persons living together in the intimate relation contemplated by association.
. Not so fast.
After the first steamship had crossed the Atlantic
all the demonstrations of the impossibility of that fact fell to the ground.
Now, with regard to as sociations, the first steamship has crossed
! The communities of Zoar and Rapp
have existed from twenty to forty years, and several associations of the kind advocated by me have survived from two to five years, not only without being broken up by the difficulties alluded to, but without their presenting themselves in the light of difficulties
at all. No inter-kitchen war has disturbed their peace, no religious differences have marred their harmony, and men have been found willing to perform ungrateful offices, required by the general good.
Passing over your objections, therefore, I beg you to consider the enormous difficulties, the wrongs, the waste, the misery, occasioned by and inseparable from society as it is now organized.
For example, the coming on of winter contracts business and throws thousands out of employment.
They and their families suffer, the dealers who supply them are losers in custom, the almshouse is crowded, private charity is taxed to the extreme, many die of diseases induced by destitution, some are driven by despair to intoxication; and all this, while every ox and horse is well fed and cared for, while there is inaccessible plenty all around, while capital is luxuriating on the products of the very labor which is now palsied and suffering.
Under the present system, capital is everything, man nothing, except as a means of accumulating capital.
Capital founds a factory, and for the single
purpose of increasing capital, taking no thought of the human beings by whom it is increased.
The fundamental ideas of association, on the other hand, is to effect a just distribution
of products among capital, talent and labor.
H. J. Raymond. Jan. 6th
. The idea may be good enough; but the means are impracticable; the details are absurd, if not inhumane and impious.
The Tribune's admission, that an association of indolent or covetous persons could not endure without a moral transformation of its members
, seems to us fatal to the whole theory of association.
It implies that individual
reform must precede so