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Understanding Socialism: Part Three. The “Critique Phase” (1825–1870).

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We have the third installment in our socialism series, where we resume our journey beginning in 1825 and the collapse of Robert Owen’s New Harmony experiment. This next chapter introduces the work of John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx and touches on Mikhail Bakunin and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, both of whom we’ll explore more fully in Part Four. Not gonna lie, this series may never end. But this is a critical piece of the puzzle that we’re calling the “Critique Period,” lasting from 1825 to around 1870. This era is punctuated by widespread revolts in 1848 that inform some of the new thinking around capitalism and the plight of the working class—all leading into the explosion of socialist philosophy that hits the mainstream consciousness following the events of 1870 (again, for Part Four).


Intro: 00:01:07

Chapter Six: Revolutionary Conditions. 00:07:54

Chapter Seven: Marx and Mill. 00:18:42

Post Show Musings: 00:38:17

Book Love: 00:38:44

Outro: 00:53:41

Book Love

Joseph A. Schumpeter: Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy

John M. Thompson: Revolutionary Russia, 1917

Bernard Harcourt: Critique and Praxis

Ray Ginger: The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene Victor Debs

Karl Marx: The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx: Das Kapital 

Michael Harrington: Socialism: Past and Future

Victor Serge + Natalia Ivanovna Sedova: Life and Death of Leon Trotsky

Anne Sebba: Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy


The Collector: What do Hegel and Marx Have in Common?

Socialist Alternative: Robert Owen and Utopian Socialism

Marxists.org: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Events

Washington State University: Introduction to 19th-Century Socialism

Howard Zinn: Commemorating Emma Goldman: 'Living My Life'

Stanford: Hegel's Dialectics

The History of Economic Thought: Cesare Beccaria 

Stanford: Jeremy Bentham

Foundation for Economic Education: Robert Owen: The Woolly-Minded Cotton Spinner

Stanford: Karl Marx 

Central European Economic and Social History: Economic Development In Europe In The 19th Century

Marxists.org: Encyclopedia of Marxism

The New Yorker: Karl Marx, Yesterday and Today

Marxists.org: Glossary of Organisations


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