The History of Leith

August 21, 2006

Downfall of Socialism! Death of Robert Owen!

This political text begins: ‘This is a curious Article on Socialism, extracted from the Glasgow Weekly Dispatch, and the reader cannot help but be amused at the death of the Founder of that System’. This sheet was reprinted for J. MacCulloch.

This text is vitriolic about Owen and his socialist doctrines. It is a piece of bitter satire, spelling out the author’s problems with Owen through imagining Owen’s death as he ‘vomited up his plans of Social Wickedness’. The author sees socialism as an outrage against God and, at the end, wishes all its supporters dead. for more click here

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