Robert Owen: A Biography, Volume 1

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Appleton, 1907 - Socialists

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Page 110 - Any general character, from the best to the worst, from the most ignorant to the most enlightened, may be given to any community^ even to the world at large, by the application of proper means ; which means are to a great extent at the command and under the control of those who have influence in the affairs of men
Page 106 - playfellows could perceive any remarkable difference. About that age or soon after, they come to be employed in very different occupations. The difference of talents comes then to be taken notice of, and widens by degrees, till at last the vanity of the philosopher is willing
Page 25 - were spread with Houses, and that very thick : for the Land being divided into small Enclosures, that is to say, from two Acres to six or seven Acres each, seldom more ; every three or four Pieces of Land had a House belonging to it.
Page 113 - On the experience of a life devoted to the subject, I hesitate not to say, that the members of any community may by degrees be trained to live without idleness, without poverty, without crime, and without punishment ; for each of these is the effect of error in the various systems prevalent throughout the world. They are
Page 26 - House standing out of a Speaking distance from another. We could see that almost at every house there was a Tenter, and almost on every Tenter a piece of cloth or Kersie or Shalloon, for they are the three Articles of that country's Labour.
Page 323 - as we think, a premature one. " Our own opinion is that Robert Owen ascribed too little influence to the early anti-social circumstances that had surrounded many of the quickly collected inhabitants of New Harmony before their arrival there, and too much to those circumstances which his experience might enable them to create
Page 61 - of machines to shorten labour has had a surprising influence to extend our trade, and also to call in hands from all parts, especially children for the Cotton Mills. It is the wise plan of Providence that in this life there shall be no good without its attendant inconvenience,.. There are many which are too obvious in these
Page 196 - Perish the cotton trade, perish even the political superiority of our country (if it depends on the cotton trade), rather than they shall be upheld by the sacrifice of everything valuable in life by those who are the means of supporting them.
Page 184 - of our country is a manufacture which, as it is now carried on, is destructive of the health, morals, and social comforts of the mass of the people engaged in it. It is only since the introduction of the cotton trade, that children at an age before they have acquired strength
Page 62 - in these buildings, are very unfavourable to their future conduct in life. To mention these grievances is to point out their remedies : and in many factories they have been adopted with true benevolence and much success. But in all cases the Public have a right to see that its members are not wantonly injured, or carelessly lost.

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