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Submitted by AWL on Tue, 26/08/2008 - 16:18

Yes, David, the CP of Czechoslovakia mobilising workers (in a limited way) only led to a Stalinist state. I can even guess where you learned about that...

As for Owen, yes, he started off with the idea of a benevolent reorganisation of society from above. Draper focuses only on that side of Owen. Owenism changed over time. The plan was still to reorganise society according to a clever blueprint worked out by Owen himself (the "Social Father"), but the path to it was seen as pretty much "from below".

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