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New Left Review I/15, May-June 1962

Mervyn Jones

Shifting the Mule

Nicolas Walter’s article Damned Fools in Utopia, in the last New Left Review, compels both respect and irritation in the highest degree, which was no doubt its purpose. What I admire about it (as well as its wit and candour) is the recognition that men of goodwill may follow different courses whose value cannot with any certainty be measured. The sooner we bury this ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ business, the better. What I don’t like, because it seems to me to contradict this generous spirit, is the arbitrary division of these same men of goodwill into cranks and non-cranks.

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