William Thompson, 1775-1833 : Pioneer Socialist
An account of the life and work of William Thompson, an Irish landowner who was an important theoretician of the early socialist movement. Thompson described himself as "one of the idle classes", living off "rent, the produce of the labour of others". So he set himself the task of finding out how Labour might acquire the whole product of its labour, and the claims of Capital and Labour might be "conciliated" - all this 20 years before the writings of Marx and Engels. The book covers Thompson's writings on wealth, exploitation, population, unions and religion, his practical directives in the formation of co-operative communities and his feelings about the position of women in early 19th century society.
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- Hardback | 173 pages
- 138 x 216mm | 320g
- 03 Nov 1992
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 2nd Revised edition
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Table of contents
Background and early life; early days with Bentham and Owen; inquiry into the distribution of wealth; the ideal principles of distribution; exploitation; critique of competition; population theory; Anna Wheeler and the position of women; the appeal - a reply to James Mill; debating with John Stuart Mill; a co-operative approach to politics; trade unionism; attitude to religion; the theory of communities; efforts to start communities; a bequest to the co-operative movement.