Brotherly Tomorrows: Movements for a Cooperative Society in America, 1820-1920

By Edward K. Spann | Go to book overview

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The Good Kings of Fouriana

Henry George was one spokesman for a variform idealism which envisioned a society to be created and sustained through the voluntary cooperation of freely acting men. This vision, however, was confounded by the general social inertia and passivity of men in reality. If anything, that social passivity had grown more pervasive as the new industrial and urban society gathered its momentum, overwhelming the feeble associations of the past. In the new age of giant business corporations and sprawling cities, it seemed less possible for men to work a significant change in their lives by their own efforts. Against mysterious and perhaps unmanageable new powers, how could human force be organized even to solve pressing social problems much less realize the good society?

Earlier, the Fourierists had tried to form a movement for change through their propaganda and had failed. George had resorted to prophetic inspiration and was to fail. What then? By the 1880s, another possible answer had appeared in the form of a new version of the old utopian hope that some Good King Utopus would work the social miracles that men in general could not achieve. In an industrial age, it was natural that some of these hopes should fall on the one human type

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • I- The Challenge of the Century 1
  • II- The Prophet of New Lanark 17
  • III- A New Harmony? 29
  • IV- Individuality and Brook Farm 50
  • V- Fourierism 67
  • VII- The Phalanx in Dream and Reality 101
  • VIII- A Twilight Long Gleaming 122
  • IX- Preserving the American Eden 143
  • X- The Good Kings of Fouriana 163
  • XI- The Cooperative Commonwealth- Gronlund and Bellamy 176
  • XII- The Nationalist Movement 191
  • XIII- The Great Cooperative National People''s Trust 210
  • XIV- Socialism and "Utopia" 226
  • XV- Debsian Socialism 243
  • XVI- After Tomorrow 262
  • Epilogue- Yesterday and Tomorrow 278
  • Notes 283
  • Bibliography 327
  • Index 345
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