Harmonian Man: Selected Writings of Charles Fourier

Harmonian Man: Selected Writings of Charles Fourier

Harmonian Man: Selected Writings of Charles Fourier

Harmonian Man: Selected Writings of Charles Fourier

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Agricultural association, which in all ages has been deemed impossible, would produce results of unbounded magnificence; the rigorous demonstrations, the mathematical calculations by which these results will be verified, will not, however, prevent the picture of the future harmony and happiness which they present from repelling minds habituated to the miseries and wretchedness of our present civilization.

Were I to assert, for example, that association would in a brief period--in the course of a few years--triple the annual product of Industry or the wealth of nations, so that that of France, estimated at the present time [ 1822 ] at five thousand millions of francs a year, would be augmented to fifteen thousand millions, I should incur the charge of extravagant exaggeration; and yet after a perusal of this work it will be seen that this estimate, instead of being too high, is in fact placed entirely too low.

If, on the other hand, I were to promise some great political result as a consequence of association, such for example as the fusion and absorption of all political parties, and a complete termination of their dissensions, I foresee that distrust would increase and that my views would excite complete derision.

This miracle of social concord would result not from direct conciliation, which would be impossible, but from the development of new interests, and especially from the amazement with . . .

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