The most important new development in radical thinking in the 1820s came from the disciples of Robert Owen. His contribution to the shaping of British ultra-radicalism is as important as that of Paine, and in one respect their views were the same: both were hostile to the dangers of superstition; both men were infidels. Richard Carlile, who was otherwise opposed to Owenite socialism, recognised this common ground. He wrote in his Lion in 1828, ‘We cannot see the practical utility of his cooperative system; but we admire the honesty and the general usefulness of the man, on the subject of religion. Mr. Owen has promised to make a very bold attack upon religion, as a universal evil, in this country, on his return. We shall hail that return as a sign of good.’1
KeywordsExternal Object Radical Politics Free Discussion Moral World Central Board
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