put under social control.