I am myself a Communist of the old school:
Note from the Letter Charitas by John Ruskin

In earlier writings Ruskin had gone to some lengths to reassure the public that his ideas entailed neither Socialism nor Communism. In Fors Clavigera, however, he adopts a number of political self-descriptions to ironical effect. Thus in Letter 1 he calls himself 'a violent Illiberal' and in Letter 10 ' a violent Tory of the old school' (pp. 306-7). His aim is partly to question mindless partisanship and partly to shock the reader out of complacency. What the sequel indicates, of course, is that Ruskin was neither a Communist nor a Tory of anything that might be called a new school.