Re: [OPE-L] robert owen

From: Dogan Goecmen (Dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Sun Oct 15 2006 - 17:19:20 EDT

Dear Jerry, 
I agree with you that he HAS BEEN subject of discussions in the past. So  for 
example at beginning of the 20th century and after World War II up to 1970s.  
But contemporarily, except few exceptions there is hardly any systematic  
research among academics.* And these few exceptions are almost nothing  compared 
to that what Owen has to say about our contemporary world and how to  change 
My reference to Lenin points to his article 'On Co-operation', in  Selected 
Works, vol. 3, pp. 813-819. It is not an explicit statement of  Lenin's. I am 
deducing it from what he says about the role of co-operation in  building 
socialism after having seized the political power. However in this  context he 
refers to Owen explicitly. (p. 818)
* Ian Donnachie, Robert Owen, Tuckwell Press 2000.
  Edward Royle, Robert Owen and the Commencement of the  Millennium, 
  University Press1998.
  J F C Harrison, Robert Owen and the Owenities in Britain and  America, 
Routledge and
  Kegan Paul Ldt 1969.
In einer eMail vom 15.10.2006 22:17:07 Westeuropäische Sommerzeit schreibt  

>  His work is subject to discussions merely in socialist circles.  

Hi  Dogan:
Not  so.  His work  has been a subject of discussion among  anarchists
(see  e.g. Marie Louise Berneri  _Journey Through  Utopia_*).
> But having seized power, even Lenin suggested that  one must return 
> now to Owen to learn how to build a socialist  society or in Owen’s 
> words a New Moral  World.
What year  did de suggest that?
In  solidarity, Jerry
* Boston,  The Beacon Press, 1951; London, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd.,  


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