Re: [OPE-L] Considerant's _Principles of Socialism_

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Dec 20 2007 - 09:40:55 EST

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Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Considerant's _Principles of Socialism_
From: "Joan Roelofs" <>
Date: Wed, December 19, 2007 9:55 pm

Dear Jerry Levy,

I thank you for posting the
information about my new book. Perhaps you, or
one of your
associates, would like to review it. The book has been out for
year and a half, and I have seen no reviews. Review copies are available


I am really a
Fourierist. Fourier was concerned with such obsolete [sic]
issues as
how can farm labor be performed in a democracy (i.e., without
or serfs), the loneliness of single people and the elderly, the
failure of most marriages, boring work, waste of resources and energy
for heating, lighting, and transportation) in the family
system, self-esteem
in a competitive society, as well as monopolies,
war, exploitation and those
other 19th century problems. Part of his
solution was a guaranteed income
(in kind), including food, housing,
clothing, entertainment, education,
medical and dental care, and
sex. He was also hilarious. I would
translate his "world war of
meat pies" (competition to produce the best
ones, a substitute
for war) except that the job is daunting because of his


Joan Roelofs

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