The Spirit of the Age/01/06

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Vol. 01 Saturday, August 11, 1849 — pdf. No. 06


The Ways and Means of Free Exchange and Credit, by François Coignet

Numerous and important as have been the labors of the Associative School, there are still branches of social science, which have not been integrally explored, and others which have not as yet been expressed in distinct formulas.

It is necessary that this should be done to attract many men, who are now diverted from us, and who will not, I fear, join our body until they have discovered by experience the illusion of their present schemes.

Is it said, that it is the duty of these men to explore and elaborate in practical details the transitional problems with which they arc specially occupied, and whose general formula has been given by the Associative theory; that illusions in credit must precede a true and rational system of credit, as alchemy preceded chemistry. &c? This may be true—But nevertheless is it sad to see such men giving in their adhesion to Mr. Proudhon because he has announced Freedom of Credit, without clearly understanding the conditions:—[ Full article ]

The Working Classes—Might and Right

In regarding any and every remedy which real or pretended friends may offer to them, the working class should take a broad and comprehensive view of their present position as a whole—the amount of their toil, their dependence on, and subjection to other classes, the inadequacy of their remuneration, and their probable condition in old age—and test all these remedies by the influence they are likely to exert on this position. When the producer is told to seek for the acquisition of political power—to contend for this or that particular governmental measure— he should inquire of all who direct him:—"Will this change lighten my toil, increase my enjoyments, add to my independence, insure me work and remuneration until age, und then support me comfortably until death?" It is to acquire all this that men ask for changes, and it is for the opposite state of things that they want a remedy. Every remedy, therefore, which shrinks from the application of the test of equality of rights—every remedy which professes merely to modify the position of the working class as a working class—every remedy which does not go at once to first principles, and tend to the removal of the causes of existing wrongs and evils, should be scouted as insulting alike to reason and to justice. Full article


Pride.—Pride is seldom delicate—it will please itself with very mean advantage, and envy feels not its own happiness, but when it is compared with the misery of others.

The Piety of All Ages


The Old Coal Man

A College Lark

The Clergy at Panama

On the Probable Futurity of the Working Classes, by John Stuart Mill

What the Ladies Do in California

Oriental Faiths

Homestead Exemption

The sun shines on. . .

To Correspondents




Private letters to W. H. C. should be marked Private.

Communications for the "Spirit of the Age" should be directed to the "Editor."

Business letters, subscriptions, payments, should be directed to Messrs. Fowlers & Wells.

S. R. J. will find an enclosure awaiting his order at the office of this paper. We must confess our incompetency to judge of the calculation.

B. H. H. will please to accept oar thanks. The communications appear to us toolearned for our columns.

We are anxious to hear soon and often, from the old correspondents of the Harbinger and the Univercoelum, and from the friends who have promised us their aid. We have more to say, than we can find time to write our or space to print in; but our plan is to combine the greatest possible variety of writers, who are seeking the ends to which this paper is consecrated. many short articles will meet our views, better than a few long ones. Let us hear from your, associates.

The Nation's Fast, by William Henry Channing

Victor Considerant, by William Henry Channing

In last week's paper will be found extracts from this distinguished man's "Simple Explanations." The document is translated at length in the Weekly Tribune for July 28th. It was due to Mr. Considerant and to those who acted with him on June 13th, thus to set before all Socialists the motives and plans of the leaders in that "Peaceful Demonstration."

The dignity, decision, truthfulness, honor, which characterize this "Explanation," confirm the high respect awakened by what had been previously written, said and done, by the Chief of the French Phalansterians. But careful study of this paper authorizes a renewed expression of regret, that Socialists have so imperfectly comprehended the scope of their own principles. The movement of Reorganization—the grandest by far of the age—has been compromised by its friends. The position of Mediatorship offered by Heaven to the heralds of Harmony and the teachers of Transitions has been carelessly cast away. The mistake is grave, though not irreparable. Repentance should be instant and thorough. [ Full article ]

Art averse to wake. . .

Art averse to wake betimes—to rise to do the business of a man—that for which thou wert made, and for the sake of which thou didst come into the world? Wast only designed to doze life away upon thy couch? But this thou wilt say is sweet. Was it for pleasure then, or for work that thou wast born? Behold the plants, the little birds, the spiders, and the honey-bee, each bent on adorning the world—and shalt thou alone decline the business of a man—wilt thou not hasten when nature points the way?

Bonaparte the Little, by William Henry Channing

Pestilence—Providence—Universal Good, by L. C. Dolley, M. D.,

Piety to God

European Affairs

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