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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

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Though widely associated with the phenomenon of sexual freedom in Victorian England, Oscar Wilde was himself a victim of imprisonment and unjust discrimination. His first imprisonment was for alleged homosexual activity, and, as a result of his alleged homosexuality, Oscar was forced to undergo electroconvulsive therapy which may have been the start of his career as a public speaker. The resultant fame and fortune did not make him a model citizen, and he continued to be subjected to discrimination, even after his release from prison. Oance more, the belief that sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage was an abomination led to persecution, and so Wilde was forced to hide in various countries around the world until his return to England.

Upon his return, Wilde set out to reform the English court and society, claiming that he had returned with new ideas about how to improve England. His first major attempt was to challenge the notion that it was the immoral activities of a few that were causing the real problems. He argued that the individual person was responsible for their own actions, and the focus should be on improving the way society worked rather than the individual person. He made his views clear to all by publishing a pamphlet entitled “The Affluent Society”, in which he advocated that each citizen is given a basic income, and wealth that came from working, regardless of gender, social standing or religion.

A second major speech by Wilde that paved the way for the other famous public speakers to come, was his appeal to the community for assistance in the form of donations. The “Deliverance of Victor Hugo” was an attempt to show how unequal the rules were between those in authority and those who lived in poverty. These “damn poor” were being persecuted, and therefore, they must learn to conform. It should not be seen as an attack on society, but rather a critique of the injustices that were happening to the commoners.


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