Charles Fourier's Socialist Thinking

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His imaginative, detailed theories provided a distinct contrast from the industrialist norms so dominant in his time. His writings were incredibly detailed to where everything was precisely labeled and organized. He offered new, very complex, if not nonsensical at times, views of the evolution of society and how to order it. Despite some oddities in his works, Fourier remained a key figure and his ideas proved to be of influence to future economic movements.
Major transformations were sweeping French and European society during Fourier’s time and his ideas were reflective of them. Political, economical and artistic revolutions were all challenging existing beliefs and radically pushing for new change. The French Revolution brought upon exhaustive reform and helped to instill the notion that change was desirable. More importantly, though was the Industrial Revolution, which influenced Fourier’s beliefs to against capitalism. The Industrial Revolution brought along with it technological breakthroughs that helped to build nation’s productivity and wealth, radically changing man’s economic future. On the other hand, the advent of new factories brought along with it some negative side effects. Surrounding factories were crowded slums, full of crime, disease and various social ills. Workers were unable to unionize and had low wages, all the while capital owners saw their fortunes…

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